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Global Baby Girls: The Global Fund for Children

Book: Global Baby Girls
Author: The Global Fund for Children
Pages: 16 (board book)
Age Range: 0-3

Global Baby Girls is an excellent choice to add to a baby gift. Each page features an image of a baby girl from a different country, ranging from the US and Canada to India, Liberia, and New Zealand, among others. Some of the girls are smiling, while others are concentrating, or looking rebellious. They widely in skin color and clothing style. Some wear earrings. Some wear hats. But they're all beautiful.  

The text of the book is quite minimal. Each image includes, in out of the way letters, the name of the baby's country of origin. Apart from that, each page spread includes just a single word or short phrase, linking up for a couple of sentences total across the book, about how girls "can grow up to change the world." 

While there isn't enough text in this book to lend itself to regular read-alouds, I think that Global Baby Girls will appeal to babies who are just old enough to sit up and hold a book. Kids that age love to look at pictures of other babies. Parents will like the diversity represented in the photos, and the educational opportunities that stem from seeing the names of each country right there on the page. 

While I don't normally include jacket copy in my reviews, I'm going to make an exception here. The text on the back of Global Baby Girls reads:

"Global Baby GIrls was developed by The Global Fund for Children, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the dignity of young people around the world. Baby girls are precious, but they are not valued everywhere. Part of the proceeds from this book's sales will be donated to support innovative community-based organizations that provide opportunities for girls to grow, thrive, and be strong." 

And there you have it. A small, easy to hold board book full of photos that babies will love, together with a larger mission that parents can feel good about. Recommended!

Publisher: Charlesbridge (@Charlesbridge)
Publication Date: February 1, 2013
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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Big Girl Panties: Fran Manushkin & Valeria Petrone

Book: Big Girl Panties
Author: Fran Manushkin
Illustrator: Valeria Petrone
Pages: 24
Age Range: 3-5 

Big Girl Panties is a fairly simple board book dedicated to the joys of moving from diapers to big girl panties. It's a book that I would never have appreciated (or even noticed, really) prior to having a toddler in the house. But as my life is now ... I seized Big Girl Panties from the box that it came in without hesitation, knowing just from looking at the title and cover that it would be a hit with my dabbling-in-potty-training 2 1/2 year old. And I was correct.

Big Girl Panties follows a pig-tailed preschooler as she graduates from diapers to panties. She glories in her various types of panties, and in her superiority over her baby brother, who is still in diapers. She celebrates being like her mother, grandmother, and aunt, all wearing big girl panties. She is happy, happy, happy throughout the entire book. 

Fran Manushkin's text is minimal and exclamation point-filled. Like this:

"I can prance in my panties
and dance in my panties!

No crocodile!
You can't wear panties."

Valeria Petrone's illustrations are brightly colored and energetic. The people don't look quite realistic, but the range of different patterned panties is a joy to behold. 

There are a few opportunities for learning throughout Big Girl Panties, via days of the week panties, and the pointing out of panties with particular colors or patterns. But mostly, this is a book that, accurately I think, captures the excitement of little girls over graduating from diapers to panties. I recommend it for parents of toddler girls who want to pump up the joys of successfully completing potty training. Big Girl Panties is also a good companion book to Leslie Patricelli's Potty (which my child knows word for word).  

Publisher: Robin Corey Books (@RandomHouseKids)
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm and other favorite children's songs: Hannah Wood

Book: Old MacDonald Had a Farm and other favorite children's songs
Author: Hannah Wood
Pages: 22
Age Range: 2-5

Old MacDonald Had a Farm (and other favorite children's songs) is a medium sized, lightly padded board book illustrated by Hannah Wood. Each page or page spread has the text of a classic children's song, for a total of 12 songs. Selections include: Old MacDonald Had a Farm (of course); Good Morning to You; Mr. Sun; Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush; Skip to My Lou; I'm A Little Teapot; Do Your Ears Hang Low?; The Farmer in the Dell; Pop! Goes the Weasel; A-Tisket, A-Tasket; The Bear Went Over the Mountain; and Bingo.

No musical notes are included -- you have to know the tunes to sing them aloud with your child. But they are all pretty well-known titles, so I don't think that this is a problem (I don't personally know how to read music anyway, so the scores wouldn't have helped me.) They are all upbeat, kid-friendly choices. And for those parents who are wandering around, half-remembering some of these songs from childhood, seeing the words written down could be quite useful. 

Tiger Tales Press has published a number of other titles in this same, toddler-friendly format, many of them illustrated by Wood. Children familiar with the other titles will easily recognize Wood's kid-friendly style, as well as characters from books like One Sunny Day (a Baby Bookworm favorite). The illustrations are not realistic - they are rendered more as if a (skilled) child had made them, with the huge sun surrounded by yellow lines, and everyone (people and animals) sporting dots for eyes, and wide smiles. But throughout, Wood displays a sense of fun. I'm a Little Teapot is accompanied by a picture of a girl (with smiling teapot) having a tea party with her doll and several apparently animated stuffed animals. Do Your Ears Hang Low? features a sad basset hound (pretty much the only frowning face in the book). Old MacDonald Had a Farm has regular animals, and the farm dog appears to be dancing.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm is not ground-breaking literature. But it is a fun collection of toe-tap-worthy children's songs, with toddler-friendly illustrations, in a sturdy format. Recommended for fans of Wood's illustrations, or anyone who knows the tune but can't quite remember all of the words to The Farmer in the Dell. A nice addition to any toddler's bookshelf. 

Publisher: Tiger Tales (@TigerTalesBooks)
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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Can You Growl Like a Bear?: John Butler

Book: Can You Growl Like a Bear?
Author: John Butler
Pages: 20
Age Range: 2-5 

I enjoyed John Butler's Bedtime in the Jungle (reviewed last year), particularly his illustrations of animals. So when a new board book edition of his 2007 picture book Can You Growl Like a Bear? was released, I was happy to give it a look. 

Can You Growl Like a Bear? is a short book in which each page spread highlights a different animal, and each pair of page spreads rhymes. Like this:

"Can you click like
a dolphin, swimming
through the seas?

Can you buzz
like a honeybee,
floating on a breeze?"

In the above, "click" and "buzz" are both shown in larger, bold text, highlighting the sound that each creature makes. Having the rhymes on separate pages makes the book a little bit difficult to read aloud, but having each page spread focus on only one animal is clearly the right way to go for this young audience. 

I like that even though the book is for young readers, and there's not a lot of text, Butler still uses descriptive words like "basking" and "slinking". The noises shared gradually quiet as the book progresses, making it a nice bedtime read. Butler closes with:

"Everyone is quiet now.
You can't hear a peep.
It's time to gently close your eyes
and fall fast asleep."

As in Bedtime in the Jungle, Butler's animals are largely realistic, but with an extra hint of friendliness. The elephant, for example, is wrinkled but smiling. The pandas, mother and child snuggling for the night, are fuzzy enough to make any reader want to curl right up beside them.  

I do think that the viewing quality of the illustrations may have been harmed a bit by the board book format. They look just a tiny bit flat. I think that paper (particularly paper with a hint of gloss) would make them more vivid. Of course this is a bedtime book - the illustrations don't need to be vivid. But I found myself wondering if the hardcover version would have been more visually satisfying.

Still, that's a minor quibble. Can You Growl Like a Bear? is satisfying toddler bedtime fare, filled with gentle rhymes, and with the chance to hear and repeat a different animal sound on every page. A good addition to any toddler board book gift pack. 

Publisher: Peachtree (@PeachtreePub)
Publication Date: August 1, 2012 (this edition)
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin: Tad Hills

Book: Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin
Author: Tad Hills (@TadHills)
Pages: 22
Age Range: 2 and up 

We love Tad Hills' Duck and Goose in our house (I even recommended this series as a "new classic" for Parenting Magazine"). Baby Bookworm and I were both delighted when the lovely oversized board book Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin appeared on our doorstep. 

The Duck and Goose books are suitable for the youngest of lap readers, with minimal text and a sprinkling of familiar characters. In Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin, the two friends are envious when their companion Thistle walks by carrying a pumpkin. They decide to get one of their own. Not being the brightest birds in the nest, they look in all sorts of ridiculous places, like the top of a tree stump or below the surface of the water in a marsh. They are dumbfounded, but pleased, when they learn that is such a thing as a pumpkin patch. And everything ends happily. 

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin is a celebration of fall and the outdoors. There are pumpkins and leaf piles and apple trees. Hills uses glowing fall colors and a cool light blue sky to add to the book's crisp fall feeling. The characters themselves are rendered as usual, of course, a fun-loving, not-so -sharp twosome. 

The funniest page, the one that makes 2-year-old Baby Bookworm laugh out loud, is near the end. Thistle says "Have you tried the pumpkin patch?". Duck and Goose look at each other, wide-eyed, and ask "The what?". The illustration in which they look for their pumpkin under the water is also pretty entertaining. 

