Sunday, February 4, 2024

Happy Book Birthday, All of Those Babies by Mylisa Larsen!

by Mylisa Larsen
Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
Beach Lane Book
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 3 to 7


Come meet babies across the animal kingdom and learn their adorable names in this bouncy, rhyming picture book celebration of how—no matter what species—everyone grows!

Puffins have pufflings, porcupines have porcupettes, and echidnas have…puggles?! All these babies start out little, and then, just like humans, they grow and grow and grow. Featuring dozens of different animals, all adorably illustrated by Stephanie Laberis, this book is a vibrant celebration of little ones, growing, and love.


Cute, sweet, and adorable with something to learn and even a bit of humor, too.

These pages are all about animals, ones well-known and lesse- known, too. Each page introduces a few, parents (mother, father or both) with their babies. The playful and rhyming text highlights each species and uses the term used for the animal's babies—puffins have puffling, wombats joeys, and many more. Every few pages, a repeated phrase about growing takes over. At the end, the book shifts the focus to include young, human children and ends in a warming, satisfying way.

The illustrations bring across each animal in an adorable way, give them personality, bring across a very positive atmosphere, and make each one recognizable, too. It's a smorgasborg for animal fans, and will draw more than a few awwws with the cute babies. The text is kept very short but still introduces the animals and the names of their babies, making it great even for impatient listeners. A catch phrase enables readers/listeners to join in every few pages, which adds an extra dab of fun. Young listeners aren't the only ones who will learn something, since adult readers will, most likely, not know all of the terms, either. 

Not only is this a cute read, but it offers a sense of security and belonging. The animals are shown in loving scenes, and when this switches to human babies, it draws a smile. It's a wholesome read and even works well as a bedtime tale, since it is calming and radiates care and love. I do see this one as gaining an 'again' and becoming a snuggle-time favorite.

And here they are...

Mylisa Larsen was born in Idaho, has lived in eight states and two countries, and currently resides in upstate New York with her family. She is the author of several picture books, including How to Put Your Parents to Bed and All of Those Babies, and the novel Playing Through the Turnaround. Visit her at 

Stephanie Laberis is a California-based artist and Rhode Island School of Design alumna. Her childhood spent in the woods of New England sparked her love for animals and the natural world and still inspires her artwork. She is the illustrator of many picture books, including All of Those Babies by Mylisa Larsen; Fur, Feather, Fin: All of Us Are Kin by Diane Lang; and the Grumpy Cat Little Golden Book series. When she’s not drawing, Steph volunteers at her local wildlife hospital or spends quality time with her beloved cats, rats, and mice. Visit her at

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