Buyer's Guide 2020: Baby & Toddler Picks

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Hello, Bear! (Animal Facts and Flaps) Cover Image
By Sam Boughton, Sam Boughton (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781536215403
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Templar - October 6th, 2020

Skeletons accompanied by helpful clues invite little ones to guess which animals the bones belong to in this sturdy board book. Lift-the-flap pages reveal the mystery animals with colorful illustrations, along with fun facts like this one: “My skull is so big I could eat a pick-up truck. But I don’t.” Can you guess which animal that enormous skull belongs to?

-Anna


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Hello, Whale! (Animal Facts and Flaps) Cover Image
By Sam Boughton, Sam Boughton (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781536215410
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Templar - October 6th, 2020

Skeletons accompanied by helpful clues invite little ones to guess which animals the bones belong to in this sturdy board book. Lift-the-flap pages reveal the mystery animals with colorful illustrations, along with fun facts like this one: “My skull is so big I could eat a pick-up truck. But I don’t.” Can you guess which animal that enormous skull belongs to?

-Anna


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Whose Bones?: An Animal Guessing Game Cover Image
By Gabrielle Balkan, Sam Brewster (By (artist))
$12.95
ISBN: 9781838661519
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 16th, 2020

Skeletons accompanied by helpful clues invite little ones to guess which animals the bones belong to in this sturdy board book. Lift-the-flap pages reveal the mystery animals with colorful illustrations, along with fun facts like this one: “My skull is so big I could eat a pick-up truck. But I don’t.” Can you guess which animal that enormous skull belongs to?

-Drew


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Paper Peek: Animals Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781536211498
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Published: Candlewick Studio - September 15th, 2020

Hop in your hot air balloon and journey around the world! Both children and parents will delight in this colorful search-and-find book. See if you can point out zebras in Africa, toucans in South America, and wild boars in Asia. Filled with cutouts and adorable animal prints, Paper Peek: Animals is sure to have readers going wild.

-Anna


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I Am!: Affirmations for Resilience Cover Image
By Bela Barbosa, Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593222799
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - October 6th, 2020

Written by an early childhood social emotional learning educator, I Am! is a brilliant tool for building resilience. We all recognize the importance of giving children space to feel angry, sad, or frustrated. This book teaches that it is also crucial to give kids the skills to move on from those emotions, when they’re ready. Verbal affirmations and soothing embodied practices are paired with simple, brightillustrations. Everyone from toddlers to grown-ups will find strength in this book.

-Kara


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Turtle Walk Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062934130
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 6th, 2020

Follow a turtle family as they go on a long, sloooooow walk. Filled with sweet watercolor illustrations of a darling family traveling together, Turtle Walk is a story about taking in the scenery and enjoying time spent together. The journey may last a long time, but the memories made with each other last even longer. And all that traveling and patience may lead to a big reward!

-Anna


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Night Wishes Cover Image
By Lee Bennett Hopkins (Editor), Jen Corace (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780802854964
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

A good bedtime story never gets old, especially not one as imaginative and tender as this. Fans of Goodnight Moon will find themselves in a familiar atmosphere when they open Night Wishes. Items from a child’s bedroom share their perspectives of the night in a series of short poems. Enchanting illustrations and rhythmic verse roll the reader through a dream-filled slumber, returning to the bedroom when the night is through.

-Claire


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Me & Mama Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534454217
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - August 25th, 2020

From cover to cover, my daughter and I love reading this book together. It smells like cinnamon as our narrator tiptoes to find mama in the quiet rainy morning. Warm spice pervades, exuberant art tenderly taking us along organic moments of a treasured day. Mama is a marvel, honoring darling daughter’s curiosity and spirit. Never more than now does this gorgeous and tangible ode to child-parent devotion ring so true and so eternally sweet.

-Jesse