Best Books for Babies 2017

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Each year since 2000 a group of Pittsburgh librarians and child development experts has selected the ten Best Books for Babies published in the previous year. Occasionally lists have more than ten titles because a pair of titles may have been chosen to occupy a single slot.

The Best Books for Babies project highlights the importance of reading beginning at birth. Books selected will delight and engage babies age birth through 18 months and the adults who care for them. Best Books for Babies is a cooperative project of CLP, The Fred Rogers Company, and Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC).

Blocks

Ruby has red blocks. Benji has blue blocks. But what happens when they won’t share?

Cars Go

Describes different cars and the sounds they make.

Clip, Clop

A horse trots, a rooster struts, and a pig rambles, in a book that identifies the sounds each animal makes when they move.

Wibble, Wobble

Click, clack and flip, flap–discover which creatures are making these sounds that you hear at the ocean.

Counting

Entries written in both braille and print, accompanied by tactile images, allow both sighted and unsighted readers to discover numbers and counting.

Shapes

Entries written in both braille and print, accompanied by tactile images, allow both sighted and unsighted readers to discover various shapes.

Leo Can Swim

Baby Leo’s father takes him to swim class with other infants.

Look at You!

Babies and toddlers will delight in seeing colorful photos of other youngsters expressing an array of emotions. Includes a mirror on the last page.

Sunrise, Moonrise

Day turns into night and some animals drift to sleep while others spring to life in this beautiful high-contrast board book.

You Are One

So much changes in just a year. From a tiny babe to the first steps toward toddlerhood, a baby grows and changes in leaps and bounds.