Board Book

ABC Yoga by Christiane Engel

ABC Yoga book cover: a child sitting outside on a mat placed upon grass with a butterfly and owl looking on“M - Moon. Crescent moon in the sky, Bend like me --- Watch clouds float by.”

A colorful ABC board book that doubles as a yoga primer. Each page offers an animal pose with a simple rhyme, inviting little ones to make the shape and be the animal. The poses are simple and convey the intuitive nature of yoga. Back material recaps the origin of each pose used here and explains “What is yoga?” for a young audience and their co-yogis.

This book is recommended for fairly limber caregivers who are stuck indoors with children age 8 and under. Offer the kiddos a new way to be active, entertained and possibly a bit more self-regulating.

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Sing by Joe Raposo (composer) and Tom Lichtenheld (illustrator)

Sing book cover: a blue bird singing as perches on a twig with a yellow sky behind itI found this board book appealing before realizing that the familiar, sweet song dates from Sesame Street back when I watched and sang along. The simple story (wordless until the inspiring lyrics play a part) shows a runt baby bird struggling to leave the nest after her siblings. A boy with a guitar is just the accompaniment the bird needs to launch herself into the big open sky. I am fond of Lichtenheld’s style and it is well suited to this ditty about joy and self-expression.

I recommend this precious board book for little lap-sitters, especially if their caregivers are willing to sing it as well as read it. We also have it available as a kit (book with a 3-song CD), in case you are not as old as I am.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Fairies Primer by Jennifer Adams

A Midsummer Night's Dream a fairy primer book cover: a fairy lies on her stomach on a crescent moon"There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;"

Beginning readers can meet the fairies of Shakespeare's famous play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Filled with bright and whimsical digital artwork and some famous quotes in Shakespeare's original wording,
this sturdy board book is the perfect size for one on one reading sessions.

A good choice for literary parents who want to introduce the classics early, those who need a quiet book before
bed or anyone who needs just a touch of magic in their everyday reading.

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Jennifer, Kids World

Shhh! This Book is Sleeping! by Cedric Ramadier

Shh! This Book is Sleeping book cover: a blue cover with closed eyes, a nose, and a softly smiling mouth drawn on it"There. It's asleep! Close the book very gently... Good night!"

This board book is perfect to help a toddler wind down from the day. Step by step, the child is encouraged by a mouse to lead "the book" through the bedtime regime: brushing teeth to going to the bathroom to getting one last goodnight kiss.

Read with a slow, soft voice and you might just have a sleepy toddler ready to be tucked into bed at the end of the book.

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Celeste, Kids World

Super Heroes: Colors, Shapes, and more! By DC Comics

Super heroes Colors, Shapes, and more! book cover: illustrations of batman, green lantern, and superman on the cover“Krypto is White. Catwoman’s cat is Black.”

Learning is always better with friends, so these Super Heroes are here to help. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (just to name a few) are on the scene, and together you’ll learn about colors, shapes, and actions. Made of durable cardboard, this book is perfect for infants and toddlers to learn basics that every child will need. Parents can easily help children associate shapes and colors with characters they already know and love to make learning fun. Super!

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Naomi, Kids World

It's Potty Time by Tracey Corderoy

Its potty time! book cover: a brown bear wearing an orange striped t-shirt sits on a red toliet and a small stuffed blue rabbit sits on a smaller yellow toliet. Both have underwear down by their ankles"You're a big bear now and big bears use potties!"

Baby Bear is a little reluctant when Mommy Bear says it's time to learn how to use the potty. Maybe his new pair of train underwear with help him get over his fear?

For little ones who are ready to be potty trained, they will enjoy reading about Baby Bear using the potty and just might be ready to tackle it on their own!

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Chicago Baby By Jerome Pohlen

Chicago Baby book cover. A child in a red stroller holding a blue teddy bear is being pushed by the Millenium "Bean" sculpture by an unseen adult.“Many babies say ‘Dada’ but our babies say ‘Da Bears’…”

This fun story illustrates the many unique experiences available to babies in our city. Famous sites such as the Chicago Theatre, Wrigley Field and the Art Institute are sweetly illustrated in pastels. An activities section challenges toddlers to describe colors, point out letters and name the seasons.

This book is part of the Local Baby Books series. Author Jerome Pohlen lives in Chicago and his hometown pride is unmistakable. Chicago Baby is an upbeat read aloud for little ones and their caregivers.

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Jade, Kids World