Best Books for Babies 2022

 

The Best Books for Babies Committee has been meeting for over 20 years and some members have participated since the beginning. Our goal is to identify books that are well suited for the very youngest listeners.

We want to encourage parents and other caregivers to read to babies right from the start—because learning begins at birth. We also want to recognize the authors, illustrators and publishers who create excellent books for the very youngest listeners.

Committee members are librarians, child development specialists, educators and others with an interest in promoting literacy and learning. Whatever their tenure on the committee, all members have insights and opinions to share.  While we didn’t have quite as many books to consider as in past years (blame those supply chain issues and/or disruptions in publishing) we still managed to identify 10 Best Books for Babies published in 2022. (Actually, there are a dozen this time around—we picked two books with companion titles.)

The books selected include several bedtime books, some stories focused on animals and board books with appealing photographs, poems and rhymes. We believe that they will delight and engage babies age birth through 18 months and the adults who care for them.

So please pick up one (or more) of these titles soon–or choose books from previous Best Books for Babies lists–and share them with a baby in your life. In addition to spending some cozy time together, you’ll be preparing your baby’s brain to learn and grow.


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Download a PDF of 2022’s Best Books for Babies

Baby, Sleepy Baby

An interracial family cuddles a beaming baby in this charming picture book.


City Baby

Colorful collages and simple phrases celebrate everyday experiences.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.


Farm Lullaby

Playful rhymes and pleasingly old-fashioned illustrations show a variety of farm animals as they prepare for sleep.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.


Goodnight Everyone

Bright colors and cleverly designed pages make the pictures in this board book pop.



Pop a Little Pancake!

A diverse group of children act out these two play songs; musical notation is included on the back.


Jungle Night

Sleepy rhymes give way to a (loud) surprise in this humorous animal-filled board book.


Leo Loves Daddy

Leo is a smiling, energetic baby who enjoys spending time with his father and mother.


Leo Loves Mommy

Leo is a smiling, energetic baby who enjoys spending time with his father and mother.


My Heart Beats

Color photographs show babies and their caregivers with accompanying text that describes the sound of a heartbeat in a variety of languages.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.


The Night is Deep and Wide

Crisp black and white illustrations with splashes of color accompany a soothing poem to create a cozy bedtime read.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.


We All Play

Stunning artwork shows animals and children at play in a picture book that can be enjoyed by babies and will remain engaging as children grow.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.