What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel – Book Review

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon MazelWhen my wife was pregnant with Arya she was deluged with advice from friends and family. Multiple mothers recommended we get a specific book that helped them through their pregnancies.

The book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, is the best selling pregnancy book of all time.

At 614 pages, it is also the longest pregnancy book available on the market.
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Noodles Loves to Cuddle by Marion Billet – Book Review

Noodle Loves to Cuddle by Marion BilletEver since she was two-months old Arya has loved playing with touch-and-feel books.

She is now old enough to actually pay attention throughout entire books. But whenever we read a touch-and-feel book my daughter gets so distracted by the textured elements that she forgets about turning the pages and reading the book.

Noodle Loves to Cuddle by Marion Billet has a fun touch-and-feel element on every page and Arya spent ten minutes playing with the book by herself after we finished reading it.
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What’s Inside by Jeanne Ashbe – Book Review

What's Inside by Jeanne AshbeArya has become fascinated with other babies. Whenever she see another baby, whether in person or in a picture, she stops moves and stares intently.

Since she is attracted to pictures of babies in books, I thought What’s Inside by Jeanne Ashbe would be a great book to read to my daughter.

The front cover shows a baby kissing his mommy’s pregnant tummy.
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Whose Stripes by Fiona Munro – Book Review

Whose Stripes by Fiona MunroArya likes all lift-the flap books since the flaps keep her entertained even when she doesn’t enjoy the pictures.

So any book that has the lift-the-flap feature is an easy choice for me to read to my daughter.

Whose Stripes by Fiona Munro has giant, full-page flaps that are easy for little fingers to grasp.
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Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr Seuss – Book Review

Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr SeussI still remember most of the Dr. Seuss books I read when I was little.

So whenever I see a new Dr. Seuss book I look forward to the chance to read it to my baby.

Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss is an obscure title that I had never seen before I read it to Arya.
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A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na – Book Review

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung NaEven though Arya is older, she still loves looking at high contrast images.

The front cover of A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na caught her eye with the bright, white eye of the owl against a dark, black background.

Whenever my baby likes the cover a book she usually enjoys reading the rest of it as well.
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Gaspard and Lisa’s Ready For School Words by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben – Book Review

Gaspard and Lisa's Ready For School Words by Anne Gutman and Georg HallenslebenArya has started to pay attention when I point to objects and identify them by name.

Since this represents the first steps toward learning to talk, I’ve been looking for simple baby books that associate names with pictures of objects.

Gaspard and Lisa’s Ready For School Words by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben was a great choice for introducing my baby to basic words.
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Good Night Rhode Island by Adam Gamble and Anne Rosen – Book Review

Good Night Rhode Island by Adam Gamble and Anne RosenArya has read a lot of books in the Good Night series:
Good Night Vermont
Good Night New York City
Good Night Beach
Good Night Washington, D.C.

I found another book in the series and decided to read Good Night Rhode Island by Adam Gamble and Anne Rosen because Arya has actually been to the state of Rhode Island.
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Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton – Book Review

Belly Button Book by Sandra BoyntonArya has already read many books by Sandra Boynton.

The front cover of Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton shows a cute hippo peeking out from a circular cutout on the first interior page.

Arya liked playing with the cutout as soon as she saw the book.
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Counting 1 to 10 by Daniel Nunn and Rebecca Rissman – Book Review

Counting 1 to 10 by Daniel Nunn and Rebecca RissmanEven though Arya is too young to count by herself, I still enjoy reading lots of different counting books to my baby.

Counting 1 to 10 by Daniel Nunn and Rebecca Rissman is a basic counting book that relies on large, real-life pictures to draw the interest of young children.

Bright colors and realistic pictures kept Arya’s attention for the duration of the book.
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