• bibliophile baby: new picture books

    When someone I know has a new baby, my favorite gift to welcome their little one is a book. It doesn’t matter if it’s a board book about bunnies or a picture book about penguins; I love the inviting prospect of sitting in a comfy chair with a little person on my lap, inhaling their fresh-from-the bath scent and snuggling in for some one-on-one time. It’s a small moment of parenting that gives me the greatest pleasure, and my hope is to offer that same experience to my new mom friend. If you’re on the lookout for a new baby gift this spring, be sure to check out Hey Little Baby! by Heather Leigh. The tender tale of a brand-new person and all the possibilities that lay before him, this story features beautifully muted watercolor illustrations that invite new parents to imagine the endless opportunities for their child. This charming book makes a delightful gift for any new baby and is the perfect excuse to share some quiet time with Mom or Dad. And of course, if there’s a big brother or sister in the picture, it’s always nice to remember them, too–especially at a time when they could use some extra attention. We’ve got just the thing to make them giggle: Tickle Time! by Sandra Boynton. As fun to say as it is to read, this tongue-twisting tale will get even the grumpiest kid to crack a smile. The sing-song, repetitious verse will have them reading along and eager to turn the pages. Don’t be surprised if you’re challenged to a tickle fight by the time the story ends.

    In a Nutshell: Reading aloud is a wonderful way to bond with your baby, not to mention her older sibling. Here’s to two new books just begging to be opened…

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