“A simple read for kids with another sibling on the way.”
This simple lift-the-flap board book introduces some interesting vocabulary that accompanies a new baby and is best suited for children who have another sibling on the way to help them become familiar with a few different aspects of taking care of a new child. Creatively-shaped flaps show characters helping with some of baby’s basic needs, like giving the baby their bottle, putting on their pajamas, and laying the baby in their bassinet with a mobile hanging overhead. The book ends on a sweet note of tenderly capturing the love parents feel for a new baby. Very little text is paired with a notably diverse group of characters and families, especially considering the limited number of characters included overall. Bright pages and colorful illustrations are in conformity with Katz’s unique style, though the recognizable font choice and unembellished pages give an unfinished appearance to this read. The flaps create an enjoyable guessing game for young children to show their knowledge about or learn about a new baby. Ultimately the book feels unremarkable, not quite up to par with other book options available for new parents that better measure up to the amazing theme of welcoming home a new baby.
Celebrate the sweet moments that come with welcoming a new baby to the family in this joyous lift-the-flap book from bestselling author Karen Katz.
From baby’s first tiny pajamas to the ever-important baby’s first blanket, this snuggly lift-the-flap book showcases all the ways parents show their love to new babies.
Welcome, Baby! is a spectacular way to let parents share childhood stories and memories with their child about the day they became a family.
This lift-the-flaps board book shows some of the different activities new parents do to welcome home a new baby. What is your favorite new baby activity?
As the end of the book suggests, all of the actions new parents and family members do to help a new baby are ways to express love. What are some other things you can do to show love for a new baby?
Something about me
I have always been interested in folk art from around the world:
Indian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, fabrics, Chagall, Matisse, children’s art, and promitive painting, and I love to paint and experiment with pattern, texture, collage and color.
The careers I’ve had – as a costume designer, a quilt maker, a fabric artist, and a graphic designer – have taken all these interests into account. Looking back, I can see that these passions and career choices have played a large part in influencing me to become a children’s book author and illustrator.
But most importantly, it was after my husband I adopted our daughter from Guatemala that I was inspired to do a children’s book for her. My first book, Over the Moon, was the story of that magical experience of welcoming our daughter Lena into our lives. I painted, I drew, I collaged, and I wrote , and after working very hard . . . a beautiful book was born! Twenty-two books later, my daughter – fourteen years old – still is an inspiration for me.
I am fascinated by babies and little kids. The simplest words and gestures can make them laugh. Sometimes standing in line at the supermarket and watchin kids in grocery carts, my best ideas are born. I am fasinated by people from all over the world and what they look like and how they live and the differences that make us all unique.
When an idea pops into my head I ask these questions: — will a child want to read this book? — Will a parent want to read this book with their child? — Will this book make a parent and child feel something? — Is there something visual here that will hold a child’s interest? — Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book? — If the answer is yes, then I know I’m on the right track.
I am very lucky to get to do what I do. Everyday I go into my studio and have fun. Don’t get me wrong, some days are very frustrating. Sometimes the colors are all wrong and the words don’t sound right. But after I work at it for a while . . . and try to do it in a different way. . . and think. . . and change the words or colors . . . and try some more. . . suddenly, there it is – a great page of writign, or a great illustration..
And nothing is more satisfying than that!