The text of Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin is well-suited to reading aloud with a toddler. There are a whole series of page spreads in which, on the left hand side of the page, one of the friends asks something like: "Is our pumpkin in the log, Goose?". Then the other looks, and answers "No." Baby Bookworm, naturally, likes to chime in with the "No" text herself. I think it makes her feel smart, knowing what to say next. 

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin is further proof that Tad Hills understands kids. A perfect fall read for toddlers!  

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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Into Everything Baby Stages Books

Books: Do Touch! Don't Touch! and Uh-Oh! Oh No!
Author: Ann Hodgman
Illustrator: Lucy Barnard
Pages: 18 pages each (padded board book format)
Age Range: 2-3

Tiger Tales Press sent me this pair of padded board books about babies/toddlers who are "into everything". I immediately passed them on to Baby Bookworm, who just turned two. She loves them so much that I simply had to share them here on my blog.

2e307de5267d0a6748803fa18f1d85e1Uh-Oh! Oh No! features a somewhat hapless father who hands his high chair-bound toddler a sippy cup that isn't closed properly, and then leaves the room. Uh-oh! Oh no! The milk spills all over the cat. Who in turn knocks over the knitting basket. Which knocks a chair into the table. And so on, until there is a very large mess. Daddy cleans up the mess, of course, but (not being the fastest learner in the world), he then hands the toddler an open bowl of applesauce. Uh-oh! The book ends on another "Uh-oh!" high note, as far as toddlers are concerned.

This is a book that's easy to be a bit snarky about, as a parent. Why does daddy leave a big pitcher of orange juice on the tablecloth, when there's a dog nearby who can easily pull the tablecloth off the table? When daddy ends up covered in milk and cereal, well, he brought it upon himself, didn't he? He'll learn.

But that's not really the point. The point is that to toddlers (mine, at least, but I would strongly imagine others, too) this book is flat-out hilarious. Baby Bookworm loves to chime in with the "Uh-oh! Oh no!" refrain. She asks for the book by name, repeatedly, and she now says "Uh-oh! Oh no!" whenever something falls on the floor. Uh-Oh! Oh No! echoes her real-world experiences, with just enough exaggeration to be funny. Ann Hodgman's text is quite minimal, but Lucy Barnard's soft-toned illustrations have enough detail to add talking points. ("Look! The kitty is drinking the juice on the table.")

52d29446333fddaf98097c1745e417a1Do Touch! Don't Touch! is similar in tone and illustration style (featuring the same toddler from the first book). Each page spread shows something that children should touch (like a kitty) or should not touch (like the stove). At the end are a couple of page spreads showing multiple "Don't touch!" or "Do touch!" items. This book is quite similar in content to Leslie Patricelli's No No Yes Yes, though the entries aren't paired in Do Touch! Don't Touch!, and there's a more straight-up (vs. cartoon/humorous) take on things.

As a reviewer, I found myself bothered by the lack of parallelism in the text in Do Touch! Don't Touch! The first couple of entries have a sentence (like "The yarn is fluffy") followed by "Do touch" or "Don't touch". Then the book shifts to a format like "Don't touch the plug. Too sparky!". Then it goes back to the first format "The syrup is sticky! Don't touch." Perhaps I am nit-picking, but (having read this book many times over the past several days), I think that a consistent format would have been better.

As a parent, I question the very idea behind this type of book (that goes for No No Yes Yes, too). Do such books just put ideas into kids' heads? Would it have occurred to my child to play with plugs in the first place? But, again, my child LOVES this book. She asks for it again and again. She seems to be processing the information. If I skip listing one of the "Don't Touch" items on the last page, she stops me to point it out. She touches the picture of the plug, and pretends to get a shock. She makes her doll touch the picture of the hot stove, and then gives her a kiss. So, I have to concede that Do Touch! Don't Touch! is filling some sort of "learning about the world" need. With just a touch of humor thrown in.

Do Touch! Don't Touch! and Uh-Oh! Oh No! are sturdy, padded board books, a bit larger than typical board books (though not as big as the lap editions). They are chock full of toddler appeal. They invite the reader to touch the pages (though they aren't touch and feel books). They are about things the toddler can relate to and giggle about, with punchy, repeatable text. They do lack that particular quality that makes an adult willing and happy to read the book over and over again (Barnyard Dance, anyone?). But toddlers don't care about that, do they? If you are looking for a book sure to please your favorite two-year old, either of these titles is well worth a look.

