Have some one on one time with your little one reading these lovely picture books, they are sure to please.
The shape of my heart / Mark Sperring ; illustrated by Alys Paterson.
“Part concept book and part poem, this eye-catching picture book is a reassuring valentine for any day of the year. Despite the emphasis on shapes, Sperring (The Sunflower Sword) isn’t offering an introduction to circles, squares, and triangles: “This is the shape that we are./ The shape of you and me,” he writes, as the opening spread shows two smiling figures-one large, one small-in white silhouette, defined by a sea of colorful shapes that surround them. A focus on bodily shapes continues (“This is the shape of my hand,/ the hand you hold on to”), serving as an entry into related objects and settings (a spread about food follows one about mouths; a look at feet and shoes paves the way for a scene featuring vehicles). Debut illustrator Paterson fills the pages with crisp and colorful objects, often accented with sound effects (a friendly dinosaur offers a gentle “raaaa,” birds chirp and tweet). It’s a lovingly designed and visually appealing portrait of the places, animals, and objects common to a child’s world, with the invisible but perceptible adult presence hovering in the background. ” (Publisher Weekly)
One little baby / by Richard Dungworth ; illustrated by Jane Massey.‘
‘One little baby in a cosy bed. One little baby with a busy day ahead.’ with lovely rhythm and simple but effective illustrations children will want this book read over and over as it tells of a day in the life of a toddler like them. (Staff member)
Whoa, baby, whoa! / Grace Nichols ; illustrated by Eleanor Taylor.
“Being an adventurous baby means having to hear the title phrase again and again. “Creeping to the kitchen to see what’s cooking,” writes Nichols, as Taylor, working in a style reminiscent of Helen Oxenbury, shows Baby stalking the dog’s food bowls. “Up goes the gate and Daddy comes running… ‘Whoa, Baby, Whoa! Hot things can burn you in the kitchen.’ ” But Baby never misses a beat (a relentlessness nicely conveyed in the typography’s comically wobbled kerning)-after all, there’s work to be done, whether it’s eating the newspaper, mangling Grandpa’s glasses, or flooding the bathroom. Even very young readers will note that the members of Baby’s mixed-race family are acting out of love, which may be why Baby never loses that sweet, knowing smile; this is a kid who knows a lot of people have his back. The tables turn nicely at the end, when Baby reasons that one way to put an end to his “Whoa” is to “try something new with myself” and take those long-anticipated first steps-prompting the onlookers to cheer “Go, Baby, Go!” ” (Publisher Weekly)
Daisy & the puppy / Lisa Shanahan, Sara Acton.
Daisy wants a puppy so much she wears a scruffy tail and sleeps in an old cane washing basket. When a fire engine screeches down the highway, she lifts her head, ‘AROOOOO-OOOOOOOOOOH!’ Then one Saturday, Daisy and her mum spot Ollie, sitting in the window of Mrs Arkwright’s pet shop. A delightful story about a family and a puppy.(Syndetics summary)