Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Backwards, Forwards, Or From A New Angle

Good Night, Gorilla - (ISBN: 978-0698116498)

by Peggy Rathmann

When the zookeeper locks up the animal cages one by one, the animals follow him silently throughout the entire zoo as he says goodnight to each animal. Leaving their cages behind, they follow his beam of light to the zookeeper’s house and do not sleep until he is safely in bed beside his wife! Have you ever followed a light in the dark? What did you find at the end?

Palazzo Inverso - (ISBN: 978-0547239996)

by D. B. Johnson

Painter’s apprentice Mauk eagerly follows the lines of his master’s paintings, and the text follows his journeys. Based loosely on the work of M.C. Escher, the illustrations for this book feature visual tricks and altered perspective. At the end of the book, turn the book over to read from back to front. The same illustrations give a totally new point of view. What else have you looked at upside down to see things differently?

Round Trip - (ISBN: 978-1595193476)

by Ann Jonas

As your trip in this book begins, the buildings of the city are in black against the much lighter sky. To complete the round trip, flip the book over and go through the same pictures in reverse to see the city buildings against a dark horizon. Would you rather take a road trip during the daytime with the sun as your light? Or do you prefer the night time and the lights of the buildings, roads, and cars lighting your way?

The OK Book - (ISBN: 978-0061152559)

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

In this book with few words, the image of the letters “OK” is turned on its side, upside down, and any which way to show people in various occupations and times. The message is that it’s OK to do whatever you might like to try. Which of the drawings surprised you the most?

The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book - (ISBN: 978-0689856853)

by Lisa Campbell Ernst

You will see the separate letters of the alphabet from all angles here: upside down, sideways, and in reverse. The book provides puzzles to find the letters of the alphabet, rotating the letters to create different pictures. Besides the letter “O,” what letter do you think will be the easiest to find?

Arlene Alda's 1 2 3: What Do You See? - (ISBN: 978-1582461199)

by Arlene Alda

Black? White! Day? Night! - A Book of Opposites - (ISBN: 596431857)

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Reflections - (ISBN: 978-0688061401)

by Ann Jonas

The Turnaround Wind - (ISBN: 978-0060239886)

by Arnold Lobel

What the Sun Sees/ What the Moon Sees - (ISBN: 978-0590819626)

by Nancy Tafuri

Activities for this Theme

Draw some random squiggles and talk with your family about what they look like. Then turn the page around to find something totally different.


Try your hand at drawing some more pictures using the OK figures like in the selection, The OK Book.


Try walking and jumping backwards! Then try running to the back of the room with your backside going first!