Book Shower

I have a long and well-blogged history of buying books for the littles in my life – and that task is about to be even more exciting. I am getting my very own nephew, the first little one to come into our family! I am so excited to shower the little mister with books throughout his life, so when I planned last weekend’s trip to Michigan for his shower, I knew I would be bringing a stack of books as his gift.

Then the stakes got raised: The invitation asked that everyone bring a book to the baby shower instead of a card. Flying in from NYC as a representative of the publishing industry – to say nothing of being a former kids’ bookseller – I felt a lot of pressure. I couldn’t trot in there with the most obvious favorites, the same books everyone else will think to bring – Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, and god forbid The Giving Tree! So I carefully chose my books and settled on a good mix of beloved classics and newer favorites.

0002974_ds-go-dog-go_300 GoDogGo2

This was one of my first favorite books, the one I was most eager to learn to read on my own. I remember thinking “This is my favorite book. It’s so funny.”

The Little Enging that Could


Everyone knows its famous mantra that sticks with me to this day I think I can I think I can I think I can, but did you realize the real message of this book? Take the time to help others and you’ll accomplish more than you expect!

I am a bunny

Everyone loves Richard Scarry, and this beautiful story doesn’t get as much recognition as the delightful Busy Town gang.


 A discovery from my B&N days – the art is poppin’, the rhymes are rockin’, and – most importantly – it’s never too soon to teach the little guy that he shouldn’t be limited by the expectations of others!!!

On the day of the shower, I was pleasantly surprised to find that no guest brought the same book – impressive considering that there were nearly fifty ladies there eager to set up with enough onesies, binkies, and booties to fill a Babies R Us.

Help me make my next baby book shopping list! What books absolutely MUST go on my nephew’s bookshelf?




6 Responses to Book Shower

  1. Go Dog Go is one of my favorites to give new parents.
    My next favorite is Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton!
    : )

  2. sharon says:

    Yay! So glad to find another fan! 😀

  3. Tara Connor says:

    Giraffes Can’t Dance is one of my family’s all time favorites. My 10 year old daughter asked me to read it to her the other day and my 13 year old son was drawn like a moth to a light as soon as he heard the first line. He said, “Oh, I always loved that one!” and joined us on the couch for the rest of the story. I love the power that favorite children’s books have to draw us back to our younger selves. Some other good ones that I give to my little friends:

    Black Dog, by Levi Pinfold
    Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters, by K.G. Campbell
    A Hen for Izzy Pippik, by Aubrey Davis

    Oh, and so many more it makes my brain hurt..

    Because I’m from Maine I have to add:

    Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
    Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney

    I could do this all day!

    So fun to have little ones to buy books for!!

    • sharon says:

      I am also a great McCloskey fan, Tara! And you’ll be glad to hear someone brought BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL, so my nephew will learn to be one too!

  4. Heather Job says:

    When I was a kid, I loved “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas, and Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino.

    Some picture books I’ve read more recently that were really great are:

    Sky Color, by Peter H. Reynolds
    The Dot, also by Peter H. Reynolds
    Someday, by Alison McGhee (more geared towards new moms, I think, but I teared up a little because I’m a big sentimental dork)
    Interrupting Chicken, by Dsvid Ezra Stein

    Also, Glamourpuss, by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by David Small, is worth a look even if you don’t even up buying it just for the ridiculous illustrations of this neurotic chihuahua. Sometimes at my internship I hit the shelf and flip to that spread when I need a quick chuckle :)

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