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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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!

Jonny Lambert's Animal ABC

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