Publisher: Tiger Tales Books (@tigertalesbooks)
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Source of Book: Review copies from the publisher

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Oh David!: A Pocket Library: David Shannon

Book: Oh David!: A Pocket Library (3 Diaper David books)
Author: David Shannon
Pages: 3 12-page board books
Age Range: 0 to 3

51h-AJwNMjL._SL500_AA300_ David Shannon's No David!, a celebration of a young boy's naughtiness, won a Caldecott honor in 1998. Since then, various David follow-ups have been published, including the "Diaper David" board book series. This recently released "Pocket Library" contains: David Smells!, Oh, David!, and Oops!, each featuring a proudly diaper-wearing (and often stinky) toddler-sized David. 

I can't say that I personally warm to Shannon's illustrations of David, with his pig-like nose and, let's face it, creepy eyes. I can see why this illustration style works with 3-5 year-olds. David looks like someone they might draw (a style which I know is difficult to pull off). I'm not sure how well this style translates to babies (my 18-month-old seems to prefer photographs and realistic illustrations, at least right now). But I will say that Shannon's content is spot on regarding toddler-hood. Each of the three books dwells mainly on the troublesome attributes of toddlers (touching things they shouldn't touch, eating things they shouldn't eat, and so). But each book also finishes up with a warmer, cozier moment.

For example, David Smells! introduces the five senses. The first four are not so pleasant (baby David banging too loudly on a drum, about to taste a truly repulsive bug-covered lollipop, etc). But on the last page, for "see", David plays peekaboo with all the charm of any toddler.

For me, the funniest moment of the three books comes in the middle of Oh, David!. The text just says "Hold still!". The picture shows David's mother wrestling him into pajamas, was he gleefully tries to escape. What parent hasn't been there?

The truth is, these three books feel more like they were published to entertain tired parents than to actually engage babies, and they certainly work on that level. I think they would also work for older kids who enjoy the picture book version of David, and want to see what he was like as a toddler. I'll be interested to see if Baby Bookworm warms to them when she is a bit older. For now, I think her primary interest in them is going to involve taking them out of the slipcase, and trying (without much success) to put them back in. These board books are definitely worth a look for fans of the David books, but probably won't be your first choice for actually catching the attention of babies.

Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (@Scholastic)
Publication Date: September 1, 2011 (this collection)
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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Little Blue and Little Yellow: Leo Lionni

Book: Little Blue and Little Yellow
Author: Leo Lionni
Pages: 42 (board book)
Age Range: 0-3

Little-blue-and-little-yellow-image Little Blue and Little Yellow is a new board book edition of a book by Leo Lionni first published in 1959 (which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year). I haven't seen the original picture book edition, but I quite like the board book version. The premise is very simple. Little blue and little yellow are blobs of paint. They each live at home with their larger, same-colored parent blobs of paint. They like to play games with lots of other colors, but they are best friends with each other. One day, after an absence, they hug one another. And turn into one big green blob! Kind of hard to go home to your blue parents when you are now part of a green blob. Fortunately (and creatively, I thought) it all turns out ok in the end.

Is there a larger message regarding tolerance for people of other colors in this book? Or is just a book that introduces small children to the way that colors change when you mix them together? I suppose you could read it either way. But the fact is that, taken straight up as a story about the adventures of two blobs of color, Little Blue and Little Yellow is delightful. And really quite perfect in board book format.

Lionni's illustrations are very simple and visually appealing, showing the blobs of color sitting in rows at school, running and jumping, and (after the merge) going through a tunnel and climbing a mountain. My favorite illustration is of several blobs playing hide-and-seek behind unspecified, jagged black shapes. It looks like an illustration by Calder.

The text is spare but enthusiastic, and accessible to the youngest of readers. Often Lionni continues the same sentence across several pages, inviting the reader to turn the page and continue. Like this (each line is on a different page):

Alas! The house across the street was empty.
He looked here
and there
and everywhere ... until suddenly, around a corner
there was little yellow!

Little Blue and Little Yellow is a lovely little board book, perfect for toddlers just learning about color, and a nice introduction to the work of Leo Lionni. Highly recommended for your baby gift collection.

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (@RandomHouseKids)
Publication Date: June 14, 2011 (board book edition)
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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It's a Little Book: Lane Smith

Book: It's a Little Book
Author: Lane Smith
Pages: 24 (Board Book)
Age Range: 1-4

51rGTRcM8HL._SL500_AA300_ It's a Little Book is a Mommy Bookworm's dream. It's a Little Book is, as you might expect, a board book sibling to Lane Smith's It's a Book. A monkey in diapers has a book. His little baby donkey (jackass?) friend wants to know "What is that?".

The donkey keeps trying to find uses for this funny rectangular thing. "Is it for chewing?", "Is it for flying?", etc. The monkey just sits there, without expression, with a little hat on his head, saying "No." Until the end, when we learn: "It's for reading... It's a book, silly."

