We put together a list of the Port Discovery education staff’s favorite books and programs for babies, children, and parents. We hope you find something to inspire your child’s imagination!

STEM Resources


Through fun, vibrant stories, songs and games, UMIGO provides early elementary age children with the developmental foundations that will help them learn and master critical early math skills as well as become active learners, critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Funded in part by a Ready To Learn grant from the US Department of Education, and guided by a curriculum team of highly respected educators, UMIGO empowers children to use math to help them find ways to overcome problems and achieve goals. The UMIGO educational guides and activities are designed to engage parents and educators, along with children, making learning a shared, enriching experience.

Nano is an engaging and interactive mini-exhibition about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology for family audiences.Explore hands-on activities to discover the importance of things too small for the eye to see in nanoscale science. To learn more about Nano click here.

Staff Book Picks

Mary Had a Little Lamb by Jonas Sickler
Wiggle March by Karen Pixton      

Board books    
Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
Eye Like Nature: Leaves by PlayBac
How Sweet it is to be Loved by You by Charles R. Smith

Picture Books
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Easy Readers                    
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! By Mo Willems

Chapter Books
Emma's Yucky Brother by Elizabeth Kennedy
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel                                      

Non Fiction                            
Animal Eggs by Dawn Cusick and Joanne O'Sullivan
Capybara (A Day in the Life: Rain Forest Animals) by Anita Ganeri                   
Parenting Tip Books
You Make the Difference in Helping Your Child Learn by Ayala Manolson
Ain't Misbehaving: Tactics for tantrums, meltdowns, bedtime blues and other perfectly normal kid behaviors by Alyson Schafer
EveryDay Matters: Activities for You and Your Child – In English and Spanish by American Guidance Service
Activity Books
Kids’ Garden: 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games by Whitney Cohen 

Wonders of Water