Babies love storytime! Snuggle up with these 2021 Best Books for Babies
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio.
Even if babies don’t quite understand all the words, they love to snuggle up with their grownup, flipping through pages, looking at pictures and listening to the rhythm of language. It’s never too early to begin reading to babies. It’s a simple way to connect, improve your baby’s brain development and make your growing child smarter.
That’s part of the reason that Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh produces its nationally acclaimed list of Best Books for Babies. Libraries across the country use the annual Pittsburgh-created selections for their collections. Curated by local librarians, child development experts and publishers, the list includes board books, lift-the-flap titles and picture books.
This expert committee selects newly released titles that best promote linguistic, cognitive, social-emotional and visual development for young learners. Other criteria include:
- Books that are age-appropriate, aimed at babies from infants to 18 months old.
- Books that encourage interaction and participation, as well as feature engaging illustrations.
- Books that allow babies to start to learn about how words sound and start making connections to physical objects through reading.
You’re sure to find a few future favorites in the 2021 Best Books for Babies list – or these lists from previous years – that will be revisited again and again. Reading to your baby is such a fun and worthwhile experience for both of you!
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2. “Baby Up Baby Down: A First Book of Opposites,” by Abrams Appleseed. Color photographs on bright white backgrounds show babies who are clean and messy, wet and dry, quiet and noisy—and utterly adorable.
4. “Five Little Ducks: First Book of Nursery Games,” by Ailie Busby. Simple instructions for caregivers make it easy to play and sing with your baby. A companion title also selected for this year’s Best Books for Babies list is “Pat-A-Cake: First Book of Nursery Rhymes.”
10. “Up Cat Down Cat,” by Steve Light. Bright colors, rich texture and exaggerated shapes combine to create an attractive board book.