Best Books for Babies 2014

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 Parade

Illustrations and simple text follow babies as they walk, crawl, ride in strollers, or are carried while enjoying a day with their families.

Diggers Go

Come to the construction site and read about the eight construction vehicles that rumble and boom their way through this book.


Introduce babies to the animal residents of a farm in a bright, graphic, nearly wordless board book.

Global Baby Girls

Pictures and text celebrate girls from around the world.

Good Night, Trucks:  A Bedtime Book

As the sky darkens and street lights come on, all kinds of trucks are wished good night, including a fire truck, a monster truck, a dump truck, and an ice cream truck.

Happy Healthy Baby: Cuddle

Babies snuggle up to blankets, stuffed animals, pets, and people, depicting the many loving connections that can come from touch.

Happy Healthy Baby: Move

Babies push up, scoot, climb stairs, and bounce, depicting the many ways they can move.

Happy Healthy Baby: Reach

Celebrates the many ways that babies reach out to discover and learn about the world around them.

It's Time to Sleep

Die-cut holes allow for easy gripping as babies are introduced to pictures and words associated with objects they encounter every day while preparing for bedtime.

Maisy's First Colors

Helps readers learn about colors by showing the colorful foods, including red apples, green pears, and yellow bananas, enjoyed by Maisy and her friends.

Thumpy Feet

Thumpy thumpy thumpy thump thumpy. Spend a day with Thumpy Feet, a spirited orange cat.