Best Children's Books About Vocabulary

83+ Children's Books About Vocabulary

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
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.

Frankenstein book
#2
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.

Flora and the Ostrich book
#3
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.

E Is for Easter book
#4
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.

Early Bird book
#5
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.

Stegothesaurus book
#6
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.

Rocket Science for Babies book
#7
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

BabyLit ABCs: an Alphabet Primer book
#8
BabyLit ABCs: an Alphabet Primer
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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.

My Very First Book of Shapes book
#9
My Very First Book of Shapes
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

My Very First Book Of Colors book
#10
My Very First Book Of Colors
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

What Can I Smell? book
#11
What Can I Smell?
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A group of babies have fun smelling the things in the world around them. On board pages.

My Very First Book of Animal Sounds book
#12
My Very First Book of Animal Sounds
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Here are two new split-page board books in the popular series from Eric Carle. In the brilliantly colorful My Very First Book of Animal Homes, children can match each animal with the home it lives in. Where do the bees live? Where does the bird live? In My Very First Book of Animal Sounds, children can match each animal with the sound it makes. Which animal barks? Which animal roars? Only you can match them. Full of vibrant animals, these books are loads of fun for young children.

My Very First Book of Animal Homes book
#13
My Very First Book of Animal Homes
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Here are two new split-page board books in the popular series from Eric Carle. In the brilliantly colorful My Very First Book of Animal Homes, children can match each animal with the home it lives in. Where do the bees live? Where does the bird live? In My Very First Book of Animal Sounds, children can match each animal with the sound it makes. Which animal barks? Which animal roars? Only you can match them. Full of vibrant animals, these books are loads of fun for young children.

Eric Carle's All Around Us book
#14
Eric Carle's All Around Us
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

What Can I Taste? book
#15
What Can I Taste?
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A group of babies have fun tasting things that are sweet, soft, crunchy, and cold. On board pages.

My Very First Book of Food book
#16
My Very First Book of Food
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

The Book about Nothing book
#17
The Book about Nothing
Written by Mike Bender and illustrated by Hugh Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This book has nothing to do with rainbows, rocket ships, meatballs, or wizards. Instead, it’s full of zip, zilch, diddly-squat, bupkus. But don’t worry, reading this book isn’t all for nothing, because sometimes nothing is actually something. Like if you pick up all the toys in your room, what will be on the floor? NOTHING. When you take a bath, what are you wearing? NOTHING. And when you shut the lights off to go to bed, what do you see? NOTHING. Mike Bender and Hugh Murphy stop at nothing to explore the key concepts of nothing and zero using playful language and hilarious illustrations.

My Very First Book of Motion book
#18
My Very First Book of Motion
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

What Can I Hear? book
#19
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.

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck book
#20
Happy Hippo, Angry Duck
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

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.

Big Little / Grande Pequeño book
#21
Big Little / Grande Pequeño
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"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.

Baby Sees Colors! book
#22
Baby Sees Colors!
Written by and illustrated by Akio Kashiwara
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

Little Explorers: Dinosaurs book
#23
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.

Les Miserables book
#24
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.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn book
#25
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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.

Have a suggestion for a book to add to this list? Send an email to [email protected] with your book and list suggestion.