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Last weekend I attended a baby shower for a friend awaiting the arrival of her first baby and this was her third baby shower between friends, family and work. She also comes from a very large family, so as you can imagine, most of the items the couple had registered for were already purchased. When I received the baby shower invitation in the mail, I was delighted to see there was a theme to the shower and it was children’s books. My gift dilemma was solved and I loved the idea! The mom-to-be mentioned a new trend she had heard about to the hostess. She was hoping each guest could bring their favorite children’s book, new or used, and inside the cover, write a little message to their unborn baby.

As a mom of two avid readers myself, I was thrilled with this idea. But which book to choose? Reading to my boys, especially when they were younger was my favorite thing to do. We would read before naps and bedtime; in the car or on an airplane. We have been collecting our books for almost ten years now, so we have an amazing library. It’s hard to say which my favorite is. For most of the books, I can tell you a story about where and when we enjoyed it, along with how many times.

I ended up giving her two books, the ones we as a family enjoyed the most through the years. The books my boys would ask to hear over and over again. "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", by Laura Joffe Numeroff, and "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" by Dr. Suess. I am quite certain I can recite each book without looking at the words, we have read them so many times. Some of our other favorites were by authors Mercer Mayer and Conrad Storad. Searching for Goldbug in Richard Scarry’s books was the perfect activity for an airplane ride when my guys were younger. The classic "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg was and still is a Christmas season ritual. Every year, we always read the book before watching the movie, it’s our tradition. More recently, the book "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today" by Carol McCloud, has become a popular one in our home. It might not be the boys’ favorite, but it’s definitely one of mine. After all, we can all use a reminder once in awhile about the importance of kindness.

I really enjoyed going through our bookshelves, remembering the days when I would read to my boys. Now, they read to me or to themselves, just as it should be, but I still miss those quiet reading times. Looking back at the books is almost like a photo album or journal for me.

The baby shower was a success and the guests really seemed to enjoying passing on their treasured books. The mom-to-be herself, a very gracious and kind person, was touched by the gifts and words from the heart. It was a very special day. I truly hope this baby shower trend turns into a longstanding tradition.

By Michaela
Michaela has been with since 2003, showing off her customer service skills to a variety of stationery consumers.
Michaela is mom to two active pre-teens and spends her free time bike riding, boating, hiking and enjoying family time.


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