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  Is Your Mama A Llama? (Board Books) 

Is Your Mama A Llama?

Steven Kellogg, Deborah Guarino (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

"Is Your Mama A Llama?", written by Deborah Guarino and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, is a favorite picture book for toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers. In this popular board book, a baby llama asks each of his animal friends the question "Is your mama a llama?". His friends then give a short description of their mamas. Upon turning a page, children can find out what type of animals they are. The rhyming story is appealing to young readers, as are the illustrations by Steven Kellogg.


  Harry the Dirty Dog (Paperback) 

Harry the Dirty Dog

Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham (Paperback)

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

With a charming tale and wonderful illustrations, Harry the Dirty Dog, written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, is one of the best classic picture books that have delighted children for decades. Harry is a white dog with black spots who doesn't like to take bath at all. One day, he runs away just before bath time and gets himself very dirty. When Harry returns home, his family doesn't recognize this black dog with white spots. Harry tries every trick he can do to show them he is Harry, to no avail. Finally, the dirty dog jumps into the bathtub and begs for a bath. Harry is recognized after he becomes a white dog with black spots again. Margaret Bloy Graham's expressive illustrations depict a lovable character that children can identify with. Harry the Dirty Dog is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers.


  Time for Bed (Board Books) 

Time for Bed

Mem Fox, Jane Dyer (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

In "Time for Bed" by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer, all kinds of animals are getting their babies ready for bed. Babies and toddlers will like this endearing bedtime story with soothing rhyming texts and attractive illustrations.


  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.


  Where Is Baby's Belly Button? (Board Books) 

Where Is Baby's Belly Button?

Karen Katz (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Human Body, Multicultural

"Where Is Baby's Belly Button?" is a favorite book for babies and younger toddlers. In this multicultural picture book by Karen Katz, babies and toddlers can lift the flaps to find out where are baby's belly button and others parts of the human body such as mouth, hands and face.

As with Karen Katz's other board books, "Where Is Baby's Belly Button?" has simple big text and engaging bold illustrations.


  Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book (Board Books) 

Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book

Karen Katz, Marion Dane Bauer (Board Books)

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

"Toes, Ears, & Nose" by Marion Dane Bauer and Karen Katz is a good board book to read with babies and toddlers. Karen Katz's bold and charming illustrations are well loved by babies and toddlers. This children's picture book is no exception.

Lift the flaps and discover toes, ears, nose and other body parts.


  Goodnight Moon (Board Books) 

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

"Goodnight Moon", written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, is one of the best books for babies and toddlers. In this classic children's book, a little rabbit says goodnight to the moon and to all kinds of familiar things in his room. Soothing words and lulling illustrations make "Goodnight Moon" a very good picture book to read with children at bedtime. Babies and toddlers will enjoy this comforting bedtime story and the gentle rhyming words.


  Big Red Barn (Board Books) 

Big Red Barn

Margaret Wise Brown, Felicia Bond (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

"Big Red Barn" depicts a day in the life of farm animals. The story and rhymes by Margaret Wise Brown are gentle and sweet. Felicia Bond's illustrations are realistic and appealing. "Big Red Barn" is a great bedtime story for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.


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