Prepositions and Picture Books #2

Our second list of picture books full of prepositions making them a great resource in any Early Years classroom when teaching spatial concepts.

I know! The sequel is not always as good as the original but my post last year about using picture books for teaching prepositions has been steadily viewed since I first hit publish meaning plenty of you are still looking for great picture books to use while teaching prepositions. And given the number of other great choices out there, I thought I'd share some more favourites - some old, some new. Looking for more ideas for introducing prepositions to you class? You might find our teaching prepositions post useful.


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The Bouncing Ball is a new to me book having only been published last year in Australia.  It's bold, bright illustrations by Georgia Perry make this book immediately engaging.  While the text, by Deborah Kelly, is beautifully simple as we are told the story of the bouncing ball.  It starts out in the hands of a small boy who found the ball, picked it up, bounced it, turned it over and bounced it again. 



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He plays with it some more - against a wall, high in the air, all the way down the street until he drops it!  It bounces onto the road between two cars, into a gutter, down a storm drain, into the ocean and out to sea.  Never to be seen again... at least not by the small boy.  



Picture Books and Prepositions #2 - A selection of the best picture books for teaching young children about prepositions and spatial concepts | you clever monkey

Instead we get to follow the ball on part of it's journey through the remainder of the book.  It's great read aloud book and a good one if you're working on predicting in terms of reading comprehension strategies with a repetitive pattern running through the book.



Picture Books and Prepositions #2 - A selection of the best picture books for teaching young children about prepositions and spatial concepts | you clever monkey

Up and Down is another new book which follows a penguin (who doesn't love penguins) on a journey to visit his friend.  He leaps off his iceberg and makes its way through lots of opposing prepositions.  Lots of opposites - high and low, over and under, are included but in each spread, a flap covers the opposite making it the perfect hands-on book for young readers.  Britta Teckentrup's artwork is superb.



Picture Books and Prepositions #2 - A selection of the best picture books for teaching young children about prepositions and spatial concepts | you clever monkey

Rosie's Walk is not new but when it comes to teaching prepositions to young children, it is still the perfect book.  The classic by Pat Hutchins is wonderfully illustrated in Autumn hues.  It's text is simple but always guaranteed a laugh when read aloud and after the first few pages, children can try to predict what will happen to the fox as it follows Rosie around the farm.

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It's worth mentioning again here the free printables over at Early Learning HQ.  I first mentioned them in a post I written about birds.  You can read that by clicking here.  I particularly like their sequencing cards for retelling.


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Picture Books and Prepositions #2 - A selection of the best picture books for teaching young children about prepositions and spatial concepts | you clever monkey

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale is one of our most favourite Mo Willems books along with the Pigeon ones. We are introduced to a little girl called Trixie and her parents and her most favourite, one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny. While not as rich in prepositions as some I've mentioned, it is still worthy of inclusion here I feel. Trixie and her Dad set off one day to do the washing at a local laundromat and we follow them down the street, through the park, past the school and into the laundromat. All is well until on their return journey, Trixie realises something. Knuffle Bunny is nowhere to be seen!!! She tries and tries to tell her dad but without success.



Picture Books and Prepositions #2 - A selection of the best picture books for teaching young children about prepositions and spatial concepts | you clever monkey

Needless to say, it is delightfully done. The hand-drawn images overlaid the black and white real-world photos (the 'where' appears in the end of the book) work so well.  The humor shines throughout and my kids have loved reading this (and Knuffle Bunny Too and Knuffle Bunny Free) since we bought it.


Picture Books and Prepositions #2 - A selection of the best picture books for teaching young children about prepositions and spatial concepts | you clever monkey

I had included another of Laura Ljungkvist book in my last post about prepositions but I have to mention her book Follow the Line to School here. Once again she invites the reader to follow the line through each page (great for hand-eye co-ordination) but this time it's all familiar territory as the setting is a school. This one does use less prepositional language than Follow the Line and is better read one-to-one for this reason to allow you to talk about the text.  At preschool recently we used this book as a prompt then invited the children to follow the line after having followed the line through each class and around the different objects.

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It would be remiss of me not to mention the app Book Creator for iPad here.  

Picture Books and Prepositions #2 - A selection of the best picture books for teaching young children about prepositions and spatial concepts | you clever monkey

If you have access to an iPad, this app allows you to easily make your own picture books using either pictures or video or a bit of both.  It's a very useful tool for many projects you or your children may undertake and lots of fun to use!








14 comments

  1. Wow! THanks for sharing - we have Rosie's Walk but will try to find those others too!! Thanks again for pointing out how we can make reading even that little bit more educational!! :) Reading is amazing isn't it!! Love books!

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment Bekka. We obviously love books here too :) Sometimes it's as valuable just reading a book for the enjoyment of it but a good book often teaches us so much more without us realising it. I love that my own children are developing an appreciation for good books whether that be a novel or a picture book. I think a good picture book can be enjoyed at any age.

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  2. Follow the Line looks like such a fun book…my kids are big now (very big!!) so no need to read to them…but I remember how much fun we had reading together. We would often have reading time on Saturday mornings and they would each come with a pile of books they wanted to read!!

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    1. A pile of books used to start each day when I was home with my eldest but even though she's ten now she'll still come and sit and listen while I read to our five year old. I love that she chooses picture books and novels when we go to the library - makes me feel like I'm getting something right!

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  3. I love that reading doesn't feel like learning and they take in so much. Lovely post.

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    1. Thanks Nathalie :) Reading should be a joy!

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  4. i love Rosie's walk and will have to print and use those cards! That first book I have never seen but really love the look of so thanks for sharing. Such great ideas, really loved reading this post you clever lady! Pinning :)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Jodie xx You should take a look at the Early Learning HQ site if you haven't already. They have some fantastic printables for lots of different dramatic play too.

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  5. These look lovely. I really like the looks of The Bouncing Ball. I'm adding it to my list :)

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    1. We found our copy at our local library but have just ordered our own as it's such a great book. Well worth a look Kate.

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  6. Beautiful books and lovely learning, thank you so much for the post!
    www.welivewelearn.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sarzy :) Recently came across your blog and love it!

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  7. Have just discovered your blog - fantastic! As someone who teaches teachers how to teach reading (try saying that fast 10 times!) I am always looking for inspiration and interesting links to pass on to others. This one is definitely on my list. Love it!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments Leonie. It's nice to know I'm heading in the right direction :) I noticed you were a Jolly Phonics teacher - I'm a big fan of JP after seeing one of my mentor teachers use it. It certainly respects children's different learning styles.

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