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Books For Babies - Colors

Infants generally have good color vision by five months of age.  They especially like bright shades of red, yellow and blue. 
Try these titles to give your baby some color stimulation and enhance their visual perception:

Are you eating something red? by [by Harriet Ziefert ; illustrated by] Ryan Sias


Circles by Yusuke Yonezu


Red pepper, yellow squash: a book of colors by concept by Rebecca Bondor


Zoom: a fast-paced book of colors by text by John Litton ; illustrations by Fhiona Galloway


Picture Books on Bundling Up

The temperatures outside have dropped, so it's time to get out our warm winter clothing. Think coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, and boots. Keep cozy by reading these picture books about bundling up.


Lucille's snowsuit by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Marylin Hafner


The jacket I wear in the snow by Shirley Neitzel ; pictures by Nancy Winslow Parker


Little lamb, have you any wool? by Isabel Minhós Martins ; [illustrations by] Yara Kono


Under my hood I have a hat by Karla Kuskin ; illustrations by Fumi Kosaka


The hat by Jan Brett

Time For Twos

Children 18 months to not yet three years old may join us with their caregiver for stories and activities designed specially for their age group. We'll read books, sing songs, and enjoy some fun sensory play.

Registration begins November 23.

Curl Up With a Cold-Weather Picture Book

The season is changing once again and it's time to get cozy under a blanket with a wintry book. Try these snowy weather-themed picture books and stay warm!

Snowy Sunday by Phyllis Root ; illustrated by Helen Craig


First snow by Peter McCarty


Snow by Sam Usher


The little snowplow by Lora Koehler ; illustrated by Jake Parker


If it's snowy and you know it, clap your paws! by Kim Norman ; illustrated by Liza Woodruff


Outside by Deirdre Gill

Picture Books on Thankfulness and Family

Looking for picture books for Thanksgiving but everything's checked out? Never fear, we've prepared a list of alternatives. Books about family meals or about being thankful are just as good at getting you in the Thanksgiving spirit. Try these titles today.

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell


Don't let Auntie Mabel bless the table by Vanessa Brantley Newton


Three scoops and a fig by written by Sara Laux Akin ; illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung



Everybody serves soup by Norah Dooley ; illustrations by Peter J. Thornton

Baby Storytime

Designed for children 0-18 months with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, rhymes, and lots of fun. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins October 26.

Storytime session begins Tuesday, November 10, 10:00 AM

Books For Babies - Nursery Rhyme Board Books

Introduce your baby to traditional, well-loved nursery rhymes in durable board book format. Here are some titles to get you started.

The itsy bitsy spider and friends by illustrated by Samantha Meredith


My favorite nursery rhymes by illustrated by Sanja Rešček and Hannah Wood





Books For Babies - Stories in Rhyme

Stories written in rhyme have numerous benefits. They tune your child in to all the sounds of a word, help them learn how sounds combine and blend to form words, and help them learn how to hear and identify a steady beat or rhythm. Try some of these fun books to get rhyming with your child today.


Babyberry pie by Heather Vogel Frederick ; [illustrations by] Amy Schwartz


When you were born by Emma Dodd


Ten tiny babies by Karen Katz


Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox ; [illustrations by] Helen Oxenbury


Tickly toes by Susan Hood ; Barroux

Books For Babies - Lift The Flap

Lift-the-flap books are a great way to build up your baby's brain. They can help develop fine motor skills and establish object permanence. Try this selection of lift-the-flap titles available at the Canton Public Library.

Toes, ears, & nose!: a lift-the-flap book by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by Karen Katz



Guess what? — food by Yusuke Yonezu


Cheep, cheep: pop-up fun by text by Jonathan Litton ; illustrations, Kasia Nowowiejska


Time for Twos

Children, who are 18 months old to not yet three, may join us with their caregiver for stories and activities designed just for their age group. We'll read books, sing songs, and then enjoy some water play.

Registration will begin October 26.

Books For Babies - Bilingual

This selection of board books is perfect for bilingual families or those hoping to expose their baby to another language.

Arabic/English:



al-Alwān = Colors by designed by Hakan Şan Borteçin


Hip, hop by Catherine Hnatov










Chinese/English:


Yin yue = Music by [designed by Hakan Şan Borteçin]

Books For Babies - Touch and Feel

Babies discover the world through sensory play. Let your little one explore the world with their fingers and develop their senses with these touch-and-feel titles.


Good night, little bunny: a touch-and-feel bedtime story by Jane Yolen ; illustrated by Sam Williams



Noisy world by illustrated by Maxine Davenport and Cindy Roberts


One winter's day by M. Christina Butler ; illustrated by Tina Macnaughton

Books For Babies - Black and White

Do babies really like looking at black-and-white images? Yes! High-contrast images are great for visual stimulation. Try some of these titles to stimulate your baby's visual development.


I like black and white by Barbara Jean Hicks ; illustrated by Lila Prap


White on black by Tana Hoban


Black on white by Tana Hoban


What is that? by Tana Hoban

Books For Babies - Faces

Babies love looking at faces! In fact, they are hardwired to recognize faces, helping them to connect with their caregivers early on. Want to give your little one some more faces to gaze at? Here are some great titles he or she will love.

Baby faces by Margaret Miller


What's on my head? by Margaret Miller



Mrs. Mustard's baby faces by Jane Wattenberg



Baby! Baby! by Vicky Ceelen

Baby Storytime

Designed for children 0-18 months with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, rhymes, and lots of fun. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins August 27.
Storytime session begins Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 AM