“Toddlers are so engaging because they beam out love to the world around them. Babies are wonderful because they draw love to them from their world,” says award-winning author Karen Pandell. “I love creating board books for them. To me, books for babies and toddlers are the haiku of children’s literature. They are clean, spare, and fun, and their audience is totally honest. A young child won’t pretend to be interested in what you wrote—you either hit or miss the mark.”
Karen Pandell’s first book with Candlewick Press, I Love You, Baby, From Head To Toe!, illustrated by Jane Cowen-Fletcher, unquestionably hits the mark. This sweet board book celebrating the virtues of babyhood is just right for cuddling up and reading—and rereading—to the tiniest listeners. “I wanted to create a safe and warm universe of two,” Karen Pandell explains, “for baby and someone in baby’s world, whether it be a parent, grandparent, godparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, or family friend.”
After revealing her love of babies in I Love You, Baby, From Head To Toe!, Karen Pandell turned to another one of her favorite subjects with Where’s Stretch? Based on the author’s real-life dachshund, Stretch, here is a comical laundry-day chase that invites readers to lift the flaps to help a family ferret out their missing dachshund. The elusive Stretch returned in a sequel, Peekaboo Stretch!
Born in Massachusetts, Karen Pandell has also spent time in Alaska, Hawaii, and Japan. She now lives in New York with her husband and their celebrated dachshund.