Read Smart: Baby Gifts that Last
Let’s face it–books make better baby gifts than cute little outfits, diapers, or toys. Books last longer, encourage parent/child interaction and bonding, and support language development and learning. From concept books that introduce a baby to colors, shapes, letters, words, animals, numbers, and more to simple family tales and gentle bedtime stories, books broaden the child’s world.
Select a classic from Baby Bib(liography) or ask the parent-to-be what his or her favorite bedtime story was, and buy one for the newborn. When my niece was about twelve years old, I asked her what book she liked the most as a toddler. Although the book was out of print, I found it on Abebooks.com and purchased a copy. Two years ago, when her baby was born, she was delighted to share an old favorite with her new son.
–Marsha D. Broadway, Juvenile Literature Librarian, Brigham Young University