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Looking for a list of the best children's books about infancy?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to infancy. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about infancy.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about infancy can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Next to You: A Book of Adorableness
Written by Lori Haskins Houran & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When it comes to new babies, friends, or other loved ones, we should remind them of just how darling they are. But are they cuter than a piglet in a sweater? A basket of baby chicks? An elephant calf taking a bath? Of course! Sweet, funny, irreverent, but above all, cute, this keepsake-size book is perfect for both gift-giving and cuddly story times.

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Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A warm and tender welcome to the world!

In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home.

The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

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Max and Bird
Written & illustrated by Ed Vere
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Max, a kitten, and Bird, a very young bird, want to be friends but Max also wants to eat Bird, so they strike a deal.

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Cat Nap
Written by Toni Yuly
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A kitten doesn’t want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It’s naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

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Once I Was a Pollywog
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Discover what these baby animals become when they grow up in this sweet board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Once I was a pollywog, but now I am a frog. Once I was a piglet, but now I am a hog. In this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, meet different baby animals and discover what they become when they grow up! The baby/adult pairs include: pollywog/frog; piglet/hog; cub/bear; leveret/hare; gosling/goose; calf/moose. And at the end, meet a little boy who will always be his mama’s bundle of joy!

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  • Land Shark - The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him…a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they? Full of humor and heart, this book explores the idea that sometimes, getting exactly what you don’t want turns out to be exactly what you need.

  • Dino Duckling - In this fun and endearing celebration of differences, a dinosaur finds a home with a family of ducks–a fresh twist on the beloved “The Ugly Duckling” tale. Even as an egg, Dino Duckling is different from all the other baby ducks. And when he’s born, no one seems to notice that he’s actually a dinosaur! Mama Duck knows that there is plenty of room for difference in a loving family, but there’s one big problem: How will Dino Duckling fly south for the winter without any wings? Can Dino Duckling ever truly belong? Alison Murray’s heartwarming reinvention of a classic is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered how to fit in.

  • Flip, Flap, Fly!: A Book for Babies Everywhere - A baby bird, fish, snake, otter, duck, mouse, and child merrily meet at a pond after being helped by their mamas all morning. On board pages.

  • Cheetah Can't Lose - An overly confident cheetah challenges a pack of clever kittens to a race.

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Gus Explores His World
Written & illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Gus loves to be by himself. He explores the whole barnyard, taking in the world around him all on his own. Until he finds three small eggs. His perfect companions might be inside! How long will they take to hatch?

The latest character to join Olivier Dunrea’s growing gaggle of adorable goslings has a self-assured independence that preschoolers are sure to identify with!

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Little Bitty Friends
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“A cuter-than-puppies companion to Little Sleepyhead. Little bitty chipmunks, chattering all the day, Little bitty ladybug always comes to play. Marching with ants, snuggling with baby rabbits, reaching for the sun with happy buttercups-young children form special bonds with nature’s little creations. Lyrical verse and charming scenes capture an enchanted world of little bitty friends.”

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Kiss Goodnight
Written & illustrated by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get baby ready to go to sleep and say goodnight to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Goodnight, moon, shining bright, sleepy babies kiss night-night! It’s time for baby to go to sleep! Little ones will love saying goodnight to all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a fox (Yap Yap), an owl (Whoo-Whoo), a bat (Flap Flap), a mouse (Squeak Squeak), a kitten (Meow Meow), a bear (Grrr Grr), a hedgehog (Snuffle Snuffle), a wolf (Wooh Wooh), and finally, a baby (Shh Shh)!

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The Enchanted Egg
Written by Kallie George & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

There’s a new resident at the Magical Animal Adoption Agency-but this one hasn’t hatched yet! Mr. Jams brought home an enchanted egg from his last journey, and Clover can’t wait to find out what kind of creature the polka-dotted shell contains. But one morning when Clover checks on the cozy nest of feathers she’s made for the egg, she finds it empty, and the baby animal is nowhere in sight! Clover is anxious to find the creature, but the Agency is full of visitors looking for pets of their own. Will Clover be able to match them with their perfect companions and save the mysterious animal before Mr. Jams returns from his trip? With charming illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, the second book in Kallie George’s The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series celebrates the magic of new friends and the power of seeing with your heart. Praise for Clover’s Luck “[This] gentle tale of magic and self-reliance will entertain confident new independent readers. Clover’s sweet story is a good next step for lovers of the Magic Tree House.” – Kirkus Reviews “The first novel in George’s new series is a charming story, delicately written, with a winning heroine. Clover’s first adventure with the magical animals at the agency comes to a conclusion that will satisfy young readers.” – Booklist Online

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Picture Perfect
Written by Sue Bentley & illustrated by Angela Swan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Orla is very excited about entering the local photo competition - especially since it’s her chance to show that she can be as good at something as her sister. When she forgets to even take the lens cap off the camera, though, it isn’t a good sign! But when little chocolate-brown kitten Flame comes into the picture, it looks like Orla’s dreams of winning the competition might just come true . . .

