67 Children's Books About Shapes

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Blue Chameleon book
#1
Blue Chameleon
Written and illustrated by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Chameleon can turn himself into anything and appear to fit in anywhere, but it seems that neither the swirly snail, the green grasshopper nor the striped sock want to be friends. Will he ever find someone to talk to? Someone just like him? With a subtle and witty interplay between words and illustrations this introduction to colors and shapes (and chameleons!) is sure to delight kids of all ages.

Triangle book
#2
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.

Lines book
#3
Lines
Written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Melinda Beck
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Lines are all around us. They create squares. They form circles. They make up buildings within towns, and towns on Earth, and the Earth within the universe.

Shapes book
#4
Shapes
Written by Katie Wilson
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Applying the tactile features of Montessori teaching, this innovative board book uses lightly grained sandpaper tracks to encourage children to trace various shapes as they enjoy whimsical illustrations of each. Shapes introduced include; squares, diamonds, ovals, rectangles, hearts, hexagons, diamonds, trapezoids, octagons and stars. Sturdy board pages and no moveable parts make this a unique addition to an early learning collection.

I Spy with My Little Eye book
#5
I Spy with My Little Eye
Written and illustrated by Paula Vasquez
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Mouse and Little Bear take readers on a journey with each page. Start with a color, point out a shape, and then use your imagination. Is that blue square an open window? Brrr! It’s chilly outside. And is that a red triangle? No, it is a scary volcano. Perfect for bedtime or playtime, this fun and unique primer puts a new spin on a classic game, teaching colors, shapes, and creative play.

Paris book
#6
Paris
Written and illustrated by Ashley Evanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introducing Hello, World, an exciting new board book series that pairs early learning concepts with colorful, stylish illustrations of cities around the world. Paris is a treasure trove of fascinating shapes: there are triangles at the Louvre Museum, rectangles at Notre-Dame Cathedral, arches at the Arc de Triomphe, and stars in a beautiful Parisian night sky. Explore shapes all over Paris in this gorgeous board book!

Miss Bunny's Shapes book
#7
Miss Bunny's Shapes
Written and illustrated by Becky Baur
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Explore and identify shapes in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Miss Bunny is having a party . . . and you re invited. But what kind of party will it be? That s the fun mystery that will entertain toddlers as they learn all about shapes. Featuring ravishing rabbits in bold designs, this supercool board book has cool flaps to lift on every page.

Big Bug book
#8
Big Bug
Written and illustrated by Henry Cole
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Size is relative, but everything is worth seeing in this concept book from the illustrator of And Tango Makes Three—now available as a Classic Board Book. Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a “big” ladybug, this adorable board book artfully depicts the concept of scale as it zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then author Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, all the way to the end where an adorable dog is taking a “little” nap. Young readers will love the lush illustrations of the animals, objects, and scenery of a farm, and they’ll delight in seeing how something “big” can suddenly seem “little” with every turn of a page!

One Yellow Ribbon book
#9
One Yellow Ribbon
Written by and illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A wordless board book that follows the journey of one yellow ribbon as it transforms into many other objects.

Out of Shapes book
#10
Out of Shapes
Written and illustrated by Ashley G.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

In this charming board book little ones will love seeing how just a few shapes make up all of their favorite things—from a rocket ship, to a kitty cat, to a friend, and beyond! What can you make out of a triangle, a circle, a square, and a rectangle? Almost anything! In this delightful board book, artist Ashley G. takes the concept of shapes and makes it fun! Little ones will see how different shapes become a home, a kitty, a friend, a gift, and much, much more! This bright, artistic board book is perfect little hands.

Foodie Babies Wear Bibs book
#11
Foodie Babies Wear Bibs
Written by Michelle Sinclair Colman and illustrated by Nathalie Dion
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The sixth book of the Urban Babies board book series finds Foodie Babies browsing the farmers' market and dining with their favorite finger foods.

