In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey

This is an adorable and well-designed picture book on feelings — in particular, the overlapping diecut hearts are genius and have a tactile appeal.

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Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Similar to Nighty Night, Little Green Monster, Go Away, Big Green Monster! uses clever die-cuts that gradually reveal more and more facial features of the big green monster, before slowly making them disappear again — and ends off with a killer line to boot. Thus, Ed Emberley has created a classic picture book that allows kids ample first-hand practice in the fine art of shooing monsters away.

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Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins

Woodpeckers belong to a family of birds called picidae, which have the ability to bore holes into trees, thanks to their strong bills. In particular, woodpeckers have longer, sharper and stronger bills than the other species of birds in the same family — which probably explains why they were named as such. No thanks to Woody Woodpecker, however, I kind of grew up believing that woodpeckers peck wood just for the fun of it — when in truth, this specific skill has many important uses for the bird, including food foraging and nest excavation.

While you’re not going to learn any of this in Peck, Peck, Peck, the woodpecker’s signature skill is put to good use here.

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Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden

All babies love a good game of peek-a-boo, so reading Peek-A Who? to them is a cute way to translate that interest into an interest in books. First of all, this little board book is just the right size for tiny hands to fiddle with. Secondly, the peanut-shaped die-cuts on alternate pages serve to provide the ‘peek-a’ before the grand reveal of something rhyming with ‘who’ — ‘moo’, ‘boo’ (naturally), ‘zoo’ and ‘choo-choo’. Babies will also be attracted by the striking illustrations and bold fonts that encourage word recognition.

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Last but not least, the grand finale involves a little mirror that is sure to thrill the little ones who will smile on seeing their own reflection!