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This list of the best kids books about vocabulary is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Frankenstein to My Very First Book of Food there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about vocabulary? Let us know!

Top 10 Vocabulary Books

Frankenstein book
#1
Frankenstein
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.

ABC Spanish book
#2
ABC Spanish
Written and illustrated by Aless Baylis
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Kids learn the alphabet and Spanish words for animals in this charming book. Pairing each letter of the Spanish alphabet with the Spanish word for a popular animal and its English translation, ABC Spanish is a gorgeously illustrated, engaging read that makes learning the alphabet and Spanish words fun for the entire family. The included pronunciation guide helps teach the proper pronunciation of each animal, making this book a perfect introduction to the Spanish language.

Loteria / Lottery book
#3
Loteria / Lottery
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"Inspired by one of the oldest traditional games of chance, this book will introduce your little one to their first English and Spanish words"

A Crash of Rhinos book
#4
A Crash of Rhinos
Written by Greg Danylyshyn and illustrated by Stephan Lomp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Introduces in rhyming text the collective names used for various animal groups.

E Is for Easter book
#5
E Is for Easter
Written and illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce your brilliant baby to the ABCs with this colorfully illustrated primer about the joys of Easter. In the latest alphabet primer from artist Greg Paprocki, Easter and the rites of spring are celebrated with Paprocki's wonderful colorful and vintage-looking illustrations. Your toddlers can enjoy illustrations of such things as the Easter Bunny, baskets overflowing with candy, children decorating Easter eggs, an Easter egg hunt, and beautiful springtime flowers. Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. In addition to illustrating several Curious George books, he's provided illustrations for a number of books for Gibbs Smith, including A Is for Atom, S Is for Santa, B Is for Boo, S Is for School, and The Big Book of Superheroes. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Les Miserables book
#6
Les Miserables
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Introduce your bébéto the world of Victor Hugo with 10 words and phrases from the classic Les Miserables.Colorful, eye-catching illustrations of characters and objects from the novel pair with French translations you’ll want to hear your baby say again and again.

This Little President: A Presidential Primer book
#7
This Little President: A Presidential Primer
Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Daniel Roode
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Learn all about the US presidents with this fun and colorful board book perfect for leaders-in-training! Leading our country. Helping you and me. Keeping all fifty states safe, happy, and free. Little presidents have a great big job. Now even the youngest patriots can learn about America’s presidential history with this bright and playful board book. Highlighting ten of the most memorable presidents—and featuring all forty-four on the last page—parents and presidents-in-training alike will love sharing this fun primer full of age-appropriate facts, leadership skills, and White House history.

Flora and the Ostrich book
#8
Flora and the Ostrich
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Inspired by Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a new feathered friend seems so different from her, Flora discovers that opposites, in fact, attract! Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle's graceful artwork, this adorable book of opposites will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

TouchThinkLearn: ABC book
#9
TouchThinkLearn: ABC
Written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Using the same innovative production technique and brilliant aesthetic cheered by parents, educators, and children alike in the acclaimed TouchThinkLearn series, here is an alphabet that literally adds a new dimension to learning. Raised die-cut pieces nestled in mirroring indented cut-outs engage readers on both visual and tactile levels. An impressive gift, this exquisitely executed design object is above all else a fabulously fun and educationally essential alphabet book.

Stegothesaurus book
#10
Stegothesaurus
Written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by T. L. McBeth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Stegothesaurus has little in common with his fellow dinosaurs until he meets an allosaurus that seems as hungry for synonyms as he is.

Books About Alphabet (abc's) & Vocabulary

ABC Spanish book
#1
ABC Spanish
Written and illustrated by Aless Baylis
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Kids learn the alphabet and Spanish words for animals in this charming book. Pairing each letter of the Spanish alphabet with the Spanish word for a popular animal and its English translation, ABC Spanish is a gorgeously illustrated, engaging read that makes learning the alphabet and Spanish words fun for the entire family. The included pronunciation guide helps teach the proper pronunciation of each animal, making this book a perfect introduction to the Spanish language.

