Thursday, April 3, 2014

Building the Baby's Library

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In the last few days, the baby and I have quite literally been showered with love and attention. My shower with family and friends over the weekend was an absolutely joy - I had the best time, and we received so many wonderful things. Even though almost all of it is still at my parent's house while we finish out our renovations (next week, hopefully!!!), I feel much more prepared. 

Then yesterday my office very, very sweetly hosted a shower, too. I work in higher ed, and I'm also part of the School's children's literature graduate program, so it fittingly had a book theme. All of my co-workers brought a favorite from their childhood, or one that their own children adore. The baby's library is now overflowing with all the classics, and also so many fantastic, slightly off-beat titles that were new to me. The ones above are just a few of the books that I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own, but I love them already. 

Of course, since the shower, I've been trying to think about what book I would bring as a gift. Such a hard choice! For babies, I'd probably do White on Black and Black on White, but when we get into picturebook territory, there are just too many great ones to pick! What would you chose?


  1. It was so fun to shower you and Baby Turner will love and attention! Your colleagues are so kind to help build the baby library, too!

    As far as my favorites, most of these weren't in my childhood bookshelf, but I love:
    Anything by Donald Crews (bright vibrant colors and lots of diversity!);
    "Rosie's Walk" by Pat Hutchins;
    Anything by Jack Ezra Keats but especially "The Snowy Day," "Whistle for Willie" and "Peter's Chair"; and
    "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey

    This baby is going to be very well-read!

  2. I just bought Giraffes Can't Dance, a board book, as a shower gift. It is wonderful!

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  4. "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear" was one of my favorites as a kid! In fact, it's what I bought for a recent shower when the hostess requested picture books instead of cards.

    My very favorite book as a kid was "Where's Wallace?" (by Hilary Knight) about an escaped monkey. It was definitely a (much better, IMO) precursor to "Where's Waldo?" New copies are expensive, but used ones are pretty cheap.

    PS Although I've been bad about commenting, Shawn and I have been following your house re-do and your growing family closely! Barbara says hi too!


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