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Appealing photos of babies from seventeen cultures around the globe are woven together by simple narration. Global Babies presents children in cultural context. Diverse settings highlight specific differences in clothing, daily life, and traditions, as well as demonstrate that babies around the world are nurtured by the love, caring, and joy that surround them.


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Appealing photos of babies from seventeen cultures around the globe are woven together by simple narration. Global Babies presents children in cultural context. Diverse settings highlight specific differences in clothing, daily life, and traditions, as well as demonstrate that babies around the world are nurtured by the love, caring, and joy that surround them.

30 review for Global Babies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I checked this book out because my son adores the other book in the series, American Babies (reviewed here). Unfortunately, we still have American Babies checked out because he asks for it by name. I fear we are going to have to buy a copy. Anyway, I much prefer Global Babies. The text is your run of the mill I-want-to-poke-my-head-with-a-fork type of board book, rather than the I-want-to-embed-this-fork-in-my-brain-NO-WAIT-in-the-author's-brain kind of board book that American Babies was. Bonus I checked this book out because my son adores the other book in the series, American Babies (reviewed here). Unfortunately, we still have American Babies checked out because he asks for it by name. I fear we are going to have to buy a copy. Anyway, I much prefer Global Babies. The text is your run of the mill I-want-to-poke-my-head-with-a-fork type of board book, rather than the I-want-to-embed-this-fork-in-my-brain-NO-WAIT-in-the-author's-brain kind of board book that American Babies was. Bonus points for not featuring babies with boogers. The edition I checked out is bilingual with Spanish/English on each page describing the babies from all over the world. The babies are as diverse as their clothing, with the Thailand baby in some kind of ceremonial headdress, while the Fiji baby is just in a tshirt. I like the book. Better text, better pictures, two languages, and you have a winner in my book. Unfortunately my son loathes this book. Try to offer it to him and you'll get a disdainful "no." Try to offer it to him when he is asking for American Babies, and he will take this book away from you. This leads me to uncomfortable conclusions about what kind of baby we are raising, and perhaps we need to get out and about more beyond family gatherings and library story times. I'm giving it two stars because while I like it, the most important person does not.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leticia

    Five stars from Violet. She makes us read it at least 10 times a day. And unfortunately we're stuck doing it because she owns this one LOL Five stars from Violet. She makes us read it at least 10 times a day. And unfortunately we're stuck doing it because she owns this one LOL

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Intended audience or age: baby-preschool Each page of this board book features a photograph of a baby, each labeled with its country. The accompanying text describes how babies everywhere are special and loved. The text is somewhat predictable, but in a way that is soothingly repetitive and suited to babies who couldn't understand the text. It could also work for a slightly older child who wants to look through the book alone. The geographic identifiers on each photo could also be used to introduc Intended audience or age: baby-preschool Each page of this board book features a photograph of a baby, each labeled with its country. The accompanying text describes how babies everywhere are special and loved. The text is somewhat predictable, but in a way that is soothingly repetitive and suited to babies who couldn't understand the text. It could also work for a slightly older child who wants to look through the book alone. The geographic identifiers on each photo could also be used to introduce a preschooler to geography, matching photos to places on a map. The photographs are sure to be engaging to babies and toddlers who like to look at baby faces. Each photograph is set against a bright, single-color background and usually features the child in traditional dress. There is some variety in the quality of the photographs, which is natural considering the number of sources used for the book. Overall, the book is visually stimulating and engaging. Also reviewed by Booklist. The starred review praises the effective use of color and baby faces, the global emphasis, and its appropriateness for very young children.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel G

    While I liked the idea of illustrating babies from around the world in their traditional garments in a book for babies, this book fell a bit flat for me. The colors and photos are beautiful, but I would have rather had no additional text other than where they are from in this board book. The long sentence is very hard to follow, and would be even hard if reading this to infants/toddlers - especially if you want to highlight how each baby is both different & the same.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    Excellent book for young babies! The photos make the book more interesting to young children than most board books' illustrations (as babies don't really understand symbolism/representation), and it includes a variety of faces and cultural accoutrements. The text also has some rhyming and a lyrical quality that is wonderful for getting young children interested in language. This is a favorite of mine to give as a gift to new parents. Excellent book for young babies! The photos make the book more interesting to young children than most board books' illustrations (as babies don't really understand symbolism/representation), and it includes a variety of faces and cultural accoutrements. The text also has some rhyming and a lyrical quality that is wonderful for getting young children interested in language. This is a favorite of mine to give as a gift to new parents.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Long

    Very cute book that I would use to show multiculturalism. I love the message associated with this book and I feel it's something we should definitely teach children at a young age. As a teaching idea, after reading this book you can have the children draw and share different things that they believe makes them special. Very cute book that I would use to show multiculturalism. I love the message associated with this book and I feel it's something we should definitely teach children at a young age. As a teaching idea, after reading this book you can have the children draw and share different things that they believe makes them special.

  7. 5 out of 5

    alana

    I love this little series! A simple board book featuring Getty image portraits of babies from around the world. A simple sentence or two spans the bottom of the pages throughout the book, while each picture has a label of each baby's home country. So, you can read the book by reading the "story" or by reading the country names/embellishing. I'd love to read these to a wee one! I love this little series! A simple board book featuring Getty image portraits of babies from around the world. A simple sentence or two spans the bottom of the pages throughout the book, while each picture has a label of each baby's home country. So, you can read the book by reading the "story" or by reading the country names/embellishing. I'd love to read these to a wee one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacki

    This book shows pictures of babies from different countries around the world. It highlights how important and beautiful all babies are. Babies would like this book because they can see images of other babies, and faces fascinate babies as they grow. With that exception, this book doesn’t seem entirely educational. It has a good amount of diversity, but I did notice that there are two babies from the USA in it, which seems a little biased, and I think they could have easily included another baby f This book shows pictures of babies from different countries around the world. It highlights how important and beautiful all babies are. Babies would like this book because they can see images of other babies, and faces fascinate babies as they grow. With that exception, this book doesn’t seem entirely educational. It has a good amount of diversity, but I did notice that there are two babies from the USA in it, which seems a little biased, and I think they could have easily included another baby from a different country.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Cute pictures, but some of the babies were not looking at the camera when the pictures were taken which reduces the feeling of "interaction". The dialogue of the book goes over 5+ pages which causes the reader to flip through very fast to provide a full sentence to the person they are reading to. This causes the book to feel very short and reduces the opportunity for conversations about each place and baby. It would be great if there was a version with just the babies and their country name to h Cute pictures, but some of the babies were not looking at the camera when the pictures were taken which reduces the feeling of "interaction". The dialogue of the book goes over 5+ pages which causes the reader to flip through very fast to provide a full sentence to the person they are reading to. This causes the book to feel very short and reduces the opportunity for conversations about each place and baby. It would be great if there was a version with just the babies and their country name to help slow down the conversation and allower the reader to jump around more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eva_Amaré

    Mama still calls us her babies, which clearly we no longer are at almost 2 years old. I am currently obsessed with babies, so this book was a fave for me. Amaré couldn't care less, savage that he is. Enjoyed pointing at all the babies and looking at their little faces and their clothes. Mama kept trying to make me say the names of the countries that the babies are from. Needless to say I'm not quite there yet lady calm down! Mama still calls us her babies, which clearly we no longer are at almost 2 years old. I am currently obsessed with babies, so this book was a fave for me. Amaré couldn't care less, savage that he is. Enjoyed pointing at all the babies and looking at their little faces and their clothes. Mama kept trying to make me say the names of the countries that the babies are from. Needless to say I'm not quite there yet lady calm down!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amal I-L

    Great for babies to look at diverse babies/young toddlers (particularly helpful during COVID when babies are isolated) Babies recognize faces the most! and love seeing other babies Since babies show a preference for race by the time they are 6 months old, this is a great way to introduce some diversity to your little one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Simple text, diverse babies. I especially like that there are two babies from the US and one is a baby of color and that the international babies are in a wide range of clothing, not just traditional dress. Iris is into this one right now.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    This books warms my heart! Great, short book to give a global perspective!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karla Winick-Ford

