Babies Help Out by Marcia Leonard – Book Review

Babies Help Out by Marcia LeonardThe front cover of Babies Help Out by Marcia Leonard shows two babies sitting in a laundry basket with clothes strewn around the room.

In addition to being a cute picture, the concept of babies “helping” with the chores makes the book memorable and unique.

As part of a larger series on babies I was eager to see if Arya would like reading Babies Help Out.
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Good Night Vermont by Michael Tougias and Cooper Kelly – Book Review

Good Night Vermont by Michael Tougias and Cooper KellyI like finding children’s books that are part of a larger series since if Arya likes the first book than she usually likes all the books in the series.

Good Night Vermont by Michael Tougias and Cooper Kelly is one of 33 (and counting) books of the “Good Night Our World” series by publisher Our World of Books.

Although I thought the book was amateurish, my baby liked the pictures enough for me to consider buying it given that it costs under $4.
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The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle – Book Review

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric CarleArya has enjoyed every one of the Eric Carle books we have read to her thus far.

So choosing The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle was an easy decision.

I expected us to find a book with memorable text and colorful pictures. The Very Lonely Firefly provided that and a delightful surprise at the end.
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Spot’s Bus Trip by Eric Hill – Book Review

Spot's Bus Trip by Eric HillWith colorful animals drawn on a huge front cover, Spot’s Bus Trip by Eric Hill is clearly aimed at babies and young toddlers.

At only 14 pages, the book isn’t long enough to tell a compelling story.

But with its cute, colorful images and over-sized pages, Spot’s Bus Trip is a great book for children too young to read.
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Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester – Book Review

Tacky the Penguin by Helen LesterMy daughter likes children’s books with colorful covers. I like finding books that are part of a series since it gives me an immediate list of additional books if she likes the first one.

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester offers both.

As the primary book in the Tacky series, Tacky the Penguin is a good starting point to read about the unorthodox penguin.
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Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats – Book Review

Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack KeatsI eventually want to read all of the Caldecott Medal Winning books to my daughter. So when I noticed a follow-up book to a the 1962 Caldecott Winner at the library, I decided to borrow it to read to Arya.

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats tells the story of Peter–the protagonist from Snowy Day–adjusting to life with a new baby sister.
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Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis – Book Review

Cowboy Bunnies by Christine LoomisThere is nothing about the cover of Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis to attract the attention of young children. A tiny image of a bunny in a roping pose is too small to be interesting to my baby.

But since I get tired of reading the same type of children’s books over and over, I enjoy finding unique books with interesting titles.

The concept of a cowboy bunny was enough for me to read the book to Arya.
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Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis – Book Review

Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky DavisSince my baby liked the first Ladybug Girl book I read to her, I looked for more books in the series.

I assumed that the original book, Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis would have a similar target audience as Ladybug Girl Dresses Up.

While the original was a good book, it would be ideal for girls aged four-to-six rather than babies like my daughter.
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Animal Orchestra by Ilo Orleans – Book Review

Animal Orchestra by Ilo OrleansThe front cover of Animal Orchestra by Ilo Orleans has a dressed-up bear clashing symbols against an orange-red background.

Although Arya isn’t as fascinated by contrasting colors as she was just a month ago, she still likes looking at illustrations against colorful backgrounds.

The entire book is filled with similar pictures and my baby loves looking at every page of Animal Orchestra.
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Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes by Iona Opie – Book Review

Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes by Iona OpieMy wife and I enjoy reading familiar nursery rhymes to our daughter.

Being familiar with the rhymes makes it easier to gauge Arya’s interest in the stories. It’s also more fun to read something I remember reading as a child.

I expected Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes by Iona Opie to be a book filled with common nursery rhymes.
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