cover image Show Me Happy

Show Me Happy

Kathryn Madeline Allen, photos by Eric Futran. Albert Whitman, $15.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-8075-7349-5

Candid photographs of children—both alone and accompanied by parents, friends, and siblings—and short, demonstrative phrases highlight a range of behaviors and activities in this book from the team behind A Kiss Means I Love You (2012). “Show me holding,” writes Allen as a girl cradles a baby (presumably a new sibling) and kisses its forehead. Images representing “Show me hiding” and “show me found” feature two different children playing peekaboo on opposing pages. The large photographs clearly communicate concepts like up and down, and actions like “pushing” and pulling, creating many opportunities for adult-child discussions while reading. Ages 2–4. (Mar.)