5 fantastic books for baby showers!
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Each night before bed, I put 3-4 books in front of Little Man and let him choose what we read before bedtime. I love this routine – its so fun to watch him develop favorites. Though admittedly, we usually read the same handful of books over and over and over. What can I say? He knows what he likes. And having a stack pile of books of our own is one reason I love to bring books fora baby shower!
This weekend we’ll be attending (ok – hosting) a baby shower. One of the couple’s requests was that people bring their favorite book for the baby shower to add to baby’s library. Before having a kiddo of my own, I loved this idea, but was always completely befuddled about what to get. I mean, seriously. What if I get something that someone else got? Will all the classics be brought by other people? How do I know what’s cool, but not so cool that another person would have already purchased the book?
If so, hopefully this can help you come up with some options. All 5 of these books are:
- read on repeat in our own home (so I can probably recite them on command);
- fun; and
- were given to us without any duplicate copies.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
This book is the current every-time-we-read-it-must-be-this-book book in our house. I could easily just recite the whole book right here without looking, but I’m pretty sure that’s plagiarism. When in doubt – always avoid plagiarism. Anyway, this book is incredibly cute and fun. There are a variety of animals (start practicing your best barn-yard animal noises – they’re necessities for this gem). It’s a subtle story about being friendly and helpful. The story is great, the pictures are fun, and my son loves all of the animals and their noises. Its gotten to the point where he will point to some of the animals each time they come up. It makes me want to give him an extra big snuggle.
Will You Be My Sunshine by Julia Lobo, Illustrated by Nicola Slater
I had never even seen this book before, but my aunt bought it for Little Man when he was first born. She said it reminded her of me because I always used to sing “you are my sunshine” as a little kid. The story is unique and the pictures are vibrant. This is perfect for the littlest readers, as the story is incredibly short. But it rhymes and is a sweet tribute to a parent’s love for their child.
And because receiving this book from my aunt is the only time I’ve ever seen it, I love to get this as a book for baby showers!
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, Illustrated by Max Lang
This will be a little on the older side – not exactly a baby book, but I kind of like that about this book. The fact is, at most baby showers people will bring baby-specific books. So by bringing this book, you’re really contributing to a library that will grow with the child. I love this book because the images are incredible and the story is sweet and really spoke to me. It’s all about a monkey named Jim who woke up grumpy. The story follows him as his friends try to cheer him up, but he comes to learn that its ok to be grumpy sometimes. It’s a good lesson on learning to be ok with your emotions, and Jim isn’t a jerk while he’s grumpy – he’s just not cheerful. But its also pretty wonderful to see how all of the other animals still try to help their friend to feel better.
This is one of our favorite books to read when he’s ready to play but mom just needs a break. The pictures are fun, but more than that, there are sound buttons to press ever couple of words. It keeps him engaged in the story and gives us a chance to sit and cuddle together.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This is one of the classic books for a baby shower! Its short, but entertaining. As the story goes through the days of the week and what the hungry caterpillar ate on each of those days, there is a little baby-finger sized hole in each piece of food. This representation of caterpillar eating through the food is clever, and allows Little Man to engage with the story and interact by sticking his fingers in the hole. The pages also give you a sneak peak at what the caterpillar ate on each subsequent day, so it keeps the kiddo wanting to turn the page and see the next batch of food.
I love that Little Man loves books. Now that he’s a year old, we’ve started putting 2-3 books into his crib at night. When he wakes up in the morning, its not unusual for me to look at the baby monitor and spy him sitting quietly reading to himself. I loved getting books for our baby shower, and it’s a great replacement for a card when you bring a gift for a baby shower!