Autumn Babies (Babies in the Park)
Spirited, rhyming text and colorful, graphic art reveal an energetic cast of babies having an action-packed day of play in the park on a cheerful fall day.
Featuring diverse characters and highlighting early concepts like shapes and repetition, books in the Babies in the Park series encourage an appreciation of nature and outdoor imaginative play.
What I loved: The illustrations are lovely, and the colors are vivid and bright with a fall theme. Babies and toddlers will enjoy the images as well as the brief sentences which allow for quicker page-turning. There is a great diversity among the children pictured which is lovely. Adding to that, the animals (e.g. squirrel and puppy) shown are nice additions that toddlers will enjoy.
What left me wanting more: One of the pages reads “Babies toss.” This features a child throwing leaves in the face of another child. I would prefer that the leaves were being thrown into the air, even though both children are smiling. This is not a great thing to teach to young children. The “babies” in this book also look more like toddlers/children, which is a little bit of a disconnect, but still great images.
Final verdict: This book is a great choice for older infants/toddlers who like to turn pages quickly and enjoy vivid illustrations. Aside from the child throwing leaves at another child, the book features some fun phrases along with lovely images that are simple enough for the youngest readers to enjoy.