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Looking for a gift for a newborn baby? The gift of reading lasts far longer than clothing or toys. A meaningful book often stays with a child for a lifetime. When choosing a picture book, consider the story as well as the illustrations.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

A delightful, sweet counting book offers perfect rhyme as a child's little toes are counted. This is a book that can be read over and over. It is charming with delightful illustrations featuring babies of different backgrounds. A perfect book selection for naptime or bedtime reading with the very young.

All the World by Liz Garton and Marla Frazee

Scanlon, Liz Garton. Frazee, Marla, illus.Even the youngest children will delight in this lovely rhyming book about the beautiful simplicity of the world around us, with text that rolls off the tongue, such as "Slip, trip, stumble, fall. Tip the bucket, spill it all." The rhythm is perfect for a read aloud. The book is large in size and the illustration bold enough for every child in the circle to engage with the story. The sublime illustrations by award-winning Marla Frazee are the perfect accompaniment to the gentle text. The final sentence is a perfect summation of this sense of wonder, "Hope and peace and love and trust. All the world is all of us."

Fox Walked Alone by Barbara Reid

A visually stunning story of Noah's ark is told from the perspective of a fox. The rhyming text is clever and catchy, but the shaped and pressed Plasticine sculpture illustrations are breathtaking. The details, from facial expressions to fur, fauna , and flora make this picture book a colorful feast for children. A particularly charming passage occurs when the animals have been walking for a while and have a rest together. The image of the different species all cuddle up together is precious. A young reader could get lost in the carefully created details, such as a lamb and wolf nose-to-nose, or two little mice curled up with a snake

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Like A Maccabee - This middle-grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.

About Barbara Bietz

Barbara is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children's books. She enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Visit Barbara's website at www.BarbaraBietz.com and blog - Talking about great kid's books and sharing ideas about writing for kids. http://barbarabbookblog.blogspot.com/
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