Babies in the Bayou by Jim Arnosky.
This book is filled with evocative illustrations of bayou animals. The illustrations are deep colored, naturally accurate, and reveal the hidden life of the bayou. They are combined with text that is simple but also has hidden depths. Together the words and pictures form a perfect match that will be welcoming to small children.
I appreciated the fact that the book comes full circle, demonstrating the cycle of nature in a subtle way without being heavy handed. I also enjoyed the various perspectives of the illustrations which often reveal the relationship between two species without words.
The book is simply lovely. Don’t save it for a swamp unit, instead share this one whenever you do a story time on alligators, ducks, or turtles. It is too lovely not to share.