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Opposites: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about opposites?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to opposites. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about opposites.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about opposites, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Opposites to popular sellers like Tails to some of our favorite hidden gems like Triangle.

We hope this list of kids books about opposites can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Top 10 Books About Opposites

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! book
#1
Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
Written & illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the creator of The Rabbit Listened comes a gentle story about the difficulty of change . . . and the wonder that new beginnings can bring.

Change and transitions are hard, but Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! demonstrates how, when one experience ends, it opens the door for another to begin. It follows two best friends as they say goodbye to snowmen, and hello to stomping in puddles. They say goodbye to long walks, butterflies, and the sun…and hello to long evening talks, fireflies, and the stars. But the hardest goodbye of all comes when one of the friends has to move away. Feeling alone isn’t easy, and sometimes new beginnings take time. But even the hardest days come to an end, and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Opposite Surprise book
#2
Opposite Surprise
Written & illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Everyone knows the sun is hot. But open the flaps in this book and you may find a chilly surprise instead! Each spread of this cleverly designed board book reveals a surprising opposite that makes for a truly original way for toddlers to learn about words and concepts. Whether it be hot or cold, clean or dirty, slow or fast, this book has you covered at least until you open the flaps.”

Bears Are Big book
#3
Bears Are Big
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Discover animal opposites in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Bears are big. Bees are small. Shrews are short. Giraffes are tall. In this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, little ones can meet pairs of animals and discover how they’re different! The pairs include bears/bees, shrews/giraffes, rhinos/tigers, turtles/snails, sloths/cheetahs, eels/tree frogs, hippos/butterflies, and ravens/doves.

The Sea Knows book
#4
The Sea Knows
Written by Alan B. Havis and Alice B. McGinty & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dive in and explore the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants in this lyrical, fact-filled ode to the sea! This beautifully illustrated picture book features extensive nonfiction backmatter for further exploration.

We are young. The sea is old. The sea has secrets to unfold. The sea knows.

In this playful, rhyming celebration of the marine world, readers can explore all of the wondrous things the sea knows. It knows huge whales and small krill; it knows short crabs and tall giant kelp; it knows brightly colored starfish in shallow pools; and in the inky depths it knows the alluring jewel of an anglerfish’s glowing lure.

Discover all of the strange and magnificent underwater creatures in this accessible tribute to the power and mystery of the ocean.

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! book
#5
Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Sunbathing dinosaurs and artistic dinosaurs, dancing dinosaurs and volleyball-playing dinosaurs make learning opposites fun! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of extra-big, extra-fat, extra-appealing board books, Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! features the inimitable Sandra Boyntonís colorful, humorous drawings and lively text.

Dinosaurs EARLY. Dinosaurs LATER. Dinosaurs crammed in an elevator. Dinosaurs PLUMP. Dinosaurs LEAN. Dinosaurs RED, BLUE, YELLOW, and GREEN.

Little Friends: Big and Small book
#6
Little Friends: Big and Small
Written & illustrated by Amy A. Oliver, Barbi Sido, Natalie Munday, and Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Invites young readers to match the sentences on each page with similar sentences featuring opposing terms that appear in a corner of the book that has pages that move independently.

Tails book
#7
Tails
Written & illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tails are irresistible to toddlers, and in Matthew Van Fleet’s sturdy touch-and-feel board book, preschool-age pokers and prodders can finally tug to their heart’s content. Engaging, cartoonish animals from tigers to pangolins romp across the pages as the rhyming text bounces along: “Tails fluffy, / Tails stringy, / Scaled tails strong and—clingy!” Pull tabs, lift-able flaps, tufts of fur, and even a scratch-and-sniff skunk tail provide plenty of tactile surprises. Along the way, youngsters will learn about counting, opposites, and how animals use their tails. A tried and true tail-wagger!

Les & Ronnie Step Out book
#8
Les & Ronnie Step Out
Written & illustrated by Andrew Kolb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Meet a left and right foot who are a pair of complete opposites! Full of clever, giggle-inducing details, this lively odd-couple tale celebrates what makes us all unique, as well as the power of friendship to bring us together despite our differences.

