Best Books for Babies

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's annual Best Books for Babies booklist features selections that delight and engage babies age birth through 18 months and their caregivers.

The Best Books for Babies annual booklist began in 2000 as a project of Beginning with Books, a local nonprofit committed to providing literacy and learning to underserved children. Local librarians, educators and children’s literature experts were invited to join in evaluating and recommending titles published in the previous year. Although Beginning with Books closed in 2010, the list lives on, with a number of committee members who have served continuously since the start. Long standing committee members have been joined more recently by health care professionals, government representatives and other interested individuals.

Staff Picks

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The Best of the Best Books for Babies

Since the turn of this century, a group of Pittsburgh librarians and child development experts have been meeting annually to select a list of books perfect for sharing with the very littlest listeners.  Not all of the titles honored so far are still available. That's partly because children's books can go out of print relatively quickly and partly because we're coming up on the 20th…
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Best Books for Babies 2018

Each year since 2000 a group of local librarians and child development experts has selected the ten Best Books for Babies published in the previous year. 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…