Best of the Best Books for Babies

2000 Award Winners- Published in 1999
Babies by Susan Canizares, Pamela Chanko, Scholastic, Inc.
Babies on the Move by Susan Canizares, Daniel Moreton, Scholastic, Inc.
*The Baby's Word Book by Sam Williams, Greenwillow Books
*Flappy, Waggy, Wiggly by Amanda Leslie, Dutton Children’s Books
*Hello Luluby Caroline Uff, Walker & Company
Here Comes Mother Goose by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells, Candlewick Press
Oh Baby! A Touch-and-Feel Book by Elizabeth Hathon, Grosset & Dunlap
*Show Me! by Tom Tracy, illustrated by Darcia Labrosse, Harper Festival
*Sleepy, Sleepy! by Emily Bolam, Price Stern Sloan
*Sleepytime Rhyme by Remy Charlip, Greenwillow Books

2002 Award Winners- Published in 2001
Book! by Kristine O'Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith, Clarion
*Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka, Harper Festival
*Come Back, Hannah! by Marisabina Russo, Greenwillow Books
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz, Simon & Schuster
*Daisy's Hide-And-Seek: A Lift-The-Flap Book by Jane Simmons, Little, Brown & Co.

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, illustrated by Marla Frazee, Harcourt
My Car by Byron Barton, Greenwillow
My First Word Touch and Feel  Dorling Kindersley
*Sleepy Me by Marni McGee, illustrated by Sam Williams, Simon & Schuster
So Big! Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, Harper Festival

2003 Award Winners- Published in 2002
Babies edited by Lara Holtz, Dorling Kindersley
*Boo Hoo Boo-Boo by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Elivia Savadier, Harper Growing Tree
Daddy’s Lullaby by Tony Bradman, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft, McElderry Books
Dig, Dig, Digging by Margaret Mayo, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe, Henry Holt
*Mama’s Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri, Scholastic Press
Peek-A-Boo, You by Roberta Grobel Intrater, Cartwheel
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora, Putnam
Song of Night: It’s Time to Go to Bed by Katherine Riley Nakamura, illustrated by Linnea Riley, Blue Sky Press
Wake Up, Me! by Marni McGee, illustrated by Sam Williams, Simon & Schuster
*Who Said Moo? by  Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Simms Taback, Handprint

2004 Award Winners- Published in 2003
*Animal Playby Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Simms Taback, Handprint Books
Babies on the Goby Linda Ashman, illustrated by Jane Dyer, Harcourt
Baby Day!by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Houghton Mifflin
The Baby Goes Beepby Rebecca O’Connell, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max, Roaring Brook Press
Fuzzy, Fuzzy, Fuzzy: a touch, skritch and tickle bookby Sandra Boynton, Little Simon
I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy, Candlewick Press
I Love Trucksby Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern, Harper Festival
Pio Peep by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by Escriva Vivi, RAYO
*Rock-a-Baby-Bandby Kate McMullen, illustrated by Janie Bynum, Megan Tingley
What Do You Say?by Mandy Stanley, Little Simon

2005 Award Winners- Published in 2004
Baby Danced the Polkaby Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas, Dial Book for Young Readers
Buenos Dias Baby!  by Libby Ellis, Chronicle Books
Duckie’s Rainbowby Frances Barry, Candlewick Press
Little Bo Peep by Tracey Campbell Pearson, Farrar Straus Giroux
Me Baby You Babyby Ashley Wolff, Dutton Children’s Books
Snug in Mama’s Armsby Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by John Sandford,  McGraw Hill Children’s Publishing
*Te Amo, Bebe, Little One by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Maribel Suarez, Little, Brown & Co.
Tomie’s Baa Baa Black Sheep and Other Rhymesby Tomie dePaola, Putnam
Truck Duckby Michael Rex, Putnam
*Wynken, Blynken, and Nodby Eugene W. Field, illustrated by David McPhail,  Cartwheel Books

2006 Award Winners- Published in 2005
Alphabet House by Nancy Wallace, Marshall Cavendish
Diddle, Diddle, Dumplingby Tracey Campbell Pearson, Farrar Straus Giroux
Duckie’s Ducklings by Frances Barry, Candlewick Press
Honey Baby Sugar Child by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Susan Keeter, Simon & Schuster
My Garden= Mi Jardin by Rebecca Emberley, Little, Brown & Co.
Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton, Good Books
Star Baby by Margaret O’Hair, illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono, Clarion Books
This Little Piggy by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand Candlewick Press
Tomie’s Mother Goose Flies Again by Tomie dePaola, Putnam
A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London, illustrated by Denis Roche, Henry Holt


