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Can anyone recommend any books that are great for babies who are learning to identify different shapes and patterns?

Hi everyone,

I have a 10-month-old baby who is at that stage where she is just beginning to recognize and identify different shapes and patterns. I'm looking for book recommendations that can help her in this learning process.

I want something that is simple and engaging, with clear illustrations and bold colors that will grab her attention. Whether it's a board book or a picture book, I'm open to any suggestions that you might have based on your own experiences or recommendations from other parents.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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As a mother of a 1 year old, I would like to recommend some books to help with identifying shapes and patterns. "Baby's First Book of Shapes" by Roger Priddy is a great board book that is both simple and colorful, with different shapes labeled and brightly presented on each page.

Another book that I found helpful in teaching my baby about patterns is "Pattern Fish" by Trudy Harris. This book features sea creatures that are built with different patterns, making it easy to identify and appreciate patterns to babies.

Lastly, I would recommend "Color Zoo" by Lois Ehlert. This book not only teaches babies about different shapes but also different colors and how they can be combined to make different animals. The illustrations are creative and engaging, making it an excellent read-aloud book.

I hope these suggestions help!


Hey there,

As a parent of a 9-month-old, I recommend "I Spy on the Farm" by Edward Gibbs. This book is perfect for babies who are just starting to identify different shapes and patterns, as it features a variety of animals hidden behind die-cut holes that reveal different aspects of the farm. There are also some color and pattern recognition elements in this book, making it a great all-around learning experience.

Another great book for teaching babies about shapes and patterns is "The Shape of My Heart" by Mark Sperring, which features different animals formed from various shapes. The illustrations are colorful and bold, making it easy for babies to recognize the different shapes and enjoy the story.

Lastly, I would suggest "First 100 Animals" by Roger Priddy. This is a board book that features bright, colorful photographs of different animals, labeled with their names underneath. It's a great way to not only teach babies about shapes and patterns but also different animals and their names.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful!


Hello there,

As a mother of a 6-month-old baby, I highly recommend "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. Although this is not strictly a book designed for identifying shapes and patterns, it has a lot of visual repetition, with different objects on each page that are easy for babies to identify and link together. The illustrations are simple and colorful, and the text is very soothing, making it an excellent bedtime story.

Another book that I found helpful for teaching my baby about shapes and patterns is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. This book features bold and beautiful illustrations of different fruits and foods and how the small caterpillar feeds on them. The different foods are cut into different shapes, making it an excellent way to teach babies about shapes and colors at the same time.

Lastly, "Where's Spot?" by Eric Hill is also another great book that can help babies identify different shapes and patterns. With paper flaps and moving pieces on each page, it's an interactive and fun book that can engage even the youngest babies in learning about different shapes.

I hope these recommendations are helpful!


Hi there,

My son is also in the same phase where he is just beginning to learn about shapes and patterns. One of the books that my son really enjoys is "Peek-a-Who?" by Nina Laden. This is a board book that features different cut-out shapes and bright colors that make it visually stimulating for babies. The book also has a repetitive peek-a-boo style text that my son finds engaging and anticipatory.

Another book that we have found helpful is "My Very First Book of Shapes" by Eric Carle. This book features different animals and objects that are made up of various shapes. The illustrations are colorful and detailed, making it easy to understand and identify different shapes.

I hope this helps!


Hello everyone,

As a parent of a 10-month-old who loves to learn about new things, I suggest "Shapes, Shapes, Shapes" by Tana Hoban. This picture book uses photographs of everyday objects to teach little ones about different shapes and how they relate to the real world. This book has become one of our favorites, because the images are bold, crisp and clear, making it easy for babies to identify different shapes.

Another fantastic book for babies learning shapes and patterns is "Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes" by Roseanne Thong. This book teaches shapes as they relate to everyday objects in Asian culture, which provides a diverse perspective that is not often included in baby books. The illustrations are cute and colorful, and the rhyming text makes it an engaging read for little ones.

Lastly, I recommend "Bear Sees Colors" by Karma Wilson. Although not specifically geared towards shapes and patterns, this book features bright illustrations and teaches babies about different colors in a fun and engaging way. The illustrations are large and clear, making it easy for babies to identify and learn.

I hope these suggestions are helpful to you and your little one as you explore the world of shapes and patterns!

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