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  • December Dog - It’s a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy! With the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries kids! December is for Dog… In the twelfth book of the Calendar Mysteries- an early chapter book mystery series - Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy find a lost puppy on Christmas Eve. The poor dog was meant to be a present for someone. It has a ribbon with a tag around its neck, but the tag is ripped. Can the kids find out who bought the puppy or who was supposed to receive it?

  • Amazing Facts about Baby Animals: An Illustrated Compendium - A whimsically illustrated collection of fascinating, surprising, and funny facts about baby animals and their parents, from the author of The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts. Who doesn’t love baby animals? Amazing Facts About Baby Animals is an adorable celebration of all kinds of fuzzy, fluffy, scaly, and feathery animal babies and their parents. This charming collection by beloved Swedish artist Maja Säfström is full of interesting, weird, and funny facts about animals before they are born (elephants are pregnant for 22 months!), when they are born (whales are born tail-first so they don’t drown!), and life as babies (parrots give their offspring names! Baby macaques have snowball fights!). Perfect for art- and nature-loving kids and adults, this sweet book makes a wonderful gift and conversation starter for the whole family.

  • Mother Bruce - Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?

  • Scary Stories for Young Foxes - Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains the kinds of adventures and thrills you love to listen to beside a campfire in the dark of night. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, and R. L. Stine have found their next favorite book.

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Hello Baby!
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Steve Jenkins
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A playful favorite from Mem Fox is now a Classic Board Book! After meeting a bevy of baby animals–including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub–the baby in this story discovers the most precious creature of all…itself, of course! With an exuberant rhyming text by bestselling author Mem Fox and adorable cut-paper illustrations by Caldecott-Honor recipient Steve Jenkins, this book is an irresistible celebration of the joyful connection between parent and child. Now available for the first time as a Classic Board Book, this story is perfect for the youngest readers!

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Little Pink Pup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn’t think he would survive–so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn’t mind that Pink looked nothing like them–he was just their size.This remarkable story has already garnered a great deal of media attention: the irresistible photographs documenting Pink and Tink’s relationship have appeared on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Readers of all ages will be captivated by these adorable animals and the amazing bond that they share.

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Down by the Station
Written & illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Did you ever wonder who rides the zoo train early in the morning? Climb aboard and join the mischievous, sleepy, and playful baby animals on their way to the children’s zoo. The engineer has to get them there before the first busload of children arrives . . . but these baby animals just want to have fun! This delightful adventure full of mishaps, daring rescues, and a runaway red balloon has a cumulative text and playful animal noises that will have readers singing along-if they’re not racing to the zoo to ride the train themselves.

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The Prehistoric Planet
Written by Ray O’Ryan & illustrated by Colin Jack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Galaxy Zack blasts back to the past in this outer space chapter book adventure! A baby pterosaur can’t find his way home, so it’s up to the Nebulon Navigators to return him to the Prehistoric Planet. And when Zack’s dad is invited on the journey, Zack finds a way to go along too! But as they blast off on the super shuttle, they hear a strange noise. Is it the pterosaur, crying for his mama? No, it’s…Zack’s dog, Luna, who has snuck onto the shuttle! When the shuttle lands, Zack can’t believe his eyes: The Prehistoric Planet is full of creatures that he’s only read about in books. Zack and the team of navigators head out in search of the pterosaur’s mother–and end up in the middle of an amazing adventure. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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How to Be an Elephant
Written & illustrated by Katherine Roy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The savanna is not an easy place to live, even for African elephants, the largest land animals on earth. If it’s a challenge for these 7,000-pound giants, what’s it like for their newborn babies?An infant elephant has precious little time to learn the incredible array of skills that are necessary to keep up, from projecting her voice across a 10-octave range to using the 100,000 muscles in her trunk to stay hydrated. But this giant-to-be has the perfect classroom–a family herd made up of her mother, sisters, cousins, and aunts. With their help and protection, she’ll learn how to survive, how to thrive, and how to be an elephant. Award-winning author-illustrator Katherine Roy’s How to Be an Elephant delves into the intricate family dynamics at play in a typical African herd. Drawing upon the latest scientific research and Roy’s own expedition to Kenya, and brimming with lush watercolor illustrations and detailed diagrams, this book vividly portrays the life and development of an elephant from an uncertain newborn into a majestic adult. As informative as it is beautiful, Roy’s unique portrait of an elephant’s life will captivate young explorers and animal lovers alike.David Macaulay StudioThis title has Common Core connections.A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2017A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017

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  • Warts and All: A Book of Unconditional Love - Love isn’t just for the cute, the sweet, and the cuddly. Whether you’re awkward as a baby ostrich, prickly as a tiny hedgehog, or drool like a puppy pug, someone loves you no matter what! This new story from the team that created Next To You features an irresistible array of adorably stinky, grouchy, burpy, and warty animals to drive the point home.

  • Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy - In the twentieth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi gets in some magic puppy trouble! When Heidi stumbles across a lost puppy at the park, she promises to find the cute critter’s family. Along with Bruce and Lucy, Heidi tries her hardest to solve this mystery. They check the local dog park, visit the vet’s office, and even hang up Found Puppy posters, but they can’t find the owners anywhere. So Heidi decides to use just a teensy-weensy pinch of magic that sets off a mega-gigantic case of magic puppy trouble. Maybe this is why witches only have cats for pets? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  • I Would Tuck You in - Perfect for fans of The Runaway Bunny, this children’s bedtime story is filled with baby animals and their mothers: an otter tucks her little one into a kelp forest bed; a family of brown bears snuggle all through the winter; a humpback whale sings a song to soothe her calf. Lovingly illustrated and lyrically written, I Would Tuck You In is written and illustrated by husband-and-wife author and artist team Mitchell Watley and Sarah Asper-Smith.

  • Paddy the Puppy - In this third installment in the Fairy Animals of Misty Wood series, it’s Paddy the Puppy’s birthday. In the enchanted world of Misty Wood, Paddy flies over the forest, spreads pollen to help flowers grow, and invites all his fairy animal friends to come to his birthday party. When he arrives home, he’s in for a wonderful surprise!

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Johnny Lion's Book
Written by & illustrated by Clement Hurd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Alone with a bookJohnny Lion is home alone with his new books, The Little Lion. The book is about a lion cub who is on his own one day, just like Johnny. But, unlike Johnny Lion, this cub walks out into the world alone–and into lots of trouble!

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Late Lunch with Llamas
Written by Mary Pope Osborne & illustrated by A.G. Ford
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The #1 bestselling Magic Tree House series is ready to whisk you away through time with Jack and Annie–this time to South America! When the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to a mountainside, they are surprised to find farmers nearby. Then they learn that the farmer’s baby llama has been stolen, and Jack and Annie vow to bring the little animal back to its owners. But the journey is treacherous–they must climb to the peak of Machu Picchu and climb back down in order to complete this mission. Jack and Annie have been on many dangerous travels, but can they survive this one? Track the facts with Jack and Annie in the nonfiction companion to this book: Llamas and the Andes. Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid?Magic Tree House: Perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter booksMerlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced readerFact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures If you’re looking for Merlin Mission #34: Season of the Sandstorms, it was renumbered as part of the rebrand in 2017 as Merlin Mission #6.

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Happy Halloween, Biscuit!
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & illustrated by Pat Schories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Trick or Treat, Biscuit! Lift the flaps to reveal spook-tacular surprises on Biscuit’s first Halloween adventure!Biscuit and the little girl are going trick-or-treating on his first Halloween. What kinds of silly surprises are in store for them?Pull back the flaps to find out!

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Home
Written by Britta Teckentrup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the bestselling series that began with Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book comes an elaborate and beautiful children’s book with peek-through holes that celebrates the coziness of home through the eyes of the animal world. All of us need a place to rest: A cave, a warren, a pond, a nest. Wherever we may choose to roam, we need a place to call our home. A family of bears wanders through the forest, spying all the different places animals call home, including a bird’s nest, a beaver lodge, an icy river full of fish, and a maze of rabbit burrows. Finally, as the snow falls, the bears come home to their cozy cave to hibernate, safe and warm. This comforting celebration of home and nature will enchant children as they peek through the holes on each page to spy each animal. It’s the perfect way for families to share a love of science and nature, while cuddled up together in their own homes. Look for all the books in the Peek-Through Picture Book series: Tree, Bee, Ocean, Moon, and Home.

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Katie Loves the Kittens
Written & illustrated by John Himmelman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The acclaimed author and illustrator of Chickens to the Rescue has created a sweet, funny, and entirely irresistible new character–a little dog just bursting with good intentions. Katie is so excited when Sara Ann brings home three little kittens that she can’t stop herself from howling AROOOOO! and trying to run after them. She loves them so much! But Katie’s enthusiasm frightens the kitties, and she’s sad when they run away from her. Don’t they know that she just wants to play? Katie Loves the Kittens is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.

