Best Books for Babies 2011

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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).

Baby Baby Baby

A baby participates in various activities with each member of the family.

Dancing Feet!

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

Fiesta Babies

Babies enjoy a colorful fiesta with singing, dancing, hugs, and kisses.

Hip Hop

Playful images of animals hop, splash, and purr in contrasting black and white illustrations that will engage babies.

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

A collection of sixty-five traditional nursery rhymes illustrated with embroidered fabric pictures that have been decorated with small objects such as buttons, bells, shells, and bits of driftwood.

One Pup's Up

Rhyming text counts off ten puppies as they awaken one by one, chase and bounce around the house, eat kibble and get washed, then fall back to sleep.

Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy

Depicts a number of animal babies sleeping as a mother puts her own baby to bed.

Tuck Me In

The reader helps tuck in baby animals at bedtime using pages with flaps to serve as blankets.