Feet come in twos, so they need to step out together. But Les and Ronnie often find it hard to cooperate. Les likes having a clean sock and being responsible. Ronnie is fine with a dirty sock and loves letting loose. Les is straight-laced while Ronnie doesn’t even care about laces. What’s a duo to do?

Up Down Across book
#9
Up Down Across
Written by Corina Fletcher & illustrated by Natalie Marshall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Pull the tabs—what will you find? There’s something fun hiding on every page! Where are you? And where are you going? With a pull of the tab, preschoolers can happily gaze at otters as they swim below, beside, or above each other; watch one octopus emerge from behind another who was in front; and see polar bears up on a snowdrift, sliding across the ice, and down into the water. What a cool, interactive way for kids to grasp the concept of location!

What a Hoot! book
#10
What a Hoot!
Written & illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A companion to the best-selling Hot Dog, Cold Dog,_ Frann Preston-Gannon’s new lap-sized boardbook, **_What a Hoot!** explores opposites through the antics of adorable owls.
     Wide-eyed and plump, Frann’s colorful little owls cavort happily through these pages—sloshing through the mud in a pair of rainboots (“This one’s dirty”) or nose-to-nose with a rubber ducky in a sudsy tub (“That one’s clean”), they embody simple opposites that kids will immediately appreciate. A surprise ending adds to the read-aloud fun.

   • In addition to the irresistibly cute owls, each spread includes other funny things for kids to spot, from “hidden” treats to a sneaky snail

   • Rhyming text makes this a great read-aloud while repetition encourages early reading skills

   • Story closes with a birthday party scene for all the owls

Praise for Frann’s previous book, Hot Dog, Cold Dog:

“Preston-Gannon’s simple words will have children reading along in no time. The instant I started to read the story to my son I started to do it with a sing-song rhythm and continue to do so every time I read it. The simple text and rhyming will instantly draw your child in and have them wanting you to read it over and over again!” - Pawing Through Books

“This larger format board book is a bright and bold delight. Each spread shows a dog but simple opposites (new dog, old dog) become increasingly surprising and more inventive with each turn of the page.” - Books For Keeps

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Books About Opposites and Friendship

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
Written & illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the creator of The Rabbit Listened comes a gentle story about the difficulty of change . . . and the wonder that new beginnings can bring.

Change and transitions are hard, but Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! demonstrates how, when one experience ends, it opens the door for another to begin. It follows two best friends as they say goodbye to snowmen, and hello to stomping in puddles. They say goodbye to long walks, butterflies, and the sun…and hello to long evening talks, fireflies, and the stars. But the hardest goodbye of all comes when one of the friends has to move away. Feeling alone isn’t easy, and sometimes new beginnings take time. But even the hardest days come to an end, and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Les & Ronnie Step Out
Written & illustrated by Andrew Kolb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Meet a left and right foot who are a pair of complete opposites! Full of clever, giggle-inducing details, this lively odd-couple tale celebrates what makes us all unique, as well as the power of friendship to bring us together despite our differences.

Feet come in twos, so they need to step out together. But Les and Ronnie often find it hard to cooperate. Les likes having a clean sock and being responsible. Ronnie is fine with a dirty sock and loves letting loose. Les is straight-laced while Ronnie doesn’t even care about laces. What’s a duo to do?

Flora and the Ostrich
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Inspired by Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a new feathered friend seems so different from her, Flora discovers that opposites, in fact, attract! Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle’s graceful artwork, this adorable book of opposites will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Big Hugs, Little Hugs - A joyful board book about family love from the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! Big or small, Furry or not, Here or there, Inside or out, Everyone hugs all over the world. With its loving, simple text and bold, beautiful artwork, this is a perfect board book for baby showers, first birthdays, or a baby’s first first holidays. And it’s not just about hugging! Little ones can learn about opposites and about animals and their habitats in this story too. Mega-selling author and artist Felicia Bond has crafted a charming book filled with animals hugging across the globe that celebrates the universality of love.

