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Babies, babies, babies!  Everyone loves to hug them, cuddle them and kiss
them. So how about books about them? Here is a list of the newest and best
books available for families, new siblings, toddlers, and yes, even babies.
First, let's start with a book that shows older brothers and sisters the
growth of baby in mommy's tummy. Baby on Board, by Kes Gray, and illustrated
by Sarah Nayler, has a clever format with 9 pages, each page for each month
the baby is in the womb. There are helpful diagrams on each page showing the
waiting siblings the approximate size and development of the baby. This book
is good for ages 3 and older.
Minnie and her Baby Brother, by Melanie Walsh, is the perfect book to help
an older sibling get ready for the new baby. There are lift-up flaps
throughout, helping the child distinguish what makes her different from
baby. For instance, there's a large picture of sister smiling and showing
off her teeth. Lift the flap and there's baby with no teeth. This book is
great for ages 2 and older.
Love That Baby! A book About Babies for New Brothers, Sisters, Cousins, and
Friends, by Kathryn Lasky, and illustrated by Jennifer Plecas, is the
perfect book for families as they celebrate the new member. This picture
book is divided into sections that include "Wide-Awake Baby, Baby Talk, and
Baby Cries". Every young family should have this book on their shelf.

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Now how about some great picture books for baby.  You know it's never too
early to expose babies to books.  The Baby Einstein series has a wonderful
assortment of books for baby to enjoy. One of the latest is a nice large lap
sized board book, Baby MacDonald on the Farm. This wonderful book is full of
bright, happy pictures of smiling animals, sensory items to touch and feel
and a lively text that will make you want to sing. This is perfect for your
newest born through age 4.
Tails, by Matthew Van Fleet, is a sturdy picture book full of interaction
with parent and child. There are tails throughout to push, pull, pet and
even smell. The adorable pictures of animals and the clever rhyming text go
along so perfectly you'll find yourself looking for a real tail to behold!
This is wonderful for even the smallest of tails!
There's a series of bright board books that are geared for the youngest set
called The Maisy Series. The newest book, Maisy's Pirate Treasure Hunt, by
Lucy Cousins, is a large lap-size board book that will hold the attention of
the very young. There's a treasure waiting to be found and the fun begins on
the first brightly illustrated page.
Another series that has similar bold colors are the books written by Todd
Parr. One of his newest books has to do with a subject that kids of all ages
can relate to. Otto Goes to Bed as the young puppy finally discovers how
nice sleepy dreams can be after snuggling up in bed. This is great for ages
2 to 5.
Sometimes different shapes of books can capture a young child's imagination.
Duckie's Rainbow, by Frances Barry, is a very clever picture book depicting
the many colors of the rainbow. The book has the curve of a rainbow so that
each page displays a new band of brilliant color as duckie walks home. If
your youngster doesn't know her colors yet, this book will do the trick!
This book is perfect for ages 2 to 4.
Here A Chick, Where A Chick?, by Sus MacDonald, is a delightful large
picture book with nice stiff pages allowing the lift-the-flap pages to hold
up from the usage of youngsters' handling.  There is so much interaction
going on between the bold pictures and repetition in text, that your
youngster will surely want this read every night. And there will be a chick
found at each end of each reading delighting all youngsters from infant to
preschool.

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Now for two books celebrating babies: Oh, Baby!, by Leo Landry, has twelve
wonderful sections about babies. The illustrations are so adorable I wish
Mr. Landry would make baby bedding and wallpaper out of them! The rhymes
will catch in your mind and come out when you need them!  Big Book of Little
Children, by Catherine and Laurence Anholt, has a table of contents that
includes "Little children's likes and loves, how little children feel and
little children's families". Some of the text is extra large and the
pictures remind me of Leo Landry's pictures; they are so endearing. Both of
these books should be on every young family's book shelf!
So, enjoy these baby books, even if you don't have a wonderful little baby
in your house, there must be someone you know who would enjoy any or all of
these charming books!