I wasn’t sure whether to title this post ‘Books for a new baby’, or ‘Books for new parents’, because all of these books truly cherish childhood and tug on a parent’s heartstrings more than is comfortable. I’ve read many of them with prickly tears in my eyes – especially when I’m feeling emotional or overwhelmed. They really remind me how precious these little people are, how important it is to savour every moment with them and what a privilege it is to be a parent. They would all make a lovely gift for a new baby, or for brand new parents.
Guess How Much I Love You
I vividly remember reading this to my younger siblings – I loved it then, and I love it just as much now. This is the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare trying to describe how much love they have for one another. Love can be so difficult to describe and to measure, but this book makes it humorous and warm. Little Nutbrown Hare is utterly adorable.
Just In Case You Ever Wonder
A friend introduced me to this book and it gives me tears in my eyes every time I read it. There is a focus on God, so I would recommend that your recipients are religious. It is heartwarming book, highlighting that there is no one else in the world like your child, how precious they are and how your child will always be cared for and watched over:“If you looked all over the world – in every house – there would be no one else like you…no one with your eyes, no one with your mouth, no one with your laugh. You are very, very special.” My boys haven’t ever asked for it (sadly), but I like to read it to them every so often.
If I Could Keep You Little
We’ve all heard it said – wouldn’t it be nice if children never had to grow up? Just like Peter Pan. I often look at Win and mentally note how he is looking too grown up, how he is cracking jokes that he actually understands and has lost his toddler chubbiness. At 5 his voice still sounds young and his cuteness isn’t too hard to find. Parenthood is such a ball of emotions, and this book champions how fulfilling it is to watch our children to grow into the people they are destined to be.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be
The illustration in this book is delightful, and it’s another tear-jerker. Reading this book gives a lovely opportunity to talk to your children about what makes them special, and to remind them that they can do (and be) anything that they want to be. Again, my boys wouldn’t really choose this, but it provides good topics for discussion, and I love it.“This is the first time there’s ever been you, so I wonder what wonderful things you will do.”
All three of my boys have loved this book, but it’s Otto who really enjoys it at the moment. It has to be read at lightening speed because he’s always super keen to turn the pages. He loves peeking through the holes, and I love the beautiful illustrations that illuminate family life so perfectly. PEEPO is created by Janet and Allen Ahlberg, who also wrote the wonderful Each Peach Pear Plum.
Others suggestions include: Dear Zoo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, If I Could Keep You Little, When The World Was Waiting For You and I’d Know You Anywhere My Love.
You can find other books we love here.