My favorite page is "Is it for calling?", as the donkey holds the book up to his head. [Just yesterday, my daughter had me saying "Hello" while holding a TV remote up to my ear.] But plenty of other toddler-friendly activities, like building, are represented. 

Smith's illustrations have his trademark muted color scheme, and show a deadpan sense of humor. I love how the monkey just sits there, even as the donkey is acting up in crazy ways. The illustration of "Is it for quacking" is particularly funny. 

It's a Little Book is a quick, fun board book read, full of activities that toddlers will be able to relate to. It's sized for small hands, and just right for chewing. Or building. Or even, dare I suggest, reading. Recommended for baby bookworms everywhere.

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (@MacKidsBooks)
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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You Are My Little Cupcake: Amy E. Sklansky

Book: You Are My Little Cupcake (WorldCat)
Author: Amy E. Sklansky
Illustrator: Talitha Shipman
Pages: 16
Age Range: 0-3

9780316078184_154X233 You Are My Little Cupcake merges two delightful things, babies and cupcakes, in a frothy confection of a board book. Amy Sklansky draws a different analogy on each page, with pairs of page spreads forming rhyming couplets. Like this:

"Your skin is smooth as butter,
Your giggles sugar-sweet.

Your scent is so delicious--
Each hug's a special treat."

Talitha Shipman's pastel illustrations shows different parent/baby pairs, in a range of ethnicities, all with matching smiles. Pictures of cupcakes are in the background on every page, on the shower curtain, on a baby's bib, on a book cover, etc. The front cover of the book features a touch and feel cupcake wrapper, with ripples that make noise when kids run a fingernail across them. Although there are no touch and feel or flap elements inside, that cupcake is enough to draw a one-year-old's attention.

You Are My Little Cupcake would be a good gift book for any new parent, deliciously immersed in kissing, hugging, and tickling a new small person. And if that new parent should happen to be a fan of cupcakes, well, then you have a perfect fit. And really, who isn't a fan of cupcakes? You Are My Little Cupcake is a nice addition to anyone's board book collection.

Publisher: LB Kids (@LBSchool)
Publication Date: April 19, 2011
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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While You Are Sleeping: Durga Bernhard

Book: While You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World
Author: Durga Bernhard
Pages: 24
Age Range: 4-8

14737 While You Are Sleeping is, as advertised in the subtitle, a lift-the-flap book showing time zones around the world. All of the events of the book take place simultaneously, but at different times because of the time zones. So we begin with:

"While you are reading (a clock shows 10:00 pm, and a little map shows Alaska), on the other side of the world (lift a flap with a picture of a Nigerian village, and a clock underneath the flap shows 9 am above a picture of a Nigerian girl), someone is getting dressed."

The next page shows that while the same Nigerian girl is carrying food through her village at 9 am, a boy in Japan is walking home from school with a friend at 5 pm. And so on. Taking the character from under the flap on the right-hand side of the page, and bringing him or her forward to the left-hand side of the next page, lends continuity to the book, and will keep kids wanting to the turn to the next page.

There's actually a lot more going on in this book than just the idea of time zones. Each page spread includes clocks, maps, and detailed illustrations of different places and people of different nationalities. The primary illustrations on each page are brightly colored and filled with pleasant details, like sheep cavorting in the background. The maps are more muted, there in the background for anyone interested, but not drawing attention away from the main narrative.

Although my 14-month-old daughter loves lifting flaps in books, we're going to have to put this one aside until she's a bit older. The pages, while relatively thick, are not going to stand up to the abuses of a toddler. And the small, detailed illustrations, not to mention the concepts of the book, will of course be over her head. But I think that this would be a great book for a four or five year old who has recently learned to tell time. I think you'd want to have a globe handy as you go through the pages, to also point out the countries there. While You Are Sleeping will especially nice for the many children who have relatives living in other countries. 

While You Are Sleeping is fun, beautiful, and educational. Recommended for the early elementary school set, or for anyone wanting to understand time zones better, and catch glimpses of people from around the world.

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (@Charlesbridge)
Publication Date: February 2011
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher

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In the Wake of a Baby Bookworm

I don't post pictures of my daughter online. But I thought that some of you might get a kick out of seeing the piles of books that she's leaving in her wake these days, as she moves about the house.

OfficeIn my office.

In her bedroom.

On the daybed.

In the tent in the family room.

In the guest room.

There are other piles around the house, too, but this gives you the idea. Some of the books she's actually looking at and flipping through, while others she just likes to pull off of the shelves. But there's no question that books are part of her day-to-day life.