Dear Baby, A Love Letter to Little Ones

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Cute, reassuring letter to baby gives tips for life.

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Educational Value

Has life lessons on ever spread, and offers a chance to explain expressions like "make your mark." Shows how to say thank you in six languages. 

Positive Messages

Every spread has a positive, often reassuring message, including: "Be curious," "It's okay to make mistakes," "Remember your roots," and "I will always, always, always be here for you."

Positive Role Models

Diverse parents, grandparents and caregivers are shown being loving, caring, encouraging. Babies and little kids of different skin colors and hair types appear curious and happy, except for one relatable scene showing two toddlers fighting over a toy, and a parent telling them to listen to each other and to share. On a spread with the text "You are ready for this big beautiful world. And I can't wait to see all that you do," kids are positioned on the globe with one kid in a graduation robe and mortarboard with diploma in hand, one as a kayaker in the ocean, one with binoculars, one watering plants, and one carrying a bag of fruit and vegetables.







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What parents need to know

Parents need to to know that Dear Baby is the third picture book in a series by Paris Rosenthal, illustrated by Holly Hatam, framed as a love letter from parent to child. It follows Dear Girl, and Dear Boy, and like them is filled with inspirational messages and hopes for the future. Kids will enjoy the cute, cartoon-like digital illustrations of diverse kids playing and having fun, and parents will key into the affirmations of love and advice and metaphors that will go over kids' heads and need to be explained. 


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What's the story?

DEAR BABY welcomes an infant to "this big beautiful world" and then proceeds to give advice on each spread on how to live, with tips like "be curious" and don't take yourself "too seriously." There are also messages of reassurance, with parents telling the babies, toddlers, and little kids pictured that they are loved and that "even when we are apart, I will always, always, always love you."

Is it any good?

This cute, comforting book is full of positive messages of love and advice for the future. Little ones may take literally messages like "Never be afraid to break down walls and build bridges" as they look at a spread of a baby and toddlers playing with colorful blocks. So it will be up to parents to explain the metaphorical meaning of concepts like "Remember your roots, and spread your branches far and wide" and "Put yourself in someone else's shoes."

Kids will enjoy the cute art and loving reassurance, and adults will enjoy Dear Baby  as a comforting bedtime read and a handy gift for baby showers and new-parent visits. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the advice in Dear Baby. What does it mean to "put yourself in someone else's shoes," "remember your roots," or "make your mark"?

  • Do you remember what it was like to be a baby? What lessons have you learned since then? 

  • Which pictures in the book do you like best? Which one is the funniest? Are there any scenes that remind you of your family?

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For kids who love bedtime stories and toddler books

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