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Looking for a list of the best kids books about infancy?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to infancy. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about infancy.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about infancy, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Annie and the Wild Animals to popular sellers like The Poky Little Puppy to some of our favorite hidden gems like Wolfie the Bunny.

We hope this list of kids books about infancy can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Top 10 Books About Infancy

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Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A warm and tender welcome to the world!

In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home.

The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

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Max and Bird
Written & illustrated by Ed Vere
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Max, a kitten, and Bird, a very young bird, want to be friends but Max also wants to eat Bird, so they strike a deal.

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Cat Nap
Written & illustrated by Toni Yuly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A kitten doesn’t want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It’s naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

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Once I Was a Pollywog
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Discover what these baby animals become when they grow up in this sweet board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Once I was a pollywog, but now I am a frog. Once I was a piglet, but now I am a hog. In this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, meet different baby animals and discover what they become when they grow up! The baby/adult pairs include: pollywog/frog; piglet/hog; cub/bear; leveret/hare; gosling/goose; calf/moose. And at the end, meet a little boy who will always be his mama’s bundle of joy!

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Cat Nap
Written by Toni Yuly
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

A kitten doesn’t want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It’s naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

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Goodnight Bear
Written & illustrated by Jane Cabrera
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get baby ready to go to sleep and say goodnight to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Goodnight, moon, shining bright, sleepy babies kiss night-night! It’s time for baby to go to sleep! Little ones will love saying goodnight to all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a fox (Yap Yap), an owl (Whoo-Whoo), a bat (Flap Flap), a mouse (Squeak Squeak), a kitten (Meow Meow), a bear (Grrr Grr), a hedgehog (Snuffle Snuffle), a wolf (Wooh Wooh), and finally, a baby (Shh Shh)!

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Gus
Written & illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Gus loves to be by himself. He explores the whole barnyard, taking in the world around him all on his own. Until he finds three small eggs. His perfect companions might be inside! How long will they take to hatch?

The latest character to join Olivier Dunrea’s growing gaggle of adorable goslings has a self-assured independence that preschoolers are sure to identify with!

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Land Shark
Written by Beth Ferry & illustrated by Ben Mantle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him…a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they? Full of humor and heart, this book explores the idea that sometimes, getting exactly what you don’t want turns out to be exactly what you need.

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Little Bitty Friends
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

“A cuter-than-puppies companion to Little Sleepyhead. Little bitty chipmunks, chattering all the day, Little bitty ladybug always comes to play. Marching with ants, snuggling with baby rabbits, reaching for the sun with happy buttercups-young children form special bonds with nature’s little creations. Lyrical verse and charming scenes capture an enchanted world of little bitty friends.”

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Cheetah Can't Lose
Written & illustrated by Bob Shea
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

An overly confident cheetah challenges a pack of clever kittens to a race.

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Books About Infancy and Bedtime And Dreams

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Cat Nap
Written & illustrated by Toni Yuly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A kitten doesn’t want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It’s naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

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Recommend Ages: 1-4

A kitten doesn’t want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It’s naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

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If I Were a Kangaroo
Written by Mylisa Larsen & illustrated by Anna Raff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

If I were a kangaroo, I’d pick you up and carry you In my pocket, sleepyhead, And hop you gently off to bed.

It’s time for sleep, and this fun-to-read rhyming tale envisions the bedtime rituals of animals from whales to otters, squirrels to gorillas.

So curl up, imagine your favorite animal, and…zzzzzzzzzzz.

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  1. How Do You Sleep? - A pop-up book with flaps to lift, tabs to pull and plenty of surprises

  2. Goodnight, Max the Brave - The bedtime companion to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Max the Brave!

  3. Click, Clack, Peep! - New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s beloved story about a noisy duckling is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read! There’s more trouble on the farm, but Duck has nothing to do with it, for once. This time the trouble is a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won’t go to sleep, and whose play-with-me “peeps” are keeping the whole barnyard awake with him. Peep! Peep! Peep! How do you get a baby duck to hit the hay? Poor Farmer Brown will find out—and Duck might just find himself in trouble after all…

  4. Max at Night - “It’s bedtime for Max the kitten, but something’s wrong; when Max goes to say goodnight to the moon, it’s nowhere to be found! Unable to go to sleep without closing his nighttime ritual, he embarks on a journey to find the moon and say goodnight”–

Books About Infancy and Parental Behavior

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Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

A warm and tender welcome to the world!

In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home.

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Little Monkey
Written by Julie Abery & illustrated by Suzie Mason
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little Monkey swings through the jungle until—Oops!—he falls out of a tree. Mama catches him and comforts him and all becomes right again. A sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love, told with short rhyming lines and warm illustrations.

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Daddy Honk Honk!
Written & illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An arctic fox adopts a baby goose in this heartwarming read-aloud perfect for dads and their little ones

When Aput the fox finds an abandoned goose egg, he has no idea what’s in store for him. He doesn’t know anything about babies and he certainly doesn’t know what to do when the gosling hatches and mistakes him for its daddy. So he decides to find the gosling a home. But with each page turn, Aput learns more about caring for a baby and, with a little help from his friends, he discovers what a baby needs most is love.

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  1. Little Tiger - Little Tiger goes on an adventure in the jungle, but mama is always close by her cub. Short rhyming lines in this illustrated board book tell a sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love.

  2. Mama Loves You So - With lilting lullaby text and lovely illustrations, the New Books for Newborns stories are the perfect first books for new parents to share with their little ones right from the start! Start here. If only raising a child was that easy. It can be difficult in the first year to figure out what’s just right for your baby. But with this new line of books—New Books for Newborns— story time is really that simple. Designed as the first books to start reading with your baby, these just-right stories hit all the right notes with soothing texts, lovely art, and, most importantly, stories meant for sharing any time of the day. Start here. Snuggle up. It’s story time! This book celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature…a mama’s love is higher than a mountain and deeper than any stream.

  3. Little Panda - Little Panda goes on an adventure in the jungle, but mama is always close by her cub. Short rhyming lines in this illustrated board book tell a sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love.

  4. Bugs Don't Hug - Meet the mamas and papas of the insect world in this fresh and funny nonfiction look at how bugs are like us from popular science author and teacher Heather Montgomery. Most insects don’t take care of their young, but some do–in surprising ways. Some bugs clean up after their messy little ones, cater to their picky eaters, and yes–hug their baby bugs. A fun and clever look at parenting in the insect world, perfect for backyard scientists and their own moms and dads.

Books About Infancy and Friendship

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Max and Bird
Written & illustrated by Ed Vere
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Max, a kitten, and Bird, a very young bird, want to be friends but Max also wants to eat Bird, so they strike a deal.

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Paige the Pony
Written & illustrated by Lily Small
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Penelope is excited about the Pony Gala and her first chance to compete in the Prettiest Pony Competition, but is distracted by friends who need help. Includes activities.

