Beginning with Books, a literacy organization that promotes childhood reading, released their 2010 list of the Best Books for Babies. The list includes a lineup of colorful and interactive books, some of which may even be in your own babies’ libraries.
According to experts, it’s never too early to start reading to babies. In fact, regularly reading with babies and young kids encourages them to become enthusiastic lifelong readers, according to Beginning with Books.
This year, the group spotlights 15 titles published in 2009 that stand out in the baby genre. Head over to Beginning with Books for descriptions on all of the books.
All Fall Down, Clap Hands, Tickle, Tickle and Say Goodnight by Helen Oxenbury
Baby Woof Woof! by Dawn Sirett
Carry Me by Rena D. Grossman
Daddy, Papa, and Me and Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Carol Thompson
Hello Baby! By Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
In My Nest and In My Pond by Sara Gillingham, illustrated by Lorena Siminovich
Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Bob Kolar
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Posy by Linda Newbery, illustrated by Catherine Rayner
What Colors by Dwell Studio
I’m particularly drawn to the Helen Oxenbury titles, simply because of the diverse faces featured on the covers. I love books that tend to reflect our family and our neighborhood. It’s extremely important to me to expose the kid to diversity starting at a young age. And what do you know, I even featured Oxenbury’s Baby Love gift set in the NKT books for every age gift guide.
Beginning with Books, a non-profit organization based out of Pittsburgh, has been a driving force in the early childhood literacy movement since the 80s. This year marks the group’s tenth year for picking the Best Books for Babies. In case you want to see more Best Books for Babies, they highlighted some of their picks over the past decade.