A Good Day by Kevin Henkes – Book Review

A Good Day by Kevin HenkesGiven our recent visit to the Franklin Park Zoo, I’m actively looking for books about animals to read to my daughter.

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes has four different animals on the front cover and fantastic review quotes by The New York Times Book Review and Kirkus Reviews on the back cover.

Since Arya liked the cute animal drawings against different colored backgrounds on the front cover, I knew she would appreciate the rest of the book too.
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Five Little Ducks by Annie Kubler – Book Review

Five Little Ducks by Annie KublerFive Little Ducks by Annie Kubler was an appealing choice for a baby book to ready to my daughter. Arya liked a previous book about ducks even if she didn’t like riding on baby ducklings.

The cover of Five Little Ducks shows five yellow ducklings swimming around their big, white, mommy duck. While the colors are muted and aren’t as vibrant as most popular baby books, my baby still got excited at the prospect of reading the book.
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I Love Colors by Margaret Miller – Book Review

I Love Colors by Margaret MillerWith a cute baby staring out from its cover, I Love Colors by Margaret Miller is instantly appealing to young children.

Having just read Little Critter Colors to Arya, I was curious to see how she would react to a different book about colors.

My baby loved staring at the pictures of different babies throughout the book. She loved the plain, full color pages even more.
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Little Polar Bear by Hans de Beer – Book Review

Little Polar Bear by Hans de BeerLittle Polar Bear by Hans de Beer was different than all previous books we’ve read to our baby.

As befitting a book about polar bears, the illustrations throughout the book were mostly in white with washed out colors. Rather than rely on bold, high-contrast pictures, Little Polar Bear is more focused on the story of a little bear and his adventure.
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Cleo and Caspar by Caroline Mockford – Book Review

Cleo and Caspar by Caroline MockfordArya liked the two previous Cleo books we read to her. She liked the most recent book, Cleo and Caspar by Caroline Mockford as well.

The cover of the book shows Cleo, the cat, peering over a chair to look at Caspar, the dog.

The rest of the book introduces young readers to the interaction between Cleo and Caspar.
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Little Critter Colors by Mercer Mayer – Book Review

Little Critter Colors by Mercer MayerAlthough Arya’s favorite book is still the one printed exclusively in black and white, she has shown more interest in bright colors over the past few weeks.

The front cover of Little Critter Colors by Mercer Mayer shows Mayer’s famous Little Critter wielding a paintbrush against a multi-colored background.
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Book by Kristine O’Connell George – Book Review

Book by Kristine O'Connell GeorgeMy wife and I suspect that Arya will grow up to love reading. She already squirms excitedly at the beginning of book time and she is clearly focused on the children’s books we read to her.

But we are still looking for anything that will encourage a love of books (as opposed to, say, television or video games).

The book, Book! by Kristine O’Connell George, is one small way to reinforce baby’s desire to read books.
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Baby’s First Signs by Kim Votry and Curt Waller – Book Review

Baby's First Signs by Kim Votry and Curt WallerSince my wife and I have been introducing basic sign language to our baby, the book Baby’s First Signs by Kim Votry and Curt Waller was a natural introduction for our daughter.

Books about baby sign language that are targeted at parents simply display the sign next to the written translation. Baby’s First Signs shows a little boy demonstrating the signs within the context of a larger image.

Given the benefits of introducing sign language to a baby, I’m happy Arya liked looking through the entire book.
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Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill – Book Review

Spot Goes to a PartyHaving already read two Spot books to Arya, we knew that Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill would be quick and entertaining for our daughter.

All Spot books focus on the cute dog. In this book Spot goes to a costume party with his friends.

Just like with Spot Bakes a Cake, Arya loved the popup parts of the book with a picture underneath.
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Quack by Phyllis Root – Book Review

Quack by Phyllis RootEven though Arya didn’t like sitting on the Boston Common ducklings, I thought she might like reading a book about ducks.

Quack by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Holly Meade, is a cute book about a mother duck and her baby ducklings.

My baby liked looking at the whimsical pictures and the quick pace of the rhyming text.
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