Beloved children’s poet and anthologizer (sic) Lee Bennett Hopkins has produced more than 100 volumes of poetry throughout his illustrious career, but Lullaby and Kisses Sweet is his first collection geared toward babies and toddlers. Featuring 30 original poems by esteemed children’s writers like Jane Yolen, Marilyn Singer, and J. Patrick Lewis, the book introduces the youngest readers to loving rhymes in a playful, accessible way.
This beautifully designed casebound board book is organized into five themes—Family, Food, “Firsts,” Playtime, and Bedtime—while cuddly, anthropomorphized animals make the poems friendly and relatable. Lullaby and Kisses Sweet fosters the love of poetry and is the perfect gift for babies, toddlers, and their poetry-loving parents.
From 'Publishers Weekly':
Divided into sections that include “Food,” “Family,” and “Play,” this tender, keepsake-worthy collection includes 30 poems about subjects near and dear to the lives of youngest children. Contributors include Rebecca Kai Dotlich, J. Patrick Lewis, Alice Schertle, and Jane Yolen, whose works are complemented by Nassner’s warm digital illustrations of anthropomorphic animal families. An especially nice section covers various “Firsts” (“Mom! Dad! Come see what’s new! / It’s hard, white, and shiny, too,” opens Matt Forrest Esenwine’s “First Tooth”), while the “Bedtime” section may have children taking a cue from Hopkins’s “Read to Me”: “Read to me—then— / read to me / read to me / again and again.”