Best Books for Babies 2018

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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 cooperative project of CLP, The Fred Rogers Company, and Trying Together (formerly the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children).

100 First Words

A large-format board book with 14 themed pages of vocabulary covering all the familiar things little ones are interested in.

El Autobús

A rhyming story in which bus riders see the sights of a city and hear the sounds of honking trucks, wailing sirens, and chiming bells.

Black White

White illustrations against a black background, alternating with black illustrations against a white background, depicting objects such as an elephant, butterfly, leaf, horse, baby bottle, and sailboat.

Cat Nap

A high-spirited kitten does not want to settle down when a sleepy cat declares it is naptime.

Getting Ready

Use all your senses to read this interactive book, developed with help from children and designed with every young reader in mind.

Littles: and How They Grow

A rhyming celebration of babies, or Littles, who are cared for by loved ones in every way and grow big in the blink of an eye.

Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions

After images of baby faces introduce six facial expressions: happy, angry, surprised, silly, and sleepy, the reader is asked to make the same face and then find that baby among several other faces.

Mouse Is Small

Mouse is small and tortoise is big–but what animal makes the most impact?

Peek-a-boo Zoo!

Join Lemur in a game of peek-a-boo at the zoo, and find out who’s hiding behind cut-out holes.