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Let’s not leave the little ones out of the science fun! With this age group (0-3), you aren’t likely to be covering topics in depth. It’s about exposure. Just like reading to your child from a young age will teach them that it is normal, so will discussing science. Or any other topic, for that matter.
Science also doesn’t alway have to come in textbook or non-fiction form. Oftentimes, exposing a child to a science topic through a story will spark an interest in them more than a non-fiction book. This is how Curious George and Pooh Bear made the cut on this list.
These are all board books that I found at our library, but you may consider purchasing a few that you don’t mind your baby playing with (and drooling on).
Curious George and the Rocket illustrated by H. A. Rey – George helps Professor Wiseman in a way that only a little monkey can.
Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan – Mouse takes a walk with Momma to explore spring. Mouse and Momma explore other seasons in other books, too.
Tails Chasing Tails by Matthew Porter – Help your little one guess what animal the tail belongs on each page. This is a cute book.
1-2-3 Dinosaurs Bite! A Prehistoric Counting Book illustrated by Steve Jenkins – The comes from the American Museum of Natural History. Each dinosaurs takes an increasing number of bites out of the pages. You can practice sounding out the dinosaur names, too.
Classic Pooh Weather: A Lift-The-Flap Book – Our library copy was missing some flaps, but we enjoyed exploring weather with Pooh Bear.
Caterpillar Spring Butterfly Summer by Susan Hood, illustrated by Claudine Gevry – A three dimensional caterpillar is featured through this board book.
National Geographic Kids Wild Tales: Twin Trouble by Peter Bently – Bobby and Bella get themselves into a spot of trouble while waiting for their Aunt Bertha to arrive.
These seven board books are a great way to introduce your baby or toddler to the concepts of science. Science is such a broad topic, you’d be surprised how easy it is to incorporate into your day-to-day happenings. Enjoy the books!