I’m not sure I can ever have too many books, whether for myself, my son, or my students. My bookshelves may disagree with me, but oh well. I love gathering books based upon preschool themes and the kiddos’ interests, in addition to finding books that just seem interesting. This list is all focused on children’s books about circles and dots, as I think a dots theme would be a blast.
kids’ books about circles and dots
This collection includes books about circles, dots, animals with spots, and even a few dot-to-dot activity books!
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Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire – This simple rhyming books follows a spotted animal as he tries to get into the zoo. He shows off all the fun things he can do with his spots as he tries impressing kids at the zoo.
Press Here by Herve Tullet – This is an engaging, interactive book for kids. Each page instructs the kids to do something and then watch the entailing results. They press dots and watch them change color, multiply, etc.
Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews – This counting book shows kiddos what dots can be used to create. It has simple, rhyming text which is sure to engage kids. Plus, it encourages creativity and can lead to some great discussions with children.
Dot by Patricia Intiago – Explore opposites with this dot-themed book. Simple text that the kids can help predict based on their knowledge of opposites.
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds – “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” A teacher’s encouragement to a frustrated student in art class leads to an exploration of creativity. This book would be especially great for those children who are convinced they just can’t do anything involving art.
Not Just a Dot by Loryn Brantz – Dot is convinced she’s just not that important. This book shows how something small can still have a lot of value. Kids will definitely enjoy following Dot as she sees where she fits in.
Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier – Such a colorful book that encourages kids to look and observe the world around them. It showcases the many different things dots can be. I think this would be a great book to read before going on a circle hunt with the kids.
One Red Dot by David A. Carter – A book filled with ten pop-up illustrations. Each piece of pop-up art has a red dot for readers to find. Great for enticing young readers and working on visual discrimination skills (plus it’s just fun).
600 Black Spots by David A. Carter – This is another amazing pop-up book, with illustrations that are based around lots of black spots. Kids can work on visual discrimination and counting as they enjoy this book with friends.
Lots of Spots by Lois Ehlert – I always love the illustrations in Ehlert’s books, and this one is no different. This book explores different spotted animals and how they use camoflauge. It’s in the form of a short poem for each animal, so rhyming words abound.
Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants by Eric Litwin – This book is all about having fun with your family (while wearing polka dot pants, of course). It was an instant hit with my preschoolers when we first read it together.
My Dog Spot by Jack E. Levin – A sweet and simple book about a spotted dog. I love how the text is bold, well-spaced, and easy to read. This is a good book to use when talking about spaces, concept of a word, sight words, etc.
Hey Spot: Spotted Animals of the World by Baby Professor – A lovely non-fiction book with real pictures of spotted animals. Each animal comes with photos and information that the kids are sure to eat up.
Dotty by Erica S. Perl – Dotty is an invisible friend who goes to school with Ida. They meet other invisible friends at school, but as the school year goes on there are less and less invisible friends. A sweet story about using your imagination and friendship.
The Book with a Hole by Hervé Tullet – There’s a real hole in this book, interwoven with the illustrations on each page. Kids can get involved with the story by interacting with the different holes on each page.
So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban – This wordless picture book includes many real photographs that showcase circles and squares. Kids will definitely be noticing circles in their environment after checking out this book.
kids’ activity books about circles and dots
Wipe Clean Dot-to-Dot – You can’t have a dot-themed book list without including some dot-to-dot fun for the kids! This one has all kinds of simple illustrations that kids complete using the numbered dots on each page. Wipes clean after each use so the kids can do the dot-to-dots over and over (and over!) again.
Wipe Clean Dot-to-Dot Farm – Same as the above book, but with a focus on a farm theme. Great for quiet time or in the math center for some individual exploration.
Wipe Clean Dot-to-Dot Animals – Little animal lovers will enjoy this wipe-clean dot-to-dot book. Work on number identification, counting, and fine motor skills along the way.
Do you and the kiddos have any favorite books about circles, dots, and spots? If you’re looking for books on a complementary theme, be sure to pop over to Munchkins and Moms’ books about lines!
dots-themed lesson plans
If you’re enamored with the idea of a dot theme, be sure to check out these lesson plans (a set for home preschoolers and a set for a preschool classroom). They’re a week’s worth of lesson plans, along with supplemental ideas and printables.