Top Ten Tuesday – Books for Babies

It’s Top Ten Tuesday!

For a long time, the idea has been simmering that I should post my favorite books in different categories. I think it started when Betsy Bird of the Fuse #8 blog had her readers vote on their 10 favorite picture books, and later our 10 favorite books for middle readers.

The idea was still simmering until a couple weeks ago, when I met with a team of child care specialists as part of my new job working for the Fairfax County Office for Children, Provider Services. I wanted to be able to contribute to the team some of my experience as a children’s librarian, so they suggested that I put together lists of books for different age ranges of children, so they could give these lists to new child care providers.

Needless to say, it was a fun assignment! I made lists of my ten top choices for recommendations for children at several different age levels, with plenty of overlap. (The best books for children will be good for a wide variety of ages, so these are not hard and fast.)

So now I had several top ten lists, and I thought I’d better share them. I’ve got a new page on my main website, called Sondy’s Selections. I thought it would be even more fun if I could get other people to contribute their own top ten lists for the various categories. Since the choices are very personal, it would be nice to hear about other great books that you have enjoyed.

I’ll provide a link to Amazon for the books I haven’t reviewed yet, so you can get more information. (And if you order the book through my link, I get a small percentage.) If I’ve reviewed the book, the title link will take you to my review (which also has an Amazon link).

So, this week I’m starting with books for babies — ages 0 to 2. (Next week will be ages 2-3.) Please post in the comments your own top ten list! Or any good books for this age group that I’ve missed. Or better yet, a link to your own Top Ten Tuesday blog entry.

Here’s my first list of Sondy’s Selections:

Ages 0-2

Blue Hat, Green Hat, by Sandra Boynton
The ultimate toddler book, this board book presents colors and items of clothing – and a turkey who always gets it wrong. Oops!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
This sweet-as-can-be picture book celebrates the love of all babies everywhere – especially your very own baby.

Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
A classic lift-the-flap book has Spot’s mother looking for him, but finding many other animals.

Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell
Another lift-the-flap book has the zoo sending a child bigger and bigger pets until they finally send just the right one.

Freight Train, by Donald Crews
Simple irresistible text shows different colored train cars traveling by.

Good Night Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
The classic bedtime book to soothe toddlers to sleep.

More, More, More, Said the Baby, by Vera B. Williams
The opposite of soothing, this book has a built in tickle game.

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
This book uses rhymes to help a child guess which mama animal is coming next.

Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden
A simple rhyming board book with holes to peek through and guess who’s hiding on the next page – ending up with a mirror to see Baby.

Cat the Cat Who Is That? by Mo Willems
Cat the Cat meets an assortment of new friends until she meets one that defies naming.


4 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Books for Babies”

  1. Trisha says:

    We just borrowed ‘Cat the Cat’ last week. It’s super cute! We are also still enjoying Ten Little Fingers thanks to you! :-) …Now, you’ve sent me to our bookshelves in search of our favorites!

    We love “Goodnight Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann, “Doggies” by Sandra Boynton, “The Napping House,” “Quick as a Cricket,” and “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” all by Audrey and Don Wood, “From Head to Toe by Eric Carle, and Slide and Find “Trucks” published by (we’re going to get a couple more of these for Christmas. Both kids love sliding the doors back and forth and they don’t break.).

  2. Administrator says:

    Thanks, Trisha!
    Goodnight Gorilla is actually coming up on the 2-3 year olds list. And I love ANYTHING by Sandra Boynton, but thought I’d limit it to one! (Josh’s first word was “Ffff” when reading DOGGIES!) He was so little, I was completely stunned and called my sister, who had given us the book. I think MOO BAA LA LA LA is my next favorite.

    I found this list was especially heavy with books from when Josh was a baby 22 years ago! I do a little better with newer titles in some of the later lists. So I’m glad to hear of more titles!

  3. My tops would be:

    A YOU’RE ADORABLE by Buddy Kaye

    MORE, MORE, MORE SAID THE BABY by Vera B. Williams

    BARK, GEORGE by Jules Feiffer

    GOOD NIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown


    WE GOT HERE TOGETHER by Kim R. Stafford

    JAMBERRY by Bruce Degen

    WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Michael Rosen

    BARNYARD DANCE Sandra Boynton

    PIGGIES by Don and Audrey Wood


    Okay, I think that’s 11! I’ll stop now…but it isn’t easy to only name a few!!!

  4. Administrator says:

    Thanks, Angela!

    Some of your choices are coming up on my Age 2-3 list, too. I kind of cheated by overlapping the age ranges so I could include more books!

    I should add that my library co-worker e-mailed me with the favorites of her baby grandson:

    MY CAR, by Byron Barton
    THAT’S NOT MY PUPPY, by Fiona Watt

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