25 Books for the Tiniest Nerds


A lot of my friends had babies in 2016. My go-to gifts for brand-new tiny humans are typically books. Honestly, my go-to gift for any human is typically a book, but babies don’t unwrap a book and then look up at you with disappointment in their eyes because you didn’t give them a Yo-kai Watch the way a seven-year-old does. Keep in mind that being disappointed in receiving books as a gift is a time-honored tradition and a poor indicator of whether a kid actually enjoys reading – I have a vivid (embarrassing) childhood memory of unwrapping a stack of books at my grandma’s house and moaning (much to my mother’s horror), “It’s just BOOKS?!” but, hey — I turned out to be a librarian! Adults tend to have slightly better manners than children, so gifting books to babies is a great way to ensure you receive the gratitude appropriate for such a thoughtful gift.

Giving children books is also a great way to instill a love of reading from an early age, but what’s even better is if kids see their parents get excited about books. Board book* publishers have really tapped into this idea in recent years and there are TONS of board books out there that are targeted at the parent as much as the child. These books still teach important early concepts like ABC’s, 123’s, colors, opposites, etc. but they do so while tapping into parents’ favorite areas of nerdiness – there are books for literature nerds, science nerds, pop culture nerds, music nerds and more! My list features areas of nerdiness that are popular in my circle of friends, but it’s certainly not exhaustive.

If I were a more organized person, I would have posted this list before the holidays so you lovely readers could use it as a gift-guide. However, nerdy people have babies all the time, so this list is good year-round.

Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables
By Jack Wang

War and Peace
By Jack Wang

The Odyssey: A Monsters Primer
By Jennifer Adams

Little Miss Brontë : Wuthering Heights : A Weather Primer
By Jennifer Adams

Little Miss Austen : Sense & Sensibility : An Opposites Primer
By Jennifer Adams

Andy Warhol’s Colors
By Susan Goldman Rubin

Counting With / Contando Con Frida
By Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein

Quiet Time with Cassatt
By Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober

Squares & Other Shapes: with Josef Albers
By Josef Albers

My First ABC
By The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope
By Jack Wang and Holman Wang

Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet
By Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy

Even Super Heroes Sleep
By David Katz and Morris Katz

My First Book of Girl Power
By Julie Merberg

S is for Super Hero
By Clarissa Wong

Star Trek Book of Opposites
By David Borgenicht

This Little President: A Presidential Primer
By Joan Holub

Zapata: Colors / Colores
By Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein

M Is for Monocle: A Victorian Alphabet
By Greg Paprocki

C Is for Castle: A Medieval Alphabet
By Greg Paprocki

Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!
By Ruth Spiro and Irene Chan

Baby Loves Quarks!
By Ruth Spiro and Irene Chan

Hello, World! Solar System
By Jill McDonald

Space Walk
By Salina Yoon

Roaring Rockets (Amazing Machines)
by Tony Mitton

Until next time, find the stories that make you stronger. #WorkOutNerdOut

*In case you’re not familiar with the term: board books have sturdy pages made from cardboard instead of paper so they’re harder (but not impossible) for babies/toddlers to destroy.  All the books in this list are board books.


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