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Whether you’re buying for your own children or for someone else, these educational children’s books are sure to delight. And books make great gifts. Just ask my many niblings, who each get a book with a different item for every birthday and Christmas.
Okay, one of them might say “books are so boring”, but she doesn’t mean it and just finds herself reading voraciously. Do you know why? Because we encouraged that love of learning from an early age. (And because she’s awesome.)
If you’re here, you know the value of books, or at least you want to teach a young soul that value. You have come to the right place! Books are my love language. I’m proud to recommend and deliver titles that I know recipients will love.
This list of educational children’s books is meant to inspire a love of learning in young readers. Thus, “educational” in this sense covers a variety of topics. There are options for every child, from little scientists to those learning to deal with big emotions. Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Do not worry; there are more linked lists at the end if you need more ideas.
Be warned: you are in the hands of someone who has just bought a fifth bookcase because it ran out of space on its others. I am incapable of book restraint. So get your credit card ready and enjoy!
All About the Weather: A First Weather Book for Kids by Huda Harajli
Written by an elementary school teacher, this book introduces young children to important weather concepts. It includes information about the seasons, thermometer readings, and more. Ideal for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi; illustrated by Lorena Alvarez
Recently a dear friend asked me for a book recommendation instead of Oh, the places you will go! and I was delighted to share this find. In The Magic Encorereaders learn the power of Again. There may be things they can’t do and goals they haven’t achieved, but they shouldn’t despair. The power of Again is its sense of hope and possibility.
School Is Wherever I Am by Ellie Peterson
Learning happens everywhere. This is the message of this fabulous picture book. In it, a child who enjoys the learning that happens in school discovers that school encompasses more than a building. It’s a wonderful exploration of the value of all kinds of learning beyond academia. Considering how much time children have spent outside of school buildings in recent history, this is a timely lesson.
Mona Damluji Set; illustrated by Innosanto Nagara
Illustrator Innonsanto Nagara has been part of several iconic hardback books that are must-haves for any library. In this new release, Nagara and poet Mona Damluji help young readers understand the power of collective action and responsibility.
Listen to my body by Gabi Garcia
Young children have a lot to learn about understanding and regulating their emotions. Fortunately, books like this give adults the tools to help them. With tips on mindfulness and noticing physical and emotional sensations, this book is a great resource.
The Wonder of Thunder: Lessons from a Thunderstorm by Sharon Purtill, illustrated by Tamara Piper
If you know a child who is afraid of storms, this is the perfect gift. They will be introduced to Sally Storm. This lovable character will teach them about rain, lightning and thunder in an endearing way meant to calm their fears.
From the Beginning: A Book About Love and Building Families by Stephanie Levich and Alana Weiss, Illustrated by Darren Gate
Next, I’ll share a thoughtful new book. Levich and Weiss wrote a story for all the many families built through adoption, IVF and surrogacy. With sweet prose and inclusive illustrations, this celebration of love is a must-read.
Sometimes We Do by Omo Moses, illustrated by Diego Chaves
Of course, a fantastic math teacher would write a book that encourages kids to love math. In this educational children’s book, Moses introduces children to a variety of mathematical concepts through everyday interactions. Children will enjoy the whimsical imagination of main character Johari while learning important math skills.
Circle! Sphere! by Grace Lin
Another STEM gem, the math story by award-winning author-illustrator Grace Lin will introduce young readers to geometry. Using different shapes of wands, the children in the story enjoy seeing what kinds of bubbles they can create. This educational tale includes many hands-on activities that caregivers and children can try.
Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book by Yuyu Morales
This award-winning picture book tells the story of Señor Calvera’s quest to find a birthday present for his grandmother. Primarily written in English with Spanish words for each letter of the alphabet, it’s a hilarious story of a well-meaning skeleton who doesn’t quite understand what makes a good gift.
Tree Full of Wonders by Anna Smithers, illustrated by Martyna Nehman
As someone who loves the Lorax despite their love-hate relationship with Seuss, I’m always on the lookout for books with an environmental lens. This rhyming tale is just that. Smithers teaches readers how trees work and why they are so important in this beautifully illustrated tale.
Idia of the Kingdom of Benin by Ekiuwa Are, illustrated by Alina Shabelynk
Teach your little one the history of Africa with this beautiful picture book. In it, readers will learn the story of Queen Idia, a wise and courageous ruler. Aire imagines Idia’s childhood in this award-winning tale.
There are plenty of other educational books for kids, so don’t worry if you haven’t found the perfect gift. Again. (See what I did there?) You’ll find what you’re looking for in one of these great articles: