Best Books for Babies

Babies love books. Cuddling up with a caregiver, looking at pictures and listening to the rhythm of words, whether they understand them or not, can be comforting, exciting or just plain fun.


And librarians love lists. That’s one reason why we’ve been involved for the last sixteen years in creating annual lists of Best Books for Babies.

Titles selected have to meet certain criteria of course, but as Irene, on the Eleventh Stack blog wisely noted, the impact of choosing books extends beyond the listening child. Parents and other adults need to be prepared to read and re-read books over and over (which is actually really good for young listeners).

Not every book will suit every reader and listener, but the titles on this year’s list offer plenty of opportunities to wiggle, giggle and make some noise.

Baby's Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields

Baby’s Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields

For babies who have big brothers or sisters, try Carol Diggory Shield’s Baby’s Got the Blues for a new perspective on the lives and woes of tiny tots.

If poetry appeals, don’t miss Lin Oliver’s Little Poems for Tiny Ears.

Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver

To really fascinate your audience, though, you’ll want to share Maya Ajmera’s Global Baby Boys.

Global Baby Boys by Maya Ajmera

There are few things babies enjoy more than looking at photos of other babies and this uplifting board book offers portraits of smiling baby boys from around the world.

Prefer something a bit more rowdy? Check out the numerous titles on the list that involve making animal sounds. And don’t forget to check out past titles too.

By Lisa, Coordinator of Children’s Collections

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