Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson – Book Review

Mouse's First Fall by Lauren ThompsonI like reading Arya books about topics relevant to real life since they provide variety from the standard children’s book fare.

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson is the first books I’ve read to my daughter about the coming season. With the weather finally getting cooler I thought it would be a good time to read her a book about fall.

Arya liked the front cover showing a cute mouse hiding underneath an orange leaf as more leaves fall from the trees around him.
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Bizzy Bear Let’s Go and Play by Benji Davies – Book Review

Bizzy Bear Let's Go and Play by Benji DaviesSince Arya likes to touch everything she sees, I’m always on the lookout for books with hands-on features.

Bizzy Bear Let’s Go and Play by Benji Davies has a movable object integrated within the illustration on every page.

Arya had fun playing with the different objects even though she needed help manipulating the small tabs.
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Good Night New York City by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno – Book Review

Good Night New York City by Adam Gamble and Joe VenoAlthough I thought the Good Night Vermont was only mediocre, both Arya and I enjoyed reading Good Night New York City by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno.

Like all books in the Good Night Tour World series, Good Night New York City focuses on major attractions throughout New York City within the thin context of a children’s book.

My five-month old baby liked the colorful images and I thought the book was interesting enough to read to her more than once.
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A Wild Day With Dad by Sean Callahan – Book Review

A Wild Day With Dad by Sean CallahanSince Mommy likes reading books about moms to our daughter, I was happy to find a unique book about dads.

A Wild Day With Dad by Sean Callahan is an amusing book that uses a day with dad to tell a simple story.

Arya liked the colorful front cover making it an even easier choice to read to her during our daily book time.
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Underwear by Mary Elise Monsell – Book Review

Underwear by Mary Elise MonsellThe front cover of Underwear! by Mary Elise Monsell shows a zebra walking along a tree branch while covered in different colored underwear.

The ridiculous image sets the theme for the entire book.

While silly, Underwear! contains an amusing story and humorous pictures. The book is surprisingly fun to read for adults and kept the attention of my five-month old daughter throughout the entire story.
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Boss For a Day by Tomie DePaola – Book Review

Boss For a Day by Tomie DePaolaWith two cute bears on its colorful cover, Boss For a Day by Tomie DePaola looked like a great book to read to my five-month old baby.

Although the book was organized in the baby book section of the library, Boss For a Day is actually targeted at children who are old enough to read the book themselves. As part of the ALL ABOARD READING system from publisher Grosset & Dunlap, the book is categorized as a Level 1 book for preschool through first-grade children.
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Clare Beaton’s Bedtime Rhymes by Clare Beaton – Book Review

Clare Beaton's Bedtime Thymes by Clare BeatonSince establishing a bedtime routine is supposed to help babies go to bed, I am always on the lookout for bedtime books that my daughter might tolerate enough to read every night.

Clare Beaton’s Bedtime Rhymes by Clare Beaton was entertaining for Arya, but the assorted collection of one page stories wouldn’t work for a nightly bedtime ritual.
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Cleo’s Alphabet Book by Caroline Mockford – Book Review

Cleo's Alphabet Book by Caroline MockfordSince we just got Arya an alphabet poster I was curious to read Cleo’s Alphabet Book by Caroline Mockford to compare the objects used to represent each letter.

The front cover of the book has Cleo, the familiar orange cat, playing with a kite against a blue and green background. The illustration is surrounded by a bright red frame filled with letters written in different colors.

The combination of colors, pictures, and letters make the book a fun selection to read to any curious child.
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Opposites by Sandra Boynton – Book Review

Opposites by Sandra BoyntonWe have already read two books about opposites to Arya, so I was curious to see if she would like Opposites by Sandra Boynton more than the previous ones.

Books about opposites have the same general formula and the Sandra Boynton version is no different.

But rhyming text, distinct background colors and cute pictures make this version a good choice for young children.
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Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell – Book Review

Dear Zoo by Rod CampbellTwo things are striking about the front cover of Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.

The red cage with the hint of the tiger beneath draws the attention of youngsters and the phrase “A Lift-the-Flap Book” is attractive to all parents of curious children.

The copy of Dear Zoo I read to my daughter was also emblazoned with a fake stamp proclaiming the book as a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the text originally published in 1982.
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