Preparing toddlers and preschoolers for their future education shouldn't just involve classroom tours and pep-talks about what school will be like. A child's educational success can be built from the moment they are born with age-appropriate and fun "lessons" in everything from the ABCs to history. You'll be setting up the building blocks for solid start to school. And these five books are perfect for touching on some the basics with young children.

History

Bunny Loves to Learn

In this adorable book, Buster and his three classmates learn about history by dressing up as knights, pharaohs, a Roman solider, and more. Reading this book will allow your toddler or preschooler to hear about times in history, giving her a base for her future education about those topics. A bonus to this book, is that the book jacket (which my children always rip) is also an educational poster.

The "I Am" Series

This educational book series features notable historical figures including Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, and Amelia Earhart. The books teach children that the heroes of history were once ordinary people by sharing childhood stories and the moments that made them famous. Children will love learning that they too can change the world and this book series will set the foundation for a strong education in history.

Language

How Do I Love You? Como te Amo?

This bilingual book for infants, toddlers and preschoolers is a great way to introduce your child to another language. The earlier a child is introduced to a second language, the more fluent she will be. You can add other bilingual books over time as well as children's shows in a second language.

Science

Backyard Books: Are You an Ant?

Books about bugs, like this series which includes "Are You an Ant?" are the perfect way to introduce science to your little one. This book will allow your child to see ant life up close and compare how the ants live to how she lives.

Math

What Comes in 2's, 3's, & 4's

Math concepts are best learned in pieces. We start with the simplest and build from there. "What Comes in 2's, 3's, & 4's?" presents math sets to children so they can learn to count groups of objects. After mastering basic counting, your child will love counting in groups.

How do you help develop your child's skills before she heads off to school?