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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

Baby Shower Gifts

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. 5121 I love the way little ones erupt into giggles at the impish grin of the gorilla in Peggy Rathmann's Good Night, Gorilla. 982 And what parent doesn't want to just eat up the cuteness of Vera B. William's More More More Said the Baby? 7094 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. 9302 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?

by Eliza Brown

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Mrs Scoobers
Friday, August 8, 2010 - 5:44 pm
Anita Lobel's "Hello Day" is my pick for baby showers, although it is not available in board book format. I never get tired of looking at the Van Gogh-influenced illustrations with a wonderful pallette, and the text is simply perfect.
Saturday, August 8, 2010 - 10:28 am
Good choices - all favorites at one time or another of our 14-m.o. daughter! She is also partial to Babycakes by Karma Wilson, Jamberry by Bruce Degen, Please Baby Please by the Lees and Kadir Nelson, etc., etc.
Wednesday, September 9, 2010 - 1:59 pm
Spring is Here and Bus Stops by Taro Gomi are two of my fave board books. I gave a friend Black & White by Tana Hoban and she told me that of all the board books she got at the shower, it was the first book her daughter showed interest in. She said the contrast of black and white mesmerized her baby.
Wednesday, September 9, 2010 - 9:32 pm
Black & White was our first board book as well. Other favorite were Tickle Tickle by Helen Oxenbury and Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein.
Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:12 pm
Goodnight Moon...always, always, always Goodnight Moon. And of course, Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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