Best Children's Books About Opposites

60 Children's Books About Opposites

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Bears Are Big book
#1
Bears Are Big
Written by Douglas Florian and 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 book
#2
Little Friends: Big and Small
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy, Natalie Munday, Barbi Sido, Amy A. Oliver
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.

Flora and the Ostrich book
#3
Flora and the Ostrich
Written and 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.

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! book
#4
Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
Written and 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.

So Light, So Heavy book
#5
So Light, So Heavy
Written and 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.

Opposites book
#6
Opposites
Written and 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.

Big Hugs, Little Hugs book
#7
Big Hugs, Little Hugs
Written and illustrated by Felicia Bond
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Les & Ronnie Step Out book
#8
Les & Ronnie Step Out
Written and 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?

Music Is . . . book
#9
Music Is . . .
Written by Brandon Stosuy and illustrated by Amy Martin
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

I Say, You Say Opposites! book
#10
I Say, You Say Opposites!
Written and illustrated by Tad Carpenter
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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!

Lionel and Molly: Opposites book
#11
Lionel and Molly: Opposites
Written by Joanna Lake and illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Horsey Up and Down book
#12
Horsey Up and Down
Written by Caroline Jayne Church and illustrated by Kei Bernstein
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

An interactive opposite book from Caroline Jayne Church! Join two loveable kids as they gallop up, down, fast, and slow with horsey toys big and small in this adorable introduction to opposites. With novelties on every page, young readers can move riders up and down on the carousel, pet fluffy toy horses, and even open the farm door to see horsey sleeping in her cozy stall. This hands-on, rhyming story from Caroline Jayne Church will rein children in and have them neighing for more!

Sense & Sensibility book
#13
Sense & Sensibility
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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.

Animal Opposites book
#14
Animal Opposites
Written and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Celebrated illustrator Petr Horácek offers a pop-up introduction to opposites with the help of a variety of creatures. Turn the pages, lift the flaps, and see animals of all shapes and sizes bring the world of opposites to life. From slow snail to fast cheetah, heavy hippo to light butterfly, smooth frog to prickly porcupine, Petr Horácek’s brightly colored pop-up animals and interactive flaps make early learning irresistible and fun.

Spot's Opposites book
#15
Spot's Opposites
Written and illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In this humorous board book, each colorful scene shows a different pair of opposites from Spot’s world. From hot to cold and up to down, opposites are presented in a simple way that will help children learn and understand the important concept.

Contrary Dogs book
#16
Contrary Dogs
Written and 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.

Fun, Fun, Fun! book
#17
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Written and illustrated by Derek Anderson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Croc is grumpy. Ally is happy. Croc sees a problem. Ally finds a solution. The best friends overcome their differences as they go for a swim, shop for hats, and deal with a big bug

Pocket Piggies Opposites! book
#18
Pocket Piggies Opposites!
Written and illustrated by Richard Austin
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The Pocket Piggies are back in their third irresistible board book for babies and toddlers, this time illustrating the concept of opposites. The star residents of Pennywell Farm in Devon, England, pocket pigs are tiny enough to fit in the palm of a hand, and they love posing for the camera as much as the camera loves them. The chunky, made-for-little-hands board book format is the perfect platform for these friendly and photogenic ambassadors of cute. With bright, colorful photographs and simple text, Pocket Piggies Opposites! is a delightful way for young children to learn about opposites. There's "Messy" (piggy splattered with paint) and "Clean" (piggy taking a bubble bath). "Cold" (piggy playing in the snow) and "Hot" (piggy building a sand castle on the beach). And more, all lovingly photographed by Richard Austin, Pennywell's exclusive animal photographer.

My First Book of Animal Opposites book
#19
My First Book of Animal Opposites
Written and illustrated by National Wildlife Federation
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This photo-illustrated gem teaches the youngest of children about opposites using examples from the animal kingdom. Families who love nature and the world’s wild places will enjoy sharing these animal opposites.

Opposites book
#20
Opposites
Written and illustrated by Courtney Dicmas
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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!

Look Look Outside! book
#21
Look Look Outside!
Written and illustrated by Peter Linenthal
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A black-and-white board book just right for baby’s eyes There’s a world of wonder outside baby’s window in this fourth board book in the popular Look, Look! series. In striking black-and-white images perfect for infant eyes, ladybugs fly, cars zoom, and clouds float. With bold, simple text and art, this board book makes an ideal learning experience for very young babies and a perfect shower gift.

Look at the Animals! book
#22
Look at the Animals!
Written and illustrated by Peter Linenthal
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Birds sing, zebras run, and whales spout in this delightful follow-up to Look Look!, which has sold nearly 50,000 copies. Bold, black-and-white illustrations offer the clean shapes and strong contrasts best suited to young babies’ developing minds.The warm, simple text makes this a perfect first book for sharing with a little one who’s just beginning to look and learn. An ideal shower gift that’s sure to become a favorite with baby.

Peanut Butter's Tasty Opposites book
#23
Peanut Butter's Tasty Opposites
Written and illustrated by Terry Border
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Is Peanut Butter the opposite of Jelly? From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake! With this book of delicious opposites, Terry Border creates a story perfect for his youngest fans. This time, his funny food characters show the differences between big and small, stop and go, up and down, and many other kid-friendly word pairs. One thing remains the same, though: Children and their parents will delight in this hilarious board book starring Terry Border’s beloved punny characters.

Numbers book
#24
Numbers
Written and illustrated by Courtney Dicmas
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Courtney Dicmas introduces babies to basic concepts with her award-winning charm and humour. In Opposites, interactions between animals with drastically different characteristics provides plenty of opportunities to discuss and make comparisons. Colours takes an original approach to the topic by representing popular colours through ocean creatures. Shapes cleverly demonstrates the way that different shapes appear in nature, through the outlines of animals, or through the negative space between them and their family members. How many birds can roost on a wire? Find out in the final book in the series: Numbers!

Opposite Surprise book
#25
Opposite Surprise
Written and 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."

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