One of the greatest gifts you can give a mom to be and her future little person is a book. This one simple gift will long outlive the diapers, the outfit, the wipes... basically anything else you give.
It will give mama a book to read to her little when she is trying to soothe him, put him to bed or they are just spending some quality time together. It is more than just something to do when you provide a book though. You are providing that mama the opportunity to open up the door to teach her little person
- about a world of imagination
- to help their cognitive growth
- and to build their language skills.
Reading is important! There is nothing that brings me more pleasure than when my little guy brings me a book and says "book mama". I treasure the moments that we get to spend cuddled up reading and learning together.
For my baby shower I asked that I receive books instead of cards with our gifts. It started us out with two and a half shelves filled with books for our little guy. I'm going to share some of my favorites that I received for my shower and some I have purchased since then.
#1 - God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren
This book is about a little bear asking her mama where she came from. Mama bear tells her the story of how daddy and her prayed and prayed for a baby of their own and had to wait. Then that baby came and they knew that God had answered their prayers.
This is especially a great book if your friend has waited a long time for a baby or has had to go through fertility treatment for their little one.
P.S. This author has other books in a series of "God Gave Us..." that are all excellent books for your little ones.
#2 - On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
Honestly, there isn't a book by Nancy Tillman that I do not like, but this one is my favorite. She goes through how the night wind shared the news of the baby's birth and nature stops to celebrate in it's own way the miracle of your baby's birth. This is one of the books I can ready almost by heart. It is not just my favorite, but one of my sons as well.
#3 - Love You Hoo by Rachel Bright
Friends, if you do not have a friend that sells Usbourne books, then you should find one now. (I have several dealers. Let me know if you need the hook up) I've never been disappointed in any of their books and this books is top on my recommend list when asked which book someone should get.
This book is about a Mama Owl telling her little owl about something she must tell him. She goes on about how she enjoys teaching him things and how he teaches her. She talks about how one day he will grow and fly away. He will become someone, but regardless of who her little becomes, she will always love them.
#4 - The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
This book is a momma looking at who her baby is. She sees their heart that is enormous, wild and wise heart. Then she ponders what he will become. Will he be a super hero? Will he write songs? In the end, she encourages her little to become whoever they would like to be and that she will love them just the way they are.
As a side note, I have to say that I love the artwork in this book. I bought it initially because of it and then fell in love with the meaning of the book.
#5 - Family Begins With A Wish by Matthew Cordell
This story makes me cry and is another one I would recommend for that momma and daddy that waited a very long time for their little person.
This story starts out about an elephant couple that knew from the beginning they wanted a baby. They make plans, they learn, build and journey. They get ready for that baby, but the baby doesn't come. They wait and wait and nothing. (I have to tell you I'm crying as I type this) Time passes and the elephant couple carry on and out of the blue they are surprised with the news that they are expecting. The book ends with a sweet celebration that their family is now complete because their wish had come true and their little person is now here.
#6 - What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada
I love, love, love this book. I have read this book a couple of times to my son and will read it to him for as long as he lets me. I think it's important to encourage my son now that he can try anything and that his dreams are his to do what he wants with them.
I'll side note this early and say that I think the art work in this book is cute as well.
This book is about a little boy who has an idea. At first he doesn't know what to do with the idea and he try tries to leave it, but it follows him around and grows. The little boy begins to like the idea, but is worried about what others will think. The book even explains that some people told the little boy that his idea was no good. At first, he almost believes them and accepts their opinions, but then he realizes it is HIS idea. So he grows with the idea and one day the idea takes wings and it impacts the world.
#7 - Snowflake In My Pocket by Rachel Bright
Here is another Usbourne book and by the same author as Love You Hoo.
The book is about the relationship between a bear and squirrel. Bear has lived for many seasons, but squirrel has only seen three. He is excited to see his first snowfall. The morning he wakes to see snow had come he is not able to enjoy it with his friend bear because bear is sick. So, squirrel ventures out on his own to play and explore in the snow. When he is done he thinks about what he can do to share this experience with bear. He catches a snowflake to put in his pocket to take home to bear. When he gets home to show bear, he puts his hand in his pocket and find the snowflake has melted. He gets very upset that he cannot share the experience with bear, but bear in his wisdom reminds squirrel that snow may come and go, but that their friendship will last forever.
#8 - I'll Never Let You Go by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
This very cute book is about a mama (or daddy) that sees all the things her little person does. When they are happy, sad, frustrated, being brave. She reminds them that no matter where they are or what they are feeling or doing, that she is always there right by their side and she'll never let them go.
#9 - I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
I love this book. It is short and to the point. It is all about everything a parent wishes for their child.
#10 - Someday by Alison Mcghee
This is such a cute little book. This is about a parent that observes everything her little person is going through as he/she grows. Then the parent talks about watching their little person sleep and dream and wonders who they will be when they grow.
Go ahead and grab a book for your friends baby shower. It is the gift that keeps giving and will be treasured for years to come.
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