Saturday, September 21, 2019

Picture Books that Make the Sweetest Gifts for New Moms - bookwraps

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6 Picture Books that Make the Sweetest Gifts for New Moms
by Jennifer Garry

Jennifer Garry is a freelance writer and girl mom who loves reading the newest children’s books as much as she loves a good psychological thriller. She believes fiercely in the power of kindness, empathy, and really good quality chocolate. Jen blogs about motherhood with honesty and humour on her site, Cuddles and Chaos, and hopes to one day have her own book on your children’s bookshelf.


While tiny, adorable outfits and plush blankets are always fun to purchase when a loved one has a baby, one of my go-to gifts for baby showers is a book. And let’s face it, when you buy a book for a brand-new mom, the gift is as much for them as it is for the little human they just brought into the world.
These heartwarming picture books grow with the baby while gently validating all of the emotions that come with being a new mom, making them the perfect gift for baby showers, Mother’s Day, or any day.

by Matt de la PeΓ±a, illustrated by Loren Long

Filled with beautiful illustrations of multicultural characters, this book tackles the subject of love in moving, lyrical prose. It all starts with a brand-new baby: “In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed, and the sound of their voices is love.” Slow and reassuring, the book goes on to explore the ways that love can be found in joy as well as in darkness, pulling at readers’ heart strings with language that exudes the love each of its characters experience.

by Oliver Jeffers

Packed with layers of wonder for all different ages and stages, Oliver Jeffers’ Here We Are is the book I wish I’d owned as a wide-eyed, nervous new mother. Inspired by the birth of Jeffers' own son, the book is a guide to living on planet Earth — and being a good human while there. A wonderful read to calm the feeling of not knowing where to begin, the book’s message is simple: yes, the Earth is huge and filled with people of all different shapes, colors, sizes, and abilities. But in the end, we’re not that different, and we’re all in it together. It’s a message as comforting to children as it is to new parents.

by Emily Winfield Martin

Destined to become a classic baby shower gift, this sweet, rhyming book is filled with the hopes and dreams parents have for their children. Unconditional love and wonder drips from the pages as the author imagines the countless things a new baby can grow to do. With a diverse cast of characters and an emphasis on kindness and acceptance, it’s a beautiful depiction of the love a parent has for their child.

by Melissa Marr, illustrated by Teagan White

With charming illustrations that have a classic feel and simple text that’s suited for all ages, this book is sure to become a well-worn favorite. Featuring a cast of momma animals nurturing their babies, we later learn that the baby at the center of the story is a human baby whose mom does everything she can to care for her child. Heartwarming and tender, this story is the perfect first book to read to a baby.

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Teagan White

Touching on the enormity of a parent’s love and reassuring children that they can always find evidence of it, this darling, rhythmic book is perfect for reading during long nights rocking baby to sleep. It will become a quick favourite, and one that moms turn to during life’s big changes — when baby heads off to daycare or preschool or kindergarten — its quiet reassurance soothing for mom and baby alike.

by Sophie Beer

This vibrant book celebrates all different kinds of families and the special thing that makes a family: love. Whether yours includes two moms, two dads, one of each or just one parent, this book revels in the many ways families show their love for each other. Colourful, inclusive, and bursting with love, it’s a great read for every type of family.


One from me...

Take Heart, My Child:  A Mother's Dream
By Ainsley Earhardt, Kathryn Cristaldi
Illustrated by Jaime Kim

In the tradition of Emily Winfield Martin’s The Wonderful Things You Will Beand Nancy Tillman’s On The Night You Were Born, popular FOX news anchor Ainsley Earhardt’s lyrical lullaby inspires children to follow their dreams and passions.

FOX and Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt’s debut picture book shares precious life lessons parents can pass onto their children so that they can follow their hearts, dreams, and passions.

Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby, and Ainsley shares her own hopes and dreams, and lets her child know that whatever challenges life brings, “Take heart, my child, I will—or, my love will—always be there for you.” It’s a universal message, one that all readers will relate to.

In the “Story Behind the Story,” Ainsley talks about growing up and how her father would write messages to her and her siblings each morning, leaving notes at the breakfast table, so that his children would know they were loved, empowered, protected, and cherished.


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