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Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Written by Christian McKay Heidicker & illustrated by Junyi Wu
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains the kinds of adventures and thrills you love to listen to beside a campfire in the dark of night. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, and R. L. Stine have found their next favorite book.

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  1. Kat Writes a Song - Kat writes a song to make things better on a gray and rainy day. After perfecting her magic song, she sings it out loud, and to her surprise, the rainy clouds go away! Kat is so pleased that she goes around her neighborhood singing her magic song. Will her song be able to help her friends too?

  2. How Are You?/ Cómo Estás - When two giraffe friends find a baby ostrich, they have some questions. Is baby ostrich hungry? Shy? Tired? Ostrich saysno! So how does she feel? Friendship awaits in this book about feelings, expressed both in English and in Spanish.

  3. A Toothbrush for Rex - Follow along with Rex the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends in this delightful picture book! In this charming new series of board books, parents and their children can enjoy the adventures of four baby dinosaur friends. With full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand language, boys and girls can learn valuable lessons about facing new experiences, confronting their fears, and what they need to do to grow up big and brave—just like the dinosaurs! Bronto the Brontosaurs, Trixie the Triceratops, and Terri the Pterodactyl are nervous—there are some scary roars echoing throughout the forest and they’re coming from their friend Rex. Unfortunately, the poor baby dino has a stick stuck in his teeth! Terri comes to the rescue and pulls it out with her beak, and Rex’s friends remind him of an important fact: if Rex wants strong teeth like his dad, he has to brush his teeth! This colorful board book is perfect to give as a gift or to read to your young children at bedtime. The adorable art and inspirational story will help encourage kids to brush their teeth so they grow big and strong, just like a T-Rex’s!

  4. Little Cat's Luck - From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes a heartwarming novel in verse that’s a companion to the “wholly satisfying” (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review) <i>Little Dog, Lost</i>. <p/>When an indoor calico cat named Patches spots a golden autumn leaf fluttering past her window, she can’t help but venture outside to chase it. But soon, Patches feels something tugging at her, telling her to find a special place–one she won’t know until she sees it. Why must she go on this search? She doesn’t know yet. <p/>Along the way, Patches finds herself in dire circumstances, but with the help of the other neighborhood animals, she faces off against the scariest dog in town and continues on her journey to her special place. <p/>Beautifully told in verse and accompanied by adorable illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell, this heartwarming novel from Newberry Honor–winner, Marion Dane Bauer, is a timeless, touching, and fulfilling story about finding your way home.

Books About Infancy and Animal Sounds

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Goodnight Bear
Written & illustrated by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get baby ready to go to sleep and say goodnight to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Goodnight, moon, shining bright, sleepy babies kiss night-night! It’s time for baby to go to sleep! Little ones will love saying goodnight to all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a fox (Yap Yap), an owl (Whoo-Whoo), a bat (Flap Flap), a mouse (Squeak Squeak), a kitten (Meow Meow), a bear (Grrr Grr), a hedgehog (Snuffle Snuffle), a wolf (Wooh Wooh), and finally, a baby (Shh Shh)!

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Spot Goes to the Farm
Written & illustrated by Eric Hill
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Spot searches for new babies among the farm animals, each of which greets him with its own distinctive noise. Movable flaps conceal portions of the illustrations.

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Hello Lamb
Written & illustrated by Jane Cabrera
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get baby ready to wake up and say hello to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Hello, Sun. Hello, Day. Wake up, babies, Time to play! It’s time for baby to wake up! Little ones will love greeting all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a chick (Cheep Cheep), a piglet (Oink Oink), a puppy (Woof Woof), a frog (Croak Croak), a calf (Moo Moo), a bunny (Twitch Twitch), a lamb (Baa Baa), a bee (Buzz Buzz), and finally, a baby (Goo Goo)!

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  1. This Little Chick - Who says a little chick can’t make big, loud animal noises? Most little chicks barely make a peep, but not this little chick! While his brothers and sisters nestle close to their mother hen, this little chick struts off on his own to make some new friends in the farmyard. And he has a wonderful time of it - sliding off the back of a shiny pink pig, hopping along with frogs, skipping with a flock of frisky sheep, and imitating all the sounds these animals make. Full of playful detail, John Lawrence’s bold, energetic engravings will keep toddlers smiling, long after the oinking, mooing, baaing, and quacking are over.

  2. Kitten and the Night Watchman - A stray kitten changes the way the watchman sees nighttime in this tender book based on a true story, illustrated by Strictly No Elephants artist Taeeun Yoo. The night watchman hugs his wife and kids and drives to work. All night he is alone. Every hour he makes his rounds. He sees the stars twinkling. He hears the sounds of the night: ki-DEE ki-DEE ki-DEE shhhhheeeeeEEEERRRROOOOooooommmmmm Woof! Woof! Woof! Meeeoooow. When he is joined by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a new home? Kitten and the Night Watchman is inspired by the true story of author John Sullivan meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.

  3. Chicks! - When a family brings home chicks from a local farm, they must do everything they can to make sure their feathered friends thrive in their new environment. With the help of their knowledgeable parents, the children provide the baby chicks with food, water, warmth, and proper shelter. Young readers will chirp along happily page after page, learning to read as they watch the fuzzy little chicks grow into downy adult chickens, who will eventually lay eggs of their own!

Books About Infancy and Ducks, Geese, Etc.

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Gus
Written & illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Gus loves to be by himself. He explores the whole barnyard, taking in the world around him all on his own. Until he finds three small eggs. His perfect companions might be inside! How long will they take to hatch?

The latest character to join Olivier Dunrea’s growing gaggle of adorable goslings has a self-assured independence that preschoolers are sure to identify with!

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A Book of Babies
Written & illustrated by Il Sung Na
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

When the flowers begin to bloom and the world starts turning green, animals everywhere are born . . . including the noisy ducklings!

From the creator of A Book of Sleep and Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit comes a beautiful book of baby animals. Travel with the curious duck and visit babies around the world on their very first day of life.

The Boston Globe calls Il Sung Na’s art “so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare.”

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Just a Duck?
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Now that Cat has learned to play games that Duck enjoys, it’s Duck’s turn to try things that Cat likes. However, climbing trees and swatting at leaves prove to be a bit tricky for flat-footed Duck. What’s an unlikely pair of friends to do?

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  1. The Little Duckling Who Wouldn't Get Wet - Little Duckling will get wet. . . . but only when it’s ready! All ducks must swim, says the big duck. But the little duckling isn’t ready to swim–not yet. One by one, other animals come to try to convince the little duckling to jump in. They push and shove, but the little duckling is firm: not yet! With irresistible art and a story that builds and builds as the duckling stands firm, this is a perfect read-aloud that encourages young listeners to think about their own needs and keep healthy boundaries–and to be brave when they are ready to try something new. From the hilarious pile of animals trying to get little duckling to dive in, to the final view of little duckling swimming along happily, Gek Tessaro’s colorful, cut-paper collage art is lively and reminiscent of classics like Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar. With its patterned text and unexpected, hilarious ending, this is a perfect read-aloud, sure to provide an engaging experience. A Junior Library Guild Selection!

