In the past 21 years, titles from 40+ publishers’ imprints have been named to the annual Best Books for Babies lists. Over the years several publishers have stood out, but we’re always happy to see new entries too.
More than two dozen titles from Candlewick Press have been selected since our first list in 2000, including one title on this year’s list. From a classic collection of Mother Goose rhymes to sturdy and inventive board books, to this year’s bi-lingual Beep Beep / Piip Piip by Petr Horacek, Candlewick consistently produces high quality books that meet the criteria established by the Best Books for Babies committee.
Simon and Schuster is also well represented. Titles on previous lists range from early entries, like Sleepy Me, to Sunrise, Moonrise a boldly designed board book included on the 2017 list of Best Books for Babies. This year’s list features the charming Baby Day by Jane Godwin & Davina Bell.
Smaller publishers have made some big contributions too, as have those with roots overseas. Jump! by Tatsuhide Matsuoka is an energetic and engaging board book from Gecko Press, based in New Zealand. Canada’s Owlkids Books published Love You Head to Toe by Ashley Barron, with colorful and appealing collage-style illustrations. And Little Bee Books has their first title on our list, Shapes by veteran author Jane Cabrera.
Child’s Play Books often illustrate familiar rhymes with engaging groups of diverse and adorable babies. This year’s titles, Wheels on the Bus and Sleeping Bunnies, follow this pattern and ensure that contemporary families have the opportunity to enjoy traditional songs.
Both Charlesbridge and Star Bright Books have provided titles that enhance the diversity and inclusion of Best Books for Babies lists. Global Babies, Global Baby Boys, and Global Baby Girls, all published by Charlesbridge, offer vibrant photos of infants from all over the world. Star Bright has produced some similar board books as well as others that feature the work of non-U.S. creators.