  2. Lionel and Molly: Opposites - Introducing Lionel and Molly—two best friends exploring the world around them in this touch and feel concept board book. Lionel the lion and Molly the mouse are best friends who love exploring the world together. Join them as they discover the concept of opposites by comparing themselves to each other. Lionel is big and loud, while Molly is quiet and small.

  3. Up & Down - Lift the flaps to take Little Penguin on a journey filled with ups and downs. Little Penguin misses his friend and decides it’s time to visit. Leaping off his iceberg, he embarks on a journey, facing ups and downs and ins and outs until the pair are finally reunited. Young readers will have fun getting hands-on with this interactive book of lift-the-flap opposites, presented in an upmarket format that perfectly showcases Britta Teckentrup’s color-rich artwork.

  4. Black Cat & White Cat - A black and white board book with a colorful surprise! Black cat and white cat are friends. But in a world of black and white, someone is always hard to see! Can they find a way to play together without someone disappearing?

Books About Opposites and First Concepts

Opposite Surprise
Written & illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Everyone knows the sun is hot. But open the flaps in this book and you may find a chilly surprise instead! Each spread of this cleverly designed board book reveals a surprising opposite that makes for a truly original way for toddlers to learn about words and concepts. Whether it be hot or cold, clean or dirty, slow or fast, this book has you covered at least until you open the flaps.”

What a Hoot!
Written & illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A companion to the best-selling Hot Dog, Cold Dog,_ Frann Preston-Gannon’s new lap-sized boardbook, **_What a Hoot!** explores opposites through the antics of adorable owls.
     Wide-eyed and plump, Frann’s colorful little owls cavort happily through these pages—sloshing through the mud in a pair of rainboots (“This one’s dirty”) or nose-to-nose with a rubber ducky in a sudsy tub (“That one’s clean”), they embody simple opposites that kids will immediately appreciate. A surprise ending adds to the read-aloud fun.

   • In addition to the irresistibly cute owls, each spread includes other funny things for kids to spot, from “hidden” treats to a sneaky snail

   • Rhyming text makes this a great read-aloud while repetition encourages early reading skills

   • Story closes with a birthday party scene for all the owls

Praise for Frann’s previous book, Hot Dog, Cold Dog:

“Preston-Gannon’s simple words will have children reading along in no time. The instant I started to read the story to my son I started to do it with a sing-song rhythm and continue to do so every time I read it. The simple text and rhyming will instantly draw your child in and have them wanting you to read it over and over again!” - Pawing Through Books

“This larger format board book is a bright and bold delight. Each spread shows a dog but simple opposites (new dog, old dog) become increasingly surprising and more inventive with each turn of the page.” - Books For Keeps

Opposites
Written & illustrated by Katie Wilson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Quiet/Loud… Over/Under… Day/Night… and many more. Katie Wilson’s lovable illustrations teach little ones a variety of common and not so common opposites in this creative board book from the Montessori inspired Discovery Concepts early learning collection.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Music Is . . . - From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages.

  2. TouchThinkLearn: Opposites - Introducing TouchThinkLearn books, a format unlike any other. Combining scooped-out die-cuts with raised, shaped elements, each book is designed to offer the youngest learners an irresistible opportunity to explore their universe in a hands-on, multisensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name: these modes of perception combine in a dynamic way to stimulate understanding of essential concepts. Experience green both in the beauty of a raised leaf’s surface as well as in the caterpillar that munches on the leaf’s edge. Celebrate a moon rising into the night, while simultaneously a sun sets deep into the mirroring page. Translating abstract thought into tangible knowledge, groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn books give early learning new dimension.

  3. The Same But Different Too - I am me, you are you.
    We’re the same, but different too.
    There’s something about each of us that makes us special. But while everyone is unique, we all have many things in common as well. Explore the ways that we are all the same but different, too, in this joyful and simple celebration of individuality and camaraderie. Filled with children and their animal friends, this rhyming text illuminates the wonderfully different and similar things that make us who we are.

  4. I Wish You More - A New York Times bestseller! Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life’s joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.

