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On The Shelf: Funny biographies and more

New this month: introduce your children to some funny biographies and what are bound to be instant classics from a much loved author.

“Wild Bios: William Sheepspeare” (Silver Dolphin Books, ages birth-2 – and even years after) This is a board book, which makes it entirely appropriate for babies and toddlers, of course, but it is so laden with puns that school-aged children will fall out laughing. (Parents, you probably will, too.) This book, along with “Wild Bios: Frida Catlo,” is part of a new series of biographies with an animal twist that feature well-known historical figures in a whole new way.

If you love “Goodnight Moon” and “Runaway Bunny,” be on the lookout for new treasures from Margaret Wise Brown. Several unpublished manuscripts were found in Brown’s sister’s barn in 1990, many of which are now part of a launch of 17 new Margaret Wise Brown books coming in 2019. There’s no better way to celebrate the 109th anniversary of her birthday on May 23, 2019, than to give these beautifully illustrated tales a look.

Count to 10 With a Mouse (Silver Dolphin Books, ages 3-5) This is an instant classic, with a sweet-faced mouse, lots of repetition for pre-readers and a delightful way to count to 10. 

The Diggers (Silver Dolphin Books, ages 3-5) Animals and machines dig and dig and dig, creating burrows small enough for nesting and tunnels big enough for trains. (Those tunnels are perfect for little fingers to trace, too.)

Sleep Tight, Sleepy Bears (Silver Dolphin Books, ages 3-5) Get ready to yawn, relax and settle in with this calming bedtime story for big and little sleepy bears. This is the perfect book to whisper while little ones are drifting off to sleep.