Babies

What Baby Wants

By Phyllis Root and Jill Barton (illustrator)

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Everyone in the family tries to figure out what the crying baby really wants. JE Fic Roo

Suggested for ages 1 - 6

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Seeds of Love

By Mary E. Petertyl

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Carly works through feelings of anticipation and fear when her parents travel to another country without her to adopt her baby sister.

Suggested for ages 3 and up

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The Chosen Baby

By Valentina P. Wasson

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Because they want to share their home with children, a couple adopt a boy and later a girl.

Suggested for ages 3 and up

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Daisy Is a Mommy

By Lisa Kopper

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Just like the human Mommy with her baby, Daisy the dog stays busy taking care of her puppies. JE Fic Kop

Suggested for ages 2 - 5

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Helen Oxenbury: On the Side of the Child

"One of the most important things is to laugh with your children and to let them see you think they're being funny when they're trying to be. It gives children enormous pleasure to think they've made you laugh. They feel they've reached one of the nicest parts in you.... As a picture book artist, I don't think one can be too much on the side of the child."

Helen Oxenbury, from Ways of Telling: Conversations on the Art of the Picture Book, by Leonard S. Marcus.

Helen Oxenbury understands babies. She knows that they are messy, cranky, and wonderful. She knows that few things fascinate a baby like, well, another baby. In the world of board books, those sturdy first books that are impervious to drool and can survive a few tasty chews, Helen Oxenbury reigns supreme.