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Introduction to A Baker's Dozen

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s A Baker’s Dozen is a nationwide, annual initiative to screen over 2,000 picture books each year with the goal of identifying the top 13 that fulfill the goals of family literacy programs for preschoolers.

This list is released nationally, searchable in the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database, and used by libraries, schools, family centers, and elsewhere to inspire the youngest audience members to become lifelong readers and lovers of books.

A Baker’s Dozen: The Best 13 Books for Family Literacy booklist is accompanied by activities tailored to each book on the list (available free, online) to assist parents, caregivers, and educators with enhancing young learner's reading experience while advancing reading comprehension.