Baby Booklist: The Pittsburgh Ready Project

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The Pittsburgh Ready project links the Library with child care providers to share robust early literacy resources. Opportunities for space improvements, storytime visits, professional development and family engagement are underscored by quality giveaway books for children and their child care providers.

From Fall 2019 to Spring 2021, babies enrolled at child care providers participating in Pittsburgh Ready took home a copy of each title on this list. And each child care provider received a copy of the book to build their collection for babies for years to come!

If you are looking for a wonderful title to share with a baby, check out some of the titles on this list or click here for additional baby book suggestions.

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Baby Says

baby and big brother figure out how to get along.

Baby See, Baby Do

In this board book, photographs of babies show a variety of emotions, and the attached fold-out mirror encourages infants and toddlers to practice their own facial expressions and emotions.

Birds of a Color

Lift the flaps to learn your colors in style with a flock of black-and-white birds who have some vivid surprises in store.

Black Bird, Yellow Sun

As a solitary black bird wings its way through the day, little ones are treated to a magnificent flight from one vibrant color to another.

Black White

White illustrations against a black background, alternating with black illustrations against a white background, create high-contrast shapes that will engage your baby and allow you to explore together.

Count with Little Fish

First there’s just one Little Fish under the sea. But not for long: here come two fin-fin fish, three counting fish, and four flying fish. And can you imagine who else? Shy fish and scary fish, tiny fish and funny fish.

I Love All of Me

Rhyming text and colorful illustrations remind young readers to love everything about themselves, from the tops of their heads to the tips of their toes.

Jonny Lambert's Animal ABC

All kinds of animals parade through these two books. Small hands will be able to lift the sturdy flaps.

Jonny Lambert's Animal 1 2 3

An illustrated lift-the-flap baby book that helps kindergarteners learn to count. 1 chameleon, 2 hippos, and 10 … you’ll have to lift the flap and see!

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Explores concepts of color, shape, and food using only five simple words, as a bear juggles and plays.

Press Here

Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images.