Baby’s Got the Blues


babybluesIn a few days, I’ll start calling myself a “former” children’s librarian. Thank goodness there’s an adorable toddler in the house so I can get still my children’s book fix.

We read together every night and there is nothing better than watching him sit and thumb through board books, babbling the entire time.

One recent title we loved from the first reading was Baby’s Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields. I’d picked it up at the library by the cover alone–because my husband swears that Blues is our son’s favorite music. And, after we’d read it once, I knew I had to buy it. It was just too much fun to read.

The trials and tribulations of being a baby are front and center in this music based tale. Here’s one of my favorite parts:

You say a little baby

Has no right to weep and wail,

But I’m doing time behind these bars–

Is it a crib or is it a jail?

The text is just part of fun in this modern family story. The illustrations depict an cherubic baby and his doting family, complete with tattooed, yoga-pant-wearing mom. Look further into the textured illustrations and you’ll see musical influences throughout.

Okay, okay, I have a weakness for buying books for adorable toddler. (You would too!) But a book like this is an investment. We’ll start out singing the story to him and pointing out familiar objects in the pictures and some day he’ll return the favor. He’ll tell us the story and “get” the jokes.

Here’s a video of the author with her sister and brother as they perform the story set to music that inspired the tale.

Come to think of it, we might just need two copies.

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