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Ages Birth to 3


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Tomie’s Baa Baa Black Sheep and Other Rhymes

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Putnam Juvenile 2004

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

A board book filled with well known nursery rhymes (Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet and Hey, Diddle, Diddle and Baa Baa Black Sheep) will become your favorite read aloud together especially as you bounce your baby on your lap. MORE...


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Baby Days: A Quilt of Rhymes and Pictures

Illustrated by Belinda Downes

Candlewick 2006

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

Beautifully embroidered illustrations and traditional rhymes, including rock a -bye baby on the tree top, will welcome your baby home. There is an envelope in the back of the book for extra keepsakes. MORE...


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Ten Tiny Tickles

Illustrated by Karen Katz

Margaret K. McElderry 2005

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

Another warm slice of family life begins as the mother gives her baby “one little, tickle on a lovely, sleepy head.” As the baby is bathed, fed, and dressed, each loving member of the family takes turns tickling her chin, hands, tummy and toes. MORE...


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Hush, Little Baby

Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Greenwillow 2006

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

What an elegant, exuberant version of the southern Appalachian lullaby, Hush Little Baby! Brian Pinkney, a Caldecott honor award illustrator has put this familiar song in a new context. Here we have a picture of an African American family in early 1900’s in which Mama has to go off to work and Papa is at home caring for the little ones. The words dance across the pages and the pictures make you smile. What joy this book will bring to all new families! Also, there is a wonderful piano arrangement at the end of the lullaby for you to play and sing to your baby. MORE...


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Farmer in the Dell

Illustrated by Isle Plume

David R. Godine 2004

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Songs to Sing Together

The classic song and dance is set to gorgeous Pennsylvania Dutch illustrations, which will entice you to sing and play this traditional game and song together. MORE...


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Mrs. Moon: Lullabies for Bedtime

Illustrated by Clare Beaton

Barefoot Books 2003

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Bedtime Reading

Soft embroidered fabric with appliqué and rich embroidery accompany twenty lullabies (including some from Scotland and New Zealand) and poems for bedtime singing. MORE...


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Little Fur Family

by Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by Garth Williams

HarperFestival; Rei Boxed edition 1985

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

“There was a little family warm as toast, smaller than most, in little fur coats and they lived in a warm wooden tree.” This classic tale, in a new edition covered with warm brown furry fabric, will be hugged by your child. Don’t miss Garth Williams’ illustrations. MORE...


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Time For Bed

by Mem Fox

Illustrated by Jane Dyer

Red Wagon Books 1997

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Bedtime Reading

Mem Fox’s delightful good night book will lull your toddler to sleep, even if you have to read it over again and again. The rhyming words sing like a melody and the delightful double spread watercolor illustrations by Jane Dyer, which depict mother animals putting their babies to sleep, are charming. MORE...


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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

by Mem Fox

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Harcourt Children's Books 2008

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

A cheerful rhyming text compares babies born in different places and circumstances. An elegant gift for a newborn baby. MORE...


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Book!

by Kristine O’Connell George

Illustrated by Maggie Smith

Clarion Books 2001

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

In addition to being read, a book can be opened, hugged and cherished as a gift. This poem, vividly illustrated, captures a toddler’s first magical and imaginative encounters with a book. MORE...


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Cuddle Time

by Libby Gleeson

Illustrated by Julie Vivas

Candlewick 2004

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

A little girl tells her little baby to “play” while they crawl down to the “monster’s room” (their parents bedroom) and they jump into their bed. There they are tickled and tumbled and they all giggle and snuggle together with a delicious sense of joy. MORE...


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Welcoming Babies

by Margy Burns Knight

Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Tilbury House Publishers 1998

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

Images of babies surrounded by many loving adults shows the diverse and multicultural ways we welcome babies into this world. An introduction into the various ceremonies Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hopi, Latin American, Greek, Korean among others, will expand your child’s appreciation of people in other lands. MORE...


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Hugs and Kisses

by Christopher Loupy, Eve Tharlet, J. Alison James (translator)

North South Books 2006

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

This warm story is about a puppy named Hugs who sets out one morning to get a kiss from everyone he meets. He finds out that a pig’s kiss is a little scratchy and muddy, a duck’s kiss is hard and damp and a horse’s kiss is damp and sticky, but when he returns home, he finds that his mother’s kiss is best of all. MORE...


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If I Could: A Mother's Promise

by Susan Milord

Illustrated by Christopher Denise

Candlewick Press 2008

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

This book is in free form verse. A mother raccoon sings a love song to her toddler at bedtime. "You are the song, you are the light, a treat and treasure, a joy and delight." MORE...


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Flip, Flap, Fly!: A Book for Babies Everywhere

by Phyllis Root

Illustrated by David Walker

Candlewick Press 2009

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

In a joyful rhyme, baby animals squeak, bark, fly, swim, wiggle, and rumble with the help of their mothers. MORE...


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This Little Piggy and Other Rhymes To Sing and Play

by Adam StempleJane Yolen (Editor)

Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Candlewick 2006

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Songs to Sing Together

What a marvelous collection of more than 60 lap songs, action rhymes and clapping games to play with young children! Simple musical arrangements for guitar and piano are added by Adam Stemple, her son. MORE...


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The House in the Night

by Susan Marie Swanson

Illustrated by Beth Krommes

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2008

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Reminiscent of Goodnight Moon, this goodnight book illuminates nighttime objects in a house before the child dozes off to sleep. Elegant black and white illustrations with just a hint of gold highlight the objects. MORE...


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Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons

by Rob D. Walker

Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

The Blue Sky Press 2009

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

In a dozen languages from around the world, Mama captures the universal bond between mothers and their children. The exquisite and strikingly beautiful illustrations by the Dillons capture the importance of courage, honesty, and sharing. MORE...


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Jazz Baby

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Lee & Low 2002

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

“Jazz baby, Jazz baby, blow your horn, You’ve got rhythm sure as you’re born.” This jazzy story in rhyme will welcome all new babies with a lively beat! MORE...


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The Napping House

by Audrey Wood

Illustrated by Don Wood

Red Wagon Books 2000

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Bedtime Reading

In this classic cumulative tale, a wakeful flea causes a big commotion on all the people and creatures sleeping on the bed. With an easy to read repetitive text and detailed expressive illustrations, the tiny flea makes sure that no one is sleeping at the end of this humorous story. Great for learning English too. MORE...


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Cerditos

by Audrey WoodF. Isabel Campoy (Translator)

Illustrated by Don Wood

Libros Viajeros 2006

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Books in Spanish

A wonderful board book of a nursery rhyme, This little Piggy went to the Market. MORE...