  2. Lucky Ducklings - While following their mother through town, five little ducklings fall into a storm drain.

  3. Mother Bruce - Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?

  4. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night - Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They tell stories and snuggle up to get a good night’s sleep, until . . . GRRORE! What’s that scary-sounding noise? Young readers will find both humor and comfort in this cozy bedtime story, perfect for anybody who’s ever been nervous about a mysterious noise at night.

Books About Infancy and Nature

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Little Bitty Friends
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

“A cuter-than-puppies companion to Little Sleepyhead. Little bitty chipmunks, chattering all the day, Little bitty ladybug always comes to play. Marching with ants, snuggling with baby rabbits, reaching for the sun with happy buttercups-young children form special bonds with nature’s little creations. Lyrical verse and charming scenes capture an enchanted world of little bitty friends.”

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TouchThinkLearn: Fly!
Written & illustrated by Xavier Deneux
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A bird arrives, alights on a tree, finds a mate, and builds a nest. Soon its eggs will hatch and one brave hatchling will embark on its first flight. A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable—and movable—characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings. In this first narrative title in the series, the movable pieces invite and involve the reader in a meaningful and multisensory participation in the story.

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Baby Penguins Love Their Mama
Written & illustrated by Melissa Guion
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A mother penguin stays very busy taking care of her many babies and teaching them important lessons about such things as sliding, waddling, preening–and love.

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  1. A Wolf Called Wander - This gripping novel about survival and family is based on the real story of one wolf’s incredible journey to find a safe place to call home. Illustrated throughout, this irresistible tale by award-winning author Rosanne Parry is for fans of Sara Pennypacker’s Pax and Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan. Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter. Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. His journey takes him a remarkable one thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest. The trip is full of peril, and Swift encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he finds his new home. Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a wolf named OR-7 (or Journey), this irresistible tale of survival invites readers to experience and imagine what it would be like to be one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. This gripping and appealing novel about family, courage, loyalty, and the natural world is for fans of Fred Gipson’s Old Yeller and Katherine Applegate’s Endling. Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout and a map as well as information about the real wolf who inspired the novel.

  2. Animal Babies - With simple, rhyming text and lavish illustrations by Charles Fuge, this vibrant board book explores the lives of the cutest critters in the land: baby animals! From baby bears who feel safest up a tree and baby penguins who nest on their daddy’s feet to baby koalas who hitch a ride on their mama’s back, each spread features unlikely pairs of baby animals playing and interacting. Ducks, chimps, elephants, rhinos, meerkats, whales, and even sea horses all make an appearance to bring delight children of all ages.

  3. The Goose Egg - From the author of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record pick Quackers comes the story of Henrietta the Elephant, whose life goes from calm to chaotic when a baby goose comes to stay.

  4. Snow Babies - This delightful book–now in board–introduces kids to those wide-eyed, furry, and irresistible animal babies that live in the snow. They’re soft, fluffy, cuddly, and cute–and they all love snowy places. Time to meet the snow babies! From roly-poly polar bear cubs happy at play to seal pups snuggling and penguin chicks waddling, there’s nothing more adorable than these baby animals. Toddlers will love Laura Ellen Anderson’s bold pictures.

Books About Infancy and New Experiences

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It's a Moose!
Written by Meg Rosoff & illustrated by David Ercolini
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes this clever, laugh-out-loud picture book about a family’s surprising newest member–a moose!

When he first arrives, everyone is expecting the usual kind of baby. But right away, his family notices there’s something different about this one. Instead of two feet, he has four hooves. Instead of drinking milk, he eats twigs and weeds. Instead of a tiny human, they bring home a moose baby! With his long legs, silky ears, and sturdy antlers, the moose baby is admired everywhere he goes. Everyone wishes they had a moose baby too. But what will happen when he starts to outgrow their little home?

Here’s a delightfully quirky and completely irresistible new sibling picture book about the true meaning of family and the power of love to transcend any difference.

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Little Bear's Little Boat
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

Little Bear loves his little boat. But Little Bear soon begins to grow and grow, until one day he doesn’t fit in his little boat anymore! All children who experience growing pains will appreciate Little Bear’s predicament. And they will smile with satisfaction as the solution to his problem unfolds in simple, lyrical words and charming pictures from two award-winning picture-book creators.

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Fly!
Written & illustrated by Mark Teague
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Recommend Ages: 0-8

It’s a big day up in the tree that Mama bird shares with her baby. Mama bird thinks Baby bird is finally ready to leave the nest and learn to fly so he can migrate south with the rest of their flock. But Baby bird isn’t so sure. Can’t his mother keep bringing him worms in their nest? Can’t he migrate in a hot air balloon instead? Or perhaps a car? This silly wordless picture book will keep young readers giggling as Baby bird figures out that he must flap his wings and learn to fly—whether he likes it or not!

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  1. Pouch! - Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein’s delightful tale of a baby kangaroo’s first hops toward independence is perfect for board book audiences. Joey wants to go exploring, but at first he isn’t sure he’s ready to leave Mama’s safe, warm pouch. Touching on a universal childhood experience, this sweet tale celebrates trying new things.

  2. This Is Our Baby, Born Today - A baby is born and the world rejoices! With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all! Varsha Bajaj’s lilting prose and Eliza Wheeler’s enchanting scenes of a wide-eyed baby elephant and its smitten family celebrate the importance of family and community in every child’s life. Set in the lush wilds of India, this is an endearing, beautifully illustrated tribute to little ones getting their first warm welcome to the world.

  3. Kitten's First Full Moon - Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading. The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Medal. From one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today comes a memorable new character and a suspenseful adventure just right for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. It is Kitten’s first full moon, and when she sees it she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. And she wants it. Does she get it? Well, no . . . and yes. What a night! Winner of the Caldecott Medal, an ALA Notable Book, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award

  4. Great Puppy Invasion - What’s a town to do when not one, not two, but hundreds of adorable, wriggling puppies invade? <p/> This is especially a problem in Strictville, where no one has ever seen puppies before. And where there are rules against such things. In fact, cuteness of any kind is considered downright criminal. <p/> But one boy is brave enough to face the adorable doggies, and he just may turn things around for this narrow-minded town. A true treat for the funny bone! <br>

Books About Infancy and Moms

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Flip, Flap, Fly!
Written by Phyllis Root & illustrated by David Walker
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

A baby bird, fish, snake, otter, duck, mouse, and child merrily meet at a pond after being helped by their mamas all morning. On board pages.

