Birth order can’t be controlled — we’re stuck with it for life. And sometimes middle children can feel lost in the shuffle, as evidenced by the cute cottontail in “Bunny in the Middle,” by Anika A. Denise.

There’s more to school than the 3Rs — like meeting new kids and having new experiences. “Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!” addresses change in a sweet story by Cori Doerrfeld with delightfully cute illustrations.

Children will enjoy sliding their way through “Who Lives Where?” an interactive read by Stephanie Babin that invites little ones to discover places where animals make their homes.

They’re our role models, beloved and boisterous, fun loving and hardworking. This month we celebrate fathers with “Daddy-Sitting” by Eve Coy.

Children love visiting their local fire station. Oh, the excitement of seeing a ladder truck and shaking the hand of a firefighter outfitted in full gear. That adventure comes to the page in “At the Firehouse,” the May Baby Buzz Pick — the newest book in the Tinyville Town series by Brian Bi…

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With a unique array of adorable toddlers on display and clever rhyming text, “Hooray for Babies” by Susan Meyers has earned the honor of being named the April Baby Buzz Pick.

In February it’s fitting to suggest a Baby Buzz Pick that focuses on love — “Loving Hands,” by Tony Johnston, fits the bill, with a heartfelt story and luminous illustrations by Amy June Bates.

Help little ones grow familiar with common items found in various rooms of a home using “House: First Words Board Books: 5 Books Inside,” illustrated by Michael Slack. This ingenious book has been chosen as the October Baby Buzz Pick.

Help little ones grow familiar with common items found in various rooms of a home using “House: First Words Board Books: 5 Books Inside,” illustrated by Michael Slack. This ingenious book has been chosen as the October Baby Buzz Pick.

Old ditties, songs and rhymes connect generations and are a treasure trove to share with little ones. A well-known tune gets new life in “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake,” by author/illustrator Loren Long. The picture book is the newest Baby Buzz Pick.

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Take a step back in time with the July Baby Buzz Pick, “Pie Is For Sharing,” by Stephanie Parsley. This picture book portrays the U.S. of A. at its best, with nostalgic illustrations by Jason Chin that will have readers pining for picnics with watermelon, family reunions and bike rides on st…

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Curb a bad habit and have your funny bone tickled too — the Baby Buzz Pick for April is for preschoolers, but there’s not an adult around who won’t enjoy the clever, singsongy rhyme in “People Don’t Bite People,” by Lisa Wheeler.

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Brightly colored board book pages and inviting lines, dots and squiggles make “TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles,” an interactive crowd pleaser for the playroom set. The book is the newest chosen as a Baby Buzz Pick.

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Win toddlers’ hearts with “Love, Mama,” by Jeanette Bradley, a charmer for Valentine’s Day, or anytime of year. It’s the newest book chosen for Baby Buzz, The Missourian’s ongoing program highlighting quality, hardcover books for children birth to age 5.

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Delight youngsters with the story of a cute little bear cub and its mama — the affectionate pair in “Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear?” written and illustrated by Ashley Wolff. This is the third book featuring Baby Bear, which has been named the January Baby Buzz Pick.

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