Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver is a new poetry book for the youngest listeners. This is a collection of twenty-three poems on various baby-approved topics like body parts, noises, first words, playing peekaboo, taking a bath, etc. Lin Oliver’s verse is mostly simple and sing-song, which is ideal for the target audience. Some of the poems would make good ones to memorize and recite as mom or dad do that particular thing with baby–there’s one about being buckled into a carseat, for example, that would make a fun action rhyme. It ends like this:
Buckle, click, I’m safely in–
Haul out, folks, let’s take a spin.
Tomie dePaola’s illustrations are easily-recognizable (dare I say iconic?). This little book would make an excellent baby shower or birthday gift. My only criticism of it is that, given the target audience, it would hold up much better as a board book. This one’s lots of fun. (Penguin, 2014)