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  • Kitty the Tiger Fairy - Rachel and Kirsty to the rescue!The girls are spending a week of their summer vacation at the Wild Woods Nature Reserve. They’re going to volunteer as junior rangers– which means lots of quality time with all the animals who live there! But Jack Frost has taken the Baby Animal Rescue Fairies’ magic key chains. Even worse, he’s planning to use the fairies’ stolen magic to kidnap baby animals for his icy zoo. Rachel and Kirsty have to keep Sheba the tiger cub safe from harm. If Jack Frost succeeds, Kitty may never get her back!

  • Mae the Panda Fairy - Rachel and Kirsty to the rescue!The girls are spending a week of their summer vacation at the Wild Woods Nature Reserve. They’re going to volunteer as junior rangers–which means lots of quality time with all the animals who live there! But Jack Frost has taken the Baby Animal Rescue Fairies’ magic key chains. Even worse, he’s planning to use the fairies’ stolen magic to kidnap baby animals for his icy zoo. When Pan Pan, the panda, goes missing the girls know just where to look. Rachel and Kirsty have to help Mae find him before it’s too late!

  • Spelling Queen - Kylie Jean wants to win the Spelling Bee.

  • Annie and the Wild Animals - A lively tale sure to be loved by fans of The Mitten Originally published in 1985, Annie and the Wild Animals is back in a large hardcover format with a striking new jacket that makes this new edition the perfect gift for young readers. Annie’s cat, Taffy, disappears and she is lonely. She looks for a friendly, furry pet near the woods, but a giant moose, a grumpy bear and others show up to eat her corn cakes until they are all gone. They leave, and to Annie’s surprise, out of the woods comes Taffy with her three new kittens.

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Fluffy and Baron
Written by Laura Rankin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

“One summer day, someone new waddled into Baron’s life. Her name was Fluffy.” So begins the adorable tale of a dog, a duck, and a perfect companionship. Perfect, that is, until Fluffy joins up with the wild ducks from the pond. Baron is suddenly alone–no one to play with, eat with, or cuddle up with at night. But when those wild ducks fly away, Baron’s in for a surprise–and more friends than he ever expected!

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Nora the Arctic Fox Fairy
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Rachel and Kirsty to the rescue!The girls are spending a week of their summer vacation at the Wild Woods Nature Reserve. They’re going to volunteer as junior rangers– which means lots of quality time with all the animals who live there! But Jack Frost has taken the Baby Animal Rescue Fairies’ magic key chains. Even worse, he’s planning to use the fairies’ stolen magic to kidnap baby animals for his icy zoo. Rachel and Kirsty only have one more magic key chain left to find! They have to act fast to help Nora save baby fox cub, Dazzle.

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Wolfie the Bunny
Written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love…and veggies! The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can–and might–eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it’s Wolfie who’s threatened, can Dot save the day?

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Swim Swim Sink
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Three tiny ducks. One straight line.New happy flock. All feeling fine.Until, that is, the last ducking sinks when she should swim. Let’s try that again . . . and again and again. All this sinking is ruining the rhyme!Little ones will love following the antics of these adorable ducklings, and parents will enjoy the way the book goes off the rails halfway through. Everyone will laugh at the tiny ducky’s string of failures and cheer when it comes up with the best solution of all.

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Wake Up!
Written by Helen Frost & illustrated by Rick Lieder
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The world is wide awake – are you? Stunning photos and poetic text usher readers into the early moments of life all around them. Wake up! Come out and explore all the new creatures being born – just-hatched birds in the trees, tadpoles in the pond, a baby fawn in the woods. In their latest collaboration, poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder, the creators of Step Gently Out, Sweep Up the Sun, and Among a Thousand Fireflies, invite readers to wake up, open their eyes, and see the awe-inspiring array of new life just outside their door.

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  • Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones - At the end of the day, all of the animals get ready for bed. Hippos, leopard cubs, giraffes, monkeys, and other wildlife yawn, stretch, and cuddle close with their families for the night. The soft padded covers, rounded corners and sturdy board pages make this title a perfect fit for preschoolers!

  • It's a Moose! - From award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes this clever, laugh-out-loud picture book about a family’s surprising newest member–a moose! When he first arrives, everyone is expecting the usual kind of baby. But right away, his family notices there’s something different about this one. Instead of two feet, he has four hooves. Instead of drinking milk, he eats twigs and weeds. Instead of a tiny human, they bring home a moose baby! With his long legs, silky ears, and sturdy antlers, the moose baby is admired everywhere he goes. Everyone wishes they had a moose baby too. But what will happen when he starts to outgrow their little home? Here’s a delightfully quirky and completely irresistible new sibling picture book about the true meaning of family and the power of love to transcend any difference.

