Concept Books for Kids
A list of books recommended by Oakland Public Library that help to teach concepts such as the alphabet, numbers and counting, colors, size and shape, opposites, etc.
Of all the picture books in the library, concept books are arguably some of the most useful. Alphabet books help young readers recognize letters and learn their ABCs, while counting books support early math skills. Toddlers and preschoolers may strengthen their understanding of many more concepts, such as color, size, shape, time, and opposites, through books at the library. Some branches have a special section for children's concept books; ask a staff member to help you find them!
Here are some of our favorites to get you started:
// Calavera Abecedario // Chicka Chicka Boom Boom // D is for Dragon Dance // Dr. Seuss's ABC // Eating the Alphabet // If Rocks Could Sing // LMNO Peas // Racecar Alphabet // Superhero ABC // Z is for Moose // The Z was Zapped //
// Big Fat Hen // Fish Eyes // Feast for 10 // Mouse Count // Richard Scarry's Best Counting Book Ever // Ten Black Dots // Ten Minutes to Bedtime // Ten Terrible Dinosaurs //
// Big and Little // Big, Bigger, Biggest Book // A Color of His Own // Color Zoo // Do you Know Which Ones Will Grow? // Elephant Elephant // Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five // Mouse Paint // My Colors, My World // Round is a Mooncake // So Many Circles, So Many Squares (and MANY more from Tana Hoban!) // Telling Time with Big Mama Cat