Welcome to Best Books for Babies 2013

All books on this list were published in 2012 and are listed alphabetically along with comments from the selection committee.

A Kiss Means I Love You.  Kathryn Madeline Allen, Photographs by Eric Futran. Albert Whitman & Co.

Appealing close-up photos of children’s faces clearly show a variety of actions and expressions that reflect familiar emotions and experiences.

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Clare Beaton's Bedtime Rhymes
Clare Beaton's Farmyard Rhymes

By Clare Beaton.  Barefoot Books.

Thematic collections of nursery rhymes are illustrated with charming needlework in these sturdy board books perfect for the very youngest listeners.

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Peepsqueak!  By Leslie Ann Clark.  Harper 

Energetic and highly motivated, Peepsqueak is a chick that’s going places and young listeners will be pleased to follow along.

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Trains Go.  By Steve Light.  Chronicle Books.

Colorful watercolor illustrations race across this board book’s extra wide pages, emphasizing the kinetic appeal of various types of trains from old fashioned steam engines to super-fast, streamlined bullet trains.

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Look Look Outside! By Peter Linenthal. Dial Books.

Limited text and bold black and white illustrations make this board book perfect for the very youngest listeners.

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Sweet Baby Feet. Margaret O’Hair, illustrated by Tracy Dockray.  Farrar Straus Giroux

Rhyming verses follow a smiling baby from morning to night while bright, beguiling pictures illuminate the havoc—and humor—that follows.

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Little Tug. Stephen Savage,
Roaring Brook Press.

Simple, striking illustrations mix realism with whimsy to tell the story of a small tugboat and his fleet of friends. 

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Babies, Babies. 
By Debby Slier, Star Bright Books.

A wonderful assortment of African-American babies, smiling, crying, peeking and pouting, are featured in this small board book that babies will love to look at over and over again.

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Cradle Me. By Debby Slier, Star Bright Books.

This shaped board book features appealing photographs of Native American babies from a variety of tribes.

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Animal 1-2-3.
Animal Spots and Stripes

By Britta Teckentrup.  Chronicle Books

There’s a lot to look at in these two books; whether counting to ten or comparing spotted dogs with striped cats, young listeners will enjoy the fun flaps and attractive illustrations.

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


When a Best Book for Babies Selection Review
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