The Best Books for Babies for 2014 are now up on our website and their own web page. As a member of the committee of librarians and other early childhood experts who chose these, it’s most gratifying to be able to honor a book written by one of our own: Baby Parade by Rebecca O’Connell, a librarian at the Squirrel Hill branch children’s room. I’ve had the pleasure of reading it at my toddler storytime and at child cares. Its near perfect combination of colors, textures and baby development were inspired by the Baby and Me program here at Main given by Kathy Maron-Wood.
Other books on the list include Global Baby Girls which depicts baby girls from around the world who are “beautiful, strong, bold and bright.” Diggers Go and Goodnight Trucks represent the ever-so-popular vehicle contingent. Share babies doing what babies do best with this series of four: Cuddle, Eat, Move and Reach by Elizabeth Verdick.
Books about farm animals, bedtime routines, a volume of nursery rhymes and concepts chosen and illustrated by David McPhail and a cute and kooky cat round out the list.
Best Books for Babies is a cooperative venture of CLP, the Fred Rogers Company and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children. It strives to identify books that will delight and engage both babies and the adults who care for them.