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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Wolfie the Bunny

Written By: Ame Dyckman
Illustrated By: Zachariah OHora

Wolfie the Bunny

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Summary: When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.

Rating: 3 ***

It starts out as a book about a different kind of sibling rivalry – one child believing the baby is going to eat the entire family – and in the end she saves the baby from being eaten.

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Zombie in Love 2+1

Written By: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated By: Scott Campbell

Zombie in Love 2+1

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Summary: Zombie lovebirds Mortimer and Mildred discover a baby on their doorstep. They’re worried sick when the baby sleeps through the night and hardly ever cries. How will they teach him to be a proper zombie child?

Rating: 2 **

An extremely odd story about a zombie couple who have a normal baby and how they try to cope.

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The New Small Person

By: Lauren Child

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The New Small Person

Summary: Elmore Green likes being an only child, so when his parents bring a new small person, his baby brother, into the house he is not pleased and does his best to keep the new small person out of his life.

Rating: 4 ****

Child does a wonderful job of capturing how an older child feels about the new baby, and the process of how they really become siblings.

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The Nesting Quilt

By: Cathryn Falwell

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The Nesting Quilt

Summary: Maya’s family is preparing for a new baby and she wants to help, so she draws on her interest in birds’ nests to create a very special quilt. Includes information about quilt making and instructions for making a small quilt.

Rating: 3 ***

A fun way to show kids that they can help prepare for a new baby too.

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A Book of Babies

By: Il Sung Na

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A Book of Babies

Summary: While baby animals are born–some with fur and some with scales, some with lots of brothers and sisters, some with none–a curious duck watches.

Rating: 3 ***

Covers how different animal babies look and act differently.

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The Baby Tree

By: Sophie Blackall

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The Baby Tree

Summary: After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a chance to give the right answer. Includes advice on answering questions about reproduction.

Rating: 4 ****

A really great book for answering the inevitable questions kids have about how babies are made. Blackall includes a section in the back that goes into how to answer specific questions.

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Maple

By: Lori Nichols

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Maple

Summary: A nature-loving little girl’s favorite playmate is her maple tree, until the day she’s surprised with a baby sister.

Rating: 5 *****

A sweet and simple story about a girl named maple and the bond she shares with her maple tree.

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Tumbleweed Baby

Written By: Anna Myers
Illustrated By: Charles Vess

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Tumbleweed Baby

Summary:
A large, loving family in the 1930s Dust Bowl finds a “tumbleweed baby”—a wild baby—in the plains near their cozy farm home.

Rating: 5 *****

A wonderful reminder to love the wild child.

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Loula and the Sister Recipe

By: Anne Villeneuve

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Loula and the Sister Recipe

Summary:
Disgusted with her older brothers, Loula decides that she can make a sister and sets out to find all the right ingredients with the help of the family chauffeur, Gilbert.

Rating: 5 *****

A really cute and silly story, but be prepared to have a talk of how sisters are made.

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