Photographs of beautiful babes surrounded by loving family and community join gentle declarations of the many ways to have enough. Enough kindness, inspiration, compassion, generosity, curiosity and love, for ourselves and those around us. Our littlest readers will delight in the engaging images, while the devotions will fill all hearts.
Few symbols capture our cultural imagination quite like the moon. This simple, tender book draws on that fascination by suggesting beautiful resemblance between the moon and quotidian objects: a button, a hubcap, a tooth, a silver pond. But what I love most about this book is how it conveys a child’s perspective––homing in on details and noticing the likeness in different objects. Bisaillon’s gorgeous, serene illustrations will usher you into the blue wonder of winter moonlight.
While books for toddlers featuring babies and young kiddos are fantastic (see May We Have Enough to Share!), it is a treat to have a book like this that celebrates the beauty of age. The wizened lovelies photographed here hail from Cuba, Spain, Turkey, Germany, China and the U.S., and their lined faces tell stories of love, companionship, mischief and peace. As the author invites young readers to imagine what stories a beloved wrinkled face might tell this would be a perfect book to share with a grandparent.
This is NOT just another animal fact book. Flach’s stunning portraits reveal each creature’s beauty, grace, and dignity. Intriguing close-ups of animal features and their habitats encourage us to pay attention to details. And the final pages explain more about why these species matter, and how we can help protect them. Your toddler will want to read this book again and again; and so will you!
A simple but fun book about the power of family and the different ways we define it. The Langs’ book has a loose rhyme scheme that can be played up when it’s read out loud and a not-overly-serious tone about a topic that can sometimes make kids feel serious. With goofy illustrations of loving, happy animals, this book ups the fun factor, but doesn’t skirt around its ultimate, important message.
Striking the perfect balance between silly and sweet, this book’s illustrations and text are both cheek-pinchingly cute. Lori Haskins Houran and Sydney Hanson throw out just about every adorable animal you can think of--but, dear reader, they’re nothing compared to you. Perfect for reading out loud, this book lets the little one you’re buying for know that nothing in the world can compete with them--not even a baby giraffe.
From the tree to a bee, from a hedge to a field, the origin of the basic ingredients we cook with are often forgotten. But not in this book, whose pleasant rhyme, quiet rhythm, and soft illustrations take us on an outdoor excursion. Join our narrator in collecting all the components for apple cake, with a slice of gratitude every step of the way. And, of course, a recipe for apple cake is included for maximum deliciousness!
This book never fails to make me crack a smile. Its fun prose and sweet sentiment remind us that love knows no bounds, and boy to these animals know it! Who doesn't want to imagine cows piloting a spaceship or yaks zooming down the highway? A rhyming story and zany illustrations combine to make one delightful read aloud.
Here are the red sheep, the bath sheep, the swing sheep and even the snorkel sheep...but where is that elusive green sheep? This gem has so many of the ingredients of a great read for babies and toddlers: humor, repetition, lilting rhythm and rhyme, and simple but whimsical illustrations that little ones can examine, point to and babble about. One of my favorite books to read with my daughter.
Elise Gravel charms us again with a simple, yet sweet reminder to let kids be their authentic selves; better yet, her signature whimsical illustrations will be sure to make you giggle. This delightful little book teaches us that all ways of being are valid (except being rude or mean, of course). There are many wonderful ways to be a kid, so remember to just be yourself!
Using only the words orange, pear, apple, bear, and there, Emily Gravett has created a deliciously simple board book to delight your littlest readers! Follow along with the sweet watercolor illustrations, varying rhyme schemes, and silly bear/fruit combinations that make this book destined to be a modern classic!
Oh my, it's RAINING! This story shows the parallel lives of a curmudgeonly man and an energetic child during the same rainy day in the city. But what happens when the child returns the hat the man left behind? A lovely reminder of how simple shift in perspective can transform a gloomy day! Ribbit, splash!
Bear with me—I’m a brand new Grandma. Craving books that depict babies and their grandparents, I discovered a gem in this story about a modern Navajo family. Love is expressed on every radiant page as each family member (including a
Grandma) attempts to elicit a giggle, which will trigger the joyful First Laugh Celebration formally welcoming the baby into the community. Many similar global traditions are listed in the end notes, creating a culturally-rich gift perfect for anyone wishing to welcome a new baby.
What could be so entrancing about one, two, three, four, five elephants marching? From front to back cover, nestled between endpapers of day and night, boldly lined but softly colored elephants play with words and spatial concepts just until their story is done. Round and round they go over page spreads—there is no fanfare to this parade, just careful craft to usher you sweetly into bedtime. Look to the stars trumpeted across the night sky; the reasons to love Kevin Henkes’s newest picture book are infinite.
It’s here! The fourth in the delightful Cook in a Book series! A risk-free way to “cook” with your little one while following a simple recipe that can be used in real life, too. Pull on tabs to crack an egg or remove a cookie sheet from the oven, spin wheels to mix, and more! This book gives you a surprisingly realistic experience, while still charming readers with its whimsical illustrations and creative interactive elements. A fun gift for both aspiring little bakers and their grown-up counterparts!
Adorable babies sharing kisses with a rich range of family members sure does make for a beautiful board book. Count to ten with these small smoochers as they snuggle up with siblings, parents, and grands alike in a bilingual Plains Cree and English format.
Starting off in familiar places like the home and garden, then traveling to the jungle and savannah, we find out the answers to one of nature’s most pressing questions: who eats what? With its bright illustrations and fun pull-tabs, little minds and
hands will be delighted by this beautifully designed, engaging book.
Leave it to two adorable polar bears to make wintry landscapes cozy and inviting. Cuddle up with your favorite little human and discover the world of opposite delights making up little bear’s dreams: hot chocolate and cold pizza, straight horizons and curly moustaches. Sure to be a bedtime favorite!