Babies, Babies, Babies by Catherine and Laurence Anholt (Orchard Books, 2012)
If you have a baby or toddler and don’t have one of the Anholts’ books on your shelves, I recommend you add one forthwith! If you’re in England, you probably already have their leaflet “Babies Love Books” from the Bookstart baby pack.
Babies, Babies, Babies is a catalogue-style book with each double spread covering familiar things: food, colours, animals, clothes… but with the added fun of rhyming words.
Beans, bread, bananas,
salad, spaghetti, sultanas,
cherries, chocolate, cheese,
pasta, pancakes, peas, […]
This is a very cleverly written book, as well as being visually appealing. There’s a bunny to search for on each double spread, and so many things to look out for. Not to mention animal sounds and lots of pro-book wording 🙂
Babies love pictures of other babies, and this book doesn’t disappoint, being filled with boys and girls of various ages and ethnicities so there’s probably at least one that your child can relate to.
MG (six) and DG (four) are probably a little too old for this book. DG enjoys it, and I think if we’d had it from younger it would be read for a long time, but I think it’s a book that is better introduced earlier than four to get the most from it. Having said that, I love it and am very much out of the age range!
Sensible, silly and sublime, this is a perfect book to share with babies and toddlers.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Babies, Babies, Babies by Hachette Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.