E Is for Easter book
#2
E Is for Easter
Written and illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce your brilliant baby to the ABCs with this colorfully illustrated primer about the joys of Easter. In the latest alphabet primer from artist Greg Paprocki, Easter and the rites of spring are celebrated with Paprocki's wonderful colorful and vintage-looking illustrations. Your toddlers can enjoy illustrations of such things as the Easter Bunny, baskets overflowing with candy, children decorating Easter eggs, an Easter egg hunt, and beautiful springtime flowers. Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. In addition to illustrating several Curious George books, he's provided illustrations for a number of books for Gibbs Smith, including A Is for Atom, S Is for Santa, B Is for Boo, S Is for School, and The Big Book of Superheroes. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

TouchThinkLearn: ABC book
#3
TouchThinkLearn: ABC
Written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Using the same innovative production technique and brilliant aesthetic cheered by parents, educators, and children alike in the acclaimed TouchThinkLearn series, here is an alphabet that literally adds a new dimension to learning. Raised die-cut pieces nestled in mirroring indented cut-outs engage readers on both visual and tactile levels. An impressive gift, this exquisitely executed design object is above all else a fabulously fun and educationally essential alphabet book.

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  1. ABC's of Mathematics - This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest mathematicians! A is for Addition B is for Base C is for Chord From addition to zero, The ABCs of Mathematics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new math concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by an expert, each page in this mathematical primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little mathematician

  2. BabyLit ABCs: an Alphabet Primer - BabyLit is a fashionable way to introduce your brilliant baby to the world of classic literature. The tiniest of scholars will enjoy learning their ABCs with a literary twist by reading Classic Lit A to Z: A BabyLit Alphabet Primer. Each letter of the alphabet is presented to toddlers with engaging art and a famous character, place, or concept from a beloved classic work of literature. Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver introduce babies to letters in this board book with help from Austen, Tolstoy, Dickens, Shakespeare, and other literary greats. Jennifer Adams is the author of many books including Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen and the popular Edgar the Raven series. Jennifer works as a writer and editor in Salt Lake City, Utah. Allison Oliver runs Sugar design studio. Alison's design portfolio includes everything from logos to packaging and product design for clients such as Chronicle Books, Citibabes, and Aerie. She lives in New York.

  3. ABCs of Biology - This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest biologist! A is for Anatomy B is for Bacteria C is for Cell From anatomy to zoology, the ABCs of Biology is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new biology concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by two experts, each page in this biology primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little biologist.

  4. TouchWords: Food - TouchWords is a brand new extension to the beloved, ground-breaking TouchThinkLearn series now with raised letters that fit into die-cut shapes! This is a full hands-on, sensory experience, associating the tactile shapes of letters with the objects. Rilla Alexander executes a fresh design incorporating the classic elements of the TouchThinkLearn first words format, with core vocabulary and stretch words on each page helping children expand their vision of words and how they work together.

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Books About Languages & Vocabulary

ABC Spanish book
#1
ABC Spanish
Written and illustrated by Aless Baylis
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Kids learn the alphabet and Spanish words for animals in this charming book. Pairing each letter of the Spanish alphabet with the Spanish word for a popular animal and its English translation, ABC Spanish is a gorgeously illustrated, engaging read that makes learning the alphabet and Spanish words fun for the entire family. The included pronunciation guide helps teach the proper pronunciation of each animal, making this book a perfect introduction to the Spanish language.

Bizz & Buzz Make Honey Buns book
#2
Bizz & Buzz Make Honey Buns
Written and illustrated by Dee Leone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Following Bear's recipe for honey buns, bees Bizz and Buzz are confused by homophones, causing them to use a "flower" instead of "flour" and tell a buttercup how much they "need" it instead of "kneading" the flower and butter together.

