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You know you’re a children’s librarian when …

You know you’re a children’s librarian when …

you’re the one bringing books as a baby shower gift!

Here are a few of my favorite baby shower gifts. They’re colorful, multicultural, wordless, chewable (yum!) and dishwasher-safe!

What are your favorite literary gifts for the reader who hasn’t yet opened his eyes?


  1. Julie

    Rosemary Well’s My Very First Mother Goose, along with a small board or paperback collection of Mother Goose. I can’t tell you how many times a paperback MG distracted my daughter on crowded bus rides. It got to the point where I could recite the book even when I couldn’t see the pages! Ever since then I’ve considered MG as an indispensible diaper bag essential.

  2. Sigrid

    I make a gift basket when I can afford it: a Mother Goose or nursery rhyme book (I look for ones that show either some diversity or have animals instead of people), a classic story book like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a “concepts” board book (ABC’s/123’s/shapes/colors), a board book with photos of things/animals/babies, a baby-safe stuffed animal or toy, and a CD of lullabies or other music for babies. I attach a tag with tips for reading to babies on it.

  3. Abby

    My new favorite for baby showers is TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES by Mem Fox (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). Of course, Sandra Boynton is a perennial favorite. And for bookish sorts (of which I know many), I love giving IT’S A LITTLE BOOK by Lane Smith. I also love giving music and the Putumayo Kids CDs are some of my favorites.

    1. Lisa

      Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is one of my new favorites, too.

      1. Mary

        We received Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes as a shower gift and it quickly became my son’s favorite! I also love to give the Ezra Jack Keats books — I firmly believe that The Snowy Day belongs on every child’s bookshelf!

  4. Jen

    Pat the Bunny By Dorothy Kundhart and Black and White by Tana Hoban

  5. Kim

    I love to give the book “I Love You Through and Through” by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak. It’s a sweet board book for parents to read at bedtime or anytime.

  6. Lisa

    I don’t know I Love You Through and Through. I’ll check it out. Thanks for all the great gift ideas.

  7. JC Brown

    White on Black by Tana Hoban; Black on White by Tana Hoban; Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey; and usually a book + puppet (e.g. Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow)

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