Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Top 10 Books to Gift at a Baby Shower

If you've been to a baby shower recently, you know the new thing is to bring a book instead of a card to build the baby's library. That's great in theory, but a lot of people choose books that aren't developmentally appropriate or great as read-alouds. I can't help but cringe when I watch people open books that aren't going to capture baby's attention or be enjoyable for parents to read. So here I've compiled a list of 10 excellent board books to build baby's library, as well as an explanation why. 

10. Baby Love by Sandra Magsamen: Easy text and a mirror for baby to interact with! 

9. I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy: High-contrast images for baby to look at, repetitive text

8. You're My Little Cuddle Bug by Nicola Edwards: Bright pictures + easy, rhyming text

7. No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli: Simple, repetitive text, teaches good and bad choices, simple pictures, excellent transition to early reading/concept of word .

6. Oh no, George! by Chris Haughton: fun read-aloud, bright pictures, repetitive language for kiddos to repeat

5. Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli: simple, repetitive text, simple pictures, shows contrast between good and bad tastes, introduces words that sound similar - good for phonological awareness .

4. Press Here by Herve Tullet: Highly interactive! The pictures are simple for when baby is little and toddlers will have fun interacting with the pages! 

3. Baby Animals by Xavier Deneux: Babies can touch and feel parts of this book and learn about animals with minimal text (yet great vocabulary) and clearly defined, bright, simple pictures. 

2. Welcome by Mo Willems: This book is made to be a simple introduction for babies about what they can expect now that they're in the world! Cute, witty, and highly entertaining for the adult that's bound to read it over and over again as a bedtime story.

The number one book on the list??

1. Babies Can Sleep Anywhere by Lisa Wheeler: A quick read with repetitive, rhyming text, new vocabulary and excellent illustrations that are relatable to littles.

Share with friends that'll be heading to a baby shower soon!

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