Best Books For Babies 2013

The Best Books For Babies group and website ( puts together a best books list from each previous year. Among those involved with creating the group was the late Fred Rogers, aka "Mister Rogers," whose company, The Fred Rogers Company, continues to sponsor the "Best Books for Babies" effort.  This post may seem similar because I wrote about the 2011 books a year ago.

The group is comprised of librarians and other early childhood experts. The group annually reads through hundreds of books before choosing the 10 best books for babies and toddlers.  Here are the "Best Books for Babies 2013." All books were published in 2012 and are listed alphabetically along with comments from the selection committee.  If you are interested in seeing more books, I did the same post last year showing the best books of 2011. I hope your Swanky Baby enjoys these books!

A Kiss Means I Love You
By Kathryn Madeline Allen
Appealing close-up photos of children’s faces clearly show a variety of actions and expressions that reflect familiar emotions and experiences.

Clare Beaton's Bedtime Rhymes BB [Board book] 
by Clare Beaton
Thematic collections of nursery rhymes are illustrated with charming needlework in these sturdy board books perfect for the very youngest listeners.


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

Trains Go
By Steve Light
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.

Look Look Outside!
By Peter Linenthal
Limited text and bold black and white illustrations make this board book perfect for the very youngest listeners.

Sweet Baby Feet
Margaret O’Hair
Rhyming verses follow a smiling baby from morning to night while bright, beguiling pictures illuminate the havoc—and humor—that follows.

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

Babies, Babies
By Debby Slier
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.

Cradle Me.
By Debby Slier
This shaped board book features appealing photographs of Native American babies from a variety of tribes.

Animal 1-2-3 and Animal Spots and Stripes
By Britta Teckentrup
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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