cover image Baby Animals Day & Night

Baby Animals Day & Night

Phyllis Limbacher Tildes. Charlesbridge, $6.95 (12p) ISBN 978-1-58089-609-2

Tildes follows Baby Animals Spots & Stripes with another high-contrast board book, this time showing four woodland creatures awake and asleep. Wispy, naturalistic images with the look of scratchboard art show a chipmunk eating an acorn as the book opens; opposite, it curls up in a thatch of grass. Baby bobcats, otters, and skunks follow, and black backgrounds for the bobcat and skunk’s “awake” scenes hint at their nocturnal habits. A full-color closing spread of a human child almost seems like it belongs to another book, visually speaking, but it should help youngest readers draw connections between their own habits and those of the pictured animals. Up to age 3. (May)