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Vision: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about vision?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to vision. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about vision.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about vision, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like My Travelin’ Eye to popular sellers like Color Zoo Board Book to some of our favorite hidden gems like Hide and Seek.

We hope this list of kids books about vision can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Hide and Seek
Written & illustrated by Taro Gomi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In this sly activity board book from celebrated international favorite Taro Gomi, young readers will delight to find hidden objects amidst familiar characters. When a crocodile’s dangerous smile can become a shiny toothbrush and a butterfly’s camouflage transforms into adorable heart shapes, there’s no telling what comes next! Kids will love learning that not everything in this world is as it seems. Sure to be a hit during both storytime and playtime!

The Pirate of Kindergarten
Written by George Ella Lyon & illustrated by Lynne Avril
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Doubles are good for lots of things—double scoops of ice cream, double features at the movies. But double vision is NOT a good kind of double. In fact, it can make kindergarten kind of hard. Ginny sees double chairs at reading circle and double words in her books. She knows that only half of what she sees is real, but which half? The solution to her problem is wondrously simple: an eye patch! Ginny becomes the pirate of kindergarten.With the help of her pirate patch, Ginny can read, run, and even snip her scissors with double the speed! Vibrant illustrations from Lynne Avril capture the realities of what Ginny sees both before and after.

I Can See Just Fine
Written & illustrated by Eric Barclay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

“Though Paige claims, “I can see just fine,” her parents grow concerned and decide it’s time for Paige to visit the eye doctor. Paige remains defiant until she finds the perfect frames and more importantly, perfect eyesight”—

Baby Loves the Five Senses: Sight!
Written by Ruth Spiro & illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Baby loves the five senses! Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of vision, light, and color. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well.

Color Zoo Board Book
Written & illustrated by Lois Ehlert
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Nine animals, nine shapes, and sixteen shades of color’everyone can have fun discovering them all by turning Color Zoo’s full-color pages and watching a lion turn into a goat, an ox into a monkey, a tiger into a mouse. . . . 1990 Caldecott Honor Book Notable Children’s Books of 1989 (ALA) 1990 Fanfare Honor List (H)

  • Arlo Needs Glasses - Every child who wears glasses will know just how Arlo feels, and will feel better because of it. And every parent will want that child to know that glasses are cool and fun and enable us to do the things we want to do. Take Arlo: He’s a shaggy, free-spirited dog who loves to play catch, until one day he can’t. He can’t see the ball anymore. He needs glasses! In this inventive, interactive (and now revised) picture book created by Barney Saltzberg, the bespectacled author of Beautiful Oops!, who charms young readers and their parents with a perfect light touch and joyful spirit, kids get to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem. They read an eye chart, look through a lift-the-flap phoropter (that big machine optometrists use), and try on different pairs of glasses—movie star glasses! superhero glasses! mad scientist glasses! And they interact with Arlo as he rediscovers how to be the best ball-catcher in the neighborhood and picks up a new favorite pastime along the way—reading! One out of five school-age children needs glasses. Arlo will show them just how lucky they are.

  • My Travelin' Eye - Jenny Sue loves that her “travelin’ eye” lets her see the world in a special way, and so she is not happy when her teacher suggests that her parents take her to an opthamologist to fix the lazy eye.

  • Look! Look! Look! - “Similar in format and concept to Take Another Look…the book is vintage Hoban. The photographs…are exquisitely planned and executed….Crystal clear, beautifully composed, and a treat to view.”—Horn Book.

  • Walter Wick's Optical Tricks - The winner of a 1997 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for A Drop of Water and contributor to the best-selling I Spy books presents a photographic book of optical illusions sure to stagger and delight young readers.

Not What It Seems
Written & illustrated by Paula Vasquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

In the pages of this book nothing is what it seems: an elephant trunk, deer antlers, and a kangaroo pouch become unexpected and curious objects. Look carefully and you’ll see a shower, a clothes hanger, and a shopping cart. You just have to look at things from a different point of view, and use a little bit of imagination. Parents will love introducing their little ones to Vasquez’s illustrated animals, and sharing the wonderful things make-believe can do.

Mrs. Mole, I'm Home!
Written & illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Poor Morris Mole has had a very long day, and all he wants is to get home to Mrs. Mole and their children. But Morris has misplaced his glasses! He starts burrowing his way home anyway, trusting in his memory to guide him. When Morris gets there he calls out, “Mrs. Mole, I’m hooome!” but he doesn’t exactly get the response he expected. “I’m not your wife!” says Mrs. Bunny. Oh, dear! So Morris sets off again in the direction of home. He’ll end up in the right spot eventually . . . won’t he? Young readers will be rooting for Morris and giggling at every wrong turn — while taking comfort in the fact that, sooner or later, you’ll always find your way home.

Black on White
Written & illustrated by Tana Hoban
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Share this book with the baby in your life. It’s never too early to read together! From the eminent photographer and acclaimed book creator Tana Hoban, this bestselling large format board book features bold black-and-white high-contrast images to engage babies and very young children. Tana Hoban’s board books have sold more than a million copies and are beloved by teachers, librarians, parents, and readers. A perfect gift for new parents and babies. Before they are able to clearly see colors, babies respond to the strong contrast between black and white, which makes this the perfect first book for young, developing brains. Experiencing bold black-and-white contrast helps stimulate development in the retina and the optic nerve. About Black on White and White on Black, Publishers Weekly said, “Hoban’s compositions are so supple and her layouts so well balanced that she casts kind of a spell . . . magical.”

White on Black
Written & illustrated by Tana Hoban
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Share this book with the baby in your life. It’s never too early to read together! From the eminent photographer and acclaimed book creator Tana Hoban, this bestselling large format board book features bold black-and-white high-contrast images to engage babies and very young children. Tana Hoban’s board books have sold more than a million copies and are beloved by teachers, librarians, parents, and readers. A perfect gift for new parents and babies. Before they are able to clearly see colors, babies respond to the strong contrast between black and white, which makes this the perfect first book for young, developing brains. Experiencing bold black-and-white contrast helps stimulate development in the retina and the optic nerve.

Find Colors
Written & illustrated by Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A colors book with no colors ? instead, die-cuts to peek through and find them yourself This introduction to colors integrates the reader’s surroundings into carefully considered die-cut silhouettes, providing children the space to visually experiment. Readers will gaze around the room through a rooster-shaped hole in search of something red, through a sun-shaped hole for something yellow, through squiggly worms for something pink. Designed for the youngest readers, this sturdy board book features 12 die-cuts made to flip and carry on a color-seeking mission. Inspired by the Whitney Museum’s approach to looking at art, these books provide a new way to look at the world.

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