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Books to Start Your Baby's Library

February 12, 2015
By Betsy Bethel - OV Parent Editor ( , OVParent

"The Bunny Rabbit Show!"

By Sandra Boynton, 2014

Sandra Boynton, author, artist and songwriter, creates simple, goofy animals - chickens, sheep, cows, pigs and, of course, bunny rabbits - that capture your heart and tickle your fancy. Other favorites: "Barnyard Dance" and "Perfect Piggies."

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"Pocket Piggies Numbers!"

By Richard Austin, 2014

This 20-page board book features the numbers 1-10 accompanied by photos of the same number of adorable teacup piglets who live on Pennywell Farm in Devon, England. The companion book is "Colors!"


By David LaRochelle, 2013

Using the only word in the book, have fun conveying the feelings of a cow who finds himself in various circumstances. It's a 2013 American Library Association "Notable Book."

"Paddington Bear: All Day"

By Michael Bond and R.W. Alley


With the release of the "Paddington" film this winter based on the chapter book, the classic little raingear-wearing bear is everywhere. This 14-page board book uses simple rhymes and lively watercolors to tell about a day in his life.


By Leslie Patricelli, 2014

The latest in the series starring the bald-headed tyke, "Toot" is described as a "frank and very funny look at a certain noisy body function" that the youngest listeners will enjoy ... almost as much as their older siblings who will be happy to read it aloud! It is an Amazon "Best Children's Books of 2014" for ages 0-2.

"Happy Birthday Sophie!"

By S.A.S. Deliso, 2014

Sweet little Sophie la girafe is joined by her friends for a birthday party in this delightful new pop-up book, one of several titles recently released based on the popular teether. Sophie, made by France's Vulli of 100 percent natural rubber, has been around for 60 years, but the pop-up and other interactive book titles were first released in 2013.

Editor's Pick

"Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings"

By Matthew Van Fleet, 1995

A thift-store score when 8-year-old Emma was still a toddler, this interactive board book features colors, numbers, textures, lift-the-flaps and some unusual animals. It kept her attention long enough for me to dry my hair and put on makeup! She still picks it up for a tactile trip down memory lane.



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