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Baby Penguins Everywhere!
Written & illustrated by Melissa Guion
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins?

One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on! At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s family time that’s best of all.

Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones. And perfect for toddlers who will smile over all the little penguins and the silliness that ensues.

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Indestructibles: Mama and Baby!
Written by Amy Pixton & illustrated by Kaaren Pixton
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

Here is a book babies can really sink their gums into. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing paperlike material that can’t be ripped, torn, or punctured. Indestructibles are 100 percent safe and nontoxic, and if they get too funky, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend, and are designed to create an even more special bond between reader and baby. Printed without words, the parent gets to make up the story, or just cuddle with baby while they explore together.

Mama and Baby! is about mothers and babies of different species. Kaaren Pixton’s art is bright, swirling with color, and reminiscent of Eric Carle, and it attains an almost 3D richness on the special paperlike stock of the book.

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  1. Nope - A nurturing mama bird, a fearful baby, and a nest in a tall, tall tree. Ready, set, soar? Nope! Sweetly and humorously told, here is a sparkling debut about the joys that come from embracing new experiences, written and illustrated by nationally-syndicated cartoonist Drew Sheneman.

  2. Little Hippo - Little Hippo grazes on African plains, falling behind his herd, when a flock of oxpecker birds won’t leave him alone. Mama helps him and all becomes right again. A sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love, told with short rhyming lines and warm illustrations.

  3. Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? - From Eric Carle, the New York Times bestselling author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, comes a reassuring tale of a mother’s love for her child. Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? answers curious kids who wonder whether lions, bears, and monkeys have mothers, too. Bright collage illustrations and simple text reinforce the theme that everyone has a mother, and every mother loves her child. Meet the little joey bouncing in mother kangaroo’s pouch. Watch little cubs prance around mother lion. Swim with a baby dolphin calf in the deep blue sea. Eric Carle’s classic, colorful collages of baby animals and their mothers will delight and comfort young readers.

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Books About Infancy and Farms

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Animal Families: Farm
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Find out the different names for mother and father animals on the farm — and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

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Otis and the Puppy
Written & illustrated by Loren Long
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be “It,” finding his friends as they hide. Yet when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can’t sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There’s just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek.

From the critically-acclaimed illustrator of The Little Engine that Could, Of Thee I Sing, and Otis.

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Tough Chicks
Written by Cece Meng & illustrated by Melissa Suber
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the moment Penny, Polly, and Molly hatch from their eggs, the whole farm knows they are truly tough chicks. They wrestle worms, rope roosters, and are often found under the hood of the tractor. All the other animals and even the farmer himself tell Mama Hen to make her chicks good. “They are good!” Mama Hen replies. But her chicks are different. They’re tough and smart and strong in a good way.

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  1. Mommy! Mommy! - In this delightful board book from international favorite Taro Gomi, two chicks embark on a quest to track down their mommy. But appearances can be deceiving, and the chicks stumble across several lookalikes before finally finding their mother hen. Young readers will love attempting their own search-and-find for signs of the missing chicken, and both parents and children will appreciate this book’s sweet, reassuring message.

  2. Lambslide - From the international bestselling author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth, Ann Patchett, and the bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, Robin Preiss Glasser, comes a hilarious children’s story about a slide made just for lambs. Nicolette Farmer is running for class president, and the rest of the Farmer family tells her she’ll win by a landslide. A pack of overconfident lambs mistakenly hear lambslide and can’t believe there’s a slide made just for them. But when they can’t find one on the farm, there’s only one thing left to do: take a vote! They campaign. They bargain. They ask all the other animals if they, too, would like a lambslide. Will the lambs ever get their special slide? Find out in this epic collaboration between Patchett and Glasser, who create the perfect children’s book.

  3. Baby Piglet: Finger Puppet Book - Meet Baby Piglet! Where does Baby Piglet live? How does Baby Piglet say hello? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. The comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

  4. Peek-a-Baby: Farm - Baby animals are hiding on the farm! Lift the flaps to help each animal parent find their babies, from noisy chicks to messy baby pigs. Peekaboo fans will delight in revealing every adorable baby animal—and learning what special sound they make! With cleverly layered pages and distinctive limited-palette artwork, this is a board book series to treasure.

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Books About Infancy and Animal Homes

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Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest
Written by & illustrated by Ian McAllister
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

In this photographic board book, readers are introduced to the baby animals born each spring in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Born in the Wild
Written & illustrated by Lita Judge
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim? Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse “pinky” to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they’re born in the wild, they’re not so very different from us, after all!

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The Home Builders
Written by Varsha Bajaj & illustrated by Simona Mulazzani
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Various woodland creatures make their homes and prepare for their young.

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  1. Animal Babies in the River! - What’s a baby otter called? Or a baby duck? In this collection of river creatures and their young, Julia Groves’ distinctive art style captures each animal’s unique beauty.

  2. Animal Babies on the Mountain! - What’s a baby goat called? Or a baby panda? In this collection of mountain creatures and their young, Julia Groves’ distinctive art style captures each animal’s unique beauty.

Books About Infancy and Science And Nature

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Sun Flower Lion
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
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Little White Rabbit
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

The national bestseller about a curious rabbit is now available in a sturdy board book edition, just right for little hands, Easter baskets, and welcoming spring. Caldecott Medalist and New York Times‒bestselling author Kevin Henkes’s glorious story stars a rambunctious and adventurous little white rabbit who discovers, in the end, that a mother’s love is constant and true. Little white rabbit hops along, exploring and wondering. What would it be like to be as tall as a tree? Or as still as a rock? Or green, like the bright spring world around him? It’s wonderful to wonder about many things and exciting to explore the world—but true happiness is knowing where you belong and who loves you best of all. Bright greens, yellows, pinks, and purples—the welcome colors of spring—dance across the pages of this pitch-perfect and critically acclaimed book for very young children. This board book by award-winning author Kevin Henkes is a wonderful choice for Easter baskets, as a gift for a new baby, for reading before bedtime, or for sharing anytime.

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I am a Puppy
Written by Ole Risom & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller and Ole Risom
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

The classic board book I am a Puppy is back—fully reillustrated and ready to be embraced by a new generation of children. Join Bruno, an adventurous puppy, as he plays with friends, leaps in the snow, takes a bath, and more! With simple words and adorable illustrations, this is perfect for toddlers.

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  1. Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet - “When Travis discovers an abandoned baby skunk, he can’t help but bring it home and take care of it. Stinky, as Travis names him, settles in pretty well. But when Travis discovers Stinky’s litter-mate, Winky, who is in need of some help, things get complicated around the Tate house”–

  2. My Little Fox - A little fox discovers the wonders of the world around him in this exuberant picture book that celebrates the seasons and the relationship between a parent and child. <p/>When Mama Fox tells her new baby that it’s time to go outside for the first time, he isn’t so sure. So Mama promises to stay by his side as they tumble though Little Fox’s first year of life, a year spent splashing in puddles, trying new foods, leaping in leaves, and snuggling in snow. And then, before long, Little Fox is all grown up. But is he ready to go off on his own? <p/>With sweet rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, Rick Chrustowski tells a tender story of parent-child love and how wonderful–and wistful–it feels when a little one leaves the nest.

