5 Best STEAM Books for Babies

Written by Pat O’Neill

Your baby already has the makings of a genius. They need books that can keep up!

The best science and math books for babies do more than impart the ABCs or teach counting. They are kaleidoscopes of shape and color that awaken a sense of wonder about our big, beautiful planet.

Your kiddo may be small, but with some help from a grownup and a good book, nothing is beyond reach.

First Math Slide and See Subtracting, by Sam Taplin & Hannah Watson

Usborne has boldly gone where no publishing house has gone before: it’s made math fun and interactive for the youngest readers. From creative team Sam Taplin and Hannah Watson comes an interactive book focused on subtraction, working with numbers from 0-5. The couplets on each page help prompt the correct answer, while pull tabs reveal the difference. Math – stress = this book. 

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My Little Sound Book: Musical Instruments, by Amandine Notaert

Music and learning go hand in hand for babies and toddlers. Little ones love rhythm and melody, and introducing them to musical instruments before they’ve taken their first steps can aid in speech acquisition and brain development. This little known gem of a board book spotlights piano, guitar, flute, drums, and violin. Let’s make music together!

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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, by Joyce Sidman & Beth Krommes

A love of math often begins with recognizing shapes and patterns in the natural world. This inventive board book invites children to stop and see the spirals. Once you begin to look, you’ll see them everywhere. From the curve of your ear to a snail’s twisty shell, what swirls can you find?

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Big and Small, Room for All, by Jo Ellen Bogart


The sky is pretty big, so big it’s hard to imagine anything bigger. How about something smaller like a mountain or a tree? The otherworldly illustrations in this beautiful book will inspire children to think about their size in relation to the world around them. From the Earth to a mountain, a kitten to a mouse, explore how humanity fits in with the rest of creation. In this one-of-a-kind world of ours, there’s room for all.

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What Makes a Rainbow?by Betty Ann Schwartz

In this color-filled interactive adventure, your little one will follow rainbow-hued magic ribbons along with Little Rabbit as he tries to find what makes a rainbow. The bright woodland creatures like Mr. Fox, Mr. Grasshopper, and Bluebird will guide the way as we find out how many colors can come together to make something beautiful.

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