A Brave Bear
by Sean Taylor (Candlewick Press)
It takes a brave bear to try something new, and this book illustrates that beautifully, as father bear and his cub head to the river to cool off. When the cub slips and falls, it’s time to try again. – Amanda Allen

At Night
by Helga Bansch (Eerdmands Books for Young Readers)
At night, all creatures have a place to sleep. But when you turn the book upside down, you’ll find them in silly abodes – a dog sleeping in a tree, a polar bear in a dog house, a rabbit dangling from a cave roof. It’s fun, and beautifully illustrated. – AA

Growing Together: A Collection of 4 Stories
by Taro Gomi (Phaidon)
Sharing, Growing, Imagining and Exploring make up the four books in this set, each with sweet illustrations and stories that help preschoolers understand concepts such as sharing (two sisters share everything) or how babies have a bit of growing up to do. – AA

Miles of Smiles
by Karen Kaufman Orloff (Sterling Children’s Books)
This sweet book illustrates the adage, “a smile can go a long way.” When a baby gives a smile to her mother, it travels through the whole community spreading reassurance and positive vibes throughout. – AA

My First Baseball Book
by Sterling Children’s Books (Sterling Children’s Books)
Twenty simple words or phrases, such as bat and home run, are illustrated with color photos to teach the basics of baseball to the youngest fans. Tennis fans can try My First Tennis Book, also by Sterling Children’s books.  – AA

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Children
by Kelly DiPucchio (Balzer+Bray)
The children’s rhyme is reinvented with this charming read aloud book about children and families all around the world. – AA

Say Hello!
by Linda Davick (Beach Lane Books)
Say Hello! to rhyming with this picture book that begins “Say Hello! It’s lots of fun. And here are ways it can be done. With a hug. With a shake. With a curtsey. With a cake.” The illustrations also will make kids smile. – AA

Sophie the Giraffe: Hide and Seek
by DK Publishing (DK Publishing)
Sophie the giraffe is playing hide and seek and kids get to open a flap to find her hiding spot. Is it behind a basket? No, that’s a toy elephant. Where could she be? – AA

Undercover: One of These Things is Almost Like the Others
by Bastien Contraire (Phaidon)
Why, those pictures are all buildings…no, wait!…that one is a CUPCAKE! This delightful book has simple graphics of objects like hats, homes, fish and footwear, all in saturated shades of pink, green and brown. Young children will giggle when they spot the item that does not belong in these fun and funny pages!  – Sherry Crawley

Where Did All the Dinos Go?
by Jim Benton (Scholastic Books)
Some say dinosaurs vanished long ago, but they might be hiding in plain sight – maybe blending in with the cowboys out West or driving down a street! – AA

Our reviewers: Amanda Allen, Felicia Barman and Sherry Crawley


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