This feature, in which we recommend books based on what you tell us
in an email, is going to be around throughout our summer vacation. I am
trying to catch up on all the kind people who have been patiently
waiting for a recommendation. If you have specific questions, needs,
or desires (my child is a reluctant reader who loves carnage but hates
cats) send it to us here,
and we will do our best to recommend the right book for you. And, as
always, please don’t hesitate to put in your own recommendations!
Baby shower books are both bizarre and hopeful—they say, Yes! You will make it through to the point where this screaming angel will be interested in something that doesn’t come out of your body.
This particular request is for a book for a second baby, so something that, in this case, the 2-year-old and the baby will be interested in. I will, once again, nominate one of our all-time favorites:
This book is so excellent! Also, very easy for a 2-year-old to "read" to his or her new sibling. Also cheerful and silly and sweet. And inside the back cover there is a sort of reflective mirror that both kids can smush their faces onto and get really dirty. The author of this is also the illustrator of another one we loved, Marshmallow kisses, which has a really nice take on sisters, but is for kids a bit older.
I must also put in a word for another favorite author, the genius Byron Barton, who has (I think) universal appeal, as I’ve said before. Other great baby shower books? Diana loved Duck Is Dirty, though it’s now out of print, and I was a big fan of Daisy and the Egg, as it really worked for both parties. What do you guys think?