My first born is a March baby and I’m feeling rather sentimental about my baby growing up!
I’ve been reflecting on the books we shared together in the early years, and wanted to share my favourites with you, as well as some new finds. These books are perfect for a baby shower present, new baby gift or even a first birthday.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be
By Emily Martin
We have so many hopes and dreams for our children and this ‘growing up poem’ captures them all beautifully.
Parent and child will adore reading this book together and it will be one to treasure as it has such a powerful message of love and hope. The illustrations are divine, too.
You can purchase it here.
Guess How Much I Love You
Written by Sam McBratney / Illustrated by Anita Jeram
This is such a famous book and it’s for a good reason. There are many variations and sets you can buy, but I believe you can’t beat the original and it’s a must-have on every child’s bookshelf!
In this story, Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare so much, as far as he can reach, over the hills and even to the moon, but Big Nutbrown Hare always manages to love him that little bit more. A celebration of the inexplainable love a parent and child share.
The board book version is perfect for little hands and you can get your copy here.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Written by Mem Fox / Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Oh, this book is one of my absolute favourites! I love the rhyming and rhythmic text, joyful illustrations and the journey around the globe discovering the happiness those ten little fingers and ten little toes bring. Perfection.
If you are buying this as a gift I would recommend either the sturdy board book or durable hardback, which is available here.
I Just Couldn’t Wait to Meet You
Written by Kate Ritchie / Illustrated by Hannah Sommerville
I’m sure every parent can relate to this book, it’s all about the anticipation and excitement about finally meeting your new baby.
It’s a sweet story, written in verse, that will show the child in your life just how wanted and special they are.
You can purchase a limited edition, signed copy here.
Here Comes a Kiss
Written by Stacey McCleary / Illustrated by David Cornish
I discovered this book at the library and have since gifted it to a number of friends to welcome their new babies.
It is a book filled with kisses, from their button nose to their tiny toes. I love reading this book to my children as it’s a great excuse to land kisses on them and watch them giggle in delight.
You can purchase your copy here
Babies really are never too young to be read to. It is a very special time between parent and child to share a story together and that’s why books make for such a wonderful gift on this occasion.
Do you have a favourite book that you like to gift new babies? Head over to my Facebook page and let me know.