Two Beautiful Children’s Books To Use In Your Classroom

by Angela E. Swieter, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ICCE


Cuddled and Carried by Dia L. Michels

This beautifully illustrated book displays the tender moments between a mother and her baby. Eighteen different mammals are shown grooming, guiding, cuddling, carrying, snuggling, nuzzling, grooming, nurturing, sheltering and nourishing. This includes dolphins, koalas, polar bears, fox, elephants, humans and more. The lyrics of the book are simple, allowing the reader to easily transition from one page to the next.

I would recommend this book as a good resource in any childbirth educator’s library. It could be read as an opening for a young sibling class of two to four year olds. The book should promote good discussion on how babies are cared for and be an opening to discuss how babies are nourished.

The book could also be sent home with parents who are wanting to encourage an understanding to older siblings. Additional information and definitions, along with conversation starters and ways to create bonding and connection are found in the back of the book.

A fun and educational resource to the book can be found on the website.

This book can also be purchased as a bilingual text.

This book is a great introduction to youngsters and normalizes a bonding relationship, including the way all mammals feed their young.


Babies Nurse by Phoebe Fox

This book is beautifully illustrated showing thirteen mammals, including a human, nourishing their young. The four lines of rhyming poetry on each page make it a fun read and easy to memorize.

The theme of the book, that all babies nurse, is shown while all babies are being loved and kept warm, protected and close, nestled and guarded. The provision of this nourishment is defined as a mother’s gift and natural art.

I would also recommend this book as a good resource in any childbirth educator’s library. It could be read as part of the discussion on how babies feed during a sibling class for ages four to seven. The book should provide an opening for more conversation about how moms produce milk for the baby to drink.

The book could also be sent home with parents who are wanting to encourage an understanding to older siblings. By exposing children to a book like this they understand that breastfeeding in normal and natural.

Additional information on each of the mammals in the book is found in the back of the book. The information here would be especially interesting to older children.

A fun and educational resource to the book can be found on the website.

This book can also be purchased as a bilingual text.

This book is a great introduction to youngsters and normalizes a bonding relationship, including the way all mammals feed their young; babies nurse!


Angela E. Swieter, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ICCE

Angela, the owner of Basking Babies, LLC, is a Registered Nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and an International Certified Childbirth Educator in private practice. She has worked in the hospital setting as an obstetrical nurse, certified postpartum educator/childbirth educator, and lactation consultant and has also provided both birth and postpartum doula services.