Like most kids, Henry has lots of questions. And, like most kids, one question that is often on his mind is: “Where did I come from?”
At a certain point, kids will start asking the potentially awkward question, “Where do babies come from?” — as does the young big-brother-to-be in The Baby Tree , who tries to get answers from various sources, and ends up with a mixed bag of them, all beautifully imagined in Sophie Blackall’s gently whimsical illustrations.
A preposterous mustasche is the plot device used in this humorous re-imagining of the baby/toddler years.
Some of my most memorable conversations with the kids have taken place during bedtime, when we are snuggling up in bed and doing some bedtime reading, or just generally winding down for the day. Hence, it’s easy to relate to the cozy setting of Did My Mother Do That?, which depicts an interesting bedtime conversation between the protagonist Holly and her father, after her mom heads out of the house. (It’s nice to see a dad coolly taking over the bedtime duties, too!)
If there’s something that children enjoy looking at more than animals, it’s other children (and their own reflection, of course), so this counting book on babies is sure to be a big hit.
Accompanied by wryly humorous rhyming text, Ten Little Babies counts down from the number 10 — rather than up from the number 1, as is usually the case — and every double-page spread is a celebration of babies in all their wild, mischievous and adventurous glory, especially since boring adults are conveniently omitted altogether. And, honestly, illustrations of busy little babies don’t come cuter than that of Gyo Fujikawa’s in this adorable counting book.
The birth of a child is a special event that parents look back upon fondly: it’s an amazing thing, particularly for a mother who has carried the baby in her womb for close to 40 weeks, to finally be able to hold her newborn in her arms and nurse him/her. Although, to be perfectly honest, the first month — let alone the first day — of most babies’ lives seems to pass in a blur, with the parents experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from exhilarating happiness and excitement to complete exhaustion and anxiety; on the other hand, babies themselves, upon being helplessly injected into the world, probably mostly care about two things in these early days of their lives: getting their fill of milk and sleep.
Another Important Book traces the stages of a child’s development from ages one through six using short rhyming prose. Great for young toddlers since it assures them that there’s much to look forward to as they grow up. Oh, and there’s a nice surprise at the end, too!
Children love to read about other children/babies — perhaps it helps them to understand and make sense of their place in this world as well. Everywhere Babies is a book that celebrates babies and all that they do, using rhyming text, so it was no surprise that both my kids were happy to read it over and over again.
The Big Baby Book starts out by explaining how everyone starts out as babies — including animals. It goes on to describe the characteristics of different baby animals, before linking it back to the little boy, Josh, by telling us how he, too, started out as a baby, but that now, he’s about to be a big brother! Great for young toddlers who are about to get a new baby sibling.