Best Books for Babies 2019

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For the twentieth time since 2000, a group of local librarians and child development experts has sorted through the previous year’s publications to select and promote the ten Best Books for Babies.

The Best Books for Babies project is intended to encourage reading beginning at birth and recognize publishers who create excellent books for the very youngest listeners. The books selected, from sturdy board books to fun lift-the-flap titles to charming picture book portraits of young families, will delight and engage babies age birth through 18 months and the adults who care for them.

Pick one up soon and share it with a baby in your life. In addition to spending some cozy time together you’ll be preparing baby’s brain to learn and grow.


Download a PDF of 2019’s Best Books for Babies

Baby Says

This board book shows the love between an energetic baby and his older brother. Families of all shapes and sizes can enjoy this story.

Baby See, Baby Do

Each page features a photograph of a different baby as they show emotions or complete an action. Babies will also enjoy seeing themselves in the attached mirror.

Baby's Firsts

Rhythmic rhymes describe the typical milestones of a baby’s first year. Three different families appear in the pictures.

Birds of a Color

Very young babies will be able to focus on the black and white birds. Colorful flaps will surprise and entertain babies of all ages.

Black Bird, Yellow Sun

A black bird and orange worm are paired with pictures in a rainbow of colors. High-contrast collage and textured paint create eye-catching illustrations.

Count with Little Fish

Thick black outlines, vivid colors, and shiny textures make the pictures in this board book pop.  The rhyming text includes plenty of descriptive words and phrases.

Go Baby! Go Dog!

A baby who loves to crawl follows a dog wherever he goes.

I Am a Baby

Each page shows babies with their families, pets, and everyday items. Caregivers can make connections to their own babies’ lives.

Jonny Lambert's Animal ABC

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

Toesy Toes

Playful language is paired with clear photographs of babies. Caregivers can introduce a new word—“toes”— by touching their babies’ toes as the word repeats in the text.