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Children's Fiction New Baby


by (author) Judy Ann Sadler

illustrated by Susan Mitchell

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2011
New Baby, Parents
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2011
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 1 to 3
  • Grade: p


This soon-to-be-classic picture book centers on a large, adoring family with a new baby to love. Rhyming couplets describe different scenes, each built around the simple human gesture of “reaching.” A new mother reaches up to hold her laughing baby aloft. Dad reaches over to tickle Baby's toes as the family lounges on a picnic quilt. Grandparents, cousins and other family members reach out to play and cuddle with the growing child. The little one also gets to “reach,” using his arms and hands to explore the wonderful world around him as he grows from a baby into a curious toddler. It's only a matter of time (Mom realizes wistfully) before he's “reaching” for the stars. Splendid, lush illustrations will immerse babies and toddlers in the story's beautiful, colorful world.

About the authors

Judy Ann Sadler was raised in a big, noisy family on a farm outside of London, Ontario. Ever since she can remember, she has loved to read, write and make things. She decided to combine her love of writing and crafts and has written 20 craft books, a picture book and features for Today's Parent Magazine. Her books have been published in many languages. Judy Ann works part-time for the London Public Library. She lives in Lambeth (London), Ont. with her husband, three kids and a dog named Maple.

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Susan feels very fortunate to work full-time as an illustrator, with 18 published titles, including Reaching with Kids Can Press. When she is not drawing or painting, she loves to sew and make soft toys that resemble her illustrations. She also loves to visit schools to talk about her illustration process and hopes that she inspires some children to become illustrators when they grow up.

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  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Ultimately a book that many new parents will reach for as they revel in their love of baby.

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews


Who knew that the word “reach” could mean so much? At a family gathering, Baby experiences several variations of the word. Mama reaches to hold Baby in the air. Daddy reaches to kiss Baby’s nose and give him a tickle. Sister, Grandparents, Aunt, Uncle and Cousins all reach out to Baby in different ways, be it by hugging, rocking, playing or reading. Even the family dog wants in on the action! And then it is Baby’s turn to “reach” as he takes his first tentative steps and explores his world with curiosity and a glimmer of independence. At bedtime, however, Baby is once again ensconced in the loving arms of his parents who wistfully reflect that it will only be a matter of time before he is reaching beyond them for the moon and the stars. But for now, they are grateful that Baby is still theirs.

Judy Ann Sadler has written a touching tribute to the bonds of family love. Through lilting, rhyming verses, an assortment of affectionate “reaching” interactions between Baby and his relatives are described: “Grandma is reaching /Scoops Baby from Mum/ She dips him, they dance/She rocks him, they hum.//Grandpa is reaching /His arms become reins/He plays horsey with Baby/ — They do it again!”

Susan Mitchel’s watercolour illustrations depict the warmth and serenity of an idyllic summer afternoon, where a family of different generations revel in the joy of being together with a much-loved toddler. There are many familiar items in the artwork that any young reader would love to look at, be it a balloon, a cake, a puppy or a stuffed toy.

Children and parents will want to reach for Reaching over and over again!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2012. Volume 35 No. 1.


Told in gentle rhyming verse, this is the story of a baby and his family as they laugh, play and celebrate being together. Join baby as he cuddles with his mom, dad and sister, dances with his grandma, plays horsey with his grandpa and reads his favourite book with Great-gran. Endearing watercolour illustrations will delight both young and old.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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