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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Picture Books About Shapes

Baby Party

Baby Party by Rebecca O’Connell
A baby party introduces toddlers to basic shapes.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslin Book of Shapes by Hena Khan
In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl guides the reader through the traditions and shapes of Islam.

Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? by Tana Hoban
Illustrations and brief text introduce colors and the concepts of shape and size.

Now What?: A Math Tale by Robie H. Harris
Solve a problem with Puppy and a bag full of blocks in this 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. Finally, Puppy 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. 

Perfect Square by Michael Hall
A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new and just as happy.

Round by Joyce Sidman
Readers are invited to search their worlds for round objects in nature.

Shape by Henry Pluckrose
Information about mathematical shapes, part of the Math Counts series.

Shapes by Shelley Rotner
An introduction to shapes with examples of real-life objects that resemble those shapes.

Shapes at Play by Silvia Borando
A playful first book of shapes. Meet the red triangles, the yellow squares and the blue circles, who have a great idea for a game: together, they want to see if they can make a brand new shape.

Shapes, Reshape! by Silvia Borando
Count down from 10 to 1 in this playful interactive exploration of the shapes that make up our favorite animals. The shapes, at first, are lined up neatly in rows. But, at the turn of the page, they're mixed up, moved around and reshaped into all kinds of animals.

Shape Up, Construction Trucks! by Victoria Allenby
Full-color photographs feature construction vehicles. Geometric shapes discernable on the vehicles are digitally highlighted for easy identification and rhyming text names both the shape and the truck.

Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Eulah the cat is square and, while she longs to be round like other cats, her friends show her the benefits of the shape that she has.

Sweet Shapes: A Forest of Tasty Shapes by Juana Medina
Introduces different shapes, depicting a forest full of animals created out of tasty confections and pastries.

The Very Droopy Honey Bear by Mama Bear Gina
Very Droopy Honey Bear is sad because he can't see beyond the table on which he sits. His friend Very Smiley Honey Bear and two children help him see, feel, hear and touch the good and the loveliness around him. Look for shapes, colors and surprises hidden in the story.

March 2021

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