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Winter and baby books

January 14, 2016
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

=Now is a great time to get your baby's book collection started or to find some fun new winter titles for your young readers!

There's several new board books for your baby to enjoy. First are two "My First Comics" stories, "I'm Grumpy" and "I'm Sunny" (Random House, $7.99, available Jan. 26) by Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, creators of "Babymouse."

Follow a storm cloud and a sun as they express their feelings in relatable ways to young toddlers. The cloud is grumpy because things just aren't going his way. How can he change his mood? The sun is happy but doesn't like to share. Will that change its mood? These are brightly colored board books with a simple, easy-to-follow story for the very young.

Popular characters Duck & Goose are celebrating their 10th anniversary, and now you can get a new book to celebrate with "Duck & Goose Let's Dance" by Tad Hills (Schwartz & Wade, $8.99.) The two host a fun dance party and everyone is invited, including you, as duck and goose demonstrate the dance moves. This is a funny book that will get you up and moving and there is even a free song you can download.

A sweet story about the changes a child can make is "Silly Wonderful You" by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell (HarperCollins, $17.99.)

A mom reflects on how she never imagined how life could be with her daughter. She didn't expect the house could be this loud and messy, or that the little girl could be so silly and splashy in the bathtub. Or so grumpy and whiny. Or so stinky and grimy after playing outside. Or how early days would start now with a small bright-eyed alarm clock. The little girl makes amazing art creations and the mom is always surprised by how much fun they have and how much she loves her.

This is a wonderful, loving story that just may bring a tear to your eye!

A little toddler is always ready for action in "Henry Wants More!" by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes (Random House, $17.99, available Jan. 26.) Papa lifts Henry until his arms get sore, but Henry wants to go up more. Grandma plays Henry's favorite song on the piano 10 times, but Henry wants to hear it more. His sister, Lucy, plays funny games with him until she gets bored, but not Henry! His brother, Charlie, pulls him back and forth in his wagon until he's exhausted, but Henry could ride again. At the end of the day, Mama reads him several stories, will Henry finally fall asleep and not want more?

This is a funny and relatable story to parents whose toddlers always seem to want more!

There are also several cool weather and snow activity books available now.

First is "Pinkalicious and the Snow Globe" by Victoria Kann (HarperFestival, $4.99.) It's winter vacation and there is no snow. Pinkalicious wants it to snow now, but making snow out of newspaper only results in a mess. That's when her mom takes her out for hot chocolate and they meet a shopkeeper who makes snowglobes. She offers to let her stop by next week and see the new snowglobe she is making. Meanwhile, Pinkalicious makes snowflake cookies and snowflakes out of coffee filters. Will it finally snow? This is a cute story that also includes stickers, always a treat.

In the "I Can Read" series is "Flat Stanley On Ice" by Lori Haskins Houran with pictures by Macky Pamintuan (HarperCollins, $16.99.) Flat Stanley and Arthur are ready to enjoy ice skating. But as the day gets warmer, so does the ice! How will they rescue Stanley? Fans of the "Flat Stanley" series will enjoy this new adventure!

Kids who enjoy stories about vehicles can follow the fun of an ice fixer in "I'm Cool" by Kate and Jim McMullan (HarperCollins, $17.99.) It's intermission at the hockey game and someone has to fix the ice - the zamboni machine! It might be slow and steady like a turtle, but it knows how to get the job done. And just in time for the team to score the big goal! For those who want fun and want to learn how machines work, this is a great choice.



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