Saturday, May 28, 2011

3. Confections

Put together a collection that's just right for baby's hands. Here are a few board books to mix and match.

Wiggle! Like an Octopus and Swing! Like a Monkey by Harriet Ziefert & SImms Taback (Blue Apple Books, $8.99 each, 2011) Rhythmic text, vibrant pictures and lenticular artwork on the cover get children waddling, wiggling, swaying and swooping.

What Do You See? and Look Who's There! by Martine Perrin (Albert Whitman & Company, $8.99 each, 2011) Children discover hidden creatures in graphic environments and through visual cut-out puzzles.
Dwell Studio's Goodnight Owl: A Lift-the-Flap Bedtime Book and Good Morning Toucan: A Lift-the-Flap Good Day Book (Blue Apple Books, $8.99 each, 2011). Gorgeous muted colors and crisp sweet graphics makes these stand out.
My Animals and My Circus, written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux -- (Bloomsbury, $9.99-$11.35, 2009-10) Happy little books of discovery with peep-through holes and bold, clever plays of color, both translated from French.
Imagebooks Finger Puppet series: my favorites include, Little Dino, Little Lion, Little Giraffe, Little Penguin, and Little Polar Bear  (Chronicle, $8.95). Also available in two Finger Puppet Party Pack collections (each $115 for 12).
Gossie & Friends series by  Olivier Dunrea (Houghton Mifflin, $6.95-$9.79, 2003-11) -- Gossie, Gossie & Gertie, Ollie, PeedieBooBoo, Gossie Plays Hide and Seek and more. Charming, ink-and-watercolor books about a little goose and her gosling friends.

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