  • This Little Chick - Who says a little chick can’t make big, loud animal noises? Most little chicks barely make a peep, but not this little chick! While his brothers and sisters nestle close to their mother hen, this little chick struts off on his own to make some new friends in the farmyard. And he has a wonderful time of it - sliding off the back of a shiny pink pig, hopping along with frogs, skipping with a flock of frisky sheep, and imitating all the sounds these animals make. Full of playful detail, John Lawrence’s bold, energetic engravings will keep toddlers smiling, long after the oinking, mooing, baaing, and quacking are over.

  • Mara the Meerkat Fairy - Rachel and Kirsty to the rescue!The girls are spending a week of their summer vacation at the Wild Woods Nature Reserve. They’re going to volunteer as junior rangers– which means lots of quality time with all the animals who live there! But Jack Frost has taken the Baby Animal Rescue Fairies’ magic key chains. Even worse, he’s planning to use the fairies’ stolen magic to kidnap baby animals for his icy zoo. The goblins are out to snatch Missy the meerkat. Only Rachel and Kirsty can keep her safe!

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Kimberly the Koala Fairy
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Rachel and Kirsty to the rescue!The girls are spending a week of their summer vacation at the Wild Woods Nature Reserve. They’re going to volunteer as junior rangers– which means lots of quality time with all the animals who live there! But Jack Frost has taken the Baby Animal Rescue Fairies’ magic key chains. Even worse, he’s planning to use the fairies’ stolen magic to kidnap baby animals for his icy zoo. Rachel and Kirsty must save baby koala, Kiki, from Jack Frost’s zoo. Kiki doesn’t belong in the freezing Ice Castle!

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Quackenstein Hatches a Family
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A spooky and kooky tale about a lonely duck and his unexpected new friend–now in an 8 x 8 trim size and paperback Told in rollicking rhyme, this picture book introduces Quackenstein, a lonely duck in his “lair” at the zoo. One day, Quack is inspired to adopt an egg from the nursery and–much like his inspiration, Dr. Frankenstein–he’s shocked by what emerges from the egg. The “monster” chases him throughout the zoo in a fast-paced and funny parody of monster movies. In the twist ending, the monster (actually an adorable platypus) and Quack resolve their differences and settle down as a not-so-spooky family.

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A Very Fiona Christmas
Written by & illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join your favorite hippo, Fiona-the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens-and all her loveable animal friends for their first heartwarming Christmas adventure through the zoo to find the answer to the question, “What’s Christmas?” Amidst the snow, twinkling lights, mistletoe, and stockings, Fiona meets a new friend at the zoo–Chloe Koala–who helps her discover the true meaning of Christmas. Snuggle up with your little ones and join Fiona and her adorable animal friends for a romp through the zoo. A Very Fiona Christmas teaches children about: The true meaning of the holidays by sharing the wonder and excitement of the season Friendship and thoughtfulness The impact of generosity and giving over receiving This adorable picture book is great for readers ages 4-8, and includes: Art by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey (Fiona the Hippo; Bad Dog, Marley) A beautiful holiday-themed cover that shimmers and shines Check out other inspirational children’s picture books in the Fiona the Hippo series: Fiona Helps a Friend Fiona, It’s Bedtime Fiona the Hippo

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Savannah the Zebra Fairy
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Rachel and Kirsty to the rescue!The girls are spending a week of their summer vacation at the Wild Woods Nature Reserve. They’re going to volunteer as junior rangers– which means lots of quality time with all the animals who live there! But Jack Frost has taken the Baby Animal Rescue Fairies’ magic key chains. Even worse, he’s planning to use the fairies’ stolen magic to kidnap baby animals for his icy zoo. Jack Frost is after baby zebra, Ziggy. The girls have to help Savannah find him before Jack Frost can add the little zebra to his zoo!

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Fly!
Written & illustrated by Mark Teague
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

It’s a big day up in the tree that Mama bird shares with her baby. Mama bird thinks Baby bird is finally ready to leave the nest and learn to fly so he can migrate south with the rest of their flock. But Baby bird isn’t so sure. Can’t his mother keep bringing him worms in their nest? Can’t he migrate in a hot air balloon instead? Or perhaps a car? This silly wordless picture book will keep young readers giggling as Baby bird figures out that he must flap his wings and learn to fly—whether he likes it or not!

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