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Bring a Book Baby Shower
Start Building Baby's Personal Library with a Library Themed Shower
One of the very best gifts you can give a child is the gift of reading. Literacy is the essential tool for a successful life, and a love of learning is a love that will last a lifetime. So why not start early? Begin building a child's personal library before he or she is even born, with a library building shower!
Back in the day before themed parties were such a big thing, we had plain vanilla baby showers. The decorations were mixed pink and blue because we didn't know ahead of time if it would be a boy or a girl. And all the decorations, refreshments, and games, were pretty much alike. Even the gifts were predictible. Except for the ones I brought.
Even decades ago, I usually gave books as shower gifts. And I was almost always the only one. I'm not sure they were as appreciated as the cute little bibs or frilly dresses or little denim sneakers, but I always gave them anyway. Today book baby showers are beginning to catch on. Some are requesting each guest come with a book instead of a card.
If I were throwing a shower for a mother-to-be today, it would be a Bring a Book Baby Shower.
photo by digitallatina,
modifications mine (CruiseReady)
A Child is never too young
(or too old)
to receive a book as a gift!
A Bring A Book Baby Shower
A Good Way to Jump-start an Infant's Own Personal Library
Children should have their own library - a collection of little volumes of their very own. Yes, even before they can read.
Children with ready access to their own library are more likely to develop an early interest in reading than those who do not. A Bring-A-Book baby shower is a great way to help a mother-to-be start her child's library, so that the little tyke already has the beginnings of one right from birth.
Send out special invitations indicating that this is a 'bring a book' shower, You'll find a number of attractive esigns at Zazzle. They are easy to customize with the name of the honoree, the time and place, and so on.
Some of the designs are non gender specific, while others are specifically suited for little boys or girls.
You'll also find inserat cards for invitations that ask the attendees to bring a book instead of a card.
Good Gift Ideas - Favorite Books for Babies
Need some suggestions? Here are a few simple 'first' books that are good choices to give. Having a variety of reading material - some with pictures and few words, and others that tell a simple story will help keep mom and dad from getting bored when reading to a baby or toddler. The last thing you want is for them to get bored with such an important activity and be tempted to stop doing it!
Bring a Book Instead of a Card
Shower Invitation Inserts
Here's another nice idea that is beginning to catch on. Suggest to prosepctive guests that they not bring a card, but a book instead. There are many fairly inexpensive ones available for infants and toddlers. Some cost only a little more than the price of a card.
A nice way to make this suggestion is with an insert into the invitation. You'll find some very appealing ones at Zazzle.
Do You Give Baby Books as Shower Gifts? - Or Would You Consider It?
Have you even given a book as a gift for a new baby?
Or Bring a Card Instead - a Gift Card - So the new parents can make their own choices
Amazon has a special "New Baby" design gift card that's just perfect!
This particular theme is available in your choice of denominations.
Reading to Baby - From Their Very Own Books
Reading to baby is such an important part of early development, and will help them understand that gooks are important to learning.
It's important to read to baby every day!! It's not the intellectual content that matters so much at first, as it is the sound and rhythm of your voice. Sooner than you think though, content and associating words with people, pictures, things and concepts becomes important. So, vary the reading material right from the beginning!
When the little one begins tooling around on their own, they start to become aware that some things belong to them, and they love to touch and carry their own things around. Make sure that some of those 'things of their own' are books!
Make books with non-paper pages, like board and bath books, available to baby when they begin grasping the concept of "mine." That way, they can handle and carry around 'my book' to their heart's content.
Decorating with a Reading Theme
Be creative in decorating for a your shower. You might:
- Tape up bright magazine covers from old copies of children's magazines, like Highlights.
- Look at your local dollar store for bookworm cutouts and posters.
- Ask your local library if they have any left over posters from past learn to read campaigns.
- Use a literacy or reading poster as part of your decorating, and have all the guests sign it as a gift for the new mother.
- Or, decorate in a theme that is universally recognized as one of the most important authors for early readers: Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss party decorations are available from a number of places, including Amazon.
Bookplates for Guests to Sign
A Nice Little Extra
A nice little extra for a book themed shower is to have a supply of bookplates on hand. You can place one in each book received, or have the guest do it.
Try to find the kind that have not only a place for the baby's name but a "from" space, or at least with enough blank space for them to sign their name. That way, there will be a permanent record in each book of who it came from.
You can purchase bookplates at your local bookstore. Amazon has some,too. Of course, if you want them customized with the baby's name, Zazzle is a good source.
Free Printable Bookplates
There are also several websies where you can print some cute ones for FREE. One such website is Activity Village. So, you might want to start there. Most of the sites stipulate that their free bookplates are not for commercial use. You won't be selling them.
Print them on sticky backed papet If you choose a style that prints out the same size as address or shipping labels, you can buy blank ones at an office supply store.
Children who are read to
are more likely to want
to learn to read sooner
than those who are not.
When Should You Start Reading to Your Child?
How Soon is Too Soon?
How soon should you start reading to your child? TODAY, if not sooner!
How soon is too soon? Probably prior to conception.
Seriously, children should be read to from the earliest possible age. Reading to infants helps them become comfortable with the sound and rhythm of the written word, even if they aren't quite ready for the concepts yet.
I've seen it recommended that babies be read to for 5 to 6 minutes a day; and that Kindergarteners be read to for 20 minutes a day, five days a week. I always read to my daughter for much longer than that. Perhaps It depends on the child, and what their attention span will allow, but I think more is better.
What Good Does it do to Read to Your Baby?
I'm not an expert in this field, but I can tell you what happened with my own daughter:
I began reading to her twice a day when she was three days old.
At three years old, she climbed onto my lap with a book, and said, "Mommy, teach me to read."
Before she was five, she could read a restaurant menu, and do her own ordering.
When she entered first grade, she was reading - and discussing - stories from the newspaper.
Babies Love Books
When Should You Start Building Your Child's Library?
When Should you start building your child their own library?
If you want to have children some day, now is good.
If you are expecting your first, it's time you got started.
If you have a child who doesn't have a personal library, you have some catching up to do!
I've always believed a book is a great gift for a child. That's what mine always got. When we went through some lean times, I always found a way to get one for her, even if I had to give up something I needed. It was that important.
To this day, I can ask her what she wants for Christmas, and she will give me a title and author right away. And she's now in her 40's!
Guess what? The teen-aged grandkids are the same way. But. they usually ask for a gift card to Barnes & Nobel.
The Nursery of a Future Reader
Give a child the gift of learning from the day he or she is born!
Include a vision of reading to your child, and one of your child becoming an avid reader when you set up their nursery. It will pay off in a lifelong habit that will be every bit as important to your child's intellectual growth as nutrition is to their physical well being.
A "reading corner" in the nursery will remind you that you are your child's first and best teacher. A few items will go a long way to establishing a tone your child will appreciate even when they are grown.
A poster of children reading would be the perfect nursery artwork to hang above the crib. (See the one that follows sfor a nice example)
Other Reading Related Gift Ideas
Create a Reading Friendly Nursery
Help create a reader friendly nursery!
Here are some ideas for some really cool gifts to help furnish the nursery.
Some of these - like a rocking chair or bookshelves - would make very nice gifts from the future grandparents, or for several friends to go in together on.
1 - A colorful set of bookends
2 - A rocking chair for Mom or Dad to sit and read for a few minutes a day
3 - A small book case
4 - Reading or literary themed artwork for the nursery wall
5 - A small lamp or night light in a kiterary theme
6 - Any nursery or crib items in an A-B-C theme
7 - Onesies, T-Shirts, or Bibs with reading themed artwork on them
More Baby Shower Ideas . . .
- Nautical Baby Shower
A Nautical Baby Shower is just the ticket for someone who is about to set sail onto the adventurous seas of parenthood.
- A Pink Flamingo Baby Shower
Here's a great idea for a theme for a baby shower for a girl baby - Pink Flamingos. Not only are they very girly, but they're great parents, too!
Don't Forget Big Brother or Big Sister - Gift Ideas for an Older Sibling
If the new baby will have an older sister or brother, it's a nice gesture to give them something, too. That way, they don't feel left out.
If you're bringing a book for the new baby, why not bring a book for big brother or sistre as well?
- Nonfiction Books for Four to Eight Year Olds
Stories are fun, but so is nonfiction! This is especially true of reference books designed especially for children four to eight years old. Why? Because youngsters have lots of questions, and children's reference books have lots of answers especially
- Best Kids Book about the Way Things Work
When my grandson was little, there was The Way Things Work. Now, there's The New Way Things Work, by David Macaulay. This little guy seemed to awake each day with a head full of questions about how things work. The older he got, the more he wanted to
What is (or was) your child's favorite book for you to read to them?
What was your favorite as a child?
Would you like to say something about the importance of reading in a young child's life?
Of course, you can just say 'hello.' That would be appreciated, too.