Spring Reads are Sprouting Up! - Things We Like

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For the babes… Cuddle up with your child and a fun picture book.

htstff-springAND THEN IT’S SPRING
By Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Roaring Brook Press; $16.99
Ages 4 and older
This sweet story of anticipating spring follows a young boy and his dog as they create a garden. In between digging and planting, there’s a whole lot of waiting … until … a small change brings hope. — sd

htstff-BarnyardDanceBARNYARD DANCE!
By Sandra Boynton
Workman Publishing; $9.95
Ages 3 and older
The original Barnyard Dance! board book is available in this wonderful lap-sized version for bigger and better viewing fun! The silly illustrations just pop with color and are sure to engage your little reader. Boynton has turned several of her small board books — including Pajama Time! and Belly Button Book! — into this new size that fits perfectly in the lap. — ka

htstff-kissTHE BIGGEST KISS
By Joanna Walsh
and Judi Abbot
Simon & Schuster; $12.99
Ages 4 and older
Engaging rhyming text and humor makes this book a fun one to snuggle up with. How exactly does a dog kiss? What about a worm or a penguin? What about that big, old elephant? Walsh imagines what it’s like for a bunch of different creatures to smooch and she does it just right without getting syrupy. — sd

htstff-pinkPINKALICIOUS AND THE PINK HAT PARADE
By Victoria Kann
HarperFestival; $6.99
Ages 3 and older
The latest addition to the award-winning Pinkalicious series, Pinkalicious and her friend, Peter, enter a Spring Hat Parade contest … and the quest for the perfect hat gets rather … sticky! In true heroine fashion, Pinkalicious knows just what to do in the end. — sd

htstff-BallGameTAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
Lyrics by Jack Norworth, music by Albert Von Tilzer, Illustrated by Mark Meyers
CandyCane Press; $10.99
Ages 2 – 5
The classic song is brought to life with fun, detailed illustrations and music. This board book plays the tune
when you open it, allowing you to sing the words with your sweetie. It’s sure to be a favorite. — ka

htstff-bedtimeTHINGS I LOVE ABOUT BEDTIME
Written and illustrated by Trace Moroney
Scholastic; $8.99
Ages 3 – 5
Put the “sweet” in “sweet dreams” with this charming book that celebrates the joy of a night time routine. Little ones can follow a happy bunny through the journey of taking a bath and brushing teeth to donning the PJs and falling asleep with a bedtime book, and then the best part — the escape to dreamland! — cy

htstff-wildrose hiresWILD ROSE’S WEAVING
By Ginger Churchill
Illustrated by Nicole Wong
Tanglewood; $15.95
Ages 4 – 8
In this artful tale, Wild Rose, who loves running outdoors taking in all-things nature, learns to weave a rug with her grandmother. In the process, the young child learns about creativity, the influence of nature and the interplay between art and life. Wong’s whimsical illustrations bring the story to life. — cy

Now For the Parents…Freshen up your parenthood know-how with these new parenting books.

htstff-BringingUpBebeBRINGING UP Bébé:
ONE AMERICAN MOTHER DISCOVERS THE WISDOM OF FRENCH PARENTING
By Pamela Druckerman
Penguin Group; $25.95
Are Americans raising children the wrong way? Some might think so with a quick visit to the park and the witness of a child’s meltdown and a mother’s quick slap. Here’s an inside look on how you can parent your child to be well-mannered, thoughtful in public and more — albeit the French way — from the point of view of Druckerman, an American mother who has three children all born in Paris. — ka

htstff-howtotalkHOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN & LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK
By Adele Faber and
Elaine Mazlisch
Scribner; $16
In an era where old-fashioned communication is replaced by modern-day technology, this newly revised and updated edition is more relevent than ever. While at first glance this title appears to be a collection of nonpunitive discipline techniques, it goes much further offering wise relationship-building strategies between parents and children of all ages. — cy

htstff-LetsPlayLET’S PLAY AND LEARN TOGETHER
By Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph.D. and
Wendy S. Masi, Ph.D.
Fair Winds Press; $18.99
One of the best ways to enhance your baby’s development is through interactive play. This book is filled with more than 375 games, activities, exercises, tips and more to help you get into playing with your tot and all that his little mind can absorb!  — ka

htstff-nocryTHE NO-CRY PICKY EATER SOLUTION
By Elizabeth Pantley
McGraw-Hill; $17
If all your child is eating is macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets, this book’s for you. Boasting tips and tricks for gently guiding your child into the world of delicious eating, this terrific book by author Pantley (who also penned The No-Cry Sleep Solution and other “No-Cry” books) shows parents how to employ techniques for happy results like kids enjoying veggies, fruits and meals with you! — sd

htstff-rhythmTHE RHYTHM OF FAMILY:
DISCOVERING A SENSE OF WONDER THROUGH THE SEASONS
By Amanda Blake Soule with Stephen Soule
Roost Books; $19.95
This delightful book will help families foster ideas of togetherness during each month and season of the year. The book includes seasonal recipes, crafts and special activities parents and children can enjoy together, without the TV, cell phones and rest of modern technology. The thrust here is to slow down and connect with family — your treasure! — cy

htstff-wholeTHE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD
By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
Delacorte Press; $24
Delve into the world of your child’s brain to understand why he sometimes acts the way he does. Understand meltdowns, tantrums, decision making and emotions in children by exploring how their brains are wired. Written by a neuropsychiatrist (Siegel) as well as a parenting expert (Bryson), this readable book can give you valuable insight into managing your child’s many behaviors. — sd

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