Books for children - Feb. 3


"Bunny Cakes" written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells, Dial, 24 pages

Read aloud: age 2 and 3

Read yourself: age 6 and 7

Those famous and well-loved picture book bunnies, Max and Ruby, are up to their light-hearted funny business again, and this time it revolves around Grandma's birthday.

Max wants to bake Grandma an earthworm birthday cake. Ruby says, "No, Max," and sends him off to the store with her neatly written list of ingredients for the cake she wants to bake-an angel surprise cake with raspberry-fluff icing. But Max decides he will bake Grandma that earthworm cake anyway. What he needs from the store, however, are Red-Hot Marshmallow Squirters to put on the top of his cake. Max can't write as well as Ruby. How can he make the grocer understand what he has "written" on Ruby's neat list?


Library: The Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington

Library Director: Margaret Victoria

Children's/Teen Librarian: Maris Frey

Choices this week: "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes" by Mem Fox; "Too Many Toys" by David Shannon; "Toys Go Out" by Emily Jenkins


"Baby Be Kind" written and illustrated by Jane Cowen-Fletcher, Candlewick, 2012, 18 pages, $5.99 board book

Read aloud: age 1 to 3

Read yourself: age 6

This charming little book is brimming with small acts of kindness from one child to another. Whether it is saying hi to your friend, sharing, saying thanks, or giving a hug, these and many other important gestures make Baby Be Kind a warm, important book for all young children.

"Let's Get Dressed!" by Caroline Jayne Church, Scholastic, 2012, 20 pages, $7.99 board book

Read aloud: birth to age 2

Read yourself: age 6

This adorable book walks tiny children through the steps of getting dressed, beginning with "a brand-new pair of super-duper underwear," all the way to socks and shoes before going outside to play.

Written in rhyme, fun, sturdy flaps reveal each successive article of clothing baby puts on. Getting dressed and learning through the process has never been more fun.


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