I Love Your Face!

Scholastic/Orchard. Nov. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338722741.
Toddler-PreS–A blondish newborn, then a toddler with black curls and deep brown skin, are but two of the children that listen to a narrator celebrate their looks: “I love your face, I really do! Nobody has a face like you!” Tan-skinned siblings with brown hair play in an inflatable pool while the text cheers them on: “Messy? Muddy? Just scrubbed clean? You’ve got the cutest face I’ve seen.” An Asian mother and child are next, getting ready for bedtime, and so in one day, and one book, an anthem of praise for all things baby is born. Ford’s plump-cheeked children will have young onlookers cooing, while this read-aloud will help caregivers understand the notion of positive feedback and framing. These children can do no wrong.
VERDICT One step up from a board book, this celebration of great moments in babyland will work for very young SEL lessons and a generous, uplifting story hour.

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