The size of things relative to other things is an important concept for preschoolers to learn. Be sure to use the Geisel Award-winning book, You Are (Not) Small, a really fun and very brief picture book that offers a great example of this concept. For a craft project, you can make this Growth Chart, or make paper bag puppets of the main characters.
Bennett, Elizabeth. BIG AND SMALL. Big bear and small mouse play together.
Bridwell, Norman. CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG. In this classic picture book, a very large dog lives with a regular-size family.
Choi, Seo-yun. LET’S BE FRIENDS. Originally published in Korea, an elephant and a mouse become best friends despite their difference in size.
Cole, Henry. BIG BUG. Realistic illustrations show how a big ladybug is really small once you see it on a leaf.
Hutchins, Pat. TITCH. Titch feels left out because he is much smaller than his older brother and sister.
Jenkins, Steve. BIG AND LITTLE. In this informational book, animals who differ in size are shown to be similar in other ways.
Kang, Anna. YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL. This Geisel Award picture book offers fun cartoon illustrations and a text made up of dialogue that works perfectly as a puppet show or play.
Miller, Margaret. BIG AND LITTLE. Full color photos and a simple text demonstrate sizes and opposites.
Miura, Taro. THE TINY KING. Living in his huge castle, the tiny king is lonely until he marries a large princess.
Shulevitz, Uri. TROTO AND THE TRUCKS. A little car is teased by some big trucks, but shows he is just as good as they are.
Spires, Ashley. SMALL SAUL. Even though Saul is small, he is determined to be a successful pirate.
Various. THE THREE BEARS. This classic folktale helps children learn the concept of large and small, and invites participation with the repeated “just right.”