Creating your library — whether it’s curating your own bookshelf or exploring literature through community library rentals — is important for every child’s growth and development. Kids can learn about empathy and diversity through fun stories, all while refining different skill sets!

The Toy Insider’s Little Library series will highlight five books at the end of each month that will fill your home with laughter, love, and learning

Here are five books that accompanied May’s flowers (and are perfect stories to help kids bloom).


DISNEY BABY: WHAT DOES SIMBA SEE?: TOUCH & FEEL FUN

In this 10-page board book, Simba and his friends explore the Savanna while highlighting different sensory experiences. Each page features a different touch-and-feel element for kids to discover while reading.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $9.99
  • Age:
  • 0+

SUMMER IS HERE

Kids can discover what activities are possible in the summer as the main character relaxes in the pool, eats ice cream, and experiences joyful moments under the sun with friends.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $18.99
  • Age:
  • 3+

JULIÁN IS A MERMAID

After seeing subway riders dressed as mermaids, Julián wants to create his own mermaid costume at home. The story discusses themes like self-love, self-expression, and familial support.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $17.99
  • Age:
  • 4+

HARLEM GROWN

Harlem Grown tells the story of Tony Hillery and the garden he began after witnessing the lack of healthy food at an underfunded school. Readers will learn about community, friendship, and responsibility while reading about how Hillery started the garden in a vacant lot with students, and how it grew into a neighborhood staple.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $17.99
  • Age:
  • 4+

HOW LUCKY AM I

Kids will learn about gratitude, love, and exploring the world in this bug-themed picture book by Pentatonix member Scott Hoying.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $18.99
  • Age:
  • 4+

About the author

Samantha Connell

Samantha Connell

Samantha is an Assistant Editor for The Toy Book, The Pop Insider, and The Toy Insider. She loves to write, craft, watch Pride and Prejudice, and play with her adorable dog, Willow. She is a Ravenclaw, Star Wars fan (prequels included), and Clemson alumna. She also thinks that she is the favorite aunt.

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