Opposite books delight and teach kids! These kid-approved books of opposites span a variety of topics from cats to football. Which ones will be your favorites?
Books About Opposites
Opposites by Sandra Boynton
Rhyming text describes the opposite pairs illustrated in darling pictures of animal friends. “high and low // fast and slow.”
Big and Little Indestructibles by Amy Pixton, illustrated by Carolina Buzio
Compare a big baby with the little things in baby’s world. “Baby is big. Ladybug is little.” Adorable and indestructible!
TouchThinkLearn Opposites by Xavier Deneux
Raised and die-cut illustrations allow little fingers to explore these opposites in a tactile way. Simple but profound!
Web Opposites by Rob Hodgson
Darling illustrations of spiders (who are cute and not scary therefore NOT realistic–ha) show readers opposite things like wet and dry, day and night, inside and outside… Maybe this book of arachnids will help your kids (and mine) not be too scared of the 8-eyed, 8-legged creatures.
Kitty & Cat Opposites Attract by Mirka Hokkanen
This charming opposites concept book tells the story in opposite words and illustrations of an old, grumpy cat and his interactions with the young, energetic kitten. In a sweet character arc, the old cat begins to care for the young kitty…playing, eating, and sleeping together. Darling!
A World of Opposites by Gray Malin
Amazing color photos pop off the page showing opposites like day/night, feathers/fur, land/ocean, and near/far. Gorgeous.
Pocket Piggies Opposites: The Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm by Richard Austin
You’ll love these cute, adorable pigs — they’ll illustrate above/below, inside/outside in full-color photographs.
Up Cat Down Cat by Steve Light
Two Siamese cats show readers opposites like “Black / White. Long / Short. Lost / Found” in stylistic illustrations.
Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena, illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Hero Vs. Villain: A Book of Opposites by T. Hat Fuller, illustrated by Alex Eben Meyer
The hero and villain,are shown in amazingly colorful graphic-style illustrations and become friends at the end of this unique opposites story. “Up in the air / Down in the lair.”
Opposites by Susie Jaramillo
The adorable Canticos baby animals illustrate these opposite pairs. You’ll read loud (ruidoso) with quiet (silencioso) and sad (triste) with happy (feliz) along with many more.
Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
What a silly and fun story! See if you agree with the author’s assessment of what is yummy and is yucky. “Spaghetti is yummy. Worms are yucky.“
Walk and See Opposites by Rosalind Beardshaw
Beardshaw’s illustrations are enchanting from outside and inside to near and far…whatever opposites she shows. Two friends explore the frozen pond, trees, and snow. This is a lovely choice to read during winter or anytime.
Football Opposites by Mark Andrew Weakland
Full-color photographs of football players and games show early learners opposites like big and small, up and down.
Lovely by Jess Hong
Striking illustrations show “lovely” people who are different, short, tall, simple, complex, fluffy, sleek, and more. Use this book to teach adjectives, opposites, and appreciation for diversity.
Opposite Surprise by Agnese Baruzzi
Surprises are the best, and you’ll find tons in this fun unfold the flap book. Unfold to discover that your first guess to the question (small or big?) isn’t quite right. Maybe it looks small but unfold and it’s something big. Lots of fun here!