At home with your child, are you a little bent out of shape trying to find things to keep them interested? Look no further than this list of books about shapes for preschoolers that are sure to be a hit. Bad jokes are sold on their own.
Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong (Author) and Grace Lin (Illustrator)
In this rhyming story, a girl looks for shapes all over her house and neighborhood. She finds a lot of things, like round mooncakes and bowls, square dim sum and pizza boxes, and a lot of other things. There’s a glossary at the end of the book that will help you and your child learn about any of the items that show the girl is from China that you don’t already know about. For preschoolers, Thong has written a book about shapes called “Round is a Tortilla.” The book is about Latinx culture.
Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins
Your preschooler will love this picture book about little dolls living in a house made of blocks. When the house starts to burn down, they have to come up with a way to get out. When your toddler sees you building, they will want to get out their own blocks and join in!
City Shapes by Diana Murray
One of the best shape books for preschoolers is City Shapes, which takes a child on a tour of the city. She looks at taxis, skyscrapers, and subways and sees some interesting shapes. Her journey will make your kids want to look for shapes all around them.
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
Photos by Hoban bring this book to life, making it more interesting. Afterward, there’s a page that tells you what shapes are in the book. Then, you’re free to look at the photos. It’s possible that your child will find shapes in the homes, bridges, and forests of Hoban’s world. There are many other concept books for young children by the author of Cubes, Cones, Cylinders and Spheres and Red, Blue and Yellow Shoe.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
The illustrations in this book are so appealing to kids because they use a lot of different colors. It’s a short and fun story about three clever mice who use ovals, circles, and triangles to get ahead of a cat. I think you’ll like Mouse Paint if you like this book. It’s written by the same person.
Tangled: A Story about Shapes by Anne Miranda
In this silly story, 16 shapes go to the park to play. In the beginning, everything goes well until they get caught in a jungle gym and can’t get out. Many common shapes will be named as your child reads to see which shape will save the day.
Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Perfect Square is a story about learning to love our flaws. There are a lot of things you will like about Hall’s colorful drawings and the important message the story tells. Though it’s OK to not be perfect, this book about shapes is pretty close to being perfect.
Triangle by Mac Barnett (Author) and Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
There’s a good chance this one will be a hit with both parents and young children. They live in a triangle house next to triangular mountains in the first book of the trilogy. This book is very sneaky, and we get to see it. Take a look at Triangle, who is very clever. He is going to play a trick on his friend Square. Not everything goes as planned. This book is part of a series called Square and Circle. If you like this one, you should check out the other two:
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim book of Shapes by Hena Khan (Author) and Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
With this book, your child will learn about shapes and the Muslim culture at the same time, all at the same time. Colorful pictures bring the shapes and sizes of people to life. They also show how different they are. Khan has also written a lot of other books for kids, likeGolden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors.
Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen (Author) and Bob Shea (Illustrator)
They will meet Circle and Square in this sweet story. They are very different, but that’s fine. The bookworm Square and the outgoing Circle love each other’s unique traits. But will their friendship last after Circle’s new friend, Triangle, comes along?
Sweet Shapes by Juana Medina Rosas
Drawing and photography are used in this unique book to tell a different story. The sweet shapes in Medina’s forest will make you want to eat them all! A picture of a triangle lemon tart with wings and a beak is made into a bird. They look like mouse whiskers when chocolate-dipped pretzels are added to them. After reading this book, your child will be brighter and hungry.
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Books about shapes for preschoolers that also teach important lessons? Look no further. Square Cat is the story of Eula, the only cat in town who isn’t a round shape. Everyone else is round, so they can do things that square Eula can’t, like ride a bike. Fortunately, Eula’s friends help her to feel like she’s part of the group.
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
This is one of the best preschool books about shapes. The shapes, colors, and animals of this Caldecott award-winning book were all learned at a young age. There are clever animals made out of different colors and shapes. It’s a good book for people who want to read on their own.
Starring Shapes by Tania Howells
They all want to be in the school play. They all have skills. Square is a postage stamp, and Oval was once a surfboard, but now they are both stamps. Who will be the star? There are so many different shapes.
Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald
In this fun book, a well-known animal is shown piece by piece using a variety of shapes. Collages that are brightly colored look like they’re jumping off the page and into the air. When your child sees this educational mystery, they will love it!