What is the perfect baby shower gift? You know how sometimes you are asked to bring a book instead of a card to a baby shower? What book would you bring? If there was one baby book that you could give to new parents, what would it be?
For me, it would be “Peek-a-Boo!” By Janet and Allan Ahlberg (or “Peepo” as it is called in the UK).
My Favorite Baby Book: “Peek-a-Boo” By Janet and Allan Ahlberg
This is my all-time favorite baby book, both to read to my kids and to give as a present. It is the perfect baby shower gift, or book for a newborn. You can read it over and over again and not get bored. And, because it is not too well-known, the new parents probably won’t receive duplicate copies. Both me and my husband can recite it word for word, but somehow, we never get tired of reading it.
You may recognize Janet and Allan Ahlberg as the author and illustrator duo behind “Each Peach Pear Plum” (I spy Tom Thumb), and many other great children’s books. I can’t wait to review some of their other books, but for now, I want to talk more about this favorite.
Why is “Peek-a-Boo” such a great children’s book?
Well for one, the pictures have such fabulous detail that I always see something new. And, because the book is set in 1940’s England, you can talk about the way things used to be. Some favorite conversations with my son were about why the father is carrying coal in the picture, why they are hanging laundry on the clothesline, and why the baby is taking a bath in front of the fireplace instead of in a bathroom. The board book also has cut out circles to “peek” into the next page, so you can see what the baby sees. Holes! In the pages! Toddlers love the peek through pages!
The story is about what a baby boy in England sees during an ordinary day. Books about ordinary daily routines are so great for babies and toddlers because it is what they know. It allows them to relate to the book and learn more about their own world.
“Peek-a-Boo” starts first thing in the morning when the baby wakes up in his crib and sees his parents: Here’s a little baby, 1-2-3, /Stands in his crib/What does he see?
The story continues as he has breakfast, goes to the park with his sisters, plays in the perfectly messy house, has a bath, and gets ready for bed.
It ends as the baby says goodnight to his mother and father: Here’s a little baby, 1-2-3/Fast asleep and dreaming/What did he see?
Have I convinced you yet? I can’t wait to read it again tonight with my one year old daughter.
“Peek-a-Boo” : A perfect story. A perfect baby book, and a perfect baby shower gift.
What is your favorite Baby Book?