Books are brain food for ripening minds. Tell your kiddo to save room for these new releases; he’ll be as sated as Aunt Fran after her birthday at Old Country Buffet.
Dessert first: Charise Mericle Harper’s Cupcake (out January 18) proves that being vanilla isn’t all bad — especially when a colorful birthday candle enters the picture. Your second course: tons of smooches delivered via Barney Saltzberg’s latest picture book, Kisses. Packed with stimulating textures and pull tabs, it introduces letters, body parts, and more.
Bust a gut as yard ornaments come alive and chase after the family that left them behind in Dan Yaccarino’s Lawn to Lawn (bonus points for introducing your tot to the concept of garden gnomes). Silliness continues with escapades of a banana-juggling, Hula-hooping marsupial in The Purple Kangaroo, written by comic Michael Ian Black with illustrations by Peter Brown.
Sunday in Kyoto, by Canadian musician Gilles Vigneault, comes with a CD (consider it added nutrients) of songs that play off the story’s Far East adventures. Finally, supersize fun with Samantha Berger and Amy Cartwright’s Pirate Potty and Princess Potty, which encourage potty training through reward stickers and punch-out pirate hats and tiaras.
Now let the reader digest.
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