Welcome to Best Books for Babies 2014

All books on this list were published in 2013 and are listed alphabetically along with comments from the selection committee.

Baby Parade  O'Connell, Rebecca.  Illustrations by Susie Poole. Albert Whitman & Company

Smiling babies and their caretakers promenade through a cheerful landscape that combines realistic elements with unusual patterns and textures.

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Diggers Go  Light, Steve.  Chronicle Books

Energetic paintings of various kinds of heavy equipment stretch across the pages of this sturdy board book accompanied by amusing interpretations of the noises they make.

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Farm  Brown, James.  Candlewick Press

High contrast illustrations present stylized images of familiar animals and objects; slight changes in texture add tactile appeal.

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Global Baby Girls Global Fund for Children.  Charlesbridge Publishing

Crisp photos showcase baby girls from around the world who are “beautiful, strong, bold and bright” and sure to capture the interest of the very youngest listeners.

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Good Night, Trucks: A Bedtime Book  Biggs, Brian. Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

Colorful cartoon-style pictures feature eleven different kinds of trucks, focusing on what they do and where they go at the end of the day.

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Happy Healthy Baby: Cuddle, Eat, Move, Reach  Verdick, Elizabeth and Marjorie Lisovskis.  Free Spirit Publishing

These four board books feature soft black-and-white photos of babies facing pages that combine playful pastel illustrations with short sentences describing the babies’ actions.

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It's Time to Sleep  Priddy Books. 

Brief and basic, this colorful point-and-say board book shows photos of babies, blankets, books and bears among other familiar items associated with daily activities and bedtime routines.

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Maisy's First Colors  Cousins, Lucy.  Candlewick Press

Maisy and her friends enjoy their favorite yummy foods, featured in simple drawings with bright colors and described with brief rhymes.

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My Mother Goose: A Collection of Favorite Rhymes, Songs, and Concepts McPhail, David, editor and illustrator.  Roaring Brook Press

A treasure trove of traditional rhymes and original content, this collection is decorated with old-fashioned watercolor illustrations.

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Thumpy Feet  Lewin, Betsy.   Holiday House

A goofy-looking orange cat with big green eyes, Thumpy Feet is interested in the same kinds of things that absorb babies’ attention: eating, playing, stretching and sleeping.

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


When a Best Book for Babies Selection Review
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