A handy resource for hearing and Deaf families alike.



From the Little Hands Signing series

A toddler signs in American Sign Language throughout the day.

Nita, who has beige skin and a blue bun on either side of their head, wakes up, receives a diaper change, dresses, and more, with two loving caregivers, also beige-skinned. Related signs for each of these activities (wake-up, change, and clothes, respectively) are demonstrated by Nita on panels revealed when the page is expanded by tugging on a tab. One or two images of Nita appear making the sign with directional arrows and short descriptions as needed. While these panels may be an engaging gimmick for active toddler readers, they make the book inordinately heavy and may not stand up to robust play. Tabbed pages make flipping to the correct sign easy for sleep-deprived parents using the book as a reference. Short, simple, descriptive sentences put the signs in context. Brezzi’s stylized cartoons are clear and accessible, employing a wide range of patterns and unusual colors. On the back page, a note for grown-ups encourages using sign language throughout the day to help children manage transitions and make sense of their world. The author’s webpage provides a video of the author sharing all the signs. Deaf culture, ASL, and early-childhood content were vetted by experts, making it suitable for Deaf children or families who want to incorporate sign into their daily routine.

A handy resource for hearing and Deaf families alike. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: May 12, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-64170-148-8

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Familius

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020

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Attractive, interactive, and informative. A winner all around.


From the Animal Families series

Little ones learn about some forest-animal families in this lift-the-flap board book.

Introducing four animals that can be found in a North American forest, the book teaches young readers that there’s more to identifying them than just naming the animal species. For example: “A mommy fox is called a vixen. A daddy fox is called a dog. Baby foxes are called… / kits!” Double-page spreads introduce each one of the four animals: foxes, deer, rabbits, and bears. The “mommy” is on one side, the “daddy” on the other; lift the shaped right-hand flap, and the baby information is revealed. A striking gatefold ending reveals there is even more to learn: “There are also names for animal families. Groups of these animals are called… / a skulk of foxes.” The screen-printed illustrations use plenty of eye-catching neon pink for a very attractive effect. Companion book Safari introduces four African animals: leopards, zebras, lions, and rhinos. The format and sentence structure is the same as in Forest, though here the color playing the lead role is a warm and glowing yellow with an equally attractive effect. Limiting the books to just four animals each makes them very accessible to the youngest readers; the more verbal preschoolers might take a step further and find themselves asking if the same also applies to other species.

Attractive, interactive, and informative. A winner all around. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: June 9, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5362-1198-6

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: April 8, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2020

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Sure to inspire care for babies and books alike.


A board book with movable parts especially for little ones moving into big-siblinghood.

The book’s sturdy pages open top to bottom to display a vertically oriented baby with peachy skin that early text invites readers to massage. On the bottom of the first spread, readers are invited to “Put the diaper on Baby and fasten it,” and the illustration is equipped with flaps that lift up and tuck into slots in the diaper’s waistband. Movable nail scissors glide back and forth to trim the baby’s nails, and an ear thermometer with a slider to reveal the digital measurement of the baby’s temperature offers another chance to manipulate and interact with the book. Ensuing pages with similar movable parts invite readers to dress, wash, and feed the baby, while the final spread tells them to “Tuck Baby into the sleep sack.” While most parts of the book are impressively durable, a few fragile elements (small buttons on the bodysuit and the aforementioned diaper fasteners) will likely provoke warnings to be careful and are unlikely to stand up to enthusiastic little hands. Nevertheless, the book’s bold illustrations and inviting interactivity will surely make it a hit with many new and soon-to-be big brothers and sisters, not to mention any baby-fascinated toddlers.

Sure to inspire care for babies and books alike. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 979-1-02-760302-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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