(Closed) Moms and Baby Experts!! Please help me with a "welcome baby boy" gift!

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Silly me thinking books were unisex..

Post # 5
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

What about:

Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Hatchet by Gary Paulson


The Dahl and Paulson books are for middle to later elementary age kids.

 ETA: my brother loved all of these books growing up, and Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (sp?) and I loved all of those books as well!

Post # 6
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsDrRose612:  Sorry for the snarky reply. It’s just that I have a 2 year old that loves Spiderman and I’m having a hard time convincing the people around us that she does not have to be limited to ‘girls’ toys just because she’s a girl. I tend to get a bit defensive about gender categorizing toys.

Post # 7
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As a teacher, here are some books that boys like to read. Boys are also much more into non-fiction books…books about space, dinosaurs, gross things, etc. 


Captain Underpants Series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

ANY Roald Dahl books

Scardy Squirrel Books

How to Eat Fried Worms

And no starter library would be complete without Dr. Seuss!


Post # 8
225 posts
Helper bee

@angela85:  Sounds like your daughter is ahead of her classmates- what woman doesn’t love spiderman?!

Post # 9
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Best. Idea. Ever.

I am totally stealing this next time someone I know has a baby.  Thank you!

Some ideas:

  • The Little Engine That Could
  • The Complete Adventures of Curious George
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • The Giving Tree
  • Harry Potter series (for when he is older)

Post # 10
2814 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