Itsy-Bitsy Babies


A highly acclaimed writer and illustrator team up to create the ideal adorable book for babies and toddlers
All the itsy bitsy babies are warm and snug.
All the itsy bitsy babies want to hug, hug, hug!
All the itsy bitsy babies are full of bliss.
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A highly acclaimed writer and illustrator team up to create the ideal adorable book for babies and toddlers
All the itsy bitsy babies are warm and snug.
All the itsy bitsy babies want to hug, hug, hug!
All the itsy bitsy babies are full of bliss.
All the itsy bitsy babies want to kiss, kiss, kiss!


With charming illustrations and rhythmic text that is perfect for reading aloud, this wonderful story about the things babies love to do will inspire endless fun, as babies always love to read about babies. Descriptions of such familiar activities as playing peek-a-boo, clapping, and banging a drum are accompanied by lively illustrations, and will inspire many imitations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Babies looking at books, eating and making a mess, clapping, bathing, drumming, hugging, snuggling, kissing, playing games, playing dress-up and riding in a stroller are just a few of the everyday baby activities in this book. Babies and toddlers will recognize some of the things that babies are doing in this text. The rhyming text makes it predictable and rhythmic to read aloud and for babies to listen to. Repetitive sentence beginnings also make it easy to have a sing-song quality during the read aloud. Ormerod's babies are happy playing peek-a-boo, putting their toes in their mouths, and discovering their worlds. Patterned backgrounds resembling wallpaper and crayon outlined babies give it child appeal. It also celebrates the universal highlights of babyhood and toddlerhood. This would make a good gift book for expectant parents or a new baby or toddler. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
PreS—This sweet book is worthy of its well-loved creators. The rhyming, rhythmic verses are clear and playful, and the familiar goings-on will inspire youngsters to mimic the children they see on the pages. "These itsy-bitsy babies play peek-a-boo./Those itsy-bitsy babies like to shampoo..../These itsy-bitsy babies eat toast and eggs./Those itsy-bitsy babies look through their legs." Colorful backdrops fade under the text, making the words easy to read. Pastel illustrations show cheerful babies—and a few toddlers—from a variety of backgrounds. This title will work well as a read-aloud one-on-one and in groups.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Babies can do lots of things, as these winsome tots demonstrate in a catchy, rhythmic ode to the activities—and charm—of the very young. Ormerod's round-faced youngsters vary in age from infants to toddlers and are thoroughly irresistible. Simply portrayed in soft pastel hues with just enough detail, these boys and girls frolic and wiggle, play and observe, stretch and cuddle throughout the pages. There are only children, brothers and sisters and even a set of twins, all from a variety of racial backgrounds. The rhyming couplets are just right for encouraging even very young children to listen for variations in the sounds of words: "This itsy-bitsy baby twiddles her toes. / That itsy-bitsy baby wrinkles up his nose." As the energetic text bounces along, the youngest listeners will delight in recognizing their own behaviors, while slightly older siblings-to-be will be encouraged by what they can anticipate as baby grows. Full of warmth and fun, appealing visuals and gentle humor, this is a marvelous book to read while gently bouncing a baby or young child on your knee. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921541896
  • Publisher: Little Hare Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Wild is an award-winning author who has written more than 40 novels and picture books for children, including Fox, Little Humpty, and Woolvs in the Sitee. Ann James is an award-winning illustrator whose other titles include Ready, Set, Skip! and The Way I Love You. Jan Ormerod is an acclaimed illustrator of more than 50 books for children. Her first book, Sunshine, won the Mother Goose Award and was listed as an ALA Notable Book. Her other books include the Ballet Sisters series, I Am Not Going to School Today, Moonlight, The Newest Dancer, and Water Witcher.

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