Books About Opposites and Size And Shape

Bears Are Big
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Discover animal opposites in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Bears are big. Bees are small. Shrews are short. Giraffes are tall. In this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, little ones can meet pairs of animals and discover how they’re different! The pairs include bears/bees, shrews/giraffes, rhinos/tigers, turtles/snails, sloths/cheetahs, eels/tree frogs, hippos/butterflies, and ravens/doves.

Little Friends: Big and Small
Written & illustrated by Amy A. Oliver, Barbi Sido, Natalie Munday, and Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Invites young readers to match the sentences on each page with similar sentences featuring opposing terms that appear in a corner of the book that has pages that move independently.

Triangle
Written by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Jon Klassen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks. . . . With this first tale in a new trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humor, here is a perfectly paced treat that could come only from the minds of two of today’s most irreverent — and talented — picture book creators.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Give and Take - Full of colorful pieces to pop out and move around, this striking, hands-on book of opposites is one that toddlers will love exploring over and over. To play this game of opposites, press out a shape on each spread and turn the page to complete a new picture. Once readers reach the end, they will be eager to play their way back to the beginning! Not your ordinary board book, Lucie Felix s highly original novelty title will help very young children practice early motor skills, shape recognition, sorting, and the vocabulary of opposites.”

  2. Big Chickie, Little Chickie: A Book of Opposites - In the newest addition to the hilarious series, the Chickies say cheese, while young readers learn their opposites. With rhyming words and great illustrations, the Chickies help babies and toddlers have fun while learning the fundamentals in this padded paper-over-board perfect for little hands. Chickies up. Chickies down. Chickies smile. Chickies frown. Clickety-CLICK! Chickies pose for a pic!

  3. Big Little / Grande Pequeño - “Funny, spirited board books by Leslie Patricelli explore opposites. . . . Clever pairings, bold graphic art, and an expressive toddler in diapers make the concepts fun.” — Publishers Weekly Ladies are big, but ladybugs are little. Heads are big, but toes are little. Illustrated in a bright, graphic style, Leslie Patricelli’s bald, hilariously expressive baby acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect.

  4. Moustache Up! - Moustaches of various shapes and sizes illustrate the concept of opposites in this playful, interactive board book! Moustache up and moustache down. Which moustache covers up a frown? In this highly interactive board book, young readers can match press-out moustaches of all shapes and sizes with corresponding images printed on each spread. Playful, rhyming text encourages readers to decorate the faces throughout the pages of this book with one of the many included cardstock ’staches, which can be stored in a resealable envelope inside the front cover.

Books About Opposites and Science And Nature

The Sea Knows
Written by Alan B. Havis and Alice B. McGinty & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dive in and explore the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants in this lyrical, fact-filled ode to the sea! This beautifully illustrated picture book features extensive nonfiction backmatter for further exploration.

We are young. The sea is old. The sea has secrets to unfold. The sea knows.

In this playful, rhyming celebration of the marine world, readers can explore all of the wondrous things the sea knows. It knows huge whales and small krill; it knows short crabs and tall giant kelp; it knows brightly colored starfish in shallow pools; and in the inky depths it knows the alluring jewel of an anglerfish’s glowing lure.

Discover all of the strange and magnificent underwater creatures in this accessible tribute to the power and mystery of the ocean.

Up Down Across
Written by Corina Fletcher & illustrated by Natalie Marshall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Pull the tabs—what will you find? There’s something fun hiding on every page! Where are you? And where are you going? With a pull of the tab, preschoolers can happily gaze at otters as they swim below, beside, or above each other; watch one octopus emerge from behind another who was in front; and see polar bears up on a snowdrift, sliding across the ice, and down into the water. What a cool, interactive way for kids to grasp the concept of location!

Inside Outside
Written by Anne-Margot Ramstein & illustrated by Matthias Aregui
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the creators of Before After comes another striking book of opposites, this time exploring the concepts of within and without with bright, bold graphics. Safe inside its shell, a baby bird prepares to brave the world. A spelunker descends into a wide and glittering cavern while fellow explorers cluster around a crack in the earth. Fire-red ants march busily around their anthill, oblivious of a hungry anteater waiting above. Smart and stylish, this oversize art book takes a unique approach to the concept of inside and outside, offering clever and unexpected examples that will delight readers and spark conversations about context and perspective. Inside Outside is sure to find a place in collections, on coffee tables, in classrooms, and anywhere curious minds can be found.

