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Books and CDs for Babies

There's more great stuff than ever to read and listen to with your baby. But as a new mom, you don't have extra time to get acquainted with it all. That's why we did the work for you. Here are our favorite recent releases in books and CDs for babies.

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<em>All of Baby, Nose to Toes</em>

All of Baby, Nose to Toes (Dial) by Victoria Adler, pictures by Hiroe Nakata. Newly issued as the board book it was always meant to be, this charming story of a newborn's discovery of her body parts is destined for a favored spot on your baby's bookshelf. ($7, amazon.com)

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<em>Farmy Farm</em>

Farmy Farm (Orchard Books/Scholastic) by Chris Raschka. Great retro art, cute farm animals, felt pages and a title that's fun to say—what's not to love? Bonus: It introduces parents and kids alike to the award-winning Raschka, with whose work both will be spending many happy hours. ($9, amazon.com)

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<em>Little Black Book</em>

Little Black Book (Random House) by Renée Khatami. This color-themed board book is a feast for the senses, with striking photographs, touchable textures and even scratch-and-sniff spots. Plus, the rhyming text rolls off the tongue. ($9, barnesandnoble.com)

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<em>Press Here</em>

Press Here (Chronicle) by Hervé Tullet. This brilliant board book directs you to press and shake the illustrations, then turn the page to see what you've "accomplished." Babies will need help with the actions, but they will delight in the interactivity. ($15, chroniclebooks.com)

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<em>Back to the Garden</em>

Back to the Garden by Ted Jacobs. In his second volume of Celtic- and-folk-tinged acoustic settings of Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry, Jacobs again brings the reflective, imaginative nature of A Child's Garden of Verses to vivid life. All 12 songs are dreamy and calming. ($15, houseatthecorner.com)

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<em>Sing Along!</em>

Sing Along! by Caspar Babypants. Chris Ballew (of '90s indie band The Presidents of the United States of America) is that rare artist who writes specifically for the youngest set. His fourth album under the Babypants moniker features quirky, baby-friendly lyrics and upbeat, parent-friendly melodies. ($12, cdbaby.com)

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<em>Sing to Your Baby</em>

Sing to Your Baby by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. The veteran kid-music duo comes to the rescue of reserved parents everywhere with this simply savvy release: 11 easy songs to learn and, yes, sing to your baby yourself. Each is recorded twice—once in mom's register, once in dad's. ($20, singtoyourbaby.net)

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<em>Songs From the Baobab</em>

Songs From the Baobab, compiled by Chantal Grosléziat (The Secret Mountain). This CD features 29 magical lullabies and chants from every part of the African continent, sung by mothers and children in their original languages. The accompanying book, with lyrics and translations, is equally lovely. ($17, amazon .com)

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