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The Baby Buzz Pick for May focuses on the importance of dirt in a variety of seasons and locales. Kids will identify with the homey, rural scenes and busy work taking place in “Dirt: A John Deere Peek-a-Flap,” by Jack Redwing.

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Being outside more these days offers the opportunity to watch birds feeding and busily building their homes. Make a backyard visit with a child even better with “Nesting,” by Henry Cole, the newest book chosen as a Baby Buzz Pick.

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A little girl waits for her big brother to get off the school bus, giving her plenty to look forward to. The child is front and center in the March Baby Buzz Pick, “When My Brother Gets Home,” by bestselling author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld.

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The barnyard gets its fair share of cute with “Five Fuzzy Chicks,” the February Baby Buzz Pick. It’s the most recent book chosen in “The Missourian’s” ongoing Baby Buzz program in which a book for little ones birth to age 5 is suggested in the second weekend issue of the newspaper.

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Though “Everybody Says Meow” might appear to be all fun and games, author Constance Lombardo offers an apt message wrapped in hilarity as a perplexed kitty works its way toward acceptance.

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Though “Everybody Says Meow” might appear to be all fun and games, author Constance Lombardo offers an apt message wrapped in hilarity as a perplexed kitty works its way toward acceptance.

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Certain items carry deep meaning—a lace tablecloth that’s Aunt Betty’s, a teapot from Nana’s china cabinet, or a stamp collection passed down by Uncle Harry. “Around the Table That Grandad Built,” by Melanie Heuiser Hill, focuses on a cherished, handmade piece of furniture.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Teachers! Register here to participate in the Missourian In Education program and receive a classroom subscription to the weekend Missourian, delivered to your school on Mondays.

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Contact Dawn Kitchell, Educational Services Director, at kitchelld@emissourian.com for information about the Missourian In Education and Record In Education youth readership programs.

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Contact Nancy Sebastian, Missourian In Education Sponsorship Coordinator,  at sebastiann@emissourian.com about sponsoring the Missourian In Education program.