Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 3
- Grade: p
Baby's Lullaby is a fabulous baby board book for bedtime. Renowned musician Jill Barber provides soft, soothing words to calm baby before sleep. HildaRose's colourful illustrations depict different parent-child pairs getting ready for sleep: from otters, to fish, geese, squirrels, raccoons, and of course, baby!
The stimulating visuals and patterns, recognizable baby and animal faces, and close-ups on parent-child interaction will keep baby engaged. The text's use of rhythm, repetition, and simple language means baby and parents will enjoy reading Baby's Lullaby again and again. This sturdy board book is suited for babies age 0-2 years old.
About the authors
Jill Barber is an acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter, Juno nominee, and multiple East Coast Music Award winner. An Ontario native and graduate of Queen’s University, Jill spent six years in Halifax developing her music career before following her heart across the country to Vancouver, where she now lives with her husband. Baby’s Lullaby first appeared on a CD compilation for Read To Me, a program that promotes early literacy in Nova Scotia. This is Jill’s first children’s publication. HildaRose lives and works in Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia. Trained as a graphic designer, she worked in museums for many years but now works in her home studio on various graphic design and illustration projects, as well as studying towards a MEd. She has illustrated several children’s books, including the baby board book Kisses, Kisses Baby-O!
Hilda Rose lives and works in Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia. Trained as a graphic designer, she worked in musems for many years but not works in her home studio on various graphic design and illustration projects, as well as studying towards an MEd. She has illustrated several children's books including baby board books Baby's Lullaby and Kisses, Kisses, Baby-O!.
- Commended, TPL First & Best List
Baby’s LullabyBaby’s Lullaby is based on the song “Lay Down” by Jill Barber — Juno Award-nominated singer-songwriter — with cartoon-style illustrations by HildaRose. This beautiful new book is a must-have for little ones who like to be sung to sleep. Jill Barber wrote “Lay Down” for Nova Scotia’s Read-to-Me! program, which sees every newborn child in that province receive a literacy bag containing books and a CD of songs and rhymes. In the first spread, a human mother and her child are preparing for bed. This is followed by illustrations of owls, geese, otters, fish, raccoons and squirrels cuddling their offspring as they nod off to sleep. The final spread shows the child with eyes closed, resting peacefully in mother’s arms — creating a lovely image for a child to fall asleep to. I liked the line “But when the sun meets the horizon I’ll be by your side” as it reassures youngsters that they can enter the world of dreams knowing mom or dad will always be there for them. The simple rhyming text coupled with HildaRose’s bold illustrations should appeal to youngsters and not just at naptime or bedtime. A video of Jill singing “Lay Down” can be found on YouTube and if you visit www.zunior.com/redeem.php and enter “jillbarber” you can redeem a free song download of “Lay Down” — an added little bonus with the purchase of the book.
Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2011. Volume 34 No. 2.