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  Helen Oxenbury's Big Baby Book (Board Books) 

Helen Oxenbury's Big Baby Book

Helen Oxenbury (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"Helen Oxenbury's Big Baby Book" is an oversize board book written and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, who has produced many wonderful picture books for babies. "Big Baby Book" is composed of five sections: "I Touch", "I See", "I Can", "I Hear" and "I am". The author uses single words and soft illustrations that show things that interest babies and things that babies like to do.

  Where's Spot? (Board Books) 

Where's Spot? (Spot Books Series)

Eric Hill (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Where's Spot?" is the first lift-the flap Spot book by Eric Hill. In this great picture book, Spot's mom goes looking for Spot. She finds many other animals before finding Spot. With simple, large text and colorful, uncluttered pictures, "Where's Spot?" is a good book for toddlers to learn basic concepts. Little kids will have fun lifting the flaps and tracking down the adorable puppy dog.

  Clap Hands (Board Books) 

Clap Hands

Helen Oxenbury (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

In "Clap Hands" by Helen Oxenbury, multicultural babies clap hands, bang drums, and do other fun things together. Very simple texts and cute pictures make "Clap Hands" a good board book for babies to learn basic concepts.


Numbers (Baby Genius)

DK Publishing (Board Books)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Counting and Number

Big, clear, and bright, the uncluttered photographs, coupled with simple text, make "Numbers (Baby Genius)" a very good picture book to read with a baby. This DK Baby Genius board book can help a baby learn the concept of numbers and the names of familiar everyday objects. It is a good counting book for a baby.

  Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months (Paperback) 

Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months

Maurice Sendak (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Rhyming Stories

"Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months" by award winning author Maurice Sendak features original catchy rhymes and engaging illustrations. Each month of the year has a short silly rhyme with the "chicken soup with rice" theme. There is just the right amount of repetition that children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade will like. "Chicken Soup with Rice" is a good picture book to teach children the concept of months of the year.

  Freight Train (Board Books) 

Freight Train

Donald Crews (Board Books)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Transportation, Color

"Freight Train" is a Caldecott honor book by Donald Crews. The picture book features a colorful train on the move. With simple words, bold colors and clean illustrations, "Freight Train" is one of the best books for toddlers. This board book will help toddlers learn color recognition and the names of train cars, such as a hopper car and a tanker car.

  The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Board Books) 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Insects and Spiders, Counting and Number

A very hungry caterpillar hatches from an egg, eats holes through many kinds of food and turns into a butterfly. Eric Carle's illustrations are bold and vivid. The caterpillar's story is simple and informative. Toddlers and preschoolers can learn counting and days of the week from this popular children's picture book. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is one of our favorite children's books.

  The Three Bears (Board Books) 

The Three Bears

Byron Barton (Board Books)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Fairy Tales & Folklore; Book Themes: Animals, Opposites

Byron Barton, in "The Three Bears", retells the classic European folklore tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. The story begins with three bears taking a walk in the forest. While the bears are away from home, Goldilocks eats their porridge, sits in their chairs and sleeps in baby bear's bed. The story ends with Goldilocks running away from the three bears. The simplified vocabulary and the bold illustrations are well suited for toddlers and preschoolers. The picture book also teaches opposites such as hot or cold, big or small, fast or slow. "The Three Bears" is a good read aloud book.

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