Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Dada

Written By: Jimmy Fallon
Illustrated By: Miguel Ordonez

Your Baby’s First Word will be Dada

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Summary: A series of animal fathers try to teach their young to say “Dada.”

Rating: 2 **

Each page features a different animal saying dada and the respective baby animal saying what those animals typically say such as moo, oink or neigh.

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1 to 20 Animals Aplenty

By: Katie Viggers

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1 to 20 Animals Aplenty

Summary: A counting book with animals.

Rating: 4 ****

Viggers illustrations are amazing and most of the number rhymes are really unique and silly such as 11 dogs and their pet frogs. Some pages even include different classifications of each animal with a descriptor below each one.

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The House that’s your Home

Written By Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrated by Jane Dyer

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The House that’s your Home

Summary:
Celebrates all the things that make one’s home special, including the family that dwells there.

Rating: 3 ***

The story reads like it should be in rhyme, especially since the last line is always the same on every page — In the house that’s your home. The typography is set so the reader reads it a certain way but the sound is off. The story is simple and matter of fact, about everyday objects that kids will know and identify with, something most little ones will really enjoy and take comfort in.

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Mimi and Bear in the Snow

By: Janee Trasler


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Mimi and Bear in the Snow

Summary:
Bear is Mimi’s constant companion until one busy day, when Bear is not there.

Rating: 5 *****

A cute book good for any child who has ever misplaced a cherished toy.

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How to Babysit a Grandma

Written By: Jean Reagan
Illustarted By: Lee Wildish

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How to Babysit a Grandma

Summary:
A little girl provides instructions for properly babysitting one’s grandmother, such as taking trips to the park and singing duets.

Rating: 5 *****

A wonderful book for kids who are ready to understand what goes on when babysitting or who are resistant to staying even at Grandma’s house.

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Easy Street

Written By: Rita Gray
Illustrated By: Mary Bono

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Easy Street

Summary:
Relates, in rhyming verse, how dump trucks and paving machines layer and compact hot asphalt to make a street.

Rating: 4 ****

Semi-reads to the tune of Patty Cake Patty Cake Bakers Man.

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Mama Cat has Three Kittens

By: Denise Fleming

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Mama Cat has Three Fishes

Summary:
While two kittens copy everything their mother does, their brother naps.

Rating: 5 *****

A silly story about three little kittens and their mother cat.

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Good Dog, Carl

By: Alexandra Day

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Good Dog, Carl

Summary:
Depicts the adventures of an infant girl and her canine babysitter one day while Mother is out.

Rating: 5 *****

As dog babysitters go Carl is the best.

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Rain

Written By: Robert Kalan
Illustrated By: Donald Crews

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Rain


Brief text and illustration describe a rainstorm.

Rating: 5 *****

A great book for young ones. The illustrations will provide more meaning as the word rain repeated many times over represents the rain on different everyday outside items such as a car, the street, a house and such.

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Hiding

By: Tudor Humphries

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Hiding


Knowing that Mommy is upset, a young child hides under the table, behind the couch, and under the covers, just waiting to be found.

Rating: 5 *****

This book has wonderful cut outs to show the child’s perspective from within the hiding place and without, just wish the book were more sturdy as kids love to play with them and the book can easily become ripped and destroyed. A wonderful book which shows hiding from a child’s perspective. May be even more for the caregiver than the child.

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