Next to You: A Book of Adorableness by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Sydney Hanson
This picture book lives up to its title – it is adorable! In the book, the author is speaking directly to the child and telling him/her how adorable he/she is. The speaker compares the child to different baby animals and says that next to you, each baby animal is only okay, not nearly as cute as you. The book is funny and perfect for new parents gushing over their little one. The author almost concedes that a newborn giraffe is cuter than you, but then says “No way!” The humorous text is accompanied by the sweetest illustrations of baby animals, including a puppy, kitten, giraffe, piglet, fawn, lamb, koala, elephant, panda, and baby seal. This book would make a lovely gift for new parents.