Baby and Toddler Picks for February 2016
Best Books for Babies and Toddlers February 2016 Picks

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It’s still February! And there’s plleennty of time to enjoy some fresh, excellent, awesome baby and toddler books that should probably have been posted, hmmm… a couple of weeks ago? Yeah. I’m a slacker. But… Can we still be friends? Phew…

So this month for the littlest ones? The theme of the day is cute! So cute. The art style of a few of the books – Cat Nap, There, There, and Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching reminds me of the super adorable style I love and sometimes see in Japanese or Korean stationary. Do you know what I mean? Oooh… here’s an example (Amazon affiliate link)... 

 

Have you ever seen a cuter file folder? Just look at that egg’s chubby cheeks! Yup.

Or even better?  Check out Joyce Wan's website (illustrator for Peep and Egg: I'm not Hatching).  She sells the most awwww-cute adorable cards, wall art and more.  

Okay, so I have a fuzzy place in my heart for artwork that has a bit of this cute pop culture Asian influence.  Annnd... On top of being adorable, Cat Nap, There, There, and Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching possess a hint of humor – from a plucky kitten who will not be denied some fun, to melodramatic crying animals, to a stubborn egg who refuses to hatch. These books are sweet and funny, but also demonstrate some real-life emotions like the fear of trying new things.

If you have a little one who likes cars and trucks, Big Rig is awesome. It was published as a picture book a couple of years ago, but it’s just been released as a board book, which always makes things nicer, I think. Instead of holding your breath and gritting your teeth while your youngster tears through (and tears up) a book’s pages, you can just kick back and let them dive in. Ahhh. Big Rig features a friendly semi truck who invites you into his world of honking, braking, cargo hauling and more. Expressive “facial” features and lots of noises make this book extra fun.

Last month, I posted Where Do I Sleep: A Pacific Northwest Lullaby. This month I posted, Why Do I Sing: Animal Songs of the Pacific Northwest. As with its counterpart, Why Do I Sing features animals that would be found in the Northwest, but also much of the rest of the U.S. (such as frogs and bees). It has a lovely rhythm and while there are some facts woven into the story, the overall effect of the book is soothing.

Enjoy, and as always… please let me know what you’re reading! I love to hear about awesome books floating around out there!

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching Book Cover
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching
by Laura Gehl
illustrated by Joyce Wan
published February 9, 2016

Egg is not hatching.

No way. No how.

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There There Book Cover
There, There
by Taro Miura
published February 9, 2016

Japanese illustrator Taro Miura brings his bold, whimsical graphic style to a board book for the very young.

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Shhh!  This Book is Sleeping Book Cover
Shhh! This Book is Sleeping
by Cedric Ramadier
illustrated by Vincent Bourgeau
published January 12, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Publishers Weekly

Hold this book gently because it’s very sleepy! A mouse inside the pages invites you to read the book a bedtime story, tuck it in with a cozy blanket, and give it a hug and a kiss. Oh, and don’t forget to ask whether it...READ MORE

Go! Go! Go! Stop! Book Cover
Go! Go! Go! Stop!
by Charise Mericle Harper
published July 14, 2015

One day Little Green rolls into town and says his first word: "Go!" The town is building a bridge, and now everyone has a job to do, from dump truck to forklift. Little Green helps them do their jobs...READ MORE

Hello Ocean Friends Book Cover
Hello, Ocean Friends: A High-Contrast Book
by duopress labs
illustrated by Violet Lemay
published May 12, 2015

Making connections between images on a page and the real world is an important building block for your baby’s communication skills—and this charming introduction to ten ocean animal friends, paired with a friendly text, and bold basic patterns, provide...READ MORE

Cat Nap Book Cover
Cat Nap
by Tony Yuly
published January 26, 2016

Cat wants to nap, but kitten wants to play.  Will cat ever get a chance to snooze?READ MORE

A B See Book Cover
A B See
by Elizabeth Doyle
illustrated by Elizabeth Doyle
published July 21, 2015

A beautifully illustrated, graphic alphabet book with a fun search-and-find twist.

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Big Rig Book Cover
Big Rig
by Jamie A. Swenson
illustrated by Ned Young
published February 9, 2016
Come along for the ride as Frankie the big rig truck takes us on the job, driving past kiddie cars (school buses) and land yachts (RVs). Hear the horn blow and the wipers schwaat the windshield clean. But,BANG!...READ MORE
Little Bitty Friends Book Cover
Little Bitty Friends
by Elizabeth McPike
illustrated by Patrice Barton
published February 2, 2016

A cuter-than-puppies companion to Little Sleepyhead 

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Why Do I Sing?: Animal Songs of the Pacific Northwest Book Cover
Why Do I Sing?: Animal Songs of the Pacific Northwest
by Jennifer Blomgren
illustrated by Andrea Gabriel
published August 4, 2015

Animals sing for all kinds of reasons and make all kinds of sounds in the process. The spotted owl sings at night, high above the treetops. A honeybee's buzzing is the sound of summer. And the low voices of...READ MORE

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