“Littles are loved from the moment they’re born. / They’re swaddled, / and coddled, / and kissed every morn.”
Celebrating “littles” of various ethnicities, this book shows a diverse array of infants and toddlers, with skin of many colors and hair of different hues, enjoying sweet everyday moments with their families. Large, expressive illustrations set against white backgrounds and a simple rhyming text with a bouncy beat come together for enjoying one-on-one or with many at storytime. “Littles are cherished by kindhearted kin, / who sway and who play and make peekaboo grins.” Affection abounds as a mother nurses, a father bathes the baby, grandparents play peekaboo, and siblings kiss a sleeping baby. Families include two light-skinned mamas, one dark-haired and the other blonde, with their dark-skinned little, as well as a mama and papa of different skin colors with their biracial twin littles. But beware—for “littles grow BIG in the blink of an eye.” And before you know it, they are off to school, waving with delight. Though it begs comparison to beloved titles Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (2008), and Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee (2001), it has a joyous vivacity that’s all its own.
There’s plenty of room on the shelf for this celebration of the similarities and connections among all our adorable littles. (Picture book. 2-4)