At baby showers, I love to give books. Baby-themed picture books can shine a spotlight on the parenting experience and give new parents a window through which to glimpse this new chapter in their lives. This list tugs at the heartstrings, speaking to the anticipation of baby's arrival, waxing poetic when baby arrives, and poking fun at the challenges baby brings. Here is a cross-section of my favorite baby-themed books... in chronological order :)
Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here!: A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting (Barbara Park and Viviana Carofoli) - This tongue-in-cheek imagining of what a baby thinks of the womb is hysterical. And yet, when I was pregnant (and oh so hormonal), it made me cry every time. Cute, funny, poignant, and sweet. The perfect baby shower gift!
Hush, Little Baby (Sylvia Long) - In this beautiful, lyrical update, Sylvia Long moves the text away from pacifying a child with material gifts to emphasizing an exploration of the world and the parent-child relationship. It is the only version I sing to my kids. LOVE this one.