Don’t be a square! Check out some of the best books about shapes here.

1. Shapes That Roll
By Karen Nagel

Which shapes roll? Which ones stack? Filled with bright colors and block patterns, this book is a fun and energetic way to learn about shapes.

Watch Dayvon read the book below in this episode of Can I Read to You?

2. The Greedy Triangle
By Marilyn Burns

This book teaches kids about more than shapes. Follow along as the triangle wishes for more sides, thereby turning into different shapes, until he realizes he was happiest as he was: a three-sided triangle!

3. Grandfather Tang’s Story
By Ann Tompert

This lovely story combines simple geometry lessons, traditional Chinese storytelling techniques and an endearing relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter. Books like “Grandfather Tang’s Story” and “Three Pigs, One Wolf, Seven Magic Shapes” by Grace Maccarone use tangrams to teach kids about shapes.

4. Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
By Tana Hoban

In “Shapes, Shapes, Shapes” and “Cubes, Cones, Cylinders and Spheres,” Tana Hoban uses photographs of everyday places, things or people to show children that shapes exist all around us!

5. Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails: Patterns & Shapes . . . Naturally
By Betsy Franco

With vibrant and beautiful illustrations by Steve Jenkins, this rhyming book teaches kids about shapes and patterns that occur in nature.

6. Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes
By Roseanne Thong and Grace Lin

Join one little girl on her adventures, in which she finds neighborhood items that resemble circles, squares and rectangles. Grace Lin adds her sweet illustrations to this story accompanied by a short glossary that explains the cultural significance of some objects of Chinese origin that appear throughout.

7. If You Were a Quadrilateral
By Molly Blaisdell

If You Were a Quadrilateral” and its companion book “If You Were a Polygon” ask children to think about shapes in a much different way, inspiring them to think critically and creatively about objects in the world around them.

8. Shapes in Art
By Rebecca Rissman

Rissman combines art, culture and geometry in this rhythmic, intriguing and breathtaking book of shapes. Invite your children to focus on the pictures and tasks at hand as you read this book aloud.

9. When a Line Bends… a Shape Begins
By Rhonda Gowler Greene

Shapes come to life in this circus-themed poetry book filled with simple and fun illustrations!

10. Shape by Shape
By Suse MacDonald

Caldecott Honor illustrator Suse MacDonald introduces shapes in this riveting and brilliantly illustrated book that will keep children guessing!

11. Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes
By Stuart J. Murphy

Join Captain Invincible and his trusty dog sidekick, Comet, in this Jetsons-like, shape-filled adventure through space!

What other books about shapes have you read? Circle back and tell us in the comments!

About Danielle Steinberg

Danielle Steinberg

Danielle received her Masters in Education which led her to a spot on the PBS Parents team in 2011. She now works full time as a producer of content and social media for PBS Digital Studios and continues to work as a web producer for PBS Parents.

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