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Infancy and Ducks, Geese, Etc.: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about infancy is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Gus to The Fuzzy Duckling there’s something here for everyone’s tastes. Do you have a favorite book about infancy? Let us know!

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Gus
Written & illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
picture book
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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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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A Book of Babies
Written & illustrated by Il Sung Na
board book
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
picture book
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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The Little Duckling Who Wouldn't Get Wet
Written by Gek Tessaro
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
****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!
Lucky Ducklings book
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Mother Bruce book
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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night book
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The Goose Egg book
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  • Lucky Ducklings - While following their mother through town, five little ducklings fall into a storm drain.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Baby Duck: Finger Puppet Book
Written by & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
How does Baby Duck dry off after a swim? Follow along with this cute baby animal as it experiences its 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.
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The Fuzzy Duckling
Written by Jane Werner Watson & illustrated by Martin Provensen and Alice Provensen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
In one of the most beloved Little Golden Books of all time, Fuzzy Duckling learns to count and explores a busy farm! Early one morning, a small fuzzy duckling goes for a walk around the farm. Who will he meet along the way? Two frisky colts, three baby calves. . . . Little readers everywhere will love following the duckling and counting his new animal friends. Simple words and adorable, classic illustations from the legendary Alice and Martin Provensen make this book as perfect a gift today as it was when it was first published in 1949.

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