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Opposites: Picture Books For Kids

This list of the best picture books about opposites is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Triangle to Fun, Fun, Fun! there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about opposites? Let us know!

Triangle book
#1
Triangle
Written by Mac Barnett and 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.

Russell and the Lost Treasure book
#2
Russell and the Lost Treasure
Written and illustrated by Rob Scotton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Russell the sheep is determined to find the Lost Treasure of Frogsbottom. Equipped with his Super-Duper Treasure Seeker, Russell searches high and low, up and down, and in and out. Nothing! Finally, Russell finds an old chest! Could it be? Discover how Russell finds the most valuable treasure of all.

Les & Ronnie Step Out book
#3
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?

The Opposite Zoo book
#4
The Opposite Zoo
Written and illustrated by Il Sung Na
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

After the zoo closes, monkey slips out of his cage to explore the zoo, introducing the reader to the other animals and the idea of opposites.

Hippopposites book
#5
Hippopposites
Written and illustrated by Janik Coat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Describes opposite aspects of a hippopotamus. On board pages.

  1. Inside Outside - 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.

  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.

  3. Animal Opposites - 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.

  4. Marta! Big & Small - In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

Big Bear, Small Mouse book
#10
Big Bear, Small Mouse
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"A big bear and a small mouse discover all of the opposites between their animal friends"--

Stop, Go, Yes, No! book
#11
Stop, Go, Yes, No!
Written and illustrated by Mike Twohy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Fun, Fun, Fun! book
#12
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

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