Leo Loves Baby Time

Overview

On Wednesdays, Leo and his mom go to Baby Time. There he plays peek-a-boo; sings the rolly song, the happy song, and the name song; plays with animals; and meets new friends.

The Baby Time activities featured in Leo Loves Baby Time will be familiar to children and parents and are presented in bright, vibrant colors that will draw the attention of the youngest readers.

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Overview

On Wednesdays, Leo and his mom go to Baby Time. There he plays peek-a-boo; sings the rolly song, the happy song, and the name song; plays with animals; and meets new friends.

The Baby Time activities featured in Leo Loves Baby Time will be familiar to children and parents and are presented in bright, vibrant colors that will draw the attention of the youngest readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
Leo, the younger brother of the bibliophilic star of McQuinn’s Lola Loves Stories and its sequels, steps out on his own—so to speak (he’s not exactly a walker yet). On Wednesdays, curly-haired Leo and his mother go to “Baby Time,” where parent-and-tot games await: “First they sing the happy song. Then they play peekaboo with scarves!” Hearson’s acrylics maintain the look and feel of Rosalind Beardshaw’s work in the Lola books, but the text’s somewhat vague allusions to certain activities (“They sing the stretchy song... and the rolly song”) might leave some families in the dark, if they aren’t already familiar with them. Up to age 3. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Alison Johansen
Babies love playtime. Babies also like to see colorful, fun, happy illustrations of big, happy babies and kids playing together. McQuinn offers our youngest readers a page-by-page story of the fun that happens when baby Leo meets up with his friends and their moms for play time on Wednesdays. It is helpful for children to be able to visualize what will happen during the day, especially if they are hesitant or timid to try new things. After doing their morning routine and taking a stroller ride, Leo and his mom arrive at their playgroup to say hello to their friends, play peek-a-boo with scarves, sing some of their favorite songs, wave their arms and zoom around. Oh, Leo loves baby time! Hearson’s illustrations are engaging, playful, and cute. The babies’ big, happy faces will keep children smiling and happy until the end! Great, easy-to-wipe pages also will provide entertainment. Socialization is so important for not only kids but also their parents. Quinn depicts what fun it can be for everyone to get together to play! Leo’s story is a continuation of his big sister Lola’s series: Lola Plants a Garden, Lola at the Library, Lola Loves Stories, Lola Reads to Leo, etc. (Also available in Spanish). Reviewer: Alison Johansen; Ages 2 up.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS—Fans of Lola at the Library (Charlesbridge, 2006) are reintroduced to her little brother, Leo, and his new library adventures. The author describes everything that happens in Baby Time each week. "First they sing the happy song. Then they play peekaboo with scarves!" The beautiful acrylic illustrations do a great job of showing the diverse participants and are a perfect match for the spare text. With only one sentence per page, this book is a good choice for young readers and listeners. It would be useful for introducing both new parents and children to storytimes, as it clearly shows how much Leo and his mother enjoy everything about the experience. While it breaks no new ground, it should be considered for most collections.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-18
Leo, who first appeared in Lola Reads to Leo (2012), attends a baby program with his mother. He and his fellow sitting-up babes enjoy singing and playing on their grown-ups' laps, as well as exploring books and toys. The single- and double-page spreads include one or two sentences describing the action written in a bold, black type: "First they sing the happy song. / Then they play peekaboo with scarves!" Hearson effectively channels the style of Rosalind Beardshaw, who illustrated the previous Lola titles, and creates cozy cartoon scenes in warm jewel tones. The setting of this program is left unclear, but it could easily be a public library or a community center in a very diverse neighborhood (the skin tones range from chocolate to peach). Organizations offering such events will want to stock up on this title, since it offers a perfect introduction for babies and their caregivers alike. While the ending feels a bit abrupt, little ones will find much to recognize here, and their grown-ups will appreciate the baby-friendly book design with its thicker-than-normal pages, jacketless cover and rounded corners. Like Leo and his friends, this book is a buoyant and bouncy delight. (Picture book. 6-18 mos.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580896658
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 693,960
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Lexile: 160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna McQuinn has worked in children’s books for more than twenty-five years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She is the author of more than twenty books for children, including The Sleep Sheep (Scholastic, 2010) and If You’re Happy and You Know It! (Barefoot, 2010). Anna leads groups like Leo’s at her local library. She lives in Slough, England.
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Leo loves Baby Time. He eats his breakfast. He puts on his jacket. He sits in the stroller. Then he goes off to Baby Time.
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