30 Books for Curious Kids (0 – 5 years)

Better Beginnings encourages all parents to read to their child from birth. Young children are naturally curious and the titles on this booklist will develop their knowledge and thinking skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This booklist was compiled in collaboration with Scitech. 

To that end they have created a set of lists filled with great books for people looking for some recommendations or a place to start:

Cockburn Libraries believe that reading from birth is one of the most important things you can do, so we have all of these books ready for you to reserve today.

A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian, recommended for ages 2-5
Ducks Away! by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek, recommended for ages 2-4 ^
Buildablock by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo, recommended for ages 1-3
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia, recommended for ages 0-2
On the Way to Nana’s by Frances Haji-Ali, Lindsay Haji-Ali, and David Hardy, recommended for ages 3-5 ^
Where, Oh Where, is Rosie’s Chick? by Pat Hutchins, recommended for ages 2-4
Pizza Day by Melissa Iwai, recommended for ages 3-5
Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald, recommended for ages 2-5
Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe, recommended for ages 3-5
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, recommended for ages 1-3
Faster, Faster! Nice and Slow! by Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap, recommended for ages 2-4
Construction by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock, recommended for ages 2-5
Just a Little Bit by Ann Tompert and Lynn Munsinger, recommended for ages 3-5
What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward and Susie Ghahremani, recommended for ages 2-4
Let’s Go Visiting by Sue Williams and Julie Vivas, recommended for ages 0-3 ^
Can You Find Me? by Gordon Winch and Patrick Shirvington, recommended for ages 3-5
Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough, recommended for ages 2-5
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen, recommended for ages 2-5
Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres and Nadine Bernard Westcott, recommended for ages 2-5
Quack and Count by Keith Baker, recommended for ages 2-4
Whose Nose and Toes? by John Butler, recommended for ages 1-3
Stuck! by Charlotte Calder and Mark Jackson, recommended for ages 3-5 ^
Heads and Tails by John Canty, recommended for ages 2-5 ^
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle, recommended for ages 1-3
What’s the Time, Maisy? by Lucy Cousins, recommended for ages 2-4
With Nan by Tania Cox and Karen Blair, recommended for ages 3-5 ^
What are Stars? by Katie Daynes and Marta Alvarez Miguens, recommended for ages 2-4
I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd, recommended for ages 2-5
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert, recommended for ages 2-5
Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, recommended for ages 3-5

^ Australian authors/illustrators

The authors below have also written lots of great books about exploring and asking questions:

Pamela Allen
Eric Carle
Lynley Dodd
Julia Donaldson
Lois Ehlert
Pat Hutchins
Ellen Stoll Walsh

Ask questions and model inquisitive behaviour when you read with your child. This will further develop their curiouity and understanding of the world.