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Best Books for Babies 2015

Selected by a panel of local librarians and child development experts, this annual list celebrates the best books of the previous year for babies birth to 18 months. Parents, teachers, and caregivers can use this list as well as those from previous years to select quality materials to share with the very youngest listeners. For more information, visit:

BestBooksforBabies.org

Global Baby Boys

Global Baby Boys

Close-up photographs of baby boys from around the world are accompanied by captions that identify their countries and the uplifting sentiment that "...baby boys are kind, curious, smart, and fun" and that they "can grow up to do anything!"

Clare Beaton's Garden Rhymes

Clare Beaton's Garden Rhymes

Pretty flowers, appealing animals and cheerful children, created with fabric, embroidery and other embellishments, illustrate simple rhymes in a board book that offers lilting language and plenty to pore over despite its brevity.

Baby Animal Farm

Baby Animal Farm

It's hard to tell which are more endearing--the baby animals or the baby humans--in this engaging story of an outing to the farm that hits all the high notes of petting, picnicking and playing before heading home to rest.

The Little Dump Truck

The Little Dump Truck

A bright blue and yellow dump truck trundles through the work day, his headlights and front bumper forming a face whose cheery smile complements the upbeat rhymes that describe the various tasks he tackles.

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!

Short, straight-forward sentences catalog the sounds made by a variety of animals; the final page brings a small surprise created by the clever design of the sturdy board pages.

Baby Pig Pig Talks

Baby Pig Pig Talks

Although the baby in question is pictured as a pig in the charming watercolor paintings that accompany the story, his early efforts to use language, his mother's encouragement and his first word are realistically conveyed as mother and baby stroll through their neighborhood.

Say Hello Like This!

Say Hello Like This!

Creative descriptions and familiar animal noises paired with bright, energetic illustrations will entertain young listeners; half pages that convert the images from static to active add to the playful feel.

Little Poems for Tiny Ears

Little Poems for Tiny Ears

Everyday experiences and familiar baby gear are among the topics covered in brief poems with titles like In My Stroller, Peekaboo, Diaper Time, and Blankie, each decorated with delightful pictures by ever popular artist Tomie dePaola.

Baby's Got the Blues

Baby's Got the Blues

Older siblings and parents will be the ones who get the joke, but this rhythmic, amusing list of the trials and tribulations of being a baby offers plenty for the youngest listeners too, many of whom will be able to relate to having those "...damp old baby blues."

Who Flies, Cat the Cat?

Who Flies, Cat the Cat?

Who Is That, Cat the Cat? Who Says That, Cat the Cat? Who Sleeps, Cat the Cat? This quartet of board books introduces familiar activities like getting ready for bed as well as more far-out adventures (ever seen a rhino piloting a plane?); cartoon-style illustrations with limited background detail make it easy to follow the action.