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High Brow Baby Books

A fab new book series for toddlers

Created by two Brooklyn moms—a reading specialist and an art curator—Home Grown Books is a new toddler series with a refreshingly sophisticated yet age-appropriate approach to art and language. Book Set 1 ($29.95), a nine-book collection, focuses on beginner themes like animals, instruments, and transportation through one-, two- or three-word storytelling and vivid watercolors by local artist Cecile Dyer. Book Set 2 ($29.95), a seven-book collection, is a bit more complex, using one-to-six words per page and lush cut paper images by artist Nathalie Trovato to tell stories relating to the four elements, environments, and habitats. There’s also a coordinating sixteen-piece wooden block set printed with images from Book Set 1. And to keep things Earth-friendly, the books are printed on recycled paper (with zero-VOC vegetable ink), and the block set ($86) is fashioned from sustainable maple hardwood milled in Vermont.