In the past year or so, I've had 10 friends and family members give birth. Seriously people, 10! And in the next 6 months, I know of at least 3 more that will be having babies of their own. SO, instead of a Picture Book Saturday post, I thought I'd do a board book extravaganza, because, as a book person, I obviously go straight for the bookstore when I need to pick up a baby shower gift.
If you're looking for books to give a new mom-to-be or even a mom that has other children, these are great choices. Some nostalgic, some fun and silly, each would make a nice choice for a gift or to add to an outfit or one of those other baby essentials.
I got a box of baby awesome from Random House:
The famous "Little Golden Books" series has started putting some of their more popular titles into padded board book form, which makes them great for little hands. There's The Poky Little Puppy (one of my personal favorites from childhood), Home for a Bunny, Baby's First Book, and Baby Farm Animals, and each is just as sweet as I remembered from so long ago. I also like that they are a bit thicker than the original Golden Books and therefore you can read the title on the spine.
The latest edition to the "Busy" series by John Schindel and Martin Harvey, which features books with beautiful photographs of a specific animal with minimal text. Great for babies that love looking at pictures! This one features elephants...one of my favorite animals. Lots of great books in this series! I love the dog one and the gorillas...such great photos.
Grandma Calls Me Gigglepie by J.D. Lester and illustrator Hiroe Nakata is another cute book for babies and toddlers that is all about silly nicknames. It all started with the books Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug and Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants. All of the books, including this new one, have nicely flowing rhymes and show animals doing their thing to illustrate the nickname. Fun!
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Salina Yoon is a fun, modern take on the classic nursery rhyme.
Wiggle Like an Octopus and Swing Like a Monkey are both by Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback and are SO adorable! The monkey and the octopus on the covers move depending on which way you turn the book and the text is interactive, asking the reader if they can "leap like a tiger," "kangaroo jump," etc. Lots of fun for older siblings!
Baby Says "Moo" by JoAnn Early Macken and illustrator David Walker is really cute for babies learning their animal sounds. This particular baby thinks everything from people to birds to cats say "moo!" Kids will find it silly as the baby answers "moo" to everything, until the baby falls asleep!
A super sweet read for toddlers expecting a younger sibling or for those learning their animal sounds!
Thanks to Disney for the review copy!