46 Baby & Toddler Books About Shapes

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Shapes book
#1
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.

Lines book
#2
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.

I Spy with My Little Eye book
#3
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
#4
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!

Big Bug book
#5
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!

Miss Bunny's Shapes book
#6
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.

One Yellow Ribbon book
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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.

Shapes All Around book
#10
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
#11
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.

My First Shapes Book book
#12
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
#13
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.

Look at Baby's House! book
#14
Look at Baby's House!
Written and illustrated by Peter Linenthal
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Look! The sun is rising at baby?s house. In this delightful follow-up to Look, Look! and Look at the Animals!, a baby?s day unfolds. Bold, blackand- white illustrations and a warm, simple text are perfect for sharing with little ones just beginning to look and learn. An ideal shower gift!

Look Look Outside! book
#15
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.

All about the Very Hungry Caterpillar book
#16
All about the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This stunning caterpillar-shaped book is an ideal introduction to this beloved classic. Young children will learn all the words from the world of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar, " from egg to strawberry, lollipop, and--finally--beautiful butterfly! Full color. 6 13/16.

London book
#17
London
Written and illustrated by Ashley Evanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Hello, World is an exciting board book series that pairs early learning concepts with colorful, stylish illustrations of cities around the world. London can be rainy, or it can be sunny. Some Buckingham Palace guards are big, and others are little. Explore opposites through the sights of London in this gorgeous board book!

Hidden Animals book
#18
Hidden Animals
Written by Carly Blake and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

See and say the colorful shapes, then peek through the holes and discover hidden animal surprises! “Now you see a yellow circle. Then you see . . . a yellow bird!” Little ones will love to see and say the colorful shapes, then peek through the holes and turn the pages to discover the hidden animal surprises! With clever die cuts and colorful illustrations, this modern and innovative board book with captivate and delight!

Hello, World! My Body book
#19
Hello, World! My Body
Written and illustrated by Jill McDonald
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Young children are fascinated by their eyes, ears, nose, fingers, and toes. Now here’s a Hello, World! board book that teaches toddlers all about the human body, with shapes, sizes, colors, and super-simple facts. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“How many fingers can you count on each hand?") It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

ABC Shapes book
#20
ABC Shapes
Written and illustrated by Ingela Peterson Arrhenius
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Learn about unusual shapes along with the alphabet in ABC Shapes, a fun and educational board book that combines the ABCs with fun and unconventional shapes. Going beyond the typical preschool shapes like circles and squares, ABC Shapes introduces arches and ellipses, cubes and wedges, and even helixes and nanagons. Each page highlights an unusual shape, one for every letter of the alphabet, and features a colorful illustration. The beautiful and engaging illustrations of animals, people, and objects prominently feature each shape, ensuring parents and children love learning the fundamentals of shapes and the alphabet together.

My First Busy Book book
#21
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!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! It’s a Circle book
#22
Ripley's Believe It or Not! It’s a Circle
Written and illustrated by Ripley Publishing
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Following on the heels of the delightful ODDphabet and Wacky 1-2-3 board books, kids 0–5 can learn their shapes with Look! It’s a Circle (But Not Just a Circle!). Basic shapes are fun to identify, but they also show up in real life. Enjoy seeing these shapes become fun and sweet reminders of things we see and do every day with a few of the same silly characters from ODDphabet and Wacky 1-2-3. The Look! It’s a Circle board book features original illustrations from Ripley’s cartoonist John Graziano. Weird, wonderful, and all true…Believe It or Not!

Urban Babies Wear Black book
#23
Urban Babies Wear Black
Written by Michelle Sinclair Colman and illustrated by Nathalie Dion
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With appealing multimedia artwork, this fun board book follows an urban tot who loves nights at the opera, modern architecture, and fine cuisine. Full color.

Cuauhtémoc book
#24
Cuauhtémoc
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspired by the last Aztec Emperor of the old Mexico, this book introduces children to both shapes and their first English and Spanish words. You and your child will explore the city of Tenochtitlan along side Cuauhtémoc —where you’ll come across the circulo in the Aztec calendar, the triangle in the pyramid, the heart in the shield of an Aztec princess, and more!

Indestructibles: Baby, Find the Shapes! book
#25
Indestructibles: Baby, Find the Shapes!
Written by Ekaterina Trukhan and illustrated by Amy Pixton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

It’s the little series that goes—and goes and goes and goes, now selling over 900,000 copies a year. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles engage all their senses during storytime—even their desire to munch! Now from Ekaterina Trukhan, a Russian artist who is new to the series and brings the gift of instantly appealing color and brightness, comes a new basic concept book just right for babies. In Baby, Find the Shapes! readers can recognize the circles, squares, and triangles they find at home. See the rectangular window! Clocks are circular! Printed on lightweight, non-toxic paperlike material, Indestructibles are rip-proof, chew-proof, gum-proof, and drool-proof, 100% nontoxic and easy to clean—or throw in the dishwasher.

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