It’s a dilemma I see almost every day. You’re invited to a baby shower and want to give the gift of the perfect book. But what to get? You’re afraid to get the well-known classics: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Good Night Moon or Runaway Bunny – someone else will probably be gifting those, right? And what if this isn’t their first baby? They’re bound to have so many great books already!
My favorite recommendations are the books that every new parent and baby need. Books that can be read over and over without driving poor Mommy or Daddy nuts. Books that are sturdy with pages that can be turned by not-so-gentle hands and, yes, can even be knawed and drooled on.
The gift of the perfect board book.
I love the way little ones erupt into giggles at the impish grin of the gorilla in Peggy Rathmann’s Good Night, Gorilla.
And what parent doesn’t want to just eat up the cuteness of Vera B. William’s More More More Said the Baby?
One frequent customer repeatedly buys the wonderfully multicultural Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee to always have on hand for the next baby shower.
And anything by Tana Hoban, especially her fabulous silhouette board book, Black & White, are perfect introductions to books and art for even the smallest newborn.
Do you have a go-to book for new parents and their babies?