Guadalupe: First Words/Primeras Palabras book
#3
Guadalupe: First Words/Primeras Palabras
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A Lil' LIbros Bilingual Picture Book Inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe, this book will introduce children to her story through pictures and their first English and Spanish words. Travel back to the 15th century when the Virgin of Guadalupe once appeared before Juan Diego. Your childwill learn first words such as sandalias(sandals), luz(light), and jardin(garden).

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hello - HELLO! Welcome, all! This book tells the story of a tall sister and her small brother and their thrilling, rollicking adventures near the sea. What makes it swell? Well, it’s jolly and silly and full of words that contain the letter pair LL. BRILLIANT!

  2. The List - In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world. On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark's citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it's up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.

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Books About Spanish & Vocabulary

Loteria / Lottery book
#1
Loteria / Lottery
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"Inspired by one of the oldest traditional games of chance, this book will introduce your little one to their first English and Spanish words"

Good Morning - Buenos Días book
#2
Good Morning - Buenos Días
Written by Meritzell Marti and illustrated by Xavier Salomó
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A bilingual slide-the-tab board book, with text in English and Spanish. Cleverly introduce basic ideas about what happens in the morning when you wake up, including a rooster crowing, an alarm clock ringing, Dad shaving, and neighbors making coffee. The tabs add fun and unexpected movement for illustrator Xavier Salomó's simple but engaging art. Illustrator Xavier Salomó was born in Barcelona. He studied illustration, drawing, and printing at the Massana School of Barcelona and art history at the University of Barcelona. He's worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for various advertising agencies and publishers. In 2006, he won the Junceda Prize for his book The Sounds of . . . Meritxell Martí was born in Barcelona, and is a writer and professor of humanities at the Open University of Catalonia.

Besos for Baby book
#3
Besos for Baby
Written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Blanca Gomez
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language! Parents won't be able to resist giving baby muchos besos as they share this bilingual read aloud, filled with bold, graphic illustrations, with their little bébé!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Guadalupe: First Words/Primeras Palabras - A Lil' LIbros Bilingual Picture Book Inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe, this book will introduce children to her story through pictures and their first English and Spanish words. Travel back to the 15th century when the Virgin of Guadalupe once appeared before Juan Diego. Your childwill learn first words such as sandalias(sandals), luz(light), and jardin(garden).

  2. La Catrina - Inspired by one of the most recognized symbols of Dia de Muertos or "Day of the Dead," a holiday that celebrates life and remembers the dearly departed, this book will introduce little ones to emotional expressions and their first English and Spanish words.

  3. EVITA - Introducing Spanish/English bilingualism, Lil' Libros encourage parents to read to their children at the earliest age--focusing on subjects they are familiar with, while making it fun and rewarding for both parent and child.

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Books About Animals & Vocabulary

A Crash of Rhinos book
#1
A Crash of Rhinos
Written by Greg Danylyshyn and illustrated by Stephan Lomp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Introduces in rhyming text the collective names used for various animal groups.

100 Farm Words book
#2
100 Farm Words
Written by and illustrated by Dawn Machell
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Take a fun first trip to the farm with this early learning book! Bright pictures and labels encourage children to look, point, and learn as they master their first 100 farm words! With adorable illustrations by Dawn Machell and a padded cover format, 100 Farm Words is the perfect first trip to the farm for little learners.

First 100 Animals Padded book
#3
First 100 Animals Padded
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

First 100 Animals has become a must-have for any baby's bookshelf, frequently appearing in Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has sold over a million copies worldwide and is published in over 20 languages. This larger edition has all the same appeal to babies and toddlers, who will love to discover the 100 animals inside. The bright, clear photographs and word labels are ideal for developing picture–word association and the book is an excellent vocabulary builder. The pages are made from durable board and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold. Publishing alongside First 100 Words.

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  1. My Very First Book Of Colors - What color is a bluebird? Easy to answer, but even easier when you have thecolor to match it with. Find the color in the top half of a page that matches the picture on the bottom half. From pink flowers to purple grapes, this colorful book is full of fun and surprises. Children will love solving these color puzzles featuring Eric Carle’s bold and vibrant artwork.

