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If there's one thing that could make you smile, even on a bad day, it's a baby animal. Young humans may recognize themselves as they read about the habits, lives, and emotions of these lovable critters.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Animal Babies in Rain Forests

By: Kingfisher
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Close-up photographs introduce animal babies who live in rain forests, from a jaguar cub to a young sloth, with lots in between. With a turn of the sturdy page, baby and mama appear together.

Babies on the Go

By: Linda Ashman
Illustrated by: Jane Dyer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Baby animals are shown here in transport! Rich language and expressive illustrations give an engaging and informative look at how animals move. Some animals stand up right away while others need time to grow — just like young humans.

Fox

By: Kate Banks
Illustrated by: Georg Hallensleben
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A fox is born on a spring day, and the passing days turn to passive seasons until the young fox becomes confident and independent. Evocative language and textured, richly colored illustrations are used in this triumphant story.

Hush Little Puppy

By: April Sayre
Illustrated by: Susan Winter
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A little boy prepares his puppy for bed in his basket, recalling the everyday adventures they shared. Of course, the sleepy puppy winds up cuddled in bed with the boy. Rhyming text follow the familiar lullaby, "Hush Little Baby."

Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!

By: Susan Meyers
Illustrated by: David Walker
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Kittens prance, leap, and spill over and through the pages of this rhyming celebration of baby cats: "Here and there and everywhere, Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!" The lively rhyming look at feline activity makes a fine companion to Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!

Leaving the Nest

By: Mordicai Gerstein
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A baby jay, a small stripped kitten and a little girl with a bike come together in an unexpected way with wonderful results, as each grows and gains confidence. Dialogue in conversation balloons creates a comically paced series of events that reach a satisfying conclusion.

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

By: Denise Fleming
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Mama has three kittens. Fluffy and Skinny do things when their mama does, but not Boris who marches to his beat. Readers will recognize themselves in this satisfying and brilliantly colored picture book.

Not My Dog

By: Colby Rodowsky
Illustrated by: Thomas Yezerski
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ellie was promised a puppy of her own before she turned 9 years old. But that was before her great aunt had to give up her dog, who Ellie’s parents take in. Though Ellie is reluctant to accept Preston as her dog — he’s not the puppy she’d wanted — he turns out to be a good friend and her dog after all in this warm novel about friendship and acceptance.

Out of the Egg

By: Tina Matthews
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This reworked version of the traditional tale of the hardworking, unaided Little Red Hen continues until her own baby chick befriends the offspring of the lazy cat, rat and pig and together they play. By the end of the day each baby learns a new lesson in forgiveness and sharing. Dramatic black/white woodcuts with splashes of red and green enhance this meaningful saga, giving it a contemporary feel.

This Is the Way a Baby Rides

By: Susan Meyers
Illustrated by: Hiroe Nakata
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

While a family with a baby enjoys a picnic, forest animal babies and their families engage in comparable activities. Lighthearted illustrations show parallel human and animal family scenes with a rhythmic text for added fun.

Whose Chick Are You?

By: Nancy Tafuri
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As the sun rose, an egg was ready to hatch but whose chick was it? "Whose egg is this?" quacks, chirps and honks each different bird. But the swan knows who the little gray cygnet belongs to; it’s her much loved hatchling! Children will empathize with the simply told, realistically illustrated tale.

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