I Love You Baby by Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd, published by Orchard Books
This favourite read is one of a series of charming books by the prolific and enormously talented partnership of Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd.
Giles Andreae's sweet rhymes combine a gentle rhythm with an educational benefit, helping young readers learn about numbers and how they relate to themselves and others: "Ten little fingers, ten little toes. Two little ears and one little nose."
Emma Dodd's inviting, lively, full-of-fun illustrations, depicting the arrival of a new baby into a loving family, are drawn with the use of warm, pastel colours and presented with a child's eye view of his new sibling.
It's a book our daughter loves to read aloud with us, completing the couplets as we go along. It was also a book that helped her learn a whole range of new words for her vocabulary, providing as it does a corporal tour "from head to foot".
It's great fun as a general read, and is also an ideal choice for parents looking for a book to help build a toddler's awareness of the arrival of a sibling.
The final line makes it perfect for bedtime too, ending as it does with the words: "One sleepy face on one sweet head, sleep tight, love you, it's time for bed".
With thanks to Emma Dodd for allowing use of the book's cover image with this review.