Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

70) You and Me, Baby by Lynn Reiser

Reiser, Lynn. Penny Gentieu. You and Me, Baby. Photos by Penny Gentieu. Read to a Child, 2006. ISBN:0-375-83401-X.

Gorgeous photographs of babies and their parents from different nationalities flood large narrow pages. Strong solid colors are set as the background with bright orange, friendly green, golden yellow, sea blue, and grape purple. Babies will see photos of other happy babies bonding with their parents. Large black text run across the pages, “Wow, baby! Look at you, waving at me, waving at you, waving at me”. Each peek-a-boo phrase is accompanied by a close up photo of babies and toddler’s expressions. The toys, utensils, and clothing of the babies and parents are color-coordinated with the bold background color. This would be a great read aloud for babies and toddlers. (Picture book 0-4). No author/ illustrator website.

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55) Baby’s First Year! By Rick Walton

Walton, Rick. Baby’s First Year! Pictures by Caroline Jayne Church. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-399-25025-5.

This rhyming picture book is excellent choice for young siblings who are expecting a newborn baby. When Baby arrives home from the hospital everyone takes turns looking at the baby. A young boy is shown how to hold the baby “gently, carefully, just like this.” Then on the next page the little boy gives the baby its very first “KISS!” The little boy begins to describe the facial features of the baby: “A little grin? It opens up a Baby mile. See happy Baby’s very first…”SMILE!”. This picture book recounts all the firsts of a baby’s life: from smiling, to crawling, to first steps, and more. Rhyming words from the last few sentences connect to one single word on the next page. There are bright colors, that range from aqua blues, to lavender purples, lemon yellows, and apple green colors. This bright book will be an interactive game for parents to play, as they read each phrase, and let children guess the next word.  A great anticipation picture book, as well as a book for young siblings to love and appreciate their new addition to the family. (Picture book. 0-4). Author website can be found at Illustrator’s website can be found at

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52) There’s Going to Be a Baby by John Burningham

Burningham, John. There’s Going to Be a Baby. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Candlewick, 2010. 48 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7636-4907-4.

Dual winners of the Kate Greenway Medal, this husband-and wife team unite to create a unique picture book that is part story with text, and part wordless scenes.With illustrations done in ink and colored digitally onto matte paper, the look and feel of the book is vintage. This picture book is great for parents who are expecting their second child, and they want to introduce the idea of a new addition to the family. The young boy imagines what the baby will be when he grows up: A chef, an artist, a gardener, a zookeeper, a sailor, and more. From the young boy’s perspective, the book takes a negative spin on the idea of a baby coming into the family. With phrases: “I don’t think I’d eat anything that was made by the baby,” or “Mommy, can’t you tell the baby to go away? We Don’t really need the baby, do we?” the young boy feels a slight bit of jealousy in the idea of a new addition to the family. The bubble dream sequences are a creative way to express the boy’s imagination of his new sibling in many occupations. Time passes through the seasons, as well as the mother’s growing belly leading to the finale, at the end,when the boy and his grandfather walk off together to meet the new baby. Just then the boy gets excited by saying “We’re going to love the baby, aren’t we? This is a suitable picture book for young children waiting for the baby to arrive.  (Picture book 2-6). No official author/illustrator website.

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45) Moonlight by Helen Griffith

Griffith, Helen.Moonlight.Illustrations by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow, 2012. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-006-20 32850.This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of the magic of moonlight.

Rabbit waits for the moon to rise, and decides to take a nap. What happens in the world when Rabbit isn’t looking? Moonlight “slides like butter,” “skips along the mountainside,” butters every tree,” “slips into the streams,” and even “butters Rabbit’s dreams.” The illustrations dominate the entirety of each page, and each image is outlined with yellow acrylic paint to show moonlight’s magic. There is a rich mixture of paint: different shades of blue, dark purple, forest green, and warm brown tones for the forest scene. The Moonlight is compared to butter, and it melts across the countryside. The story is told using rhyming words “cloudy skies,” “sleepy eyes” “outer space,” and “butter trace” that will lull youngsters to sleep. There are images of sleeping forest animals, which make this picture book a great bedtime story book. (Picture book 0-4) No author- illustrator website.

