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Inspire Your Little Reader With These Brilliant Library Additions

Becoming a lifelong bookworm begins as soon as a baby opens their eyes for the first time.

Dana Holmes · 2 months ago

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“In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf …” begins Eric Carle’s beloved book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” How many books do you remember the beginnings of? Chances are that you have a few favorites memorized because they get read again and again, and that’s great! Becoming a lifelong bookworm begins as soon as you read a baby their very first book. So we’ve selected these five books to add to your family’s library. Each has a unique set of vocabulary, beautiful images, and easy to read text, and they’ll surely inspire some unforgettable conversations as your kids grow. More perfect reasons to snuggle up with your little nugget!

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Mudpuppy Little Scientist Board Book Set

Introduce your littlest one to some of the greatest minds in scientific history with this adorable boxed set. The four eight-page board books simply and colorfully cover topics from chemistry and astronomy to scientists like Carl Sagan and Jane Goodall.

Penguin Random House The Wonderful Things You Will Be Book

This beautiful book speaks as much to the reader as the child. It’s full of magical illustrations by Emily Winfield Martin that make for some creative conversation starters, like “what is his costume?” and “what are the kids doing in the garage?” But at the heart of the book are its rhythmic and rhyming messages of love, inspiration, and imagination.

Quarto Little People Big Dreams Mahatma Gandhi Book

Inspire young minds with this simplified life story of Mahatma “great soul” Gandhi and his peaceful protest movement that united the people of India and led to the end of British rule there. It’s also a reassuring story for many because Gandhi rebelled against his family for years before he realized that the principles his parents raised him with were the ones that would shape his movement.

Mudpuppy Little Feminist Book

We’re not going to lie, this book about 25 amazing women in feminist history is a lot for a baby. But, starting by pointing at images and talking about the pictures, or just the names of the people, and working up to reading the pages and discussing in more detail make this a book that will stay on the shelf for years.

Penguin Random House This Is America Book

Speaking of books that will stay on the shelf for years and years, this classic retro reconfiguration has a suggested reading age range of 12 to 17 years old. But kids are never too young to start learning about some of the most famous cities and landmarks in the United States. The iconic vintage illustrations of M. Sasek are pulled from his beloved mid-century book series and organized here for the ultimate first tour of the states.