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21 Books About Patterns for Preschoolers

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Are you looking for age-appropriate books about patterns to help teach your little learners patterning skills? Finding those “just right” books to teach important math concepts to young children in preschool or pre-K can be difficult. That’s why I put together this list of my favorite books about patterning just for you!

Books About Patterns for Preschoolers

You have so many math skills to teach, yet so little time to teach them in the classroom. We all know that young children have very short attention spans, and we also know that reading picture books aloud is very beneficial to their early development. So when it comes to teaching preschool math skills like patterning, reading picture books that reinforce math concepts is the way to go.

How Do You Introduce Patterns to Preschoolers?

One of the best ways to introduce the concept of patterning to your kids is to read them books that have story lines involving patterns. There are three classic children’s books that lend themselves well to this style – and they’re super engaging and fun too!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
This classic book is a must-read in any early childhood classroom. You can ask your little learners to identify the words that repeat to help them notice the repeating rhythm and rhyme in the story.

I Went Walking, by Sue Williams
This picture book adds an additional level of complexity to the patterning storyline. As the main character encounters different animals on his walk, the animals follow him on his journey. The illustrations depict a growing pattern as each page includes one more animal to the long line of followers.

The Napping House, by Audrey and Don Wood
Another must-read classic, The Napping House is perfect for introducing the concept of patterning to preschool, pre-K, or kindergarten kids. The beautiful illustrations provide an opportunity for young children to notice the growing plus-one pattern on each page.

Books About Patterns to Teach Patterning Skills

Of course, just reading one picture book about patterning to your kids isn’t going to be enough, math concepts develop over time and each child will learn them at their own pace. This means you’ll need to read several books about patterning to your students over an extended period of time.

After you read a patterning book aloud to your class, you can follow up with a hands-on patterning activity to allow your students to practice this new concept.

Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers, by Rajani LaRocca
Young Bina is determined to make patterned beaded bracelets for her brothers for the Hindu holiday of Raksha Bandhan.

Pitter Pattern, by Joyce Hesselberth
Little Lu and her friends have fun noticing patterns in their daily activities. They learn that patterns can be found in dance class, at soccer practice, during piano lessons, at snack time, and even at the park!

National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: Patterns!
Your little learners will have their interest piqued as they explore this non-fiction book about patterns in nature featuring vibrant and captivating photographs.

Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails: Patterns & Shapes, by Betsy Franco
From the peacock’s flashy tail to a buzzing beehive built of tiny hexagons, your kids will have a blast finding the hidden shapes and patterns in nature

I See a Pattern Here, by Bruce Goldstone
The stunning photographs in this book include diverse examples from nature and artwork around the world.

Animal Patterns, by Nathan Olson
Take a closer look at the animal world and you’ll find stripes, dots, and other patterns. How many patterns can you find?

City Patterns, by Nathan Olson
From giant skyscrapers to stretching sidewalks, patterns can be found everywhere in the city.

Farm Patterns, by Nathan Olson
From the rolling fields, white fences, and big red barns to the golden hay bales, the farm is the perfect place to find patterns.

Patterning Books for Kids

Food Patterns, by Nathan Olson
Did you know that kiwi, onions, and even peas in a pod can have patterns?

Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes, by Stephen R. Swinburne
The simple text and vivid photographs in this book contain beautiful designs found in nature and the world around us.

Pattern, by Henry Pluckrose

Patterns at the Museum, by Tracey Steffora
This would be the perfect book to read-aloud before a field trip to a museum!

People Patterns, by Nathan Olson
If you look closely enough you can even find patterns on people!

Pattern Fish, by Henry Pluckrose
At first glance, Pattern Fish may seem like just another patterning book. But if you pay careful attention to the pictures and words, you’ll find that the patterns are repeated throughout and increase in complexity. This would be a great book to read after your students are familiar with a variety of patterns.

Pattern Book List for Preschoolers

Plant Patterns, by Nathan Olson
Patterns are sprouting up everywhere in this non-fiction book filled with photographs of plants in nature.

Teddy Bear Patterns, by Barbara Barbieri McGrath
The perfect companion to a patterning lesson using teddy bear manipulatives!

Pattern Bugs, by Trudy Harris
If your kids liked Pattern Fish, then they’ll love Pattern Bugs!

Monster Knows Patterns, by Lori Capote
Your little learners will have a blast identifying patterns at this birthday bash!


This Patterns Unit is the perfect way to extend learning and practice patterning skills for your preschool or pre-K students.

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