Nerdy Books for Toddlers

In a sea of Spot the dog and Peppa pig books it can get a bit tough doing the bed time story routine! My son is only 2 and a half and already an absolute book worm, which I absolutely love and am determined to nurture as much as I possibly can, but it does get a lot easier if they’re books which I’m interested in too!

Surprisingly there are actually lots of options out there to steer your little ones in the right path of the nerd from a very early age so that everyone can enjoy story time!

Ripley (my son) wants a minimum of 2 stories per bed time, and in between will spend hours flicking through books if he can. Most kids have a little stack of books – he’s got a full library consisting of 2 book shelves… and they’re already full of books which he looks through – every single one.

Here are the best nerdy books for toddlers I have found so far – have you got any other recommendations?

Little Golden Books

This range from penguin random house has so far offered the best selection and they’re actually not bad books either. They condense an entire film in to about 30 or so pages of a few sentences each and they’re fully illustrated. The Star Wars, Moana and Jurassic Park ones are by far the best I have read with the Avengers one being a bit too wordy for my little one and the Frozen ones (what can I say, he loves Frozen), deviating a little too much from the story in the films for my liking.

The series has got a massive 644 titles when I last checked so I’m not going to list them all here as they cover all sorts of universes and franchises but some of the ones which you might be most surprised or pleased to see in existence include:

  • Spider-Man
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Star Wars (from original trilogy to Clone Troopers and the Mandalorian and everything else in between – its a big range)
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • He Man and the Master of the Universe
  • Star Trek
  • Wonder Woman
  • Falcon
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Scooby Doo
  • Mulan
  • Trolls World Tour
  • Black Widow
  • The First Moon landing
  • Captain marvel
  • Pokemon
  • Aquaman
  • Grumpy Cats
  • Jurassic Park
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Shrek
  • Ghostbusters
  • Hulk

I really could keep going with these things!

These are nice sturdy books with a decent interior page thickness and somewhere between hard and soft back covers, so they really stand up to his constant flicking through!

We all love these books so for me they’re probably the best option out there for nerdy toddlers and their parents… or should that be the other way around? By the way we’ve only read a handful but if anyone from Penguin Random House is reading and wants Ripley to help me do a full review of these I’m sure he’d be happy to!

Pop Classics

This is yet another illustrated series published by Penguin random house based on classic pop culture films and tv shows, however with just 10 titles or so it’s a much smaller range than the Little Golden Books.

I have to say that for bed time stories, especially if your little one likes to follow the story with pictures, these are actually better as there is less text and I would say a little more comedy added in. We’ve read E.T. and X-Files: Earth Children are Weird… with that one being my favorite to read for him as there’s plenty of chance for making noises! Sadly its not quite as heavy duty and our copy of X-Files has long since succumbed to being stood on!

Other titles include:

  • Home Alone
  • Back to the Future
  • Buffy
  • Karate Kid
  • Doctor Who
  • Elf
  • School of Rock
  • Home Alone
  • Back to the Future
  • Buffy
  • Karate Kid
  • Doctor Who
  • Elf
  • School of Rock

Lego Star Wars

Lego released a full series of books, with one for every film from the main Star Wars movie saga, and these aren’t really story books but still loved by little Ripley for looking through and most importantly learning all those Star Wars characters… He’s already pretty good spotting Vader, Yoda and storm troopers!

These are more like reference books about the different characters, ships and places etc.

Speaking of Star Wars books which aren’t story based but really good fun to flick though with the little ones – or maybe I just like it is Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown.

I think if you’re looking for a good story that’s suitable for little ears and eyes Penguin seem to make by far the best selection out there!

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