Best Kids Books About Shapes

19 Kids Books About Shapes

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
When the Earth Lost Its Shapes book
#1
When the Earth Lost Its Shapes
Written by Shobha Viswanath and illustrated by Christine Kastl
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

One day, all the shapes in the world disappear. It’s up to little dot to restore shape to the world.

Shape book
#2
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.

The Big Book of Shapes book
#3
The Big Book of Shapes
Written and illustrated by Marie-Pascale Cocagne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Geometric shapes are introduced as the reader is enouraged to make pictures from the shapes and to play the games in the book.

Henry's Stars book
#4
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.

Eric Carle's Book of Many Things book
#5
Eric Carle's Book of Many Things
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Learn over 200 words with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other favorite friends from the World of Eric Carle. Children will have hours of fun learning first words and first concepts in this beautiful book from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From things in the garden to things you can eat, from numbers to shapes, from colors to feelings, this is the perfect way for little ones to learn what they need to navigate their busy worlds.

Square book
#6
Square
Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

The beguiling second entry in the innovative shape trilogy by multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square's friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really? With the second story in a trilogy of tales about Triangle, Square, and Circle, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen nudge readers toward a more well-rounded way of looking at things. Understated and striking in its simplicity, this funny, thoughtful offering from two of today's most talented picture-book creators emphasizes the importance of keeping your eyes -- and your mind -- open to wonder where others see only rubble and rocks.

This Is My Eye: A New York Story book
#7
This Is My Eye: A New York Story
Written and illustrated by Neela Vaswani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Shapes, colors, patterns, and people are everywhere, and things look different depending on how you look at them—and who is doing the looking. In this playful ode to photography and point of view, a poetic story posits how one young girl might capture moments of insight, community, and art in her beloved hometown, New York City. With the popularity of camera phones, photo-journaling, and photo-posting sites, this fictional exploration of photography as one young girl’s form of self-expression is guaranteed to appeal to budding photographers.

Triangle book
#8
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.

Code Your Own Adventure book
#9
Code Your Own Adventure
Written and illustrated by Max Wainewright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Bring a space, pirate, jungle, and knight adventure to life through drawing central characters, animating plot lines, and creating games. With easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by step instructions, this book introduces key coding concepts through simple and practical tasks—from drawing shapes and giving instructions in code, to building games and much more!

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets book
#10
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.

Blue Chameleon book
#11
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.

Round Is a Tortilla book
#12
Round Is a Tortilla
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child's day!

The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright book
#13
The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little boy who loves to find shapes in nature grows up to be one of America’s greatest architects in this inspiring biography of Frank Lloyd Wright. When Frank Lloyd Wright was a baby, his mother dreamed that he would become a great architect. She gave him blocks to play with and he learned that shapes are made up of many other shapes. As he grew up, he loved finding shapes in nature. Wright went on to study architecture and create buildings that were one with the natural world around them. He became known as one of the greatest American architects of all time.

Which One Doesn't Belong? book
#14
Which One Doesn't Belong?
Written and illustrated by Christopher Danielson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is not your typical shapes book. This introducti on to geometry and mathemati cal thinking will excite young readers and make math a part of their everyday lives. Celebrated math educator Christopher Danielson encourages inquiry and criti cal thinking and sparks memorable mathematical conversati ons by asking which shape in each group does not belong. There’s no one right answer—the important thing is to have a reason why. Kids might describe the shapes as squished, smooshed, dented, or even goofy. But when they justi fy their thinking, they’re talking math!

Circle book
#15
Circle
Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen deliver the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle, Square, and Circle. This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle's friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.

One Shoe Two Shoes book
#16
One Shoe Two Shoes
Written by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Edward Underwood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

With bright, bold illustrations, this stylish picture book features lots of shoes, ten white mice, and one adorable dog. One shoe, two shoes. Red shoes, blue shoes. Two shoes make a pair. Who's that hiding there? Shoes, shoes, and more shoes . . . this book is bursting shoes of all different colors, sizes, and shapes. There's a pair here to suit everyone--even a family of mice! Jolly, rhythmic text carries you playfully along in this delightfully stylish book that introduces colors and numbers in a gentle and fun way.

Now What? a Math Tale book
#17
Now What? a Math Tale
Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Chris Chatterton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Solve a problem with Puppy and a bag full of blocks! Robie H. Harris and Chris Chatterton team up for another gentle introduction to early math concepts. Puppy wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze. But there aren't enough rectangles, squares, and triangles. NOW WHAT? Build, measure, count, compare! Follow along as Puppy tries again and again and again and finally figures out how blocks of different shapes and sizes can fit together to build a bed that's just the right size for a nap.

Birds book
#18
Birds
Written and illustrated by Carme Lemniscates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Brilliant graphic illustrations and a gentle, thought-provoking text pay homage to birds and their wonder-inspiring ways. Birds are like thoughts. They come, stay awhile . . . and then fly away. Birds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They like to chat with one another as they fly high and low in the sky. Birds make music, with songs that are like the loving words of a friend, and we are lucky enough to enjoy those sweet melodies. But best of all, birds are capable of flying wherever they please -- they just let their hearts guide them. And we can do that, too, if we use our imaginations. In a lyrical ode to our winged friends, the creator of Trees turns her eye to a diverse class of creatures that has much to teach about transcending the barriers that lie between us.

Small World book
#19
Small World
Written by Ishta Mercurio and illustrated by Jen Corace
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Nanda is born, the whole of her world is the circle of her mother’s arms. But as she grows, the world grows too. It expands outward—from her family, to her friends, to the city, to the countryside. And as it expands, so does Nanda’s wonder in the underlying shapes and structures patterning it: cogs and wheels, fractals in snowflakes. Eventually, Nanda’s studies lead her to become an astronaut and see the small, round shape of Earth far away. A geometric meditation on wonder, Small World is a modern classic that expresses our big and small place in the vast universe.

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