Reading to babies is a MUST! Get started with this fun collection that’ll really wet your little one’s appetite to return again and again.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
by Alice Schertle
illustrated by Jill McElmurry
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99)
Beep! Beep! Beep! December’s here! Little Blue Truck is full of cheer. As Little Blue delivers Christmas trees, there’s much merry activity for young eyes to gaze upon, and counting opportunities for those who are ready. The pages of smooth-and-sturdy cardstock will be hard to destroy. Bonus: real flashing holiday lights on the last page (batteries included).
Ages 1 – 4
Touch and Feel
(DK Publishing, $19.99)
Three popular “critter” board books from DK are together in a thick cardboard case. Kids are asked to “tickle” the orangutan’s reddish hair, “pet” the velvety fur of the jaguar, “feel” the snake’s scales, the “fluffy” yellow ducklings, and so on. The shiny covers will attract a wee one’s eyes. The construction of each is sturdy as can be.
Ages 2 – 5
Kids Look & Learn series: Dogs and Things That Go
by National Geographic ($6.99 each)
Tots learn basic things about vehicles from cars to fire engines to airplanes. For both, National Geographic employs real photographs and has a neat way of offering details that are basic, yet also more intriguing than obvious. Meant to teach a budding child in a gradual way, this series is built to last.
Color for Baby
by Yana Peel
(Big Picture Press, $21.99)
Its low price for a boxed set makes it another winner in the Art for Baby series. Each of four books folds out accordian-style. Famous works by contemporary artists have been reproduced on both sides of each book. The 40 or so works, each one handily identified, are organized by dominant color, so there’s one book for green, red, yellow and blue. Among the artists represented: Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Henri Matisse, Roy Lichtenstein. Brilliant concept.