Best Baby & Toddler Books About Family history

Our Favorite 4 Books About Family History

Updated Mar. 26, 2019

Family is important and makes us who we are. It's the people that came before us that helped create our life and our culture as individuals, families, and society. Hodding Carter said, "There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings." By helping our children learn about their ancestors, we're giving them roots and wings, which is why we've gathered these fabulous, fun, and sweet books about family history that will inspire your children to learn more about their own heritage.

A Wolf's Tale book
#1
A Wolf's Tale
Written and illustrated by Eva Montanari
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This darling spin-off of the three little pigs story is so fun and has a wonderful ending. Grandpa wolf tells everyone about his story, and I love the theme that being good, not bad, let's you live happily every after with your family. :) The illustrations in this book are gorgeous--I love the unique style that fits so perfectly with the story!

We all know the story of the Big Bad Wolf and the three little pigs ... or do we?

Día de los Muertos book
#2
Día de los Muertos
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Jorge R. Gutierrez
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

At the end of October each year, it’s time to celebrate an ancient tradition: Dia de los Muertos! With vibrant illustrations by Golden Globe–winning Mexican illustrator Jorge Gutierrez, this festive board book teaches that Dia de los Muertos honors ancestors and loved ones who have passed. From sugar skulls to papel picado, this is a holiday that truly commemorates the cycle of life.

From Mother to Mother book
#3
From Mother to Mother
Written and illustrated by Émilie Vast
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"Looking back at Baby's ancestors, Mother describes how long, long, long, long ago, her mother's mother's mother's mother gave birth to her mother's mother's mother. And so it goes, describing Baby's lineage through to present day. Russian nesting dolls (matryoshka) illustrated on each spread get smaller with each page turn, and each is a different color decorated with animals, flowers, and other nature-based items"--

From Father to Father book
#4
From Father to Father
Written and illustrated by Émilie Vast
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"Looking back at Baby's ancestors, Father describes how long, long, long, long ago, his father's father's father's father welcomed to the family his father's father's father. And so it goes, describing Baby's lineage through to present day. Russian nesting dolls (matryoshka) illustrated on each spread get smaller with each page turn, and each is a different color decorated with animals, flowers, and other nature-based items"--

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