Picture Books ~ Concept Books

Blackstone, Stella
Ship Shapes
JUV 398.8.B567s

Colorful fabric collages illustrate basic shapes as two children and a dog set sail on an adventurous trip. 2006.

Carle, Eric
Hello, Red Fox 
JUV 398.8.C192hr

Guests at Little Frog's birthday party include the red fox, the purple butterfly, the orange cat, and other colorful animals. The illustrations are designed to demonstrate the concept of complementary colors. 1998.

Fleming, Denise
The Everything Book
JUV 398.8.F6293e

A collection of simple works which introduce colors, shapes, numbers, animals, food, and nursery rhymes. 2000.

Freymann, Saxton
Food for Thought: The Complete Book of Concepts for Grown Minds
JUV 398.8.F898f

Uses bright photographs of fruits and vegetables shaped like animals and simple labels to teach toddlers shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites. 2005.

Got, Yves
Sam's Opposites
JUV 398.8.G7104s

Sam the bunny rabbit introduces such pairs of opposites as dirt/clean, high/low, whole/broken and angry/calm. 2003.

Hill, Eric
Spot's Big Learning Book
JUV 398.8.H5514sbl

In simple black and white, bright and pastel colors, Spot makes learning fun for children. Young learners will enjoy learning all about colors, shapes, numbers, and words. 1999.

Hopgood, Tim
Wow! Said the Owl
JUV 398.8.H7734w

A curious little owl decides to stay awake to find out how the things he sees at night look during the daytime- "A book about colors!" 2009.

Micklethwait, Lucy
Colors: A First Art Book
JUV 398.8.M583c

Here are 18 brilliant works of art carefully chosen to illustrate a range of familiar colors. Artists include Botticelli, Hiroshige, Van Gogh, and Peter Blake among others. 2005.

Micklethwait, Lucy
I Spy: An Alphabet in Art
JUV 398.8.M583ia

Each of the fourteen magnificent paintings in this book contains a different shape for you to find. Some are easy to spot, and others are more challenging. But take a closer look -- after you think you've found them all, there are even more shapes to look at and discover. 2004.

Milgrim, David
My Friend Lucky
JUV 398.8.M598m

A dog named Lucky demonstrates opposites such as slow and fast, dry and wet, cold and warm, and here and there. 2002.

Murphy, Stuart
A House for Birdie
JUV 398.8.M957hb

As Birdie and his friends try to locate a house that is just right for his size, readers learn about the concept of capacity. 2004.

Murphy, Stuart
JUV 398.8.M957o

At a family reunion, the cousins line up in order of their ages to get their pictures taken, introducing the concept of numerical order. 2002.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
Black? White! Day? Night! A Book of Opposites
JUV 398.8.S4514b

Through a series of ingenious die-cut pages, the young reader discovers things that are the opposite of what they seem within eighteen questions and their answers. 2006.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll
Mouse Magic
JUV 398.8.W168mm

Kit and the Wizard experiment with colors, finding that some colors vibrate when placed next to each other. 2000.