When it comes to birthday gifts for 0-2 year olds, books can't be beat. They're fun for kids...and for parents too!
Books provide hours of entertainment. They won't add to the mountain of bulky toys in the toy box. Plus, they're educational and they inspire parents to spend quality time with their wee ones.
Give a book - and you'll be guaranteed smiles from both parent and child.
Following please find my top 9 picks for the birth to age two category. Most of them are board books and most of them are under $10. ALL of them feature lyrical text and captivating illustrations.
Green Eggs & Ham - Written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1960)
Good Night Moon - Written by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd (HarperFestival, 1991)
Only You - Written by Robin Cruise, Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Harcourt, 2007)
That's Not My Puppy - Written by Fiona Watt, Illustrated by Rachel Wells (Usborne Publishing, 1999)
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? - Written and Illustrated by Karen Katz (Little Simon, 2000)
Put Me In The Zoo - Written and Illustrated by Robert Lopshire (Random House, 2001)
Hush Little Puppy - Written by April Pulley Sayre, Illustrated by Susan Winter (Henry Holt and Company, 2007)
I Love You Through and Through - Written by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church (Scholastic, 2005)
How Do I Love You? - Written by Marion Dane Bauer, Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church (Scholastic, 2009)
SO...Are you shopping for a gift for a 6-month-old, a 1-year-old, or a 2-year-old? Why not buy 2-4 books? Wrap them with fun paper and add a big bow on top. TA-DA! The perfect gift!
WIN IT! One winner will receive the last two books highlighted in this post: I Love You Through and Through and How Do I Love You?. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Monday, March 16 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #16 Becca. Congratulations!