    This is an adorable story for the very young- many cultures represented - students love this!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    Love that the two were included for USA. Both European American and Native American.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Classic for a reason. What could be better than baby faces and sweet, simple text? Lots of baby faces. Even better? Most of them have HATS.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Calli Leventis

    My daughters are obsessed with kissing all the babies. And pointing to them, saying "babies." My daughters are obsessed with kissing all the babies. And pointing to them, saying "babies."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tennyson SP

    This book has been my favorite from about 10 to 12 months. I can read it over and over and over.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love this book. I love that it shows babies from many places and my child loves the pictures. I appreciate that it tells us where the babies are from and that the words are simple.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brie Kapina

    So sweet. My baby loves it!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma Refvem

    Cute pictures! Bats doesn't get to see many babies so it's nice to show him some diverse faces... Cute pictures! Bats doesn't get to see many babies so it's nice to show him some diverse faces...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Ages 0 and up. A beautiful board book of infants from around the world, many in traditional ceremonial costume. After reading this for several months, the infant in my life started kissing each baby. Crucial for helping children of color see themselves in books and media, and for white children to get used to seeing them, too.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Terry Cross

    Images of infants from around the globe are presented in this easy to follow block book showing the reader the differences and similarities among all children and offering the young reader experiences he or she can relate to. The principle experience of being cared for, which is fundamental in all of our lives, is subtly emphasized in the composition of this book. It provides a reminder to the parent reader of how this fundamental experience too often goes unacknowledged in literature and in so Images of infants from around the globe are presented in this easy to follow block book showing the reader the differences and similarities among all children and offering the young reader experiences he or she can relate to. The principle experience of being cared for, which is fundamental in all of our lives, is subtly emphasized in the composition of this book. It provides a reminder to the parent reader of how this fundamental experience too often goes unacknowledged in literature and in so many other areas of societal experiences. No single author is given credit for putting this book together but it is an offering from the Global Fund for Children.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Clive

    Smiled at the babies!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Yay, diverse pictures of babies! And the country is listed prominently on each photograph. There's sparse text running through the book, but honestly if I read this book to/with a baby, I expect to basically just be, "Look at the Guatemalan baby! Isn't that purple pretty? Look at that Thai baby! Look at all the dangles on their hat!" etc. Totally buying this one for my brother and sister-in-law's baby-to-be. The kids have a variety of expressions, and a variety of gender expressions -- and the tex Yay, diverse pictures of babies! And the country is listed prominently on each photograph. There's sparse text running through the book, but honestly if I read this book to/with a baby, I expect to basically just be, "Look at the Guatemalan baby! Isn't that purple pretty? Look at that Thai baby! Look at all the dangles on their hat!" etc. Totally buying this one for my brother and sister-in-law's baby-to-be. The kids have a variety of expressions, and a variety of gender expressions -- and the text never includes any mention of gender. (I think the only country they repeat is USA, and honestly I am glad that this USian baby will see the USA represented not just by a white kid in "Western" clothing but also by a brown kid in traditional non-Western gear.) Would have appreciated inclusion of at least one East Asian baby, though (all the Asian representation is Southeast/South/Central Asia). Points for including a Black African baby on the "are beautiful" page, though.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Los Gatos Library

    This entire book has only one sentence of text, reminding us that no matter where babies come from, they are special and well loved by their families. The real story though is in the lovely photographs of 17 babies from different countries around the world. The Global Fund for Children folks have collected pictures from a variety of talented photographers for this book. Very young children will enjoy the faces of other babies. Slightly older children, those in the one to two year range, will ben This entire book has only one sentence of text, reminding us that no matter where babies come from, they are special and well loved by their families. The real story though is in the lovely photographs of 17 babies from different countries around the world. The Global Fund for Children folks have collected pictures from a variety of talented photographers for this book. Very young children will enjoy the faces of other babies. Slightly older children, those in the one to two year range, will benefit from seeing the diversity of the faces in this book. Most likely this would be a book an adult and baby would enjoy together, so the baby could get up close to the pictures. This would be a good choice for a lapsit storytime, as well, and I can see it being paired with a book like "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes," by Mem Fox, which has the same theme of babies from different places are all loved by their families.

