B is for Buy: Uncommon Additions for Baby’s Bookcase

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Foodies, art critics, and fellow musicheads: You don’t have to be bored while you read to your baby. Share your passion with your progeny!

Skip the standard stories about bunnies and baby bears and add these unconventional books to Little One’s library.


Hola! Jalapeno

by Amy Wilson Sanger

This book’s mixed-media collage style will keep things interesting for you and your budding gastronome. Baby’s mouth might water over the burrito and tacos … more than it already does from teething.

My Foodie ABC: A Little Gourmet’s Guide

by Puck

There’s nothing bland about this book.

“My Foodie ABC” makes the alphabet fun for you and Little One by pairing the letters with fascinating food facts. The brightly colored pictures are a feast for the eyes, and the book’s sturdiness makes it suitable for babies (like mine) who want something to chew on.

Foodie Babies Wear Bibs

by Michelle Sinclair Colman

This book — which is part of the “Urban Baby Wear Black” series — is sweet enough to eat. The illustrations are whimsical and engaging, and the text is simple and clean.

To be fair, it’s probably more for you than Little One, because she probably won’t get the humor. But that’s no reason to pass the book by, right?


Andy Warhol So Many Stars

by Mudpuppy

I’m a Pittsburgh native, so I had to put this on my list (Warhol was born and raised here, in case you didn’t know).

It’s more sophisticated than other board books (the illustrations are from Warhol’s “So” project), but its whimsy and color will still please Little Ones.

Mini Masters (boxed set)

by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober

Kids will love the sing-song text, and parents will appreciate how peaceful it is (it’s wonderful to read at bedtime). The set features the works of Degas, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Monet, so there’s really no need to tell you how beautiful the art is.


Rocker Babies Wear Jeans

by Michelle Sinclair Colman

Rock out with your diaper out!

Parents and future frontmen (and -women) will enjoy this book, which belongs to the “Urban Baby” series. Babes will be drawn to the graphics; parents will giggle over the puns.

Think of it as a how-to guide for your little Springsteen. 

Music Is …

by Brandon Stosuy

This book is lyrical and the illustrations are lovely — the colors are bold but not too loud.  It’s a story of opposites that acknowledges various musical concepts and the people who enjoy them.

What really excites me is that “Music Is” features a cast of ethnically diverse characters, which can’t necessarily be said about a lot of children’s books.  

Every Little Thing

by Bob Marley and Cedella Marley

Peace, love, and harmony — they’re what this book is all about.

The story follows a cheerful boy through his day and — using lyrics inspired by Bob Marley’s iconic “Three Little Birds” — it teaches lessons about inclusion, friendship, and forgiveness.

It’s guaranteed to strike a chord with parents and wee ones.

FYI: Amazon offers free shipping on $25 purchases of eligible books. It’s a pretty easy mark to reach when you’re filling a bookcase. 

Uncommon Additions for Baby's Bookcase

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