Sunday, March 7, 2010

Baby Shower Book Suggestions?

For my web site, I'd like to put together a list of suggested books for baby showers.

Full disclosure:  there's a certain amount of self-interest involved in this, as I plan to include my new book, The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade.  But that said, I do want to put together a list of books that are particularly fun or apt to give as baby shower presents.

Classics that every Mom and Dad should have.  Funny books that hint at the adventure that's yet to come.  Unique books that you might not know about unless someone points them out.  From sweet and sentimental to funny and irreverent, and everything in between!

To that end...  Your suggestions?  Please leave them in the Comments below.  And if you could, give a brief description of the book and/or why you suggest it.  (E.g. is it sweet?  Funny?  Unique?  A childhood favorite?  A contemporary classic?  Etc.)


Boni Ashburn said...

All The World by Liz Garton Scanlon. Lovely :)

Janice Harayda said...

Any of Helen Oxenbury's board books are great first books for babies, including "Tickle, Tickle," "Clap Hands," and "All Fall Down." Board books are so hard to do well, and Oxenbury is a master of the art.

Thanks so much for putting me on your Blogroll!

Kim said...

Time for Bed by Mem Fox - each page is beautifully illustrated and shows different mother animals putting their babies to bed. The rhyme is lovely and lullaby-ish, plus it leaves room for making animal noises. We read this to our kids every night for a long, long time.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - 13 years later and I can still recite this book, it is about the alphabet but the rhyme is a hoot and give lots of room for expression and interpretation.

We always give books for baby showers, births and birthdays and these two are included every time.

E. McGrew said...

Three suggestions: I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rosetti-Shustak because it is sweet without being syrupy and my son loved it when he was little and Haiku Baby by Betsy Snyder because it is like a beautifully decorated nursery wrapped in a board book. Finally, Baby! Baby! by Vicky Ceelen. Completely wordless, this one has a picture of an animal and then a baby doing something that looks like that animal. My favorite is the frog page.