Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 3
- Grade: p
Kisses Kisses Baby-O! is a story for newborns told from the point of view of a parent or caregiver, but with high interaction with baby's world and tuned to events in baby's day.
Beloved Canadian children's author Sheree Fitch delivers what she's famous for: fun, intelligent, participatory text that is a joy to read. Using rhythm and onomatopoeia, Sheree's bubbly text begins with baby waking, and follows through eating, bathing, playing, and finally sleeping. Repetition, rhythm and active verbs create a lively story that can be read again and again.
Heart-warming illustrations by HildaRose combine realism and a whimsical, artistic style, while paying close attention to the needs of newborn readers, including such elements as: stimulating visuals, patterns, baby faces, cultural diversity and interaction with others. And babies will drool over the small, easy to hold format!
About the authors
Sheree Fitch's first two books, Toes in My Nose (1987) and Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), launched her career as a poet, rhymster, and a “kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss.” Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian childrenÕs literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy as it Flies (2008). Fitch's home base is the East Coast of Canada.
Visit her at: shereefitch.com
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!.
Kisses Kisses Baby-O!Nova Scotia’s Nimbus Publishing have produced the first Nova Scotia board book for babies, Kisses Kisses Baby-O! written by award-winning author and literacy advocate Sheree Fitch. The strength of this book is the lyrical language, which weaves words through a baby’s day: “Eyes blink open/sun winks in/hello baby!/day begins kisses kisses/head to toe/kisses kisses/baby-O.” This book is a joy to read aloud with bounce and rhythm and lipslippery language like “slurpy burpy and snuggle huggle” that will tickle the tongue. Hilda Rose’s illustrations of touching, kissing and cuddling model loving interactions between family and baby.
Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.
Kisses Kisses Baby-O!Rhythmic verse chronicles a day in the life of a baby. Realistic, muted artwork shows different babies engaged in various activities (waking, eating, bathing, playing, sleeping). This book is also available in French as Bisous, Bisous Bébé Ô!
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.
Other titles by Sheree Fitch
There's a Mouse in My House
There's a Mouse in My House
Sing in the Spring!
Sur la rue Tout-le-Monde
Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things
Atlantic Canadian Poetry and Verse for Children
Kisses Kisses, Baby-O!
Because We Love, We Cry
You Won't Always Be This Sad
A Book of Moments
Making a Life
Twenty-five Years of Hooking Rugs