22 Picture Books About Shapes

22 Picture Books About Shapes

Shapes are an important part of a young learner’s cognitive development.
Whoa! No pressure!
In all seriousness, shapes help young children to describe, classify and make sense of their world.
Here are 22 of our favourite picture books about shapes to help you and your little learner explore the wonderful world of shapes.

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Watch This! By Jane Godwin and Beci Orpin

I want to teach Preschoolers and K-2 forevermore just so I can use this book repeatedly in all Shape and Geometry lessons.
A gaggle of adorable children show us how they can make shapes and lines with their bodies.
My kids were intrigued by seeing other kids in print and ADORED the idea of using their bodies to imitate shapes.
One of my all-time favourite picture books about shapes.

Wednesday by Anne Bertier

Shapes at Play by Silvia Borando

Shapes, Reshape! by Silvia Borando

DISCLAIMER: I am a massive fan girl of Silvia Borando and all books published by Mini Bombo.
Their books use simple geometric illustrations in such clever ways to explore a variety of concepts.

Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood

The Shape Game by Anthony Browne

We adore playing this game! Draw a shape – or series of shapes – and present them to a partner.
What can your partner turn these shapes into?
A great way to play with shapes and inspire the imagination. You can see this game being played in Frida and Bear, also by Anthony Browne.

Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix

Shape Shift by Joyce Hesselberth

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

This trilogy of books from Barnett and Klassen (The Dream Team of Picture Book Creators) is hilarious with philosophical undertones.
Each character takes the form of a shape and has personality traits that are reflective of their shape.
The stories centre on the themes of friendship and provide lots of content for older readers to discuss.

Circle Rolls by Barbara Kanninen and Serge Bloch

Windblown by Edouard Manceau

Have You Seen My Monster? By Steve Light

An awesome look-and-find book centred around a little girl’s adventure through a country fair.
We’re looking for a monster but along the way we’re also spotting 20 shapes in the illustrations. Trapezoids, ellipses, kites, nonagons – oh my!

Circle, Triangle, Elephant! By Mayuko Takeuchi

This is a super fun board book suitable for the younger reader.

The ZOOM Epic Journeys Series by Viction-Viction

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Change the Shape by Andy Mansfield

Shape By Shape by Suse Macdonald

What are your favourite picture books about shapes?

You know that helping you READ + CREATE is my jam!
Click here for some creative ways to explore shapes that can extend a reading of picture books about shapes.

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9 Creative Ways to Learn Shapes

9 Creative Ways to Learn Shapes

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Looking to explore shapes with your littles?
Here are 9 hands-on, fun and creative ways to learn shapes.
Most importantly, these activities are all rich in opportunities for language development and play-based learning around shapes.
Scroll to the end of this post for 4 of our favourite picture books about shapes.