Thematic Reading List : Shapes and Construction
Shapes make up the foundation of nearly every object and building, each one requiring skill and precision in its construction. Very young children can begin to appreciate these edifices in their more basic forms, specifically in shapes and visual design. As an introduction to the engineering component of STEM curriculum, the books in this list will help to inspire young children to learn more as they get older. These selections are for children ages 0-6 to experience either on their own or with caregivers.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni
By: Shira Evans
Describes how different animals build their homes, from honeybees in a hive and birds in nests to bears in dens and spiders in webs.
|Architecture for Babies
By: Jonathan Litton
Illustrated by: Thomas Elliott
Brainy babies will love learning all about different types of buildings and how they are made!
|Bizzy Bear’s Big Building Book
By: Benji Davies
Bizzy Bear measures, saws, drills, and paints as he and his animal friends work together on a do-it-yourself project. With a sliding tape measure, noisy saw, spinning drill, and lots of flaps to open and close, this robust book will thrill little builders.
|Out of Shapes
By: Ashley G.
Colorful illustrations and simple text introduce young readers to shapes.
|Pocoyo and the Toppling Tower
By: Red Fox
Pocoyo and his friends attempt to work together to build a tower.
By: Cathryn Falwell
A group of children shakes shapes out of a box and discovers the fun of using circles, squares, triangles, semicircles, rectangles, and their imaginations.
By: Chuck Murphy
Pull-out pictures reveal people and objects illustrating different shapes. On board pages.
By: Salina Yoon
Identifies basic shapes, including a square, circle, triangle, and diamond, and displays everyday objects representing each shape. On board pages.
|Shapes at Home
By: Childrens Press
Shows simple shapes and explains where they can be found around the house.
|Shapes at Play
By: Silvia Borando
Meet the red triangles, the yellow squares, and the blue circles, who have a great idea for a game: together, they want to see if they can make a brand new shape!