Avocado Mustache (Kira Barrett)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Avocado Mustache by Kira Barrett, an adorable ode to messy eaters.

When babies are eating, things are bound to get messy! And in the pursuit of nomming on various mushy foods, very little ones will often find themselves sporting some new facial adornments. Be it an avocado mustache, a kale handlebar, or some mac n’ cheese muttonchops, happy babies are experts at turning their meals into statement styles all their own.

Delightful. This colorful board book takes the oh-so-familiar face of a messy eater and makes it into something fun and silly that readers of any age can giggle at. A diverse cast of babies – both boys and girls in a rainbow of skintones – sport the ridiculous and often gravity-defying baby-food facial hairstyles, ranging from Dalis to beardstaches to an impressive carrot-fig freestyle. The text is simple: a short intro and outro, then two to three words describing the puréed food in cutesy terms and the type of hairstyle it’s emulating within the main body. It’s a short, sweet, and easy read that will entertain the smallest bookworms, but will also likely get some laughs out of older siblings as well, making this a great read for multiple ages. JJ loved the joyful baby faces, and simply got a kick out of the catchy title. This one’s a winner, and we definitely recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

Littles, And How They Grow (Kelly DiPucchio)

Hello, friends! Today’s review is the sentimental and sweet Littles, And How They Grow, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by AG Ford, a lovely book of about growing babies.

There are so many special things about Littles (little babies, that is): their little toys, their little smiles, their little clothes that show off their adorable dimpled knees. There are Little books, Little games, and wonderfully messy Little meals. Most of all, there are lots of friends and family who love their Little so very much. And all too quickly, all those Littles, with their giggles and tantrums and naps and cuddles, are not-so-little anymore.

There’s a grand tradition of books about babies becoming big kids, and this is a welcome addition to it. Sweet, simple rhymes and universal reflections on all the magical things about babies create a warm and gentle story that’s fun to read. And the illustrations, in addition to being appropriately adorable, are fantastically inclusive. LGBTQ, multicultural, mixed-race, and non-traditional families are shown raising babies of many ethnicities, and there was a wonderfully welcome illustration of a baby nursing that can help teach children about breastfeeding. The length was great, and JJ adored all the little babies and their antics. A sweet celebration of the joy of watching babies grow, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide For New Arrivals (Mo Willems)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide For New Arrivals by Mo Willems, a hilarious and heartwarming book for brand new baby bookworms and the ones that love them.

Welcome! You have officially been born, and are now experiencing life. It’s a big, complicated thing to do, so we hope that this introductory guide will help you navigate some of the major points, such as what you can expect (friends, music, cats, etc) and what is expected of you (sleeping, eating, pooping, more pooping, etc). Occasionally, there may be disappointments, like injustice or spilled ice cream. But there are people working to make this world better for you all the time, and we can share our ice cream. Overall, there will be much to experience; the good, the bad, and the very silly. So, welcome! We’re so glad that you are you, and that you are here, and that we are reading this book together.

This one was adorable and sweet! Using a instruction manual-style layout and his signature tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, Willems has created a story that captures both the lightness and gravity of welcoming an infant into the family and the world. Sections of silly comedy combine moments of earnest honesty and hope to give the book a weight beyond its whimsy, and simple yet bold block illustrations are perfect for the tiniest bookworm’s developing eyesight. The length is perfect, and JJ enjoyed this one a lot. A wonderful book for those welcoming a new addition to the world, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

King Baby (Kate Beaton)

Hello, everyone! Our book today is the hilarious King Baby by Kate Beaton, a story of a little baby with a rather regal bearing.

When King Baby is born, it is clear that he is the ruler of all he surveys. People crowd around to greet and fawn over him. He is given mountains of gifts as tribute. His loyal servants (otherwise known as Mommy and Daddy) fulfill his every need and whim, even if they are occasionally simple fools who do not understand his instructions. Truly, he is a great and mighty king. But soon, he may become even greater, and transcend to an even higher level: the “Big Boy”!

This book was so much fun to read, and I was laughing all the way through. While King Baby and his imperious dialogue were entertaining for JJ, the text and concept of the book are filled with tongue-in-cheek humor for parents. Beaton’s signature comic style makes it feel like this is as much a book for grown-ups as it is for baby bookworms and, as someone who reads a LOT of children’s books, that’s something I appreciate. Add to that the charming and colorful illustrations and a perfect length for little ones, and you’ve got a book that is sure to please readers of all ages. We can’t recommend this one enough, it was fantastic! Baby Bookworm approved!

Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes (Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury)


Summer Reading Day 52: Today’s pick was Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury. This is an adorable book, perfect for baby bookworms in length, subject and artwork. It compares babies born in different places, of different skin colors, to different families and different cultures, noting that no matter how different they might seem, all these babies ten little fingers and toes.

It’s a simple concept told with adorable illustrations of chubby little fingers, toes, cheeks and knees, which a nice underlying message that people from all walks of life all started as babies. Thumbs up.