  2. Jane Foster's Animal Sounds - Introduce little ones to animal noises in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of animals and the noises they make, such as hooting owls, mooing cows, buzzing bees, splashing whales, and more!

  3. Happy Hippo, Angry Duck - Poses questions to the reader on the state of their mood based on animal emotions, from happy as a hippo to worried as a rabbit and contented as a frog. On board pages.

  4. A Tower of Giraffes - A drove of pigs, a romp of otters, an ostentation of peacocks, and a tower of giraffes. . . . This clever book introduces young readers to some of the words we use to refer to animals in a group. The ink, watercolor, and fabric collage art is brightly colored and uniquely sets this fun book apart from the crowd. Each page presents information about an animal and its group behavior, such as how geese fly in a V-shape and honk to encourage the leaders, and that sometimes tens of thousand of flamingos meet up in one location. Young readers will have a great time and create a wellspring of new vocabulary words.

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Books About Interactive & Vocabulary

Flora and the Ostrich book
#1
Flora and the Ostrich
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Inspired by Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a new feathered friend seems so different from her, Flora discovers that opposites, in fact, attract! Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle's graceful artwork, this adorable book of opposites will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

TouchThinkLearn: ABC book
#2
TouchThinkLearn: ABC
Written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Using the same innovative production technique and brilliant aesthetic cheered by parents, educators, and children alike in the acclaimed TouchThinkLearn series, here is an alphabet that literally adds a new dimension to learning. Raised die-cut pieces nestled in mirroring indented cut-outs engage readers on both visual and tactile levels. An impressive gift, this exquisitely executed design object is above all else a fabulously fun and educationally essential alphabet book.

Nita's First Signs book
#3
Nita's First Signs
Written by Kathy MacMillan and illustrated by Sara Brezzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita's First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign, plus tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference. Baby sign language collections aren't complete without Nita!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Let's Point! - Babies learn to point at various objects in their world. When baby reaches about twelve months of age, pointing becomes a powerful way to communicate. Let’s Point! features photos of curious and wonder-filled babies pointing at the many interesting things around them. Foil-embellished images of everyday objects, accompanied by simple text, invite babies to engage in their own pointing and encourage early communication and conversation between parent and child. A perfect first-birthday gift and ideal for early literacy programs, Let’s Point! will excite babies’ curiosity about the world around them.

  2. I Am a Baby - "I am a baby, this is my crib, this is my high chair, this is my bib." Photos of happy babies and words that encourage make this an irresistible read-aloud for every child and family. From the author of the critically acclaimed A Kiss Means I Love You and Show Me Happy comes a delightful approach to visual learning.

  3. My First 100 Neighborhood Words - A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Now the youngest Daniel Tiger fans can learn 100 first words, like “Trolley,” “trumpet,” and “ball,” with their favorite tiger, Daniel! What kinds of words make up Daniel Tiger’s world? Find out in this book of first words for the youngest fans of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. From “flower” to “crayons” to “Tigey” and everything in between, this sweet story takes readers on a tour of Daniel’s favorite places, like his school, and the words and pictures that go along with them, like his “backpack,” “lunch box,” “book,” and more!

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Books About Lift-the-flaps & Vocabulary

Flora and the Ostrich book
#1
Flora and the Ostrich
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Inspired by Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a new feathered friend seems so different from her, Flora discovers that opposites, in fact, attract! Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle's graceful artwork, this adorable book of opposites will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

Little Explorers: Dinosaurs book
#2
Little Explorers: Dinosaurs
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Introducing another book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, DINOSAURS provides little ones with hands-on fun! DINOSAURS is a lively introduction to all types of prehistoric dinos. Children can lift the flaps to learn about these amazing dinosaurs and the environments they used to live in, and they will be amazed as they find out all about the biggest, fastest, and most ferocious dinosaurs, and much, much more. This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

