BEST Books for Babies


Best Books for Babies is an initiative developed by Beginning with Books - Center for Early Literacy in an effort to highlight the importance of reading to babies. Research has proven that a child's first years are critical to language development, reading to infants is one of the best ways to encourage that development.

Each year,a selection committee comprised of early childhood and literacy experts review books for babies published in the prior year. The committee looks for:

  • Age-appropriate subject, format, and theme
  • Clear, uncluttered illustration Distinguished writing (when applicable)
  • Easy physical manipulation Interactive potential

The goals of the Best Books for Babies list are to:

  • Assist parents, teachers, and others in selecting outstanding books for the babies in their lives
  • Highlight the importance of sharing books with babies
  • Honor publishers, authors, illustrators, and designers who create outstanding books for our youngest children
  • Encourage the publication of more high quality books for infants

Duckie's Ducklings: A One-to-Ten Counting Book Cover Image
By Frances Barry, Frances Barry (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763625146
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Published: Candlewick - February 3rd, 2005

Tomie's Mother Goose Flies Again Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399244667
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Published: Putnam Juvenile - August 25th, 2005

Honey Baby Sugar Child Cover Image
By Alice Faye Duncan, Susan Keeter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689846786
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2005

My Garden/ Mi Jardin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316000499
Availability: Backordered
Published: LB Kids - September 21st, 2005

Bold, colorful shapes on white board pages introduce children to familiar garden sights in two languages, English and Spanish, from dirt (la tierra) to vegetables (las verduras).

Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones Cover Image
By Claire Freedman, Tina Macnaughton (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781561484751
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Published: Good Books - June 1st, 2005

A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa Cover Image
By Jonathan London, Denis Roche (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780805072334
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 11th, 2005

Star Baby Cover Image
By Margaret O'Hair, Erin Eitter Kono (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780618306688
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Clarion Books - October 17th, 2005

Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374308612
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 24th, 2005

Alphabet House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761451921
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Cavendish Square Publishing - September 1st, 2005

This Little Piggy: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games, and Pantomime Rhymes [With CD] Cover Image
By Jane Yolen (Editor), Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), Adam Stemple (Other)
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ISBN: 9780763613488
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 14th, 2006