Littles And How They Grow – Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by A.G. Ford

   Littles And How They Grow – Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by A.G. Ford, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, (9780399555268), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Rhyming text recounts the daily life of a baby. “Littles are loved from the moment they’re born.  They’re swaddled, and coddled, and kissed every  morn.”  The illustrations depict babies of many ethnicities and families of all sizes and varieties. There is a biracial family with twins, and two moms with their darker skinned baby, as well as siblings and grandparents.  This would be a good way to introduce the idea of a new sibling to younger children.  In the end it is an ode to enjoying every minute as “Littles are busy! Days will fly by…an littles grow BIG in the blink of an eye.”  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Hand this to children who have or are expecting a new sibling.  A nice addition to books celebrating babies including Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?    No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/30/17             

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