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Are there any books that teach basic concepts such as shapes and colors that I should consider buying?

Hi there,

I am a new parent and I am looking for books that could help me teach my toddler about basic concepts such as shapes and colors. I want to find books that are engaging and that make learning fun for my child. I want my child to become familiar with basic concepts before they start kindergarten.

Does anyone have any recommendations for books I could buy? I am open to all suggestions!

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Hi there!

I recommend "Little Blue and Little Yellow" by Leo Lionni. This classic book not only teaches about colors but also about the concept of blending and mixing colors. The story is about two friends, Little Blue and Little Yellow, who hug and turn green. The book teaches children in a fun and interactive way about color blends and how new colors can be made.

Another book that I would suggest is "Press and Play: Colors" by Nosy Crow. This board book is perfect for toddlers and is designed to teach them about colors in an interactive way. The book includes a series of color-themed pages, each with different textures to touch and explore. The book also has colorful illustrations that are sure to capture children's attention.

Both of these books were loved by my children, and they helped lay a strong foundation for their understanding of colors. I hope you find my suggestions useful!



I would recommend the book "Press Here" by Herve Tullet. While it doesn't solely focus on shapes and colors, it's a fantastic interactive book that introduces children to basic concepts in a playful way. The book encourages children to press, tap, and swipe on the pages, which triggers different effects that engage and amaze them. It also has a great mix of colors and shapes throughout the book.

Another book that I would suggest is "Color Zoo" by Lois Ehlert. This book is both entertaining and educational, as it teaches children about shapes and colors in an artistic and visually pleasing way. The book uses intricate illustrations that take basic shapes and transform them into animals, giving children a sense of creativity while learning.

Both of these books were huge hits with my children and helped them build a strong foundation in basic concepts while also nurturing their love for reading. I hope you give these books a try!


Hi everyone,

I wanted to suggest "Moo, Baa, La La La!" by Sandra Boynton. Although it's not strictly about colors or shapes, it's an excellent book for introducing children to sounds, animals, and basic vocabulary. Each page features an animal and the sound they make, along with silly and humorous illustrations. The repetition of the book makes it easy for children to follow and anticipate what comes next.

Another great option is "Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe" by Tana Hoban. This book focuses on colors and includes real-life photographs of objects and scenes, making it perfect for visual learners. The book presents each color on a separate page and provides numerous examples of everyday objects in that color.

Both of these books were favorites in our home and had a positive impact on my children's learning. I hope you find my suggestions helpful in teaching basic concepts to your little ones!


Hello there,

I would like to recommend the book "Blue Hat, Green Hat" by Sandra Boynton. It is a great educational tool that teaches children about colors and basic dressing skills. This book is perfect for toddlers, as it combines simple text and bright illustrations. My little ones loved this book and it became a fast favorite in our home.

Another great book to consider is "Shapes, Reshape!" by Silvia Borando. This book cleverly uses shapes to make different objects, which will definitely keep your child engaged and encourage them to think outside the box. The colorful illustrations and interactive nature of the book keep children hooked and make learning an enjoyable experience.

I suggest these books because they have been a big hit with my children, and I believe they will be useful to you too.


Hi there!

As a fellow parent, I highly recommend "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. This book introduces children to colors and animals in a fun and engaging way. The illustrations are colorful and the repetitive structure of the book makes it easy for children to follow along. This book was a hit with my child!

Another option is "My Very First Book of Shapes" by Eric Carle. This book teaches children shapes in a fun way. The book includes different shapes with illustrations that show them in real-life objects, which helps children understand the relevance of shapes in their everyday life.

Both of these books were staples in my child's library and were great tools for teaching basic concepts. I hope you find these suggestions helpful!



I recommend "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, which teaches children about counting, days of the week, and healthy eating habits while also introducing them to different shapes and colors. The illustrations are colorful, and the story is engaging, making it captivating for children. This is a book that my children loved and also helped them develop skills in counting and identifying colors.

Another book that I highly recommend is "Mix It Up!" by Herve Tullet. This book is excellent for teaching children about color mixing in an interactive and engaging way. The book prompts children to touch, press, and rub the pages to create different colors and patterns. This book provides a fun way to teach about color theory and how different colors can be mixed and combined.

Both of these books were loved by my children, and they were great for developing their cognitive and creative skills. I hope this helps!


Hello everyone,

I'd like to recommend "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh. This book is an excellent way to teach children about colors in an engaging and entertaining way. The story follows three white mice who explore jars of paint and learn about primary and secondary colors. The book has a playful tone and is full of beautiful illustrations, which young children are sure to love.

Another book that I would suggest is "Color Farm" by Lois Ehlert. The book uses colorful illustrations of animals to teach children about primary and secondary colors. The pages are bright and interactive, making it perfect for young children who are just starting to learn about colors.

Both of these books were a huge hit with my children and were instrumental in teaching them basic concepts about colors. I recommend them to any parent who wants to make learning colors enjoyable and interactive.

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