Books About Infancy and Pets

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Land Shark
Written by Beth Ferry & illustrated by Ben Mantle
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him…a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they? Full of humor and heart, this book explores the idea that sometimes, getting exactly what you don’t want turns out to be exactly what you need.

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Max Explains Everything: Puppy Expert
Written by Stacy McAnulty & illustrated by Deborah Hocking
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek guide, kid-expert Max reveals everything you need to know about getting a new puppy.

Max knows a lot about puppies. After all, he’s wanted one his whole life! So he’s pretty much an expert. Grown-ups will warn you: Puppies are a lot of work. And they’re right! Your puppy will need the perfect bed (which she’ll never sleep in), the perfect toys (though she prefers playing with shoes and socks), and the perfect treats (she likes those, but she’ll also have whatever you’re eating). Dogs aren’t good listeners like kids are, and they have a lot to learn. So you might have to take her to doggy school. (Her favorite part will probably be recess.) Yup, a puppy is a big responsiblity–but also a lot of fun, a lot of cute, a lot of cuddle, and a lot of love. Full of humor, energy, and warmth, Max Explains Everything: Puppy Expert is the perfect read aloud for animal lovers everywhere.

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Little Pink Pup
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Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn’t think he would survive–so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn’t mind that Pink looked nothing like them–he was just their size.<p>This remarkable story has already garnered a great deal of media attention: the irresistible photographs documenting Pink and Tink’s relationship have appeared on <i>Good Morning America</i> and <i>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</i>. Readers of all ages will be captivated by these adorable animals and the amazing bond that they share. <p/></p>

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  1. Annie and the Wild Animals - A lively tale sure to be loved by fans of The Mitten Originally published in 1985, Annie and the Wild Animals is back in a large hardcover format with a striking new jacket that makes this new edition the perfect gift for young readers. Annie’s cat, Taffy, disappears and she is lonely. She looks for a friendly, furry pet near the woods, but a giant moose, a grumpy bear and others show up to eat her corn cakes until they are all gone. They leave, and to Annie’s surprise, out of the woods comes Taffy with her three new kittens.

  2. Sanity & Tallulah - Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn’t long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it’s too late?<br>Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.

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Books About Infancy and Cats

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Cheetah Can't Lose
Written & illustrated by Bob Shea
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

An overly confident cheetah challenges a pack of clever kittens to a race.

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Royal Ball, Volume 2
Written by & illustrated by Ellen Stubbings
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Itty must learn to dance before her first royal ball in this second adorable book in the Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter book series!
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Newest Princess, Volume 1
Written by & illustrated by Ellen Stubbings
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Itty Bitty Kitty is about to become the princess of Lollyland in this first adorable book in the Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter book series!
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  1. Kylie the Kitten - Kylie’s excitement over going to summer camp with her friends is threatened by her fear of the water. Includes activities.

  2. Emergency Kittens! - Got a problem? Having a tough day? Maybe you need . . .EMERGENCY KITTENS!!!!! Who needs boring ol’ superheroes who leap giant buildings and run faster than locomotives when your day can be saved by the cuddly, super-cute, full-on feline charm of Mimi, Twee-Twee, and Adorbs, aka EMERGENCY KITTENS!!! Meet the EMERGENCY KITTENS, a trio of furry, gentle superheroes who come to the rescue with their incredible cuteness when the going gets tough. When bullies steal Sheldon’s ball in the playground, a pack of your usual, everyday, human caped crusaders leaps to the rescue. But when their showy feats of strength and agility fail to impress, some real heroes step in to save the day: EMERGENCY KITTENS!!! With their unending cuteness and unforgivably adorable purrs, this mighty trio of fluffy goodness turns any sticky situation into one of pure cuddles. Pages of silly, good-natured giggles await any kid who loves superheroes, cats, or really funny read-alouds. And parents and teachers will like the gentle way this story subtly teaches that kindness and cuddles can often solve a problem that strength and muscle cannot. And reviewers love the EMERGENCY KITTENS! “These kitties will win hearts with a glossy-eyed glance.”–Kirkus “radiant preciousness. . . . Even hardened skeptics will fall to helpless babbling at each glimpse of the fuzzy felines gamboling through Mottram’s bright suburban scenes.”–Booklist “A winning, child-pleasing combo: superheroes and fuzzy kittens. In this Batman-meets-Fluffy tale of rescue, the Emergency Kittens bound off the page and come out victorious.”–BookPage

  3. Pete the Kitty and Baby Animals - This groovy series from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator James Dean introduces Pete the Cat before he was Pete the Cat...when he was little Pete the Kitty!

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Books About Infancy and First Concepts

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Animal Families: Jungle
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Find out the different names for mother and father animals in the jungle — and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

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Baby Animals Take a Bath
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold & illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
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Sometimes bath time means a roll in the mud, and sometimes it’s a plunge in the snow. Little ones learn how baby animals friends clean up.

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Baby Animals
Written by & illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Chubby puppies, furry kittens, fuzzy chicks, downy ducklings: Gyo Fujikawa’s lovable baby animals will captivate children. They’re big (elephants) and small (mice), plump (piglets), and playful (lambs). With each picture, kids learn a little bit about the animal–the sound it makes, how soft it might feel, and what it can do. Plus, they’ll discover something else very important: that very young creatures have to be petted, snuggled, and hugged very gently…just like the children themselves.

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  1. Peek-a-Baby: Ocean - Baby animals are hiding in the ocean! Lift the flaps to help each animal parent find their babies, from playful dolphin pups to a shy whale calf. Peekaboo fans will delight in revealing every adorable baby animal—and learning what special sound they make! With cleverly layered pages and distinctive limited-palette artwork, this is a board book series to treasure.

  2. Indestructibles: Baby Peekaboo - It’s the little series that could: Indestructibles are innovative books built for the way babies read. Printed on a unique, nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies throw at them, Indestructibles are rip proof, chew proof, drool proof and gum proof. They’re 100% baby safe—and they’re washable. When a book gets dirty, just throw it in the dishwasher or washing machine, and voilà, the book is back and ready for more. Featuring the second set of titles by Kate Merritt, whose distinctive and colorful collage illustrations are as adorable to parents as they are to babies, here is a new Indestructibles that is a joy to read aloud. Baby Peekaboo celebrates the favorite playtime game while teaching the concept of object permanence. “Who’s hiding behind the toys? Peekaboo! It’s Puppy!” Simple, engaging text encourages language development, and each spread is filled with sweet details.

