Friday, April 03, 2009

My baby library...

My sister and brother in-law are about to have their first child (not sure if it is a boy or girl - doesn't matter at all except for the shopping issue for me).  It is an exciting time.  Each time my phone rings or I get an SMS, my heart seems to skip a beat...
They live in London right now and are planning to return by Christmas.   Postage is one expensive issue!  Keeping all of this in mind, I am not planning on sending much over to them unless I think they will use it between now and then.  I have been thinking hard about what kind of presents I should buy.
This is where the baby library comes in.  Not a teeny tiny, small library but, a library for the baby!  From the time my sister was about 8 weeks pregnant, I have been buying books a few times a month.  I have been buying mostly board books but also several hardback picture story books.  I have collected picture story books for as long as I can remember and it works like a kind of relaxation therapy for me.  If I feel stressed or run down, I just head over to a favourite book shop and buy a book... Bliss!
I am planning to give these books to my sister when she gets back to Melbourne and presto... Instant library for the baby.
I am pretty fussy about the kind of board books I will buy.  They have to be simple and effective.  No long stories!  Single words per page are okay but these books have to be beautiful or clever!  My favourites have a short story and beautiful bring illustrations.  I think I am going to share some of my purchases and review books here.  Read if you share my love or read if you'd love an idea for a new book.
Anyway, thanks for dropping by...

8 comments:

sooz said...

Oh craft camp will give you a chance to buy something from Lancefield's EXCELLENT book shop - great kids section!

Anonymous said...

Love this blog. I am enjoying some of your recommendations. XX

Anonymous said...

BTW last comment was from Jodi XXX

Marg and Graham said...

It is a wonderful idea - AND the books so far collected are wonderful.... (which I was a littlie again! Guess I will just have to read them to another littlie!))

Selene said...

I've been wondering if your sister's had the baby yet. My sister-in-law had their wee boy on the 31st! Very exciting and I was the same with getting texts and thinking it was going to be the one! And didn't know what they're having, so just done shopping now!

Lucky they're coming home at Xmas. I don't know when I'll get back to NZ to visit the new babies (other bro's is due in about 6 weeks)...hopefully in February.

Love the library idea!

Anonymous said...

Definately: Possum Magic, The very hungry caterpillar, Each peach pear plum, Who sank the boat?, The giving tree, & a collection of nursery rhymes

hausfrau said...

You've got to go over to Yarraville and visit The Sun bookshop. They have the most amazing selection of kids books.

hausfrau said...

We loved Lulu's Busy Day by Caroline Uff.