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43) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Bdbk ed.) Philomel, 1994. 13 pages.  ISBN: 0-399-22690-7

Carle’s timeless classic picture book has been adapted into board book form with the same creative story. A triple threat, this board book simultaneously teaches young children counting, the days of the week, and food recognition. Follow the hungry caterpillar as it eats “one apple” on Monday, “two pears” on Tuesday, “three plums” on Wednesday, “four strawberries” on Thursday, “five oranges” on Friday, and many different foods on Saturday. Each piece of food has a small die-cut hole representing where the caterpillar ate for fun interaction. The story is also scientifically accurate, the hungry caterpillar spins a cocoon and turns into beautiful butterfly! Children will learn the life cycle of the caterpillar and enjoy Carle’s trademark style–tissue collage on white background. Although the board book’s illustrations and text are smaller than the picture book, the white space allows the small text to be visible on the pages as well as enhance the color of the pictures. (Board book 0-4). Eric Carle’s website can be found at



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42) Yawn by Sally Symes

Symes, Sally. Yawn. Illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Candlewick Bdbk edition, 2011. 24 pages.  ISBN: 978-0763657253

Yawns are contagious. A little baby named Sean opens his mouth wide and lets out a gigantic yawn. His yawn is detailed in a die-cut circle that babies and toddlers can touch and feel. In opening the board book, the circle-hole remains and Sean’s yawn is passed to a fish, a mole, a pig, a bee, a bunny and an elephant. Symes breaks the rhythm to resolve the ongoing contagion of the yawn disease, by providing the name of Sean’s elephant, Nellie, who is fast asleep with all the other animals in bed with Sean.  In this guess-who board book, parents will interact with their children, allowing them to guess which animal is next based on detailed descriptions of animal characteristics. The illustrations are large, and each character continues the yawn as you flip through each page. This is a perfect bed-time board book for toddlers. They might feel the effects of Sean’s yawn and fall asleep. (Board book 1-5) The author/illustrator website can be found at

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41) Azul (Librito De Los Colores/Book of Colors) (Spanish Ed) by Bouchama and Nadia

Bouchama, Nadia. Azul LIbrito De Los Colores/ Blue Book of Colors Spanish Edition.  Roca, 2008.  12 pages. ISBN: 978-849693909.

This little board book will teach young children the concept of colors and shapes in Spanish and English. Parents can point to friendly illustrations and toddlers can identify what the image is in English and Spanish. Babies can touch and feel the braided texture of real zapatos/shoe laces, touch and feel what “vaqueros/blue” jeans material feels like, the rubbery texture of what a “ballena/whale” feels like, and the cloth material of “calcetines/socks,” and a bowl of shiny “arandanos/blueberries”. This is a perfect bilingual board book that encourages learning. All images are blue, and the interaction between children and parents will help them feel confident enough to start locating the names of blue object around the house. (Board Book 0-3). The author-illustrator’s website can be found at–/SIG=11moujclb/EXP=1331008398/**http%3a//

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35) 123 California by Puck

Puck. 123 California: A Cool Counting Book. Illustrated by Kevin Somers. DuoPress, 2009. ISBN: 978-09796213-8.

Bold colors, small size, and up to 10 numbers in this counting board book. Introduce babies and toddlers to numbers, objects, and landscapes simultaneously. Count to ten describing California’s symbols, such as  surfboards, The Golden Gate Bridge, boats, grizzly bears, beach balls, and more.  There are large sized numbers alongside  pictures of objects, which force readers to identify the pictures aloud. Parents will help their babies or toddlers learn how to count and the special glossary section is written in English and Spanish, which will help bilingual parents identify fun locations, symbols and landmarks in California. (Nonfiction, Board book 0-4). A Kevin Somers website can be found at

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34) Baby Eye Like: Triangle by PlayBac

PlayBac. Baby Eye Like: Triangle. PlayBac, 2008. 10 pages. ISBN: 160214-0340

Lets talk about shapes. Triangle shapes. From strawberries, to clover leafs, to pine cones, to fish tails, to mountain tops, very young children will learn about the triangle shape in this small sized board book that is perfect for little fingers. Each page has a triangle cut-out so young ones can touch and feel the shape of a triangle.  The natural world has many shapes that are triangular. Let young ones explore and identify what triangle shapes are in the real world. Babies and toddlers will soon begin to identify triangle shapes in the outside world, ( Non-fiction, Board Book 0-4). No author/illustrator website.

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33) Baby’s Day by Michel Blake

Blake, Michel. Baby’s Day. Photographed by Candlewick. Easy-Open Board Book, 2007. 16 pages. ISBN: 978-0763633684.

Babies and toddlers can recognize pictures of real objects that babies use in daily life–rattle, chair, diaper, bib, bathtub, and more. Learn about playtime objects, eating tools, grooming objects and sleeping necessities.  The photographs are in black and white, but the objects are in color, which make them stand out. The primary colors make items visually appealing. The contrasting colors will make the baby focus on the objects and the large text will help babies associate words with the picture. The board book has stiff pages with rounded corners and a small size for small fingers. (Nonfiction, Board book 0-3). No author/illustrator website.

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