Introducing children to scientific concepts in the early stages of their development can be as easy as one, two, three! Presenting real knowledge in the form of games, poems, and board books during the first five years of your child’s life can help bypass feelings of intimidation so often associated with school curriculum-based learning in the future. Toddlers are naturally curious and inquisitive, so they get genuinely excited about new concepts. It’s not a coincidence that curiosity and inquisitiveness are considered to be the characteristic traits of some of the world’s most renowned grown-up minds. There is no guarantee that playing and reading together with your toddler will turn them into the next Albert Einstein or Sofya Kovalevskaya. It will, however, help them fall in love with learning, which will enrich their world for years to come.

Five Little Ducks

By Angie Hewitt and Anna Award   

There are many board book versions of this classic nursery rhyme that emphasizes numbers and introduces little kids to subtraction as a means of going from “more” to “less”

Five Little Monkeys

By Cottage Door Press and Sarah Ward

Another board book based on the familiar silly nursery rhyme introduces little readers to counting, while also encouraging interactive play, hand-eye coordination, and language development.

My Very First Book of Numbers

By Eric Carle

Can you tell how many cherries there are? How many apples? In this brilliantly colorful book, children can find the number of fruits in the bottom half of a page that matches the number of boxes and numerals in the top half.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

Turns out, you don’t have to peruse academic literature to find a book that masterfully combines a study of math and biology! Eric Carle’s illustrated classic talks about metamorphosis, while also letting the kids see and count all the foods a caterpillar eats as he strives to become a beautiful butterfly. Make sure to opt for the board book that comes with a little stuffed figurine of the caterpillar: the interactive element helps little ones feel more engaged with the story.

Circles (Yonezi Board Book)

By Yusuke Yonezi

A beautiful die-cut board book from master artist and designer Yusuke Yonezu shows kids the presence of geometry in our lives through minimalist graphics, color, and shapes. This author’s books are known for the delightful visual surprises and jokes that are not lost on babies and toddlers. Other titles in the series include Triangles, and Squares.

Bathtime Mathtime

By Danica McKellar and Alicia Padron 

An actress/math whiz Danica McKellar gives your toddler a head start on learning math by creating a series of books that introduce mathematical concepts into a young child’s daily routine. Take one messy baby, two busy feet, three rambunctious friends, four wayward ducks, and five floaty bubbles–and get a tubful of fun as one family’s bath time routine turns into a nightly ritual they can “count on”! Make sure to check out other titles in the series, including Good Night, Numbers!

My First 100 Science Words

By Chris Ferrie

The author of the book believes that toddlers’ natural curiosity allows them to go beyond the basics. His series My First STEM Words and Baby University cover topics from physics to biology, from astronomy to geography, from medicine to thermodynamics and beyond. This book is a unique way to provide a young budding scholar with a bright and simple introduction to the essential vocabulary.

Bacteria and Antibiotics

By Cara Florance and Jon Florance 

The world of bacteria and microbes is complex, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Learning about health through a simple narrative and cute illustrations is not only timely, but essential for your child’s understanding of hygiene and medical care. This book will empower kids with useful information, as they can begin to understand the basics of biology.

Germs Are Not for Sharing

by Elizabeth Verdick and Sarah Ward

Sharing might be one of the important lessons we teach our kids, but that generally excludes sharing germs. How and why we try to protect ourselves and others from getting sick is something this book explains simply with a help of lovely illustrations. Read the book more than once, so that your child becomes very familiar with the essential principles of hygiene.

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By Herve Tullet

Another experimental book from the man who knows how to engage a child’s imagination. This might be considered the first textbook on physics, as it simply and elegantly explains the relationship between cause and effect. By simply moving the book around, we can observe what happens to an object when it’s manipulated in space (even if the object in question is a simple painted dot).

Hello, World! Solar System

By Jill McDonal

If you’ve been wondering about how to begin the conversation about astrophysics with your toddler, wonder no more!  This book is the coolest point of departure in a talk about planets and stars. The author offers a fun and thoughtful way to to bring science and nature into the dynamic world of a toddler. Check out other books in the Hello, World! series, as they do a fine job introducing first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers in clear and easy terms.







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