2007 Award Winners- Published in 2006
Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Sam Williams, Little Simon
Cheep! Cheep! by Julie Stiegemeyer, illustrated by Carol Baicker-McKee, Bloomsbury Publishing
Easy Street by Rita Gray, illustrated by Mary Bono, Dutton
Hush, Little Baby by Brian Pinkney, Greenwillow Books
Look at the Animals by Peter Linenthal, Dutton Children’s Books
Look at You! A Baby Body Bookby Kathy Henderson, illustrated by Paul Howard
Mama’s Day by Linda Ashman and Jan Omerod, Simon & Schuster
Wee Willie Winkie by Salley Mavor, Houghton Mifflin
Welcome Precious by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Orchard Books
Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Little, Brown & Co.



2008 Award Winners- Published in 2007
Black & White by Tana Hoban, Greenwillow Books
*Fruit by Sara Anderson, Handprint Books
Global Babies  Charlesbridge
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow Books
Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words:  300+ Wonderful Words and 25 Flaps by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick Press
Peek-a-Baby  by Karen Katz, Little Simon
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia, Boxer Books
Trucks Roll!  by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Craig Frazier, Atheneum Books for Young Readers
*Vegetables by Sara Anderson, Handprint Books
Whose Chick Are You?  by Nancy Tafuri, Greenwillow Books

2009 Award Winners- Published in 2008 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe  by Anna Grossnickle Hines, Harcourt
All about Me!  by Dawn Sirett, DK Publishing
Baby Signs: A Baby-sized Guide to Speaking with Sign Language  illustrated by Joy Allen, Dial Books for Young Readers
Calm & Soothe illustrated by Sahnja Rescek, Child’s Play
Haiku Baby by Betsy E. Snyder, Random House
Just Like You by Emma Dodd, Dutton Children’s Books
Peekaboo Bedtime  by Rachel Isadora, G.P. Putnam's Sons
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes  by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Harcourt
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia, Boxer Books
You and Me, Baby  by Lynn Reiser, photographs by Penny Gentieu, Alfred A. Knopf


*This title is no longer in print. Please visit your local library to find a copy to enjoy with your baby.


Here is the "Best Books for Babies 2011." All books were published in 2010 and are listed alphabetically along with comments from the selection committee.

Baby Baby Baby!  Marilyn Janovitz, Jabberwocky - A loving family catalogs all the fun things their smiling baby can do—from clapping and crawling to splashing in the tub and kissing good night.

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Dancing Feet  Lindsey Craig,  Illustrated by Marc Brown,  Knopf Books for Young Readers  - Textured collage illustrations show a variety of animals stomping, creeping and clapping their way through this rhyming action tale.

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Fiesta Babies  Carmen Tafolla,  Illustrated by Amy Cordova,  Candlewick  - Bold colors amplify the festive fun in this rhyming story about babies and toddlers enjoying a neighborhood celebration.

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Hip Hop  Catherine Hnatov, Star Bright Books - High contrast black and white images alternate with simple, brightly colored  pictures of familiar animals, highlighting their typical sounds and movements.

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I Like Fruit  Lorena Siminovich, Templar - Unusual textures and vivid colors combine to create clear pictures of tasty treats in this sturdy board book.

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One Pup’s Up Marsha Wilson Chall,  Illustrated by Henry Cole,  Margaret K. McElderry  - Feisty puppies tumble and frolic across the pages of this charming picture book that features energetic, upbeat descriptions and enjoyable word play.

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Pocketful of Posies  Salley Mayor, Houghton Mifflin - Mavor uses intricate needlework to create whimsical, detailed illustrations for a wide variety of rhymes, making this an appealing collection for families even if they already own one (or more) Mother Goose collections.

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Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy  Denise Fleming,  Henry Holt and Co. Distinctive illustrations in warm, rich colors accompany rhythmic, repetitive words designed to lull listeners into sweet sleep.

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Switching on the Moon  Compiled by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters  Illustrated by G. Brian Karas  Candlewick  - Perfect for sharing at bedtime, the beautifully illustrated poems in this collection are sure to become family favorites.

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Tuck Me In!  Dean Hacohen,  Illustrated by Sherry Scharschmidt  Candlewick   Beach Lane Books - Young listeners can participate in this soothing bed-time ritual, turning decorated half-pages to cozily cover a cast of baby animals.

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2012 Best Books for Babies List (Books published in 2011)


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