  27. 4 out of 5

    jacky

    I saw this on Parent Picks on Nickelodeon's Parents Connect, so I grabbed it when it was on display at the library. As promised, the photographs were excellent. Lots of cute babies. I especially liked the ones of the babies in slings and the one of the baby with the fur lined hood. The variety in countries was good, though I wished there had been something like Canada, Britain, or Australia; Russia; and a Scandinavian country. A very blond or red head child would have added to the variety in my I saw this on Parent Picks on Nickelodeon's Parents Connect, so I grabbed it when it was on display at the library. As promised, the photographs were excellent. Lots of cute babies. I especially liked the ones of the babies in slings and the one of the baby with the fur lined hood. The variety in countries was good, though I wished there had been something like Canada, Britain, or Australia; Russia; and a Scandinavian country. A very blond or red head child would have added to the variety in my mind. The text of the book was a little cheesy. I think the pictures spoke for themselves. We kept this one for two weeks. Natalie picked it up on her own many times and really enjoyed looking at the babies. Her favorite seemed to be the baby from Thailand, but that might have been because it was easy to turn to the beginning of the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karawan

    One of the first books we read to my son and still a favorite that we keep returning to. The photographs are stunning and I love that they showcase not just the different clothing from around the world, but also babywearing. It's perfect for infants at that age where they want nothing more than to look at other faces. My son was mesmerized by the babies from about 2 months on. His initial favorite was the Peruvian baby. The pictures really stand alone. The words, although nice, aren't really esse One of the first books we read to my son and still a favorite that we keep returning to. The photographs are stunning and I love that they showcase not just the different clothing from around the world, but also babywearing. It's perfect for infants at that age where they want nothing more than to look at other faces. My son was mesmerized by the babies from about 2 months on. His initial favorite was the Peruvian baby. The pictures really stand alone. The words, although nice, aren't really essential and I don't always read them. I guess the country names could be a springboard for teaching an older child some geography, but I think the genius of this book is just the diverse array of baby faces for a younger baby to look at.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ale_meows

    This non fictional children's picture book focuses on how all babies are loved regardless of where they are from. There is one picture for every 13 countries represented in the book. The book has very little text but it makes up for it with the delightful colorful pictures. i would use this book in a pre-k or kindergarten classroom when teaching the children about how everyone is special, beautiful and loved. The students could interact with this book on their own and learn about how babies fr This non fictional children's picture book focuses on how all babies are loved regardless of where they are from. There is one picture for every 13 countries represented in the book. The book has very little text but it makes up for it with the delightful colorful pictures. i would use this book in a pre-k or kindergarten classroom when teaching the children about how everyone is special, beautiful and loved. The students could interact with this book on their own and learn about how babies from Greenland wear furry coats because they feel cold by just looking at the pictures. This book was developed by the global fund for children and it relates to my text set topic because it uses pictures to teach young children about what babies from all over the globe look like.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Our eight month old will listen to this book repeated over and over. ———That was our first child. Now our sixteen month old just grins from ear to ear and demands repeat readings. For those parents who don’t know...well...everyone says babies like to look at faces. I think that is completely factual. Any book both of my kids like is a true winner. After reading a few of the other reviews, let me add...I think some parents may read this book in a way that spoils it for the baby listener. Do not s Our eight month old will listen to this book repeated over and over. ———That was our first child. Now our sixteen month old just grins from ear to ear and demands repeat readings. For those parents who don’t know...well...everyone says babies like to look at faces. I think that is completely factual. Any book both of my kids like is a true winner. After reading a few of the other reviews, let me add...I think some parents may read this book in a way that spoils it for the baby listener. Do not stop to tell them each country listed. Stick to the text and turn the pages fairly quickly.

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