Where You Came From by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad

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?”

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The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall

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.

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Did My Mother Do That? by Sharon Holt and Brian Lovelock

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!)

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Ten Little Babies by Gyo Fujikawa

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.

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My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

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.

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