With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, students have begun settling in for the exciting road ahead. Fall also tends to be the season of state tests and federal mandates, and it can become easy to forget that education is about so much more. Luckily, most children — and some children’s books — already know this. For the youngest, some of the most profound lessons come in shapes and colors; older brothers and sisters, on the other hand, can gain much by exploring identity and how to be brave and clever about helping others.
Xavier Deneux, the popular French illustrator, has created a new board-book series called TouchThinkLearn. The first two titles in the series are “Opposites’’ and “Colors.’’ “Opposites’’ is an irresistible book, actually a ground-breaking concept book for babies and toddlers.