Literary Newborn Gift Basket (Ages: Birth to 6 months)
To mark a birth or a birthday, a holiday or a celebration, we have assembled memorable gift baskets for future readers. We’ve filled them with all things literary and age-appropriate for a newborn. Imagine your recipient, twenty years from now, looking at a photo of him- or herself in our literary onesie. Most important of all: all the books included have been child-tested by the editors on our staff who are parents of young children. Everything is packaged in a sturdy "READ" tote bag from the American Library Association. If you are a booklover, there is no better way to tell a young one, and their parents, that books matter.
“I Am Born” Onesie
"Chapter I. I Am Born”—the first line of Charles Dickens’s classic David Copperfield—is printed in black across the chest of our best-selling white cotton baby onesie. Made in the USA. Size 3-6 months.
Our pack of four pairs of socks—each pair a different design—are based on Eric Carle’s illustrations for his classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (The four pairs mix and match beautifully, so if one sock is lost, its “partner” works with the others.) Made of 75% cotton, 20% polyester, and 5% spandex, they feature non-skid soles. Size 0-12 months.
Haiku Baby Duo
We love the soothing tone and the poetry itself in this pair of board books. Haiku Baby, the simple delights of the natural world—a bird, a fish, a leaf, a snowflake, a raindrop—are celebrated in the traditional Japanese poetic form, the haiku. Haiku Night captures the wonders of nighttime—a firefly, a star, a cricket, a bat, a raccoon, and an owl. These peaceful and calming little books have tabs to encourage small hands to turn the pages and beautiful artwork to delight everyone. Ages birth and up.
TouchThinkLearn Little Critters & Baby Animals
“Hugely successful in encouraging playful, hands-on exploration.”—The Horn Book
The motto of this groundbreaking series is “to touch is to experience; to experience is to learn.” We can’t remember board books being reviewed—much less ecstatically—in The New York Times, but once we opened them, we understood the kudos. Combining die-cuts with raised shapes, each book gives the youngest children a chance to explore in a hands-on, multisensory way. Seeing an image, tracing its shape, saying its name stimulates understanding of essential concepts.
In Little Critters, a child observes dragonflies, bees, and a ladybug, as well as slugs and a snail, a butterfly, a caterpillar, and—most enchanting—a glowworm reflecting the light of the moon, along with related words on each page to help parents engage their little one. Baby Animals shows a Polar bear and cubs, a kangaroo and its joey, and many more, along with related words on each page to help parents engage their little one. Ages birth and up.
How better to bundle these gifts than in the READ tote from the American Library Association? Long after the contents of this gift basket find a home on bookshelves and in playrooms, the tote can be used as a “purse” by toddlers, a lunchbox, and, of course, a book bag. 10.5" x 9.5" x 3.5"