I Spy with My Little Eye…a list of books about the sense of sight! Children will ask to “see” these books again and again!
Look! Books About the Sense of Sight
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
This wonderful book about different animals has repeating text so children can chant along. Have them try to guess what each animal sees next! If they can’t get enough, be sure to pick up its partner, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? to learn all about the sense of hearing!
Extending the learning: Try this color matching activity by our friends over at No Time for Flashcards.
Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg
More and more children need glasses at an earlier age, but going to the eye doctor can be a little intimidating. This adorable, interactive book about a nearsighted canine engages young students and helps them become familiar with the process of getting their eye exam. Arlo shows students just how cool glasses can be!
Extending the Learning: Add some wacky sunglasses and glasses with non-corrective lenses to your dramatic play area along with a mirror, doctor props, and an eye chart.
Bumposauraus by Penny McKinlay and Britta Teckentrup
A little dinosaur has a BIG problem! Another example of why some people – and dinosaurs – might need a little extra help seeing. Not quite as in-depth as Arlo Needs Glasses, but a cute story with bold illustrations.
Extending the Learning: Ask the students to draw a simple picture. Next, have the students attempt to draw with their eyes closed. (Hint: Use a BIG piece of paper!) After they are finished, have them compare the two drawings and see the differences!
Whose Eyes are These by Virginia Gobert-Martin
Have a class that is into more advanced animals? This book will keep students guessing as they turn the pages to discover a hummingbird, jellyfish, hedgehog, and more! The beautiful illustrations will keep them coming back again and again.
Extending the Learning: Set up a scavenger hunt in the classroom using different objects, or even figures of the different animals in the book.
Philomena’s New Glasses by Brenna Maloney
An absolutely adorable book about three guinea pig sisters who all decide to get glasses…whether or not they need them. This book teaches an important lesson on how not everyone needs the same things.
Extending the Learning: This book just begs for some extra accessories to be added to the dramatic play center!
Douglas, You Need Glasses by Ged Adamson
Another nearsighted dog in need of some help. Douglas the dog gets into a few silly predicaments when his owner suddenly realizes that her pup needs some glasses! Delightful illustrations make this a great book to read along with Arlo Needs Glasses!
Our Eyes Can See by Jodi Wheeler Tappen
So how DO we see? How do our eyes work? This book answers these questions with easy to read – and understand – text and illustrations. It’s a great addition to the science area as well!
Extending the Learning: Provide some child-safe magnifying glasses, binoculars, and colored transparent lenses for children to experiment with at the science center. Need more ideas? Check out the fun activities at Home Science Tools!
Some more great books on the Sense of Sight
- Seeing by Rebecca Rismann
- Sight by Maria Rius
- Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
- Look! by Tana Hoban