My First Busy Book book
#12
My First Busy Book
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From beloved author-illustrator Eric Carle, this brand-new busy book is filled with touch-and-feels, lift-the-flaps, mirrors, and more—sure to endlessly entertain your little ones! This brand-new busy book featuring Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork is jam-packed with interactive activities to keep little hands busy. Each page features a different concept, from numbers and shapes, to colors, animals, and sounds! With a mylar mirror that’s visible through the cover, glitter, lift-the-flaps, touch-and-feels, and more, this book is sure to be a hit with babies and parents. It’s a must-have for every Eric Carle collection!

Shapes All Around book
#13
Shapes All Around
Written by Kate Riggs and illustrated by Laetitia Devernay
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Identifying shapes is a fundamental part of a child's development. Most of the time, shapes are introduced strictly by their geometric properties. In this illustrated, conceptual board book, though, brightly colored shapes are associated with forms found in nature, creating connections between mathematical concepts and the world around us. Young readers will enjoy pointing out the shapes in this book—and all around!

One Patch of Blue book
#14
One Patch of Blue
Written by and illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A wordless board book that follows the journey of one patch of denim as it escapes from a pair of pants and transforms into many other objects.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets book
#15
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets
Written by Hena Khan and illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes—and traditions—of the Muslim world. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets is equally at home in a classroom reading circle and on a parent's lap being read to a child.

Henry's Stars book
#16
Henry's Stars
Written and illustrated by David Elliott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The stars take shape in this adorable companion to Henry’s Map! One beautiful evening on the farm, Henry stares up at the sky. As he looks from star to star, they seem to form a picture. He sees it! A great big starry pig! Henry can’t wait to show his friends. Yet instead of seeing the Great Pig’s ears, legs, and curly tail, the sheep see a woolly body . . . the Great Sheep! Abigail sees the Great Star Cow, of course, and the chickens spot Heavenly Hens flying all over the place. Henry is frustrated. Why don’t the others see what he sees? In this charming companion to Henry’s Map, David Elliot explores—with gentle humor—the nature of art and perception. A perfect book for kids and adults who love to find shapes among the stars or anywhere else their imaginations may lead.

My First Shapes Book book
#17
My First Shapes Book
Written and illustrated by Flowerpot Press
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

Introduces readers to shapes, including circles, rectangles, and octagons.

Baby Animals Spots & Stripes book
#18
Baby Animals Spots & Stripes
Written and illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Featuring black and white art, Baby Animals includes four sets of baby animals (mammal, amphibian, bird, and insect), one striped and one spotted. The final full-color spread features human babies and reveals all eight animals as toys.

Valentine's Shapes book
#19
Valentine's Shapes
Written by Barbara Barbieri McGrath and illustrated by Peggy Tagel
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This unique alternative to stuffed animals and sweets makes baby’s first Valentine’s Day all about shapes, including Valentine favorites like hearts, balloons, and flowers.

My Very First Book of Shapes book
#20
My Very First Book of Shapes
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Can you find what is round? What is square? In this timeless new split-pageboard book, children can find the bottom half of a page that matches the top half. Find the right pairs, and you will learn to identify all kinds of shapes. From dome-shaped ladybugs to diamond- shaped kites, this clever board book makes learning fun.

Shape book
#21
Shape
Written by David Goodman and illustrated by Zoe Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-18

Introduces basic shapes through objects seen in the everyday world and includes such activities as building a fish mobile and making a house with a tangram.

All about Spot book
#22
All about Spot
Written and illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Little hands will love this adorable puppy-shaped board book! Join Spot as he has lots of fun, rain or shine, playing with friends as well as by himself. Spot’s everyday adventures fill the pages of this big puppy-shaped board book that children will love.

Look Look Outside! book
#23
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.

Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings book
#24
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings
Written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This charming introduction to colors, shapes, and animals has been delighting children all over the world for ten years! There is a surprise on every peek-a-boo page, where textured shapes magically turn into colorful creatures perfect for toddler’s touching.

An Oval Submarine and Other Shapes book
#25
An Oval Submarine and Other Shapes
Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A colorful first concept book about shapes, illustrated in Britta Teckentrup's distinctive style. Drive a rectangular fire truck, fly a green diamond kite, and say hello to a starfish. An Oval Submarine gives younger children a colorful introduction to shapes, from the triangular sail on a blue sailboat to a hexagonal honeycomb, with bees buzzing around. Kids will HEART this delightful book!

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