A weekend doesn’t get much springier than this. I’m planting flowers and going to a baby shower. Yes, I know it sounds like a Hallmark card, but I’m very excited.
For one thing, it’s the first party I’ve been to in a while where I didn’t get a sales pitch disguised as a party invitation. Has anyone noticed this trend? I keep getting invited to stuff where I’m supposed to come “to hang out and chat!” but also purchase scented candles, kitchen gadgets, etc, etc…And if I can’t make the party, here’s a link to the online catalog.
Sure, people buy stuff to attend a shower, but that’s different. It’s a gift. And who doesn’t love buying something for a cute little baby? (Can you tell I’m getting sappy? I have a nephew on the way.)
My gift for mom-to-be is something she might think is boring now, but I’m hoping it will bring her hours and hours of happy memories. It’s my “Top Ten Baby Books” all wrapped up with a bow. I got this gift idea years ago when I was teaching school and attended a shower for one of the teachers.
So here’s the list. These are tried-and-true stories that I could recite from memory after reading them countless times. Please let me know if I’m missing one of your childhood favorites, or one of your kids’ favorites. Maybe I’ll squeeze in an extra.
1. The Hungry Catepillar (Eric Carle)
2. I Love You as Much (Laura Melmed)
3. Pajama Time (Sandra Boynton)
4. Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
5. Ten Little Ladybugs (Melanie Gerth)
6. My First Animal Book (DK Publishing)
7. Barnyard Dance! (Sandra Boynton)
8. Rainbow Fish Bath Book (Marcus Herbert)
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Martin / Carle)
10. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter)
That’s my list! Did I miss anything wonderful? I’m sure I did. Let me know, because it’s a work in progress. Anyone who leaves a comment about a favorite book to read to a child will be in the running for a $10 Starbucks card. And if you can tell me the book that inspired the title to this blog, I’ll enter your name twice! So share your ideas. And have a great spring weekend!