Everything’s coming up babies! The past nine months have seen two new granddaughters join our family. Is it any wonder that every time I see a lady in waiting (for her own big event), I feel a thrill of anticipation on her behalf? Or that I cannot resist peeking into a stroller at the tiny occupant(s)? Or that merely looking at baby clothes displayed in a store window or online makes me smile inside (and outside as well)?
If this is my state of mind when I come across anything baby, you can imagine what happens when the encounter involves books that are: (a) on the topic of the diaper set, or (b) of interest to those not yet old enough to read on their own. Join (or humor) me as I talk about a few of my favorites!
Leave it to the Berenstains to come up with not one, but two marvelous books about the new baby experience. The first, a 1974 classic, introduces Sister Bear to the family and the world. And in Baby Makes Five, the prolific writers address the sensitive topic of jealousy on the part of an older sibling–and do it well. Of course, Sister discovers there is much to like about her new little sibling.
Simple text and adorable photos depicting the activities of a chubby-cheeked baby and a rabbit make up this gem by Adele Arun Greenspun and her daughter Joanie Schwarz. The result is an irresistible book that parents will love sharing with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
There are more out there: but I have an urge to go out and buy some “baby” books for my grandkids.
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