My baby shower was amazing. It was everything my Pinterest dreams were made of. One of the absolute best things about my baby shower was that guests were asked to bring a book with a message inside instead of a card. These messages were so sweet and bring back so many fond memories as I open each one to read to our girl. One day I will get to share stories of each person who left her a sweet note. I especially can tell her of a dear friend who even in the midst of battling cancer came and celebrated her arrival with me. She is no longer with us, but I have this sweet memory of her inside the tiny books she gave my daughter. Here are my top 10 books to give a new baby instead of a card.
1. On the Night You Were Born-Nancy Tillman
A beautifully illustrated book that celebrates and welcomes baby to the world. (Grab your copy here.)
2. Oh, Baby, The Places You’ll Go- Tish Rabe
You can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss. Although this is not a Dr. Seuss book, it was adapted from Oh! The Places You’ll Go and comes with a blessing from his wife, Audrey. (Grab your copy here.)
3. I’ll Never Let You Go- Smriti Prasadam-Halls
This book explores a wide arrange of emotions and tells how the parent will always be by the child’s side through them all. (Grab your copy here.)
4. Puff The Magic Dragon-Peter Yarrow & Lenny Lipton
A classic! My husband read this to our daughter almost from the day she was brought home from the hospital. When she was old enough to ask for it, she did…all the time. (Grab your copy here.)
5. Itsy Bitsy I Love You- Sandra Magsamen
A twist on the modern nursery rhyme, this book is bright and fun. (Grab your copy here.)
6. God Gave Us You-Lisa Tawn Bergren
Getting pregnant,for me, was not an easy task. What is suppose to be “natural” didn’t come naturally at all. As I read this book to my daughter I can’t help but get choked up thinking of all we went through to bring her into this world. (Grab your copy here.)
7. Me and My Dad- Alison Ritchie
A sweet book about all the adventures Little Bear takes with his dad. (Grab your copy here.)
8. Me and My Mom- Alison Ritchie
Little Bear and her Mom are two peas in a pod. (Grab your copy here.)
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
Who doesn’t love a good Eric Carle book? I don’t usually recommend them for young kids (except to picture read) because some of them can be long, but this is a winner. With its repetitive pattern and bright colors, it is sure to keep baby’s attention. This one is kinda a go-to for most people so be sure to write a sweet message inside. (Grab your copy here.)
10. Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose
No library is complete with a set of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Rhymes are short, catches baby’s attention, and can be read from memory even when baby grabs the book from you. (Grab your copy here.)
These were just some of our favorites. Comment below and let me know what were some of your favorites.
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