Born Yesterday: The Diary of a Young Journalist by James Solheim; illustrated by Simon James. What do babies really think about? Here’s a playful glimpse in the form of a top-secret diary, “written by” a new baby: “Talk about unexpected! I was in the dark, thinking about my future career as a writer, when suddenly . . . this lady was rubbing me all over with a towel!” From meeting her big sister for the first time (“she can do cartwheels!”) to going to school for show-and-tell, the baby’s adventures will appeal to suddenly older and wiser preschool readers. Ages 2–5; $15.99; Penguin.
Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson. Here’s a counting book for cat fanciers — and those who like fancy clothes! Sweet rhymes follow the antics of cats who dance across the pages in outlandish outfits (“Twelve town tabbies do the twist / swinging their hips in dotted Swiss”). Poodle skirts and capes on kitties? Purrfect! Ages 4–8; $15.99; Simon & Schuster.
Here’s a gentle way to attack plaque on the tiniest of teeth: reusable, textured wipes for use on babies and toddlers. Tooth Tissues are formulated with the cavity fighter xylitol and have virtually no taste. In handy 30-wipe packs; $6.99.
The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens, read by Sean Runnette. Twelve-year-old Kevin is a video-gamer stuck in a family of famous athletes. How will he ever measure up? When Kevin enters his pet beagle Cromwell in a dog-agility competition, everything changes. Here is a sweet Cinderella story tween boys can relate to. Ages 9–12; $30; Listening Library.
We’re faving the Eastside’s newest ultracute new kids’ clothing store, X Marks the Tot for its fresh take on babe classics — like an adorably clashy twirly “urban tutu” ($26). “Tee suits” are the softest rompers around — because they’re made from recycled adult-sized T-shirts ($34). In Issaquah.
— Kristen Russell Dobson
Kids as young as 6 can learn to be money smart with this fun new game by Bellevue’s own SimplyFun. Players race to save enough money to buy a new bicycle, along the way learning about basic principles of spending, saving, investing, charitable giving and more. $34.