Baby's First Year (Hardcover)

By Rick Walton, Caroline Jayne Church (Illustrator)

Putnam Juvenile, 9780399250255, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2011



"Grab it. Chew it. Throw it, too.
That's what babies like to do.
And pretty pictures Look, Baby, Look
At our smart Baby's very first . . .
. . . BOOK "
A baby's first year is full of milestones, from first smiles to first steps, and this book celebrates them all A clever and bouncy text, vibrant ink-and-collage illustrations and an impossibly cute baby make this the perfect gift book for baby showers, and it even includes a poster on the reverse of the jacket that new parents can use to record their own little ones' spectacular achievements.

About the Author

Rick Walton became a children's writer because, after trying almost every other career in the book, he finally realized that writing for kids was one of the few things that he both enjoyed and was good at. Since that realization he has had over forty books published, with many more scheduled for publication over the next couple of years. His works include picture books, riddle books, activity books, a collection of poetry, and educational and game software. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, on Reading rainbow, and on CBS This Morning.Rick lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife, Ann, the brains of the household, who also writes for kids, programs computers, masters Rick's website, and does all the home repair that Rick never learned how to do. It was Ann, who grew up in a computer family and who has eight siblings and a father in the computer industry, who dragged Rick kicking and screaming into the computer age. Now Rick doesn't understand how anyone can survive without word-processing programs, e-mail, and their own website.They have four children, all of whom are learning to love reading, writing, and computers.

Praise For Baby's First Year

"Would this book be best as a gift for new parents, a title to prepare an older sibling-to-be or an interactive offereing to share with a group of antsy toddlers or preschoolers? The answer is a resounding 'Yes!' . . . Even though sweet books on new babyhood abound, this stands out as a fresh addition."
-Kirkus Reviews

"A much-loved newborn is brought home to his family and a string of happy milestones follow. Rhyming text, narrated in the family members' shared voice, celebrates a year from first day to first birthday and everything in between. . . . This is a charming journey through a fast-paced 12 months that parents can share with their own beautiful babies."
-School Library Journal