Babytionary: Understanding the language of babies!

Have you ever stared at a baby, unsure of what she is trying to say to you?  Have you ever wished for a language decoder to help you decipher the meaning?  Welcome to Babytionary — a book where such a thing exists.  And all is well… until the day the decoder breaks… and the main character must learn a new way to understand the needs and wants of her baby.


My daughter and I enjoyed reading this book.  Bella is six and loves babies.  She was delighted by the marvelous mishaps that occur over the course of the story.  The book is full of good silly fun and is a pleasure to read aloud.

The book includes a guide to speech-language developmental milestones — a handy advisor for new parents!  It also includes tips to stimulate language development and suggests ways to make reading with children a more dynamic and positive experience.


Bella also enjoyed reading this to our cat, Daisy, which prompted me to think that the sequel to this book should be Cationary!  For those of us who need help deciphering the needs and wants of our feline children!


There are some thought-provoking take-aways for parents.  The main character is a monster.  A friendly one, but an alien-like creature just the same.  There are certainly times when you could look at a baby and feel that she is alien, a monster, beyond understanding… but in this story we see the reverse — it is the perspective of the child whose caretaker is all of those things.  It speaks to the common difficulty of misunderstanding when two people are experiencing the world from different perspectives.  The struggle is immense, but the satisfaction the two feel when they both finally understand each other makes it all worth it in the end.

Babytionary is a book for young and old alike.  Children will enjoy the lively characters, gorgeous illustrations, and playful language.  Parents and care-takers will enjoy the indirect message — that we can learn to understand our children, if we persevere with a willing and open heart!


About The Author of Babytionary

Lillian Rokhsar, MA, CCC-SLP is a New York State licensed, ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist – and a loving mom. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Cornell University, magna cum laude, and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from New York University. Babytionary, her first children’s book, is a marriage of her passion for writing, her knowledge of child-language, and her experience with raising babies.

About The Illustrator of Babytionary

Liesl Bell is a full-time illustrator, graphic designer and mother of one little boy. She lived and worked in New York for 13 years where she launched her illustration career by doing work for IBM and Xerox. She has since moved back to South Africa where she runs a guesthouse and works from home. Her passion is illustrating children’s books and has published numerous educational and private works. She is currently working on her own book and mobile app for children.

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  1. Sounds like a delightful book! Love the illustrations!

  2. Momma to 1 says:

    I’m always on the lookout for good books for my children! Thank you for the tip!