Hot/cold, up/down, thin/thick…opposites are all around us. Enjoy teaching this concept with these books about opposites.
Opposite Books for Kids
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Opposnakes: A Lift-the-Flap Book About Opposites by Salina Yoon is a super cute book featuring snakes to illustrate different opposite pairs. Kids will love to look at this on their own too.
Up Cat Down Cat by Steve Light is all about two opposite cats. Black cat and white cat like to lounge. One has a straight tail the other a curvy. One has an empty plate and the other a full plate. Little ones will love to study each cat and in the process learn all about opposites.
It doesn’t get much cuter than learning about opposites with adorable pictures of the creatures in Panda Opposites by Suzi Eszterhas.
Indestructibles are amazing for little hands. They are chew-proof, rip-proof, nontoxic, and 100% washable. One of the newest titles is Big and Little: A Book of Opposites and this one is definitely for our littlest ones. Explore the world of opposites with babies at the center.
Build vocabulary while working on opposites in Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Strickland. Fierce/meek and roar/squeak are just a few of the pairs of opposites to discover.
Up Up Up Down by Kimberly Gee follows a toddler and father through the ups and downs of having a spirited little one.
Big and Little: A Story of Opposites by Cheryl Pilgrim isn’t just a simple comparison of opposites. The illustrations add such depth that allows for some fun storytelling as you move through the book.
There are several books about opposites featuring dogs.
We Love You, Rosie! by Cynthia Rylant follows Rosie the dog through lots of different opposites.
Perros Perros Dogs! Dogs!by Ginger Foglesong Guy is told in Spanish and English. Take a walk with the dogs and learn about opposite pairs in the process.
Work on opposites as you enjoy the beautifully illustrated book, Dogs by Emily Gravett.
Arithmechicks Add Up by Ann Marie Stephens is a math story full of opposites from two light chicks plus three heavy chicks to five chicks over and one chick under the climbing bars.
The Perfect Seat by Minh Le and Gus Gordon is all about the quest for that just-right spot. But some seats are too big and some are too small. And, some are too tall and some are too short.
My Ocean is Blue by Darren Lebeuf shows us all the things that the ocean can be and teaches us about opposites too. Oceans can by shallow and deep. They can be dull and sparkly. There is just so much an ocean can be.
The Sea Knows by Alice B. McGinty and Alan B. Havis uses simple but vivid text to explain all that the sea holds and experiences. This is another one that can also teach about opposites from short/tall to strong/weak. Beautiful illustrations bring descriptive words to life.
What I like about Hurry Up!: A Book About Slowing Down by Kate Dopirak is that it focuses on one pair of opposites- hurry/slow. We really get to feel what those two words mean and how different they are from each other. And, most importantly the book has a great message to help us remember to slow down.
Another book that explores one set of opposites is Some Dinosaurs are Small by Charlotte Voake. Take a favorite topic like dinosaurs and you’ll definitely have the children’s attention to talk about big vs small.
Printable List of Opposite Books