We could not be more excited that famed Japanese author-illustrator, Taro Gomi (you know him, the author behind the widely popular¬†Everyone Poops), recently¬†released a¬†new boxed set called¬†Growing Together.¬†We think it’s the perfect gift for a graduating preschooler who is “all grown up,” and ready to take on the world.

The set is intended for children ages 2‚Äď4 and includes four small books, each titled after a central task of childhood: Growing, Sharing, Imagining, and Exploring.

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Of course these developmental hurdles can be a challenge, especially cough¬†sharing¬†cough, but the¬†series really does lend an air of celebration and fun to the duties of growing up. I especially loved how¬†Exploring —¬†which features a dad and son flying in space, careening on an electric scooter, and blasting off on a rocket ship — makes¬†the task of leaving one’s comfort zone an exciting adventure, rather than a scary threat.


Taro Gomi Imagining: part of a new boxed set of books for preschoolers


Like¬†Everyone Poops, this series encourages kids to explore and reminds us all to laugh at our humanness, whether it’s the way our bodies get rid of¬†food, or the way tiny humans grow into adults.

And the Growing Together books have such a wholesome sweetness and such bold, friendly illustrations, I think kids will definitely be reaching for them when picking out a bedtime story. Just hopefully not all four at once.

You can find Taro Gomi’s¬†Growing Together¬†series, as well as dozens of his other marvelous books, at our affiliate Amazon or at your local bookseller.¬†