Sunday, 25 August 2013

Great Picture Books for Introducing Concepts to Young Children

These lists are not complete or exhaustive.
Many of these books could be included in more than one category.
If you have any favourites or recommendations for these lists please let me know.
I'm always on the lookout for new books :-)


Maths

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne
My Map Book by Sara Fanelli
One is a Snail Ten is a Crab by A Pulley Sayre
(A) One Woolly Wombat by Kerry Argent
The Shopping Basket by John Burningham
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr Seuss
Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstein

Seasons


The House of Four Seasons by Roger Duvoisin
(A) A Year on the Farm by Penny Matthews and Andrew McLean


Environmental


(A) Are We There Yet by Alison Lester
(A) Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein
(A) Circle by Jeannie Baker
(A) Flood by Jackie French
(A) The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker
(A) How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
Oi! Get Off the Train by John Burningham
(A) Sailing Home by Colin Thompson
(A) The Story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
(A) Tree by Danny Parker
(A) Waddle Giggle Gargle by Pamela Allen
When The Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
(A) Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker
Where's Julius? and Oi! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham




Death and Grief


(A) Harry and Hopper by Margaret Wild
(A) John Brown Rose and The Midnight Cat by Jenny Wagner
The Heart in the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
(A) Tough Boris by Mem Fox


Feelings





Overcoming Fear


(A) Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten by Bob Graham
Silly Billy by Anthony Browne
The Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain
(A) There's A Sea in My Bedroom by Margaret Wild




Growth and Change


A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
(A) My Place by Nadia Wheatley
Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
(A) Queenie the Bantam by Bob Graham
(A) The Red Woollen Blanket by Bob Graham
Titch by Pat Hutchins
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
(A) When Frank Was Four by Alison Lester
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
(A) Window by Jeannie Baker
You'll Soon Grow Into Them Titch by Pat Hutchins



Friendship


A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
(A) Amy and Louis by Libby Gleeson
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers


Philosophy

Zen Shorts by John J Muth
The Peace Book by Todd Parr


Difference


Avocado Baby by John Burningham
(A) I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit by Pamela Allen
It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
(A) Stanley Paste by Aaron Blabey
(A) Whoever You Are by Mem Fox


Family Issues


The Family Book by Todd Parr
The Family Tree by Kim Kane
(A) Isabella's Bed by Alison Lester
Living With Mum and Living With Dad My Two Homes by Melanie Walsh
Molly and Her Dad by Carol Thompson
(A) Moonlight by Jan Ormerod
(A) Sunshine by Jan Ormerod
There's Going to Be a Baby by John Burningham


Community


(A) Belonging by Jeannie Baker
(A) The Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham
(A) Home in the Sky by Jeannie Baker
(A) Mirror by Jeannie Baker
(A) My Place by Nadia Wheatley
(A) This is Our House by Michael Rosen



Relationships


(A) Black Dog by Pamela Allen
Dogger by Pat Hutchins
The Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
(A) My Cat Maisie by Pamela Allen
This is Our House by Michael Rosen




Identity


(A) I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit by Pamela Allen
(A) Koala Lou by Mem Fox
(A) Possum Magic by Mem Fox



Problem Solving


(A) Belinda by Pamela Allen
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
(A) Farmer Schulz's Ducks by Colin Thiele
The Hobyahs by Brenda Parkes 
(A) Mr Archimede's Bath by Pamela Allen
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
(A) Waddle Giggle Gargle by Pamela Allen
What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
(A) Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen
(A) Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan


Cause and Effect


The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle
Mr Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham
Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
Press Here by Hever Tullet 
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins


Humour


Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi & Ron Barrett 
(A) Boo To A Goose by Mem Fox
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile 
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audry Woods
(A) My Dad Thinks He's Funny by Katrina Germein 


Belonging


Aaaaaaargh Spider by Lydia Monks
Are You My Mother by P D Eastman
(A) The Arrival by Shaun Tan
(A) Belonging by Jeannie Baker
(A) The Fox by Margaret Wild
(A) Home and Away by John Marsden
(A) The Littlest Refugee by Ahn Do
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
(A) The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
(A) Queenie the Bantam by Bob Graham
(A) The Spirit of Hope by Bob Graham
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers


Discovery




Overcoming Gender Stereotypes


(A) The Long Red Scarf by Nette Hilton
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch
Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole


War and Peace





Check out my other lists - Picture Books for Older Readers





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