By Melissa Carter and Natalie Locke Milne
Big Little by Sami
(Blue Apple, $12)
Twelve cleverly die-cut pages show how both babies’ and critters’ faces come in all shapes, sizes and colours. MC — Ages 6 months to 3
Tip Lift-the-flap and die-cut books have two important elements that’ll keep baby coming back to them: surprise and discovery.
Bye-Bye Binky by Brigitte Weninger and Yonezu Yusuke
Nori is big, too big for a binky. “But when Nori is tired or sad, he still puts it in his mouth.” One morning it’s lost, and each of his friends finds a new use for it. When it does make it back to the red bow-tied cat, he finds he needs it no more. — Ages 3 to 4
Like this? Try Pirates Don’t Change Diapers (Harcourt), a snaggle-toothed intro to baby number two.
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
(Houghton Mifflin, $9)
This gosling loves her bright red boots: “She wears them when she rides. She wears them when she hides.” One day she spies her wellies walking on soon-to-be best friend Gertie’s feet and learns that she can share. Spot the wee things illustrated in the grass, and use it to encourage your little one to walk on your next excursion. MC — Ages 6 months to 3
Music Makes Me Happy by Robbi K
(Balidali Productions, $18)
Let the sweet sounds of jazz reign. This calypso-, Cajun- and island-inspired album will calm the unhappiest refrain. On her third children’s album, Robbi K collaborates with blues great Guy Davis, family-favourite Brady Rymer and a troupe of junior performers that includes her own aspiring musician daughter. NLM — Ages 3 and up