20 Worst Children’s Book Covers


A reader just sent this along to us, and it gave us a little giggle: Heavy.com’s 20 Worst Children’s Book Covers.

As much as I hate to admit it, I actually have a couple of these books on the kids’ shelves right now (though not the one about the monkey, shown above) and it never occurred to me that there was anything wrong with the cover art – or the titles – until I see it in this slideshow collection… Now I can’t imagine what the publishers were thinking.



Things we love – Books from pop-up artist Robert Sabuda

Things we love – Any book from Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda is the master pop-up book artist. His The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Commemorative Pop up Book is nothing short of amazing. We always gasp when the twister bursts forth from the page.You’ll find surprises on every page, including the glimmering Emerald City, shown above.

Sabuda has also unleashed his talents on Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast and quite a few more. Here’s Amazon’s Robert Sabuda page where you can read more about this artist and secure a title or two for your children’s book library. These make really nice, memorable gifts and they are surprisingly affordable, considering the intricacy of the designs on each popping-up page.

Speaking of interactive children’s books, we also like:

Online Storytime at the Barnes and Noble website

Hear celebrities and authors read famous children’s stories. This month, Eric Carle reads his famous The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The Three Little Pigs and the Secrets of a Pop Up book (iPad or iPhone app)
Ever wondered how the magic happens on the inside of one of these pop up books? The 3 Little Pigs iPad App allows you see the inner workings. Just click on an icon in the corner of the screen to see an inner view of the page, so you can see just how all those swinging parts come together. Cute, interactive fun.

Four Lovely New Books for Young Children


Here are four lovely new books for young children, with direct links to their descriptions at amazon.com.
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Pajama Mamas

Pajama Mamas
by Kate Spohn
With big flaps perfect for little fingers, this interactive board book portrays a series of sweet, hip mamas gently coaxing their children to bed. The art is lovely and the words are lyrical.

Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants

Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants

Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants
by J.D. Lester
Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
We are always coming up with new endearing nicknames for our kids. This board book celebrates the sweetness of different nicknames with fun, rhyming prose that couples perfectly with Hiroe Nakata’s colorful illustrations. A great read-aloud book for little ones.


Baby Nose to Baby Toes

Baby Nose to Baby Toes
by Vicky Ceelen
Babies and toddlers will be surprised and delighted with these side-by-side photographs of babies and animals, which highlight their similarities. Simple rhyming text with oversized pages, perfect for little hands.


My Dance Recital

My Dance Recital
by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
This is a perfect gift to commemorate a first dance recital. Pop-ups, pull-tabs, and lift-the-flaps make this interactive book a keeper. Kids will relive the fun and excitement of the special dance day again and again.