Honorable Mentions
  1. No Two Alike - Follows a pair of birds on a snowflake-filled journey through a winter landscape, where everything everywhere, from branches and leaves to forests full of trees, is unique.

  2. Water Land - This unique information book for the very young switches between bodies of water and corresponding land masses with the simple turn of a page. Full color.

Books About Opposites and Animals

Tails
Written & illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tails are irresistible to toddlers, and in Matthew Van Fleet’s sturdy touch-and-feel board book, preschool-age pokers and prodders can finally tug to their heart’s content. Engaging, cartoonish animals from tigers to pangolins romp across the pages as the rhyming text bounces along: “Tails fluffy, / Tails stringy, / Scaled tails strong and—clingy!” Pull tabs, lift-able flaps, tufts of fur, and even a scratch-and-sniff skunk tail provide plenty of tactile surprises. Along the way, youngsters will learn about counting, opposites, and how animals use their tails. A tried and true tail-wagger!

So Light, So Heavy
Written & illustrated by Susanne Strasser
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Elephant is so heavy, and all the other animals are so light. How will the seesaw ever go up and down?

Toddlers will be drawn in by repetition, opposites, humor, and an unexpected twist in this board book story about Elephant’s quest to get the seesaw to teeter. A cast of friendly animals—who are all so light—try to help move the seesaw, but Elephant’s side won’t budge. He’s so heavy. Then what happens when a child swoops in with other plans? Short, simple, and memorable, this board book offers a satisfying story arc.

So Far Up
Written & illustrated by Susanne Strasser
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Bear can’t reach the cake he’s after—it’s so far up, and he’s so far down! Will his friends be able to help? Toddlers will be drawn in by repetition, opposites, humor, and an unexpected twist in this board book story about Bear’s quest to reach a cake on a windowsill that is so far up! A cast of friendly animals—who are all so far down—try to help bear reach the desired cake. But what happens when a child swoops in with other plans? Short, simple, and memorable, this board book offers a satisfying story arc.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Opposite Zoo - From the creator of A Book of Sleep and A Book of Babies comes a beautiful new book of animals—and opposites! The sky is dark and the Opposite Zoo is CLOSED. But the monkey’s cage is OPEN! Time to explore. . . Follow the monkey as he visits all the animals in the zoo: fast and slow, big and small, noisy and quiet, soft and prickly! Filled with energetic illustrations, friendly animals, and a simple text, The Opposite Zoo is a fun and lively introduction to animals and opposites. Praise for Il Sung Na: “Il Sung Na’s illustrative art is so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare.” —The Boston Globe (A Book of Babies) “[A] grand read-aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred (Welcome Home, Bear) “It’s the rare picture book that, upon arrival, feels as though it has been around for years already; Na’s belongs to this group.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred (A Book of Sleep) “Vibrant [and] whimsical.” —School Library Journal, Starred (Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit)

  2. The Opposite Zoo - From the creator of A Book of Sleep and A Book of Babies comes a beautiful new book of animals—and opposites! The sky is dark and the Opposite Zoo is CLOSED. But the monkey’s cage is OPEN! Time to explore. . . Follow the monkey as he visits all the animals in the zoo: fast and slow, big and small, noisy and quiet, soft and prickly! Filled with energetic illustrations, friendly animals, and a clear, simple text—all wrapped up in a gorgeous package—The Opposite Zoo is a fun and lively introduction to animals and opposites for the youngest picture-book audience. “Na brings fresh energy to the familiar. With a coloring style that feels as if someone took a firecracker to a box of crayons, Na makes turtle shells as dynamic as a peacock’s plumage.” —The New York Times Book Review

  3. I Say, You Say Opposites! - I say “Reading!” You say, “Fun!” Explore the world of opposites with 8 lift-the-flaps. These colorful, playful books encourage interactive learning through prediction and repetition; but most importantly, they look really fun.—Dr. Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read and author of Dr. Spock’s Baby Basics With I Say, You Say, your little ones can: Say new words Recognize opposites Learn and play!

