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P> By Helen Foster James, Ed.D., Kathleen Krull, and Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.
P>Good times lie ahead for family read-alouds or cozy-corner reading by oneself. This year's best bets round up irresistible "touch" or "listen" board books, silly rhymes and storylines, clever pop-ups that beckon exploration, and fact books that both satisfy and pique curiosity. Peruse your favorite bookstore for the following titles and read for yourself why each is a winner!
P>Note: For your convenience, when available, these award winning book may be purchased online at Amazon.com. Click on the title or image of a book to launch the appropriate Amazon link.
P>Infants & Toddlers Gold Award Winners
P>Baby Einstein: Baby da Vinci My Body, by Julie Aigner-Clark, illustrated by Nadeem Zaidi, Baby Einstein Co., 2005, $7.99. Toddlers can see themselves, their noses, their toes, their hair or someone they love in the mirrors on each page of this engaging board book.
Baby Einstein: Discover and Play, by Barbara Egel, illustrated by Nadeem Zaidi, Baby Einstein Co., 2004, $15.99. Enjoy 10 classical tunes, from Beethoven to Chopin, at the press of a button. Bound in a bright, attractive, generous-size book with intricate pop-ups! Won top marks with one judge's 18-month-old granddaughter.
Little Quack's Bedtime, by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Derek Anderson, Simon & Schuster, 2005, $14.95. Little Quack is back with his four sibling ducklings and Mama Duck. This time it's bedtime, but when will the ducklings ever be ready for sleep?
This is the Way the Baby Rides, by Susan Myers, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, Abrams, 2005, $15.95. Act out this book with your baby as you read it aloud; observe that the pictured animals are playing the same games you are.
Wiggle, by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Scott Menchin, Atheneum, 2005, $12.95. Rhythmic rhymes help energetic toddlers wiggle and rollick until they are finally ready for bed.
Infants & Toddlers Honors Award Winners
Baby Cat Nicky 1 2 3, by Carol Friedman; PowerHouse Kids/Dominick Media, 2005; $7.95. Black cats slink up, down and around each of the numbers in this high gloss, laminated book in which the unusual color juxtapositions are half the fun.
Baby Einstein: Stretch!, by Julie Aigner-Clark, illustrated by Nadeem Zaidi; The Baby Einstein Co., 2005; $9.99. It’s never too early to start stretching. This cloth book rewards exercise with a bright mirror to make it fun.
Baby Einstein Windows to Color, by Julie Aigner-Clark, illustrated by Nadeem Zaidi; The Baby Einstein
Bing! Yuk!, by Ted Dewan; David Fickling Books, 2005; $5.99. A bunny with food issues – hating tomatoes, for instance – is just too silly.
Daddy Hugs 1 2 3, by Karen Katz; McElderry Books, 2005; $12.95. In this book for all fathers, a dad charms his young baby, counting from 1 to 10, as he gets the baby ready for bed.
My Puppy Book, by Sandra Boynton; Simon & Schuster, 2005; $16.95. One feel of this extra-soft “touch-and-feel” book will make it your baby’s favorite!
Pooh Adore-Ables: Pooh Blocks, based on Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne; Random House Children’s Books, 2005; $8.99. Now that copyright has expired on Milne’s classic tale, transmogrifications of the original cast amuse themselves in this board book, with three illustrated and spinning wooden blocks built right into the book. Pooh Counts is an equally engaging book in the same series.
Ten Tiny Tickles, by Karen Katz; McElderry Books, 2005; $14.95. Ten tiny tickles do the trick, getting the baby up from bed in this bright first-counting book.