cover image My Baby Loves Christmas

My Baby Loves Christmas

Jabari Asim, illus. by Tara Nicole Whitaker. HarperFestival, $7.99 (20p) ISBN 978-0-06-288462-6

In this stylish board book, a baby with big eyes, brown skin, and little pearl earrings delights in the classic hallmarks of Christmas, including “our tall, sparkling tree/ with gifts underneath.” With easy rhymes and straightforward, friendly illustrations, Asim and Whitaker present spreads full of traditional holiday cheer. Accompanied by a playful tawny cat, the child enjoys carols with her parents, hangs a stocking with her mother, and makes gingerbread cookies with her father. The anaphora “Baby loves” repeats throughout as the book builds toward a merry family present-opening scene and the conclusion: “Baby loves holly decking the halls./ Baby loves Christmas most of all!” Ages up to 4. [em](Sept.) [/em]