These children’s books, published in 2011, were chosen as “best for babies” in 2012 by a panel of librarians, teachers, early childhood experts, and parents. See the whole list at Best Books For Babies

little pookie by sandra boynton

Little Pookie

By Sandra Boynton (Robin Corey Books)

Counting down 10 unique qualities of her darling child, the pig mama in this fun, rhyming board book just might inspire readers to catalog their own baby’s quirks and charms.






orange pear apple bear by emily gravett

Orange Pear Apple Bear

By Emily Gravett (Little Simon Publishing)

Gravett combines four simple words with amusing, energetic illustrations to create a playful book about seeing the world in creative ways (and tasting it too).




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first 100 words by roger priddyFirst 100 Words

By Roger Priddy (Priddy Books)

From the padded cover to the rounded pages and bright, clear illustrations, this collection of familiar objects, concepts, and activities is perfectly designed to share with young listeners.






goodnight goodnight construction site by sherri duskey rinker illustrated by tom lichtenheldGoodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

By Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Chronicle Books)

Although hard-working through the day, even trucks need to rest. With drowsy rhyming text this is the perfect way to share the end of day with the very youngest truckers.




Sources: The Fred Rogers Company; University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children