Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee
Every now and then I choose just one book to devote a whole post to, instead of putting it in a post with a handful of others. As soon as I sat down to read this book my daughter got for her 1st birthday I knew I’d write about it. Months after her birthday this book has never made it to a shelf, it’s always on the coffee table because she flips through it, we read it together and my son reads it to her every day.
The concept is simple but the results are wonderful. The book celebrates all sorts of babies and all the every day things babies do. My daughter ( who is 14 months) points out all the babies on each page as I read the rhyming text . So maybe you are thinking ” What’s so great about babies and text that rhymes?” nothing, that isn’t what makes this book so awesome. I love this book because of it’s diversity, inclusion, and acceptance of all babies and families. The illustrations are full of depictions of all sorts of families showering their smallest most precious member with love . What I adore about the diversity of the illustrations is that readers are left to put whatever assumption we wish on the families in the book. What I assumed were two mommies my husband thought was a husband and wife, I thought a lady was a grandma and my son said it was just a older mom. This is why I love this book, my 14 month old doesn’t see why this message is outstanding, what she does see is all sorts of happy babies in all sorts of families being the norm and this is the world we want her to know.