Eco-Friendly, Design Minded Books That Babies & Toddlers Will Love from Inhabitots

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Big kids will soon be heading back to school, but they're not the only ones who will benefit from hitting the books. Babies and toddlers can start developing a love of reading from the moment their eyes can focus on a page. Stock your nursery shelves with 5 of our favorite eco-friendly books, some of which may be personalized to really captivate and engage your little one with familiar subjects.

Enlist the help of a handy hippo to teach your tyke opposites with the cleverly titled board book, Hippopposites. Parents who want to share their affinity for design with their kids from a young age may do so with Naomi Ross's Anatomy of Type Children's Book which compares letters to real-life objects, offering a creative way to learning the alphabet. And when it comes to learning colors, thePantone Colors board book goes way over the rainbow by introducing tots to 180 shades from Police Officer Blue to Duckling Yellow.Petit Collage's felt puppet board books combine puppetry and reading for a fun interactive storytelling experience. Babies will also get giddy over a membership to the Ex Libris cloth book of the month club, featuring fantastic books designed by Etsy artisan Victoria van der Laan.

Once your baby bibliophile becomes a real page-turner, equip him with these 5 awesome board books for independent reading. There's a book for every type of tot -- from those who want to snuggle an organic cotton Peter Rabbit plush toy and cloth book set, to those who have a penchant for being a bit 'less gentle' and need a sturdier book. For the latter, opt for these beautifulhandmade wooden nature books which feature wood-burned illustrations. Sew the seeds of green design by adding the Green Start book series to your tot's library. Not only are they made from 98% post-consumer recycled materials and printed with eco-friendly ink, they teach children about leading an environmentally conscious life. For a sweet and special gift for your child, you can make your own customized alphabet photo book at Shutterfly, highlighting all the things, faces and places your wee one adores. If you're looking for some great reads to add to your older child's collection, don't miss our top picks of 8 eco-friendly books every family should own.

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