The Love You Books
Emma Dodd excels at sweet, simple books for babies and toddlers. Her ‘Love You’ series focuses on the relationship between parents and children. The gentle, rhyming text is great for bedtime and the smaller size of these books makes them a good choice for little hands. You’ll find reflective foil on the pages, making snow look like glitter and water shine. While I refer to the animals in this book as ‘mothers’, they are not identified as so. They can be a mother or father, making these adorable stories even more loving and flexible to suit the reader.
A mother polar bear assures her baby that she will always be there, through playtime and scary times. Even when baby polar bear feels lost or alone, mama will always be there.
More and More
A young monkey learns that his parents love him more and more each day. Whether he’s messy or sweet, cranky or kind, his parents will always love him.
Mother owl observes her child’s happiness in this nighttime story. She promises to safeguard his contentment when she can, because she is happiest when she can share that joy with her baby.
A koala mom is struggling to find what she loves best about her baby, but there are so many things to love! She decides that there’s no need to pick one thing, because she loves everything about her.
When I Grow Up
Baby bear shares all his hopes about what he will be like when he grows up. He wants to be big and strong, clever and funny, kind and loving, just like his parents.
Little elephant explores a world of opposites, learning that no matter whether he’s dirty or clean, happy or sad, that his family will always love him as he is.
When You Were Born
Many different animal parents express how their world’s changed the day their babies were born.
A mother wolf shares with her baby how he fulfilled a wish for her. In turn, she wishes to teach him everything she knows and see him learn how incredible the world can be.
All of these books are recommended for ages 2-5.