  3. Baby Touch and Feel: Baby Dinosaur - With touch and feel patches and sparkly areas to explore, this baby dinosaur board book encourages early learning and is just right for sharing with your little one. Inside, on 12 sturdy pages, you meet engaging baby dinosaurs hatching, hiding, playing, and sleeping, from long-necked Diplodocus with leathery skin to baby T. rex with twinkly teeth, and bumpy, plated baby Stegosaurus. The delightful baby dinosaurs are unique, full of character, entertaining, and immediately appealing, and every page of the book has tantalizing texture or an eye-catching shiny area to expand a baby’s senses. Easy for very young children to follow, there’s one main picture per page to focus on that’s clear and lifelike, which help a young child’s identification skills. The short, fun text is great for reading aloud and building language. All the dinosaurs are also labeled, with helpful pronunciation guides for their names. Part of DK’s popular Baby Touch and Feel series, this exciting preschool dinosaur book with its super sparkly jacket makes an ideal baby gift.

  4. ZigZag ZooBorns! - Get to know a whole new herd of zoo babies in this darling picture book about colors and patterns from the creators of ZooBorns.com. Calling all animal enthusiasts! It’s time to learn about colors and patterns with a crew of irresistible zoo babies. Featuring adorable animal photos, zippy text, and a fact-filled glossary, this just might be the cutest concept book ever to hit the shelves!

Books About Infancy and Love

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Hug Me Little Bunny: Finger Puppet Book
Written & illustrated by Chronicle Books
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Share your love with this huggable finger puppet book! The sweetly reassuring stories in this brand-new series celebrate all the things a parent’s arms can do for their child, from playing games to sharing a treat and—best of all—showing their love with a hug. Adorable illustrations and two plush finger puppet arms make for a cozy, interactive reading experience for babies and their loved ones.

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Love Is
Written by Diane Adams & illustrated by Claire Keane
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Perfect for Valentine’s Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.

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Utterly Lovely One
Written & illustrated by Mary Murphy
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

A mother crane celebrates her little one’s loveliness and draws other animal species into the circle of love.

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  1. I Would Tuck You in - Perfect for fans of The Runaway Bunny, this children’s bedtime story is filled with baby animals and their mothers: an otter tucks her little one into a kelp forest bed; a family of brown bears snuggle all through the winter; a humpback whale sings a song to soothe her calf. Lovingly illustrated and lyrically written, I Would Tuck You In is written and illustrated by husband-and-wife author and artist team Mitchell Watley and Sarah Asper-Smith.

  2. Warts and All - Love isn’t just for the cute, the sweet, and the cuddly. Whether you’re awkward as a baby ostrich, prickly as a tiny hedgehog, or drool like a puppy pug, someone loves you no matter what! This new story from the team that created Next To You features an irresistible array of adorably stinky, grouchy, burpy, and warty animals to drive the point home.

  3. I Love You, Little One - Offers a look at the special bond between mother and child as a mother bunny provides reassurance to her little one through demonstrations of love and affection.

  4. How to Be a Cat - In this tender board book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers “how to be a cat”–how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast–while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten’s attempts to imitate an adult cat’s mastery of each skill. At times, the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound. A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the loving relationship between parent and child.

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Books About Infancy and Zoology

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Play in the Wild: How Baby Animals Like to Have Fun
Written by Lita Judge
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Why do animals play?

With thoughtful text and sweetly realistic watercolor art, author and illustrator Lita Judge explores the importance of play in the animal kingdom. She shows how play teaches animals to defend themselves and survive in the wild. More adorably, Judge highlights how animals make friends―and also forgive.

Grounded in detailed research, Play in the Wild is sure to captivate young readers while giving them an informative peek into the world around them.

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Amazing Facts about Baby Animals: An Illustrated Compendium
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A whimsically illustrated collection of fascinating, surprising, and funny facts about baby animals and their parents, from the author of The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts.
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Baby Penguin's First Waddles
Written & illustrated by The American Museum of Natural History
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Recommend Ages: 3-9

What happens after a baby penguin emerges from her egg? Follow her journey and find out! Meet a penguin chick and see how she grows. Developed in tandem with the American Museum of Natural History, and featuring stunning photography in the penguin’s Antarctic home, this nonfiction picture book captures the first few months of a baby penguin’s life and her transformation into adulthood. With fun and engaging text, Baby Penguin’s First Waddles is sure to delight animal-loving kids.

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  1. A Pinky is a Baby Mouse: And Other Baby Animal Names - Rhyming text explains the different names by which various baby animals are known.

  2. Animal Babies Do the Strangest Things - Meet a menagerie of the animal kingdom’s most adorable and beloved creatures - babies! Award-winning illustrator Charles Fuge pairs unlikely baby animal friends-big, small, slimy, and furry-to show what makes our favorite stars of the natural world unique. Along with vibrant illustrations, Fuge presents silly, funny, laugh-out-loud rhymes to stir a child’s fascination with animals. Learn what makes each amazing animal baby unique and what they all have in common. This enchanting picture book is guaranteed to delight children of all ages.

  3. Snuggle Up, ZooBorns! - Cozy up with this cuddly Level 1 Ready-to-Read about baby zoo animals that’s perfect for emerging readers! What do koala bears, panda bears, sea otters, snow leopards, and people have in common? They all love to snuggle! Nestle up with your little ones and the ZooBorn babies in this sweet Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for even the youngest animal lover!

  4. Baby Animals Take a Nap - Some baby animals get rest standing up, and others get sleepy while swimming. Sleepy little humans will be lulled by animal friends getting cozy.

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Books About Infancy and Dogs

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The Three Little Pugs
Written & illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Gordy, Jilly, and Zoie love to race, chase, and play pug-of-war. But most of all, they love snoozing in their big, cozy basket. Then one day just before their morning nap, the big bad cat decides to make himself at home in the pugs’ beloved basket! Will the pugs figure out how to keep him away before they get too sleepy?

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The Poky Little Puppy
Written by Janette Sebring Lowrey & illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world… .

The Poky Little Puppy was one of the original twelve Little Golden Books published in 1942, and went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. The story of a curious puppy, who digs holes under fences and who has to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake, has delighted families for generations. it is, quite simply, an icon. Delightful to read aloud, The Poky Little Puppy is a cherished story that every child should know.

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Olive & Pekoe
Written by Jacky Davis & illustrated by Giselle Potter
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A funny and engaging story about two dogs—one old and tiny and wise; one young and huge and boisterous—told in four short chapters by Jacky Davis, the bestselling author of the Ladybug Girl series.

A perfect choice for emerging readers, fans of Dav Pilkey’s Big Dog and Little Dog, and dog people everywhere!

