The 5 Best Science and Math Books for Babies

Written by Pat O’Neill

Indestructible, un-tearable, chewable—books for babies have to go through a lot as they are being enjoyed (or devoured, as the case may be). Just because so-called baby board books are printed on thick paper doesn’t mean the characters or stories in them should feel like they’re made of cardboard. On the contrary, books for infants and toddlers need to be bright and playful, engaging and soulful. No pressure, Mom and Dad!

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

Stop and see the spirals: once you begin to look, you’ll see them everywhere. A Caldecott medalist and Newbery Honor-winning poet team up for this captivating book on one of nature’s most common shapes: the swirl! From the curve of your ear to a snail’s twisty shell, what swirls can you find?

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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. Fun woodland creatures like Mr. Fox, Mr. Grasshopper, and Bluebird guide the way on a journey that teaches us to enjoy the beautiful things in life.

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

Llamas don’t just love the desert. They like the beach, too! Read along with young Llama Llama as he splashes in the waves and plays in the sand in this touch-and-feel board book.

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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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Peek Inside Nighttime, by Anna Milbourne & Simona Dimitri

In this nocturnal installment from Usborne, young readers get to lift flaps, peek through holes, and investigate for themselves what happens after night falls. Who’s asleep, and who’s just waking up? What do you know about glow worms, bats, and owls? Discover together the secrets of the night.

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