Baby Beats is a good way to introduce young children to different types of noises, musical instruments and group play.

Let’s play music, make a beat. Clap your hands and stamp your feet.


Karen Blair grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She made her first picture book when she was nine for a Year 5 project, and by the time she was in her 20s and living in the UK, she knew it was her dream to continue. She now lives in Fremantle with her husband and two cats and works part-time as a primary art teacher. Her latest book with Walker Books Australia is Baby Beats (2014). Find Karen online at


Baby Beats is a joyful celebration of music, friendship and babies. The toddler characters sing and play together, revelling in the music and each other’s company. The mix of ethnic appearance and gender is a really pleasing aspect of the illustrations, and the simple, rhyming text, makes this a lovely read aloud title for young children.

Aussie Reviews

Baby Beats is a happy book to share with youngsters. It encourages them to be creative and discover the pleasure of spontaneously making their own music.


A picture book that will make young readers join in the noisy fun

Get Ahead Kids

This lovely book explores fun ways to make simple music and move to the beat.

Margaret Hamilton

Keen to inspire a future musician? This simple rhyming tale is the perfect way to introduce your little one to musical sounds and instruments.

Mother & Baby

This is a sweet book for little ones to sing along with and move to: the illustrations are lovely and capture the actions and expressions of toddlers beautifully.

Otago Daily Times

This delightful children’s picture book deserves a place in every community library.

The Book Chook

Baby Beats is the perfect book to introduce the concept of music and movement with very young children.

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