Olive and Pekoe are best friends. Olive is an older dog who likes to take her time; Pekoe is a bouncy puppy with a nose for exploration. Together they make the perfect team. Pekoe fetches sticks for Olive, and Olive protects Pekoe from bigger, meaner dogs. They go on walks, encounter a chipmunk, and get caught in a rainstorm, among other adventures. Their escapades may be small but are nevertheless filled with excitement and love.

In four short and easy-to-read chapters (or walks), New York Times–bestselling author Jacky Davis explores the nature of friendship in all its humor and drama. Giselle Potter’s lively and engaging watercolors are the perfect match to the story.

Ideal for emerging readers, fans of Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston, and anyone who loves dogs of all shapes and sizes!

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  1. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy - In the twentieth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi gets in some magic puppy trouble! When Heidi stumbles across a lost puppy at the park, she promises to find the cute critter’s family. Along with Bruce and Lucy, Heidi tries her hardest to solve this mystery. They check the local dog park, visit the vet’s office, and even hang up Found Puppy posters, but they can’t find the owners anywhere. So Heidi decides to use just a teensy-weensy pinch of magic that sets off a mega-gigantic case of magic puppy trouble. Maybe this is why witches only have cats for pets? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  2. Happy Halloween, Biscuit! - Trick or Treat, Biscuit! Lift the flaps to reveal spook-tacular surprises on Biscuit's first Halloween adventure!

  3. Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten - Anna and Banana rescue a stray kitten in the fifth book of this “fast-paced, fun, and funny” (Megan McDonald, bestselling author of the Judy Moody series) illustrated chapter book series about the joys and challenges of elementary school friendships. Anna and Banana have found a kitten! But when Banana accidentally scares the kitten away during their afternoon walk, Anna enlists her two best friends, Sadie and Isabel, for OPERATION CATCH THE KITTEN. Anna can’t image such a tiny kitten living outside all by himself, and she’s determined to find him a good home. But catching a kitten is trickier than Anna thought—kittens are easily scared and very stealthy. Then there’s the problem of finding him a good home. Sadie’s mom has a “No Pets” rule, Isabel’s cat, Mewsic, does not play well with other animals, and Anna’s dad is allergic to cats! Anna and her friends desperately want to help, but will they be able to find the kitten a good home?

  4. Katie Loves the Kittens - The acclaimed author and illustrator of Chickens to the Rescue has created a sweet, funny, and entirely irresistible new character--a little dog just bursting with good intentions. Katie is so excited when Sara Ann brings home three little kittens that she can't stop herself from howling AROOOOO! and trying to run after them. She loves them so much! But Katie's enthusiasm frightens the kitties, and she's sad when they run away from her. Don't they know that she just wants to play? Katie Loves the Kittens is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Books About Infancy and New Babies

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Wolfie the Bunny
Written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by Zachariah OHora
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love…and veggies! The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can–and might–eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it’s Wolfie who’s threatened, can Dot save the day?

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Next to You: A Book of Adorableness
Written by Lori Haskins Houran & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

When it comes to new babies, friends, or other loved ones, we should remind them of just how darling they are. But are they cuter than a piglet in a sweater? A basket of baby chicks? An elephant calf taking a bath? Of course! Sweet, funny, irreverent, but above all, cute, this keepsake-size book is perfect for both gift-giving and cuddly story times.

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Love You Head to Toe
Written by Ashley Barron
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Pairing creative rhyming similes with cut-paper collage art, <i>Love You Head to Toe</i> is an adorable book that compares newborn babies to baby animals on every page. Bright, playful illustrations show a different baby and a different species of animal, both engaged in similar behavior: babies stretch their limbs like sea stars, splash in the water like ducklings, toddle around like bear cubs, and fill their chubby cheeks like chipmunks. <p/> Action verbs on each page give the book energy and movement and reflect the varied activities of a baby’s day, with key elements like mealtime, bath time, and bedtime in chronological order. Babies and caregivers of a wide range of ethnicities are represented in this heartwarming read-aloud designed to show little ones how much they are cherished and loved.

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  1. Bath Time! - A photographic book for when your little one says: I don’t want to take a bath! Entice your reluctant bather to the tub with this irresistible book of adorable animal photographs! Each one of these cute creatures–from a muddy piglet (“I’m not that dirty, am I?”) to a resistant raccoon–says no to bathing. But there’s no way around it; they must get squeaky clean. By the end, everyone concludes that baths aren’t so bad after all!

  2. Little Owl's Egg - A heart-warming board book about preparing for the arrival of a new sibling, from a bestselling author and illustrator pairing. Little Owl’s mommy has laid a beautiful egg with a new baby owl inside, and Little Owl isn’t pleased. He’s her baby owl–she doesn’t need a new one! But what if it’s not an owl inside the egg? What if it’s a baby penguin . . . or a crocodile . . . or a dragon?! It’s fun to imagine, but maybe a baby owl is the best thing after all. Master storyteller Debi Gliori explores the feelings involved in the impending arrival of a new sibling in this sweetly silly and heartwarming story, lovingly illustrated by bestselling artist Alison Brown.

Books About Infancy and Farm Animals

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Little Blue Truck's Springtime
Written by Alice Schertle & illustrated by Jill McElmurry
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little Blue Truck and his friend Toad take a scenic drive on a spring day and see such new sights as a sheep and her lambs, a duck and her ducklings, and a cow and her calf in a story complemented by interactive lift-flaps.

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Flora and the Chicks
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

Inspired by the main character of the Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this new series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a nest of eggs begins to hatch, how will Flora ever keep up with so many chicks? Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle’s graceful artwork, this adorable counting book will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

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Story Time for Lamb
Written by Michael Dahl & illustrated by Oriol Vidal
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Baby lamb enjoys story time with his mom.

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  1. Baby Animal Farm - Five babies spend the day at a baby animal farm.

  2. A Farm for Maisie - Meet adorable sheepdog Maisie in this follow-up to the picture book phenomenon The SheepOver! When Maisie Grace the puppy arrives at Moonrise Farm, she’s excited about her new home but overwhelmed by all the bustling activity around her. She learns about each animal’s job: the chickens lay eggs, the pony pulls a cart for Farmer John, and the sheep make lots of soft wool for blankets and warm clothes. But what will Maisie’s job be? With the help of older dog Laddie and her new friends, Maisie realizes how she can help–she’s going to be a sheepdog! This charming story by John and Jennifer Churchman, featuring their photo-illustrations of the real animals on their bustling Vermont farm including fan favorites Sweet Pea from The Sheepover and Finn from Brave Little Finn, celebrates the joy of finding just where you belong.

Books About Infancy and Imagination And Play

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The Little Kitten
Written & illustrated by Nicola Killen
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From beloved author-illustrator Nicola Killen comes a charming autumnal story about a little girl who must return a lost kitten to its home, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die cut pages.

Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are out frolicking on a beautiful fall day when they come upon a tiny kitten shivering in a pile of fallen leaves. Ollie warms the kitten up and the three become fast friends, but when Ollie sees “Lost Kitten” posters hanging on the trees in the forest, she knows she has to help her new friend get home. As Halloween draws nearer, magic is afoot, and Ollie’s good deed is rewarded in an unexpected way.

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I am a Kitten
Written by Ole Risom & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

The beloved board book I am a Kitten is back—fully reillustrated and ready to be embraced by a new generation of children. Join Kate, a curious kitten, as she plays with her brothers and sisters, explores the garden, makes new friends, and more! With simple text and colorful illustrations, this sweet story about a day in the life of a kitten will be popular with very young children.

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Blue Spot: Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase
Written & illustrated by Griselda Sastrawinata
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Recommend Ages: 3-8

Daisy the kitten has gotten a blue spot on her new white dress. How did this happen, asks her mama. Daisy has an answer, which is anything but simple. Instead, she responds with a wonderful fantastical story that includes a blue monster and plenty of blue treats. Mama encourages Daisy to tell the truth in the end, which she does, but even Mama loves the creativity in Daisy’s first answer—and kids will, too.

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  1. Baby Tiger: Finger Puppet Book: (finger Puppet Book for Toddlers and Babies, Baby Books for First Year, Animal Finger Puppets) - How does Baby Tiger play? Follow along with this cute baby animal as it experiences its world, from playtime to bedtime. This simple, comforting story features a permanently attached plush finger puppet and peek-a-boo holes in every page, giving parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read together.

  2. Baby Penguin: Finger Puppet Book - Meet Baby Penguin! How does Baby Penguin stay cozy and warm? Where does Baby Penguin play? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

  3. Baby Dragon: Finger Puppet Book - Meet Baby Dragon! Where does Baby Dragon live? Is he finally ready to fly? Follow along as he explores his world and discovers his special powers! The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

Books About Infancy and Bears

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Babies in the Snow: First Lift-a-Flap
Written by Ginger Swift & illustrated by Ariel Silverstein
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Introduce your baby or toddler to arctic animals including polar bears, whales, caribou, walruses, seals, and more in this adorable lift-a-flap board book. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure while grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A perfect first book!

Welcome to the world little one! Come explore Babies in the Snow Lift-a-Flap board book filled with surprises. Perfectly sized for little hands and fingers to open and close the flaps. 6 chunky and sturdy flaps are extra strong so your little one can open and close again and again. Surprise and delight baby with bright artwork and special treats under each flap. Collect all the books in the Babies Love series. From colors and animals, to first words and holidays, the Babies Love Chunky Lift-a-Flap series is a great introduction to reading with cheerful, contemporary, and whimsical illustrations and sturdy, easy-to-lift flaps.

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Tea Party Rules
Written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by K. G. Campbell
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

An award-winning book by a New York Times bestselling author!

When he follows his nose through the woods, Cub discovers a backyard tea party…with cookies! He is just about to dig in when the hostess of the tea party shows up. And she has several strong opinions on how Tea Party must be played. Cub tries to follow her rules . . . but just how much can one bear take, even for cookies?

A laugh-out-loud funny look at the required give-and-take of playtime, Tea Party Rules is an eventual friendship story that will delight grubby cubs, fancy girls, and cookie lovers everywhere.

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Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear (Board Book)
Written & illustrated by Hans de Beer
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Lars, the little polar bear who lives at the North Pole, is off on a new adventure. This time he’s been accidentally scooped up in a gigantic fishnet and is heading into port aboard a ship. How will he ever get home? Luckily, Lars isn’t the only four-feeted creature on board. Nemo, the ship’s cat, comes up with a plan to get Lars home that just might work.

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  1. Bunny Days - Six frolicking bunnies, two busy goats, and a very handy bear live harmoniously–though not without mishap–in this picture book charmer. What do the bunnies do when Mr. Goat drives by on his tractor and accidentally splashes them all over with mud? They hop over to Bear, who always knows just how to help–in this case, with the delicate cycle and a refreshing line dry! Two additional stories are even more surprising and giggle-worthy.<p> All’s well that ends well in this eye-catching, endearing treat of a book, full of funny details and exhilarating artistry. <p/>Watch a Video<p> </p></p>

  2. Goodnight Everyone - From the creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a mesmerizing bedtime tale of a forest settling into slumber and one little bear trying to stay awake. The sun is setting, and everyone in the forest is getting sleepy. The mice, rabbits, and deer all give great big yawns as they snuggle up with their families for the night. But someone isn’t sleepy just yet. Little Bear thinks he can stay awake a bit longer. Can he do it? Chris Haughton’s bold and vibrant illustrations will captivate little ones eager to stay up just a teeny bit longer, while sweet depictions of animals cozying up in their beds for the night will soon have them yawning off to a dreamland of their own.

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Books About Infancy and Family

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Johnny Lion's Book
Written by & illustrated by Clement Hurd
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Alone with a book

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My First Book of Baby Animals
Written & illustrated by National Wildlife Federation
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

A sweet tiger cub, padding softly on its paws across the ground. A little lion getting its head nuzzled by mama as they soak in the sun. Two young kangaroos—joeys—at play. An infant chimpanzee, clinging lovingly to its mother’s back. Nothing’s more irresistible than an animal baby, and with these magnificent photos, kids can meet the cutest ones of all, and their families, too. From two fox kits climbing on logs, to an adorable baby bunny, to a trio of polar bears huddling close to stay warm, to penguins, polar bears, eaglets, and foals, these precious creatures will fascinate human “cubs”—and entice them to look at the pictures over and over again.

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Hello Baby!
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Steve Jenkins
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

A playful favorite from Mem Fox is now a Classic Board Book!</b> <p/>After meeting a bevy of baby animals–including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub–the baby in this story discovers the most precious creature of all…itself, of course! <p/>With an exuberant rhyming text by bestselling author Mem Fox and adorable cut-paper illustrations by Caldecott-Honor recipient Steve Jenkins, this book is an irresistible celebration of the joyful connection between parent and child. Now available for the first time as a Classic Board Book, this story is perfect for the youngest readers!

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  1. Baby Swap - A jealous big sister learns a very loving lesson in this warm and funny picture book about sibling rivalry, featuring charming text and retro-nostalgic artwork. <p/>Caroline Crocodile is not thrilled with her baby brother. He drools. A lot. But all Mama Crocodile ever says is how GORGEOUS he is! And so Caroline ventures into a baby shop to swap out her brother. Unfortunately, the baby panda is a fussy eater, the giraffe is missing scales, and the piglet isn’t green. Turns out, the best younger sibling around might just be her own yellow-eyed, sharp-clawed, drooling baby brother.

  2. Saucy - From Newbery Medalist and National Book Award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata comes an irrepressible and heartwarming story about a girl and her ever-growing pig, Saucy--perfect for fans of The One and Only Ivan and Flora & Ulysses!

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