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It’s always exciting to learn that a friend is expecting. And if that friend is a first-time mom, I’m always itching to share some of our favorite books with her.

There is something special about the first books you enjoy with your baby. Your child may not remember these books, but you will treasure them for a lifetime. Perhaps you’ll even save them to pass on to your child or read to your grandchildren.

And books make such great baby gifts! They’ll be enjoyed much longer than any toys and last longer than clothes. And what you are really giving when you give a book is memory building time between mom and baby.

Here are six of my favorite baby shower gift books.

 Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is a precious book that explores the fact that no matter how much a child loves his parents, they always love him more. If you’ve heard the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back,” it comes from this sweet book.
 Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox is a cute little rhyming book that shows different babies all over the world who each have “ten little fingers and ten little toes” ending with the narrator’s own baby. I love the multicultural aspect of this book.
 All of Baby Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler is fun to read. My little ones have loved the fun rhythms of the book naming baby’s body parts (nose, ears, eyes, tummy, legs, toes) and who loves them.
 Hush Little Ones by John Butler is a wonderful, snuggly bedtime book for baby. The illustrations of the different animals and their babies going to sleep are beautiful, and the poetic text is lovely.
 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic. Your parents may have read it to you! Children love the vivid colors and detailed illustrations and the simple text.
 The Runaway Bunny is another Margaret Wise Brown classic. Little Bunny wonders what would happen if he ran away to become various things, but Mother Bunny’s love is strong enough to follow and find him anywhere.

What are your favorite baby shower gift books that you have given or received?