So, I'm going to a baby shower this weekend. I've already got the gift (well, my friend that I'm going with picked it out and we're splitting it. I think she thinks I'm incapable of picking out a gift for our friend—she does this every time! Engagement, Bridal shower, first time we hear our friend is having a baby, now this. I mean, I'm capable of picking shit of a registry or buying a gift card. LORD.)

ANYWAYS. Per the instructions of the invite, instead of a card, we are supposed to pick a children's book and write an inscription to the kiddo (or the mom, I can't remember). I LOVE CHILDREN'S BOOKS. So I'm having a really hard time picking one out. I'm not limiting myself to like "this book is for a 5 month old," but I'm also not buying the baby Twilight.

So, here's the list I came up with after narrowing down my original 15 picks.

The Paperbag Princess: I like this because it's not typical princess story—which I'm sure my friend's daughter will be getting plenty of. It's about liking yourself and knowing that you deserve better than someone who is a tool. Downside is, that it's more advanced (?) it's for like kindergartners.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear: I loved this book as a kid. It's very picture oriented and the pictures help explain the text. I mainly like it because at one point he puts fake glasses on the strawberry to disguise it.

Corduroy: This should be self explanatory. This book is amazing. The little girl doesn't care that his button is missing and comes back for him. He comes to life in a department store to look for a button! Who doesn't love stuffed animals that come to life! The power of friendship! I can't believe 3 people on amazon gave this one star. Those people are assholes.


and finally

The Snowman: YOU GUISE. I loved this book as a kid. I had a stuffed version of the snowman from the book. Upside, the artwork is beautiful and imaginative. Downside that could also be an upside, it has no words. I mean, the kid could make up her own story for the book as she gets older. Or completely hate it. It's a toss up. But the book is beautiful.


Help me decide!! (also, I hope this hasn't posted like approx. 1 billion times because Kinja was being a mega turd! and I took out links as a test so! )

eta, links—maybe they'll work?

Paperbag Princess


The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear




The Snowman