Baby Shower Bring A Book

Cre­at­ing an Ear­ly Love of Read­ing: Build­ing Baby’s Library

Every baby adores books.  From clas­sics such as Mar­garet Wise Brown’s Good­night Moon to mod­ern favorites includ­ing Nan­cy Tillman’s On the Night You Were Born, help­ing par­ents build their new baby’s library is a won­der­ful gift that con­tin­ues to give as the baby grows.  While many cards may end up recy­cled or in the trash, books inspire both a love of learn­ing and imag­i­na­tion.  Many stud­ies show that babies who are read to on a reg­u­lar basis devel­op more com­pre­hen­sive vocab­u­lar­ies and can com­mu­ni­cate ear­li­er.  Why not replace an old tra­di­tion with a new one?

While baby cards are cute and beau­ti­ful­ly express sen­ti­ments of con­grat­u­la­tions on baby’s com­ing arrival, a signed book will last longer and intro­duce baby to ani­mals, col­ors, shapes, tex­tures, and most impor­tant­ly, words.  Ask­ing guests to sign a book in lieu of a card also allows the guests to share some of their favorite child­hood mem­o­ries of curi­ous mon­keys, adven­tur­ous Lady­bug girls, coura­geous lit­tle boys who ven­ture into wild lands, or even Star Wars!  Here are a few ideas to help you orga­nize this great baby show­er option.

 

1.     Ask the par­ents about the change

It’s always a good idea to get the okay before orga­niz­ing baby’s library.  Ask mom and dad if they’d like a theme; for exam­ple, per­haps they’d love Dr. Suess books, or if the nurs­ery is dec­o­rat­ed in ani­mals, per­haps they’d love books that focus on ani­mals.  It’s also a good idea to include the par­ents to ensure they’ll have room to store all the books!

 

2.     Ask the par­ents if they’re okay with sec­ond-hand books

New children’s books can run any­where between $6.99-$19.99, so it may be a good idea to ask if they’re okay with books pur­chased online at Half.com or local­ly at a used book store.  This keeps costs down for your guests, and allows them to sup­port oth­er par­ents sell­ing books or small busi­ness own­ers!  Many used children’s books are still in great con­di­tion, and will appear like new!

 

3.     Con­sid­er orga­niz­ing an online reg­istry for books

This option may take a bit more work, but it elim­i­nates the like­li­hood of sev­er­al guests arriv­ing with the same book—and since the books will be signed, they can’t be returned.  Two great easy, free ways exist to help you orga­nize a book reg­istry: Amazon.com’s Wish List or Evite.com’s What to Bring tab.  Using these online tools, you can enter titles to ensure that guests avoid arriv­ing with dupli­cate sto­ries because these appli­ca­tions  allow guests to select a book they’d like to bring.  Cre­at­ing a book reg­istry also allows you to list books the par­ents would love to receive for their bun­dle of joy.

 

4.     Ask guests cre­ative­ly to bring books

Instead of sim­ply ask­ing guests to bring a signed book, con­sid­er ask­ing in verse; this approach is more light-heart­ed and fun, and will help set a pos­i­tive and upbeat tone for this new tra­di­tion.  Here’s a great exam­ple of how to include this request in the baby show­er invi­ta­tion:

 

Instead of a card, please sign a book
so through its pages baby can look.
Baby will trea­sure the sto­ries inside,
even­tu­al­ly learn­ing to read them with pride.

 

Replac­ing old tra­di­tions with new ones can some­times be hard; how­ev­er, most of your baby show­er guests will embrace this new idea!  Just leave your­self enough time to orga­nize it.  Con­sid­er ask­ing the par­ents for their input, and orga­niz­ing a list of books to cut down on the num­ber of repeats.  Some guests may still stick with cards, and that’s okay.  Ask­ing guests to bring a signed book not only helps to build a read­ing library for baby, but will remind that child as he or she grows how many peo­ple love him or her.

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