Babies and toddlers may not be old enough to read, but they're never too young to benefit from these wonderful little anthologies. Read to Your Baby Every Day
is a charming collection of "30 classic nursery rhymes to read aloud,"
including "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," "Hickory, Dickory, Dock," and "The Owl and the Pussycat." And as babies (and their attention spans) grow, Read to Your Toddler Every Day
, with its selection of twenty adapted folktales from around the world, such as "The Ant and the Grasshopper" (ancient Rome), "Brer Rabbit and the Well" (North America), and "Why Cats Chase Mice" (Nigeria), will fit the bill. Both volumes are illustrated with photos of delicately embroidered renderings of iconic scenes and characters, making them wonderful gifts for baby showers and early milestone birthdays. (KG)