Little Explorers: Under the Sea book
#3
Little Explorers: Under the Sea
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Introducing the next book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, UNDER THE SEA provides little ones with hands-on fun! UNDER THE SEA is a lively introduction to all types of sea creatures, where children can lift the flaps to learn about all types of amazing animals and the environment they live in. Young readers will be amazed as they find out all about the coral reef, open ocean, endangered animals, shipwrecks, and much much more! This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

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  1. Little Explorers: The Farm - Introducing another book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, FARM provides little ones with hands-on fun! FARM is a lively introduction to life working and living on a farm. Children can lift the flaps to learn about farm animals and what goes in to keeping up a farm, and they will be amazed as they find out all about farm duties such as harvesting and sheep shearing, and much, much more. This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

  2. Eric Carle's All Around Us - The delightful images from the All Around Us slipcase are now in this fun, interactive format. By lifting the big, sturdy flaps, young readers will learn new words and concepts through Eric Carle’s bright, beautiful images and simple phrases. A perfect companion title for Eric Carle’s ABC and Opposites.

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Books About Math & Vocabulary

Baby Loves Green Energy! book
#1
Baby Loves Green Energy!
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the climate of our planet and the need to protect it for all babies. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well!

ABC's of Mathematics book
#2
ABC's of Mathematics
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest mathematicians! A is for Addition B is for Base C is for Chord From addition to zero, The ABCs of Mathematics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new math concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by an expert, each page in this mathematical primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little mathematician

Baby Loves Thermodynamics! book
#3
Baby Loves Thermodynamics!
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

"The next two books in the Baby Loves series tackle the first law of thermodynamics (energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change forms) and Schreodinger's Cat, the famous thought experiment involving quantum theory (quantum physics states that a particle can exist in multiple places at once). Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, the Baby Loves board books are perfect for geeky moms and dads who want to share their love of science, for parents who want to give their infant a head start on Harvard, and for hipster aunts and uncles who want that oh-so-clever gift for the baby shower."--

Honorable Mentions
  1. Baby Loves Structural Engineering! - Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the basics of building--from foundation to rooftop--and ties it all to baby's world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

  2. Baby Loves Gravity - Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the ups and downs of gravity. When baby drops food from a high chair, why does it fall? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

  3. Quantum Information for Babies - Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! Written by an expert, Quantum Information for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to one of the fastest-growing areas of technology research. Babies (and grownups!) will learn all about qubits, information systems, and more. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it's never too early to become a quantum physicist! Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind.

  4. 100 First Words for Little Geniuses - Are you a theoretical physicist? An engineer? A mathematician? Then of course your baby will be a genius too. But where to begin? Introducing 100 First Words for Little Geniuses, a brainy primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little geniuses are ready for quark, integral, and thermodynamics. From math to physics to philosophy, these are the words every budding genius needs in his or her vocabulary (even at the age of 2). Packed with fun illustrations and 100 words every genius baby should know, 100 First Words for Little Geniuses is the perfect board book for smart families everywhere.

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Books About Science & Vocabulary

Baby Loves Green Energy! book
#1
Baby Loves Green Energy!
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the climate of our planet and the need to protect it for all babies. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well!

Rocket Science for Babies book
#2
Rocket Science for Babies
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Ages 0 to 3 years Rocket Science for Babies by Chris Ferrie is an introduction to aerospace engineering (also known as rocket science). Baby will learn the principles of lift and thrust, the forces responsible for flight. This is the first in a series of books designed to stimulate your baby and introduce them to the world of science. Also coming in May are: Newtonian Physics for Babies General Relativity for Babies Quantum Physics for Babies

Baby Loves Thermodynamics! book
#3
Baby Loves Thermodynamics!
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

"The next two books in the Baby Loves series tackle the first law of thermodynamics (energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change forms) and Schreodinger's Cat, the famous thought experiment involving quantum theory (quantum physics states that a particle can exist in multiple places at once). Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, the Baby Loves board books are perfect for geeky moms and dads who want to share their love of science, for parents who want to give their infant a head start on Harvard, and for hipster aunts and uncles who want that oh-so-clever gift for the baby shower."--

Honorable Mentions
  1. Baby Loves Structural Engineering! - Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the basics of building--from foundation to rooftop--and ties it all to baby's world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

  2. ABCs of Biology - This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest biologist! A is for Anatomy B is for Bacteria C is for Cell From anatomy to zoology, the ABCs of Biology is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new biology concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by two experts, each page in this biology primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little biologist.