  4. Opposites - Bedtimes can be wild, especially when animal babies are involved! Sometimes messy, often chaotic and always exhausting, they offer perfect bonding opportunities - of a kind!

Books About Opposites and Feelings And Emotions

Up, Up, Up, Down!
Written & illustrated by Kimberly Gee
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Follow an energetic toddler’s day that’s full of opposites—ups and downs, nos and yesses, yums and yucks, and more.

Opposites
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

From heavy and light to wet and dry, opposites are full of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic.

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

Milton & Odie and the Bigger-than- Bigmouth Bass
Written & illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When faced with a challenge—or a super cold morning—Milton grumbles and Odie sees the bright side. Whiling away the hours at their respective fishing holes, neither Milton nor Odie get even the tiniest nibble . . . until Milton snags Odie’s pole. But does that mean fishing is over? On facing pages, Milton and Odie approach life with contrasting attitudes. Milton’s sure there isn’t a fish for miles, but Odie embraces the joy of anticipation, imagining that a bigmouth bass will be along any minute. Sweetly simple illustrations reveal the ups and downs of patience and expectation in this fish story about the one that didn’t get away.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Little Face Big Face - A new book from the author/illustrator of Don’t Push the Button! Little face, big face Chewing on a twig face! Short face, long face Super-duper STRONG face! Faces can communicate a lot of things! Introduce little listeners to what different animal traits and emotions can look like, how widely they range, and what else can be learned from an expression in this fun, interactive board book.

  2. Rain! - Good attitudecanchase away the blues at any age!Now in aboard book format for more rainy day reading. “

  3. Sense & Sensibility - Observe the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, in Sense & Sensibility: A BabyLit Opposites Primer. Learn the difference between big Norland Park and little Barton Cottage, happy Mr. Willoughby and sad Colonel Brandon, while hoping that one day Elinor and Marianne will leave their single days behind them and celebrate worthy marriages.

  4. Good News, Bad News - While on a picnic, Bunny and Mouse see everything that happens to them from opposite points of view—Bunny sees only the good, while Mouse sees only the bad.

Books About Opposites and Dogs

Hot Dog, Cold Dog
Written & illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Using simple rhyming text, follows the adventures of various Dachshund dogs, including playing in the snow, digging in the garden, reading, and roller skating.

Dogs
Written by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Gorgeous canines of every shape, size and color are bounding through this irresistible book. Can you choose one dog to love best of all? With playful pencil and watercolor illustrations to delight children and adults alike, everyone will long to bark along with the Chihuahua and tickle the Dalmatian’s tummy. This is a wonderfully satisfying book with a twist in the tail.

Contrary Dogs
Written & illustrated by Elo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Lift the flaps to learn about opposites from the lovable dogs in this humorous board book. A small green dog runs across the page — but a lift of the accordion flap stretches him out into a long, lanky pup. Dogs of all shapes and sizes transform into surprising new forms in this vibrant, interactive play on opposites.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Pup and Down! - Two pups hit the town and create a special kind of puppy mayhem as they embark upon an adventure in opposites. Pup and Down is a roller-coaster ride that will have kids squealing with laughter from beginning to end. Pup and Down follows adorable, playful dogs as they discover opposites. This is the perfect addition to any toddler’s library with Sophie Beer’s irresistible artwork and playful energy. Beginning concepts have never been so much fun!

  2. Stop, Go, Yes, No! - From the creator of the Geisel Honor winner Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! comes another irresistible tale that perfectly illustrates the humor of opposites. A cat stops. The dog goes. Dog says yes! Cat… no. In the vein of Tom and Jerry, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, and other classic cartoons, Stop, Go, Yes, No! features an adorably enthusiastic dog and a less-enthusiastic cat on a chase full of silly and exciting turns, with a heartwarming twist. Don’t miss this funny picture book about opposites from celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Mike Twohy.

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