“The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. A really intricate story about travel, and family, and beauty, and awe, and carving your own path, and how even small things and people can make a big impact on the world and those they love, but it’s so accessible to even small kids, and so beautifully written. Sometimes I read it just for myself.” ― Meghan Hart Arbuckle
Penelope, the classmate-eater to which the title refers, is a cute dinosaur who’s just beginning school. And, yes, she does indeed devour her classmates. But only because she doesn’t know better and, well, kids are damn tasty. When her teacher does tell her not to do it, Penelope subsequently hocks them out (they’re fine, if a bit slimy). In the clever tale that follows, Penelope learns how to act in her new environment, even if she stumbles and scarfs down a classmate a few more times.

Kids are sheer proof that learning and fun easily go hand in hand. When you give your child a book, you not only give them a happy surprise that is used again and again, but you also give the gift of learning. Pottery Barn Kids has plenty of captivating and creative kids books. From classic stories to new adventures, there is a kids book for every occasion.

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Kids are sheer proof that learning and fun easily go hand in hand. When you give your child a book, you not only give them a happy surprise that is used again and again, but you also give the gift of learning. Pottery Barn Kids has plenty of captivating and creative kids books. From classic stories to new adventures, there is a kids book for every occasion.


Funk is a software engineer with the nonprofit Girls Who Code so it’s no surprise that computer language saves the day in this story. While many would stumble with such an earnest conceit (coding is great kids!) this story, in which a young girl and her robot buddy solve a sandcastle building problem via coding techniques, introduces basic knowledge in a way that doesn’t feel forced or anything but genuine.
Wenzel’s Caldecott winning They All Saw A Cat, which explored the different ways various creatures perceive a wandering housecat, was an exercise in empathy. Hello, Hello is an exercise in enthusiasm: Through vibrant illustrations and simple rhyming text, Wenzel walks young readers through a menagerie of exotic animals (including 30 of which are on the endangered species list) all of which share something in common. It’s a simple, joyous book that celebrates the diversity of wildlife.
Of course, inquisitive toddlers not only enjoy hearing stories but also want to read them. To make learning to read is fun from the start, choose personalized preschool books to help your child start on the right page. Some books teach the basics like numbers and counting, while others teach the alphabet. Personalization and fun characters make reading these books a delight for preschoolers.
At National Geographic, we know the only thing that can possibly match our passion for exploration is the limitless creativity and curiosity of a young mind. For that reason, we pride ourselves in providing children's books that are both educational and fun--the perfect thing to satisfy your child's yearning for knowledge. Our kids books are designed to be everything a young explorer could wish for. Written for young readers, our books will engage children and introduce them to new and exciting facets of their world, and the world beyond what they know. Written on topics as diverse as your child's interest, these educational books are certain to delight your child for years to come. Our world geography books will teach your child about places near and far, all from the comfort of your home. Your child might not be an actual explorer yet, but with these books, your child's imagination can travel the world.
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Rare is the story that’s able to nimbly explain how children process difficult feelings. But Doerrfield sticks the landing. After a toy brick-stacking tragedy strikes Taylor, the young child is approached by a variety of animals each of whom has intentions to help. However, all they do is talk at Taylor. The bear yells and tells Taylor to yell. The snake hisses and tells Taylor to hiss. They all have good intentions but it’s not what Taylor requires. What Taylor really needs, however, is someone who will listen, which is exactly what the rabbit provides. This is a wonderful story on its own, and one that becomes all the more powerful when young children are confronted with and need to work through tragedy.
“Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman. We are a military family and right before my husband’s third deployment he recorded that book for our children. This meant so much to our children being able to hear his voice. So now I give this book to my friends/family having babies because usually I’m the one that doesn’t live close by. I want them to know I’ll love them no matter where I am.” ― Kassie Rice
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