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Gifts for the New Baby
In addition to the traditional beloved gifts of Good Night Moon and Pat the Bunny, here are some suggestions to welcome a newborn baby to this world.


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Baby Loves

Illustrated by Mary Cassatt

Atheneum 2003

Ages: All ages

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt conveys the exuberant love mothers feel for their new baby with her impressionist paintings of a baby clapping hands, drinking milk, feeding ducks or kissing mommy good night. MORE...


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Baby Days: A Quilt of Rhymes and Pictures

Illustrated by Belinda Downes

Candlewick 2006

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

Beautifully embroidered illustrations and traditional rhymes, including rock a -bye baby on the tree top, will welcome your baby home. There is an envelope in the back of the book for extra keepsakes. MORE...


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Ten Tiny Tickles

Illustrated by Karen Katz

Margaret K. McElderry 2005

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

Another warm slice of family life begins as the mother gives her baby “one little, tickle on a lovely, sleepy head.” As the baby is bathed, fed, and dressed, each loving member of the family takes turns tickling her chin, hands, tummy and toes. MORE...


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Hush, Little Baby

Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Greenwillow 2006

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

What an elegant, exuberant version of the southern Appalachian lullaby, Hush Little Baby! Brian Pinkney, a Caldecott honor award illustrator has put this familiar song in a new context. Here we have a picture of an African American family in early 1900’s in which Mama has to go off to work and Papa is at home caring for the little ones. The words dance across the pages and the pictures make you smile. What joy this book will bring to all new families! Also, there is a wonderful piano arrangement at the end of the lullaby for you to play and sing to your baby. MORE...


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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

by Mem Fox

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Harcourt Children's Books 2008

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

A cheerful rhyming text compares babies born in different places and circumstances. An elegant gift for a newborn baby. MORE...


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Cuddle Time

by Libby Gleeson

Illustrated by Julie Vivas

Candlewick 2004

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

A little girl tells her little baby to “play” while they crawl down to the “monster’s room” (their parents bedroom) and they jump into their bed. There they are tickled and tumbled and they all giggle and snuggle together with a delicious sense of joy. MORE...


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Welcoming Babies

by Margy Burns Knight

Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Tilbury House Publishers 1998

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

Images of babies surrounded by many loving adults shows the diverse and multicultural ways we welcome babies into this world. An introduction into the various ceremonies Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hopi, Latin American, Greek, Korean among others, will expand your child’s appreciation of people in other lands. MORE...


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Hugs and Kisses

by Christopher Loupy, Eve Tharlet, J. Alison James (translator)

North South Books 2006

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

This warm story is about a puppy named Hugs who sets out one morning to get a kiss from everyone he meets. He finds out that a pig’s kiss is a little scratchy and muddy, a duck’s kiss is hard and damp and a horse’s kiss is damp and sticky, but when he returns home, he finds that his mother’s kiss is best of all. MORE...


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Meet Me at the Moon

by Gianna Marino

Viking Juvenile 2012

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

A heartwarming love story between mother and child When Mama Elephant must leave Little One to ask the skies for rain, the young elephant is worried. Who will care for Little One? Who will sing Mama's special songs? When will she return? Mama is very reassuring - Little One will hear her song on the wind and feel her love in the warmth of the sun, and, after the rains come, they will meet where the moon sets. MORE...


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Guess How Much I love You?

by Sam McBratney

Illustrated by Anita Jeram

Candlewick Press 1996

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

This is an endearing story about the immeasurable bond of love between a hare and his baby son. Searching for ways to tell his dad how much he loves him, little hare says,“ I love you all the way to my toes! His dad replies, as he swings him in the air over his head, “And I love you all the way up to your toes!” This engaging dialogue about unconditional love continues until little Nutbrown Hare settles in his bed and whispers, “I love you right up to the moon and back”. The watercolor illustrations enrich this story. The book can be bought with a stuffed little animal as well as in a Big Book format to read aloud at storyhours. MORE...


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If I Could: A Mother's Promise

by Susan Milord

Illustrated by Christopher Denise

Candlewick Press 2008

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

This book is in free form verse. A mother raccoon sings a love song to her toddler at bedtime. "You are the song, you are the light, a treat and treasure, a joy and delight." MORE...


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Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons

by Rob D. Walker

Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

The Blue Sky Press 2009

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

In a dozen languages from around the world, Mama captures the universal bond between mothers and their children. The exquisite and strikingly beautiful illustrations by the Dillons capture the importance of courage, honesty, and sharing. MORE...


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Jazz Baby

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Lee & Low 2002

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

“Jazz baby, Jazz baby, blow your horn, You’ve got rhythm sure as you’re born.” This jazzy story in rhyme will welcome all new babies with a lively beat! MORE...