Our Book Selection Process

Each title is specially selected by a panel of leading childhood literacy experts
who lend their expertise in choosing the perfect set of age-appropriate books
for hundreds of thousands of children across the U.S. and the world.


Birth to 12 Months

  • Vision
    bright, big colorful
  • Touch
    Board pages
  • Rhyme and Rhythm
  • Simple
    Easy to use
  • Minimal Text
    Point and say
  • Playful Sound
  • Nurture
    Attachment, lullaby themes


13 to 24 Months

Continue concepts from year one and build upon them

  • Repetition and Predictability
    Generate language
  • Daily Routines
    Topics familiar to a child
  • Imagery
    Use of real photo illustration
  • Body Awareness
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Colors, Letter, Numbers


25 to 36 Months

  • Wordless Books
    build your own story (ready and child)
  • Values and Character
  • Issues
    fear, conflict, love, safety
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Colors, Letter, Numbers


37 to 48 Months

  • More Complex Stories
    Hero, complication, resolution
  • Diversity of Others
    Faces, environments – OK to be different
  • Play, Humor, Fun
  • Nursery Rhymes and Poetry


49 to 60 Months

  • School Preparation and Readiness
  • Use rebus
    (pictures used for words)
  • Science
  • Folk tales
  • Thank you
  • Rhymes and poetry

Each title has reading tips that extend the engagement and interaction between the child and caregiver.

Two Spanish/English bilingual titles are selected per age group each year.

Through a partnership with the American Printing House for the Blind, we can help provide books for blind and visually impaired children.