  3. Evolution for Babies - Overview Evolution for Babies by Chris Ferrie, Cara Florance Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! Written by an expert, Evolution for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to evolutionary biology. Babies (and grownups!) will learn how organisms mutate, evolve, and survive. Co-written by Cara Florance, who has a PhD in Biochemistry and a BS in Chemistry with work experience in astrobiololgy and radiation decontamination. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it's never too early to become a scientist!

  4. Quantum Physics for Babies (0-3) - Ages 0 to 3 years Quantum Physics for Babies by Chris Ferrie is a colourfully simple introduction to the principle that gives quantum physics its name. Baby will find out that energy is "quantized" and the weird world of atoms never comes to a standstill. It is never too early to become a quantum physicist! This is the first in a series of books designed to stimulate your baby and introduce them to the world of science. Also coming in May are:  Newtonian Physics for Babies  General Relativity for Babies  Rocket Science for Babies

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Books About Food & Vocabulary

Early Bird book
#1
Early Bird
Written by Toni Yuly
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Waking up before the sun and realizing that she is very hungry, Early Bird takes a deep breath and begins searching for a tasty breakfast, in a boldly colored story that emphasizes action words.

TouchWords: Food book
#2
TouchWords: Food
Written by and illustrated by Rilla Alexander
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

TouchWords is a brand new extension to the beloved, ground-breaking TouchThinkLearn series now with raised letters that fit into die-cut shapes! This is a full hands-on, sensory experience, associating the tactile shapes of letters with the objects. Rilla Alexander executes a fresh design incorporating the classic elements of the TouchThinkLearn first words format, with core vocabulary and stretch words on each page helping children expand their vision of words and how they work together.

Nom Nom Opposites book
#3
Nom Nom Opposites
Written and illustrated by Forrest Everett
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Nom Nom Opposites gives young minds food for thought—literally! Kids who love Shopkins and Num Noms will enjoy learning their opposites with the help and encouragement of adorable picnic food characters found throughout. Even the book feels like food packaging with an acetate window on the front cover hinting at the delicious contents inside. It's food. It's education. It's cute. It's Nom Nom Knowledge!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Alphaprints First Words - Adding to the stable of bestselling Alphaprints titles, First Words is a must-have word book for babies and toddlers that sits alongside Alphaprints ABC, one of American Baby Magazine's 24 Best Baby Books of All Time. This casebound board book has over 40 first words to learn, accompanied by the quirky Alphaprints animals and objects created using fingerprints and photographs of everyday objects. Each spread is themed—pets, park, vehicles, toys, farm, food, colors and animals—and the fingerprints are embossed for lots of see-touch-feel fun. This is the latest addition to the Alphaprints series, which has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the US alone, and is published around the world in 13 languages.

  2. My Very First Book of Food - Feast your eyes on the latest split-page board books from Eric Carle. In the sumptuous My Very First Book of Food, children can match each animal with the food it eats. Do you know what a squirrel eats? How about a seal? In My Very First Book of Motion, children can match each animal with the way it moves. Which animal hops? Which one waddles? Only you can match them. These fun books are full of bright animals, and are lots of fun for young children.

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Books About Explorers & Vocabulary

Little Explorers: Dinosaurs book
#1
Little Explorers: Dinosaurs
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Introducing another book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, DINOSAURS provides little ones with hands-on fun! DINOSAURS is a lively introduction to all types of prehistoric dinos. Children can lift the flaps to learn about these amazing dinosaurs and the environments they used to live in, and they will be amazed as they find out all about the biggest, fastest, and most ferocious dinosaurs, and much, much more. This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

What Can I Hear? book
#2
What Can I Hear?
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A group of babies have fun making noises and listening to things. On board pages.

Baby Loves Gravity book
#3
Baby Loves Gravity
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the ups and downs of gravity. When baby drops food from a high chair, why does it fall? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Little Explorers: Under the Sea - Introducing the next book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, UNDER THE SEA provides little ones with hands-on fun! UNDER THE SEA is a lively introduction to all types of sea creatures, where children can lift the flaps to learn about all types of amazing animals and the environment they live in. Young readers will be amazed as they find out all about the coral reef, open ocean, endangered animals, shipwrecks, and much much more! This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

  2. Little Explorers: The Farm - Introducing another book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, FARM provides little ones with hands-on fun! FARM is a lively introduction to life working and living on a farm. Children can lift the flaps to learn about farm animals and what goes in to keeping up a farm, and they will be amazed as they find out all about farm duties such as harvesting and sheep shearing, and much, much more. This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

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Bonus Recommendations

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Take a trip downriver in Huckleberry Finn: A BabyLit Camping Primer. Alison Oliver’s crisp illustrations help little ones learn camping vocabulary such as “raft,” “river,” and “fishing line” while Jennifer Adam’s carefully curated quotations from the original text will have parents reading with the soft, twangy accent of Mark Twain.

  2. My First Words - See and say your first words! Learn your first words with stylish artwork from Aino-Maija Metsola. With 70 essential words to see and say, plus sturdy pages for little hands to hold, young readers will enjoy naming objects on every spread. My First Words is a perfect introduction for little learners!

  3. Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo - Petey is enjoying a peaceful afternoon of gardening when his good friend Pru starts to cause trouble. Petey reacts in turn, and before long, things have escalated from a scuffle to a tussle to a true hullabaloo! This beautifully illustrated story about the true meaning of friendship is packed with excitement and near disaster as well as vocabulary-expanding words that are fun to say and thrilling to master. Glossary.

  4. Moo, Cluck, Baa! The Farm Animals are Hungry - Whether you and your baby are at home or on the move, these are the ideal first sound books for cot or pram play. Research has indicated that newborn babies love high-contrast images and respond well to them. This adorable new series from Wee Gallery features bold illustrations along with simple words to help babies develop their essential visual and language skills.

  1. 100 First Words - Look, point, and learn with this first word book! Bright pictures and labels encourage children to look, point, and learn as they master their first 100 words! With adorable illustrations by Dawn Machell and a padded cover format, 100 First Words is a fun introduction for little ones as they learn about the world around them.

  2. The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito - Timely, Fun, Challenging and Wise! Tomson Highway's musical cabaret, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, couldn't be more vividly presented unless you were sitting in the middle seat of the front row watching the Cree playwright, performer, musician and poet himself. The story of a wingless little mosquito from Manitoba has all the whimsy and wise humour any audience could ask for. The ageless theme of a misfit, who finds her voice through song and who learns to make friends by communicating directly with her audience, is a timely treat for anyone who has felt like an outsider, dealt with bullying, moved to a new place, or was different from the rest of the pack. The entire script is here, complete with song lyrics, stage directions, Cree vocabulary, and challenging tongue twisters to delight all ages. A perfect book for drama students, teachers, and theatre enthusiasts, this beautiful full-colour volume serves as an interactive read-aloud for the young, or a great way to introduce students to the joys of staging a musical production.

  3. Picture Fit Board Books: A Toy Box of Shapes - Toddlers will love to explore the pages A Toy Box of Shapes, an Alphaprints board book with raised shapes to touch, feel, and explore that fit neatly into the recessed shapes on the facing page. Each spread focuses on a different shape and color, and both concepts are explored simply but effectively. The Alphaprints artwork, created from fingerprints and photographs of everyday things, makes the whole learning experience more fun, as toddlers can see that the teddy bear's nose is made of licorice, and his body is made of a kiwi fruit! A gorgeously simple book that is a visual and tactile treat for young children.

  4. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga - The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.

  1. 100 First Words for Little Geeks - There's a TARDIS cookie jar in our kitchen. A Picard air freshener in our car. And we won't even mention Harry Potter in the bathroom. We're geeks and proud of it! But is there nothing for baby? Inconceivable! Introducing 100 First Words for Little Geeks, a deliciously nerdy primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little geeks are ready for holy grail, warp core, and intergalactic catastrophe (okay, forget that last one, but they'll learn tribble and that's about the same thing). Packed with hilarious illustrations and 100 words every geek baby should know (before any others, of course), 100 First Words for Little Geeks is the perfect board book for geek families everywhere. Great Scott!

  2. Big Little / Grande Pequeño - "Funny, spirited board books by Leslie Patricelli explore opposites. . . . Clever pairings, bold graphic art, and an expressive toddler in diapers make the concepts fun." -- Publishers Weekly Ladies are big, but ladybugs are little. Heads are big, but toes are little. Illustrated in a bright, graphic style, Leslie Patricelli's bald, hilariously expressive baby acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect.

  3. My Very First Book of Shapes - Can you find what is round? What is square? In this timeless new split-pageboard book, children can find the bottom half of a page that matches the top half. Find the right pairs, and you will learn to identify all kinds of shapes. From dome-shaped ladybugs to diamond- shaped kites, this clever board book makes learning fun.

  4. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman - Introduce children to the work of celebrated American poet Walt Whitman! Carefully chosen for kids, 35 illustrated poems are presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbenier, PhD, a Whitman expert. Walt Whitman includes enlightening commentary for each poem, definitions of key words, and a foreword by the expert. Vibrant illustrations invigorate the poetry. Starting off with "I Hear America Singing," the collection includes excerpts from "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!", poems from Leaves of Grass, and many more thought-provoking, descriptive, and kid-friendly selections.

  1. 100 First Words for Little Artists - Are you an artist? Then of course your baby will inherit your creative genes! But how to get your prodigy started on the path of complementary colors and 2-point perspectives? Introducing 100 First Words for Little Artists, an artistic primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little artists are ready for CMYK, caricature, and ceramics. With terms from across the spectrum of visual arts, this is a must-have collection of words every budding artist needs in their vocabulary (even at the age of 2). Packed with fun illustrations and 100 words every prodigy should know, 100 First Words for Little Artists is the perfect board book for artistic families everywhere.

  2. Baby Sees Colors! - Based on decades of research and refinement, the art in this high-contrast board book is completely mesmerizing for newborns--helping them to focus. Babies as young as six weeks old can appreciate the bold shapes and colors in BABY LOOKS! and will benefit from hearing a parent's voice, and the bonding that naturally occurs when a loving adult reads to a baby. Receptive language skills develop right from the start, as babies soak in everything they hear, and eventually learn to associate particular sounds with familiar people and things. Hundreds of thousands of parents in Japan have already discovered the power of this little book, and now American parents can too!

  3. Frankie's Magical Day - Charmingly illustrated by Michele Romo, Frankie's Magical Dayis a first word book that introduces a mix of the unconventional and everyday terms. Featuring everything from a post office and a castle to a bunny bandit and a unicorn, this fun-filled book contains hundreds of objects and places clearly labeled to help little readers expand their growing vocabularies.

  4. ABC Shapes - Learn about unusual shapes along with the alphabet in ABC Shapes, a fun and educational board book that combines the ABCs with fun and unconventional shapes. Going beyond the typical preschool shapes like circles and squares, ABC Shapes introduces arches and ellipses, cubes and wedges, and even helixes and nanagons. Each page highlights an unusual shape, one for every letter of the alphabet, and features a colorful illustration. The beautiful and engaging illustrations of animals, people, and objects prominently feature each shape, ensuring parents and children love learning the fundamentals of shapes and the alphabet together.

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