Rhymes, Tugs and Kisses: Best Books for Babies 2013

All the Best Book for Babies for 2013 have made it into our collection, although some have already found their way to the families of small ones. We hope that will soon be true of all of them, although I’ve earmarked a couple to read during Terrific Tales for Toddlers which starts again June 3. If you’ve heard oohs and aahs coming from our back office, it could very well be librarians enjoying these books.

Karen McPherson’s article in this week’s Post-Gazette explained the background of Best Books for Babies and why it is such an important award. She made it clear how difficult it can be to produce books that are simple, yet entertaining and educational for infants and toddlers.


Chris, a member of our staff who also works in production for the Fred Rogers Company, served on the committee.  He tipped me off about A Kiss Means I Love You. It’s chock full of adorable and diverse kids whose photographs show how much we can say without words.


I’m also fond of Animal 1,2,3 and Animal Spots and Stripes, both by Britta Teckentrup.  Animal 1,2,3 starts with one snake but cleverly hides another behind a foldout number. The book goes on this way until 10 dancing dragonflies. Behind 10, all the animals return to be counted again. Animal Spots and Stripes alternates between the two patterns until the very last animal it depicts.

Other choices include two nursery rhyme books by Clare Beaton; tug boat and train books; a look outside in bold black, white and lime; a peep on the move and more delightful photos of babies.

For more information including a connection to our catalog, check our list in our Kids pages. See past winners and what makes a best book on the Best Book for Babies website.

Tina Zubak

About Tina Zubak

I've been a librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for about 12 years, first at the Beechview branch and now at Children's. I've written some books myself, but alas, no publications. Among my favorite books are BFG, Houndsley and Catrina and the Quiet Time, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Nation and Rose Daughter.
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