Today we are going to be Kathleen Kelly and invite you into ‘The Shop around the Corner.’ Come on in. You’ll leave with a canvas bag full of books, and maybe we will throw in a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils.
We decided we wanted to do some posts dedicated to the best children’s books. However, there are way too many on our list because we are nerdy like that. Therefore, we are breaking them up into categories (try and contain your excitement), so today’s list is all books for babies, new moms, or books to gift at a baby shower. In our opinion, these top the charts.
-This is my absolute favorite and most gifted book for a new baby. It is so sweet, has great pictures, and will basically make you want to take a nap with a lamb and a calf. Time for Bed by Mem Fox.
-Claire was given this book when she was a baby, and it honestly took me a while to crack open. It was kind of giving me Oh the Places You’ll Go vibes, and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I loathe Dr. Seuss books. Well, someone coined the phrase, “don’t judge a book by its cover” for a reason. This book comes with pretty illustrations and a great message about how wonderful it is to become who you were created to be. The Wonderful Things You’ll Be by Emily Winfield Martin
-This is a perfect book for a new bundle. It’s a reminder to count your blessings-both big and small. The pictures aren’t too shabby either. Hoda can do it all. You are My Happy by Hoda Kotb.
-Apparently I like books about going to sleep. This one is just cute; there’s no better way to say it. It’s a conversation between a mama and baby owl about all the animals in the forest getting ready for bed that night.
Under the Sleepy Stars by Stephanie Shaw
–I can’t imagine how many times I’ve gifted “On the Night You Were Born” to expectant moms. Nancy Tillman has a way at tugging at your umbilical cord…too far? That’s too far. I regretted it as soon as I typed it, but let me assure you that this book is perfection. And the illustrations are lovely. In fact, she has a lot of great books for babies. I recently gifted “Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You” to a friend who had recently adopted. Give good ole Nance a try. On the Night You were Born by Nancy Tillman
–This is a classic. It’s the less popular book of Margaret Wise Brown, author of “Goodnight Moon.” I have no problem saying goodnight to mush. I’ll probably do it here in a few hours; however, I think this book should be her best seller. I love how much of the book is in black and white, and she uses the color to emphasize the adventures and the lengths that the mom will go to to get to the baby. Precious. Somebunny will love this.
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
-This might seem like an odd choice, BUT let’s journey together. Miss Rumphius tells the story of “the lupine lady” who goes around planting lupines to make the world a more beautiful place. The entire premise of the book is centered around that concept-what can you do to make the world a more beautiful place? I can just see a lovely floral themed baby shower using this book as the guest book and all the guests writing down challenges for the new baby to make the world more beautiful. I think we all need more beauty, and what’s more beautiful than newborn babies?
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
If you have a new baby, please heed our suggestions. They are tried and true. And remember the nun from Elf.
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