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Great Gift Idea: Box of Board Books

Thinking about the perfect gift for a little one’s first birthday party?  We put together a list of the best 25 first birthday presents, and one of the suggestions is a box of board books. 

So what is a box of board books you ask?  Take any sort of decorative box, designed to hold photos or desk items.  If you are creative you can add something to the top of the box.  If you are not you can purchase a personalized sticker on Etsy or print a picture of the baby and paste it on top of the box with the child’s name spelled out.

From there you have a few options.  Chudney Ross, owner of Books and Cookies LA, a children’s enrichment center in Santa Monica, suggests a box of board books based on a theme.  Chudney recommends choosing a couple of books all with the same theme to make a great birthday gift. Add a cookie to make it ever more special!”

Chudney reading to little ones at a Club MomMe event

A few fun suggested book groupings are

Zoo Friends:

  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • 1,2,3 To The Zoo by Eric Carle

A Trip To the Farm:

  • Whose in the Farm Yard by Phyllis Gershator
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • Old Macdonald Had a Farm by Jane Cabrera

Cars and Things That Move:

  • Wheelies Board Book by DK Books
  • My Car by Byron Barton
  • This is my Car by Usborne Books

Another fun and creative idea is to pick small stuffed animals or hand puppets that go with the board books in the box.  One great one that comes pre-packed is Five Silly Monkeys by Steve Haskamp, or you could pick a sheep or cow to go with Moo Ba La La La by Sandra Boynton.  For the Zoo Box you could include an Eric Carle caterpillar or any zoo animal.

Another idea is to include interactive books to stimulate the curiosity of a one-year old.  These include lift the flap books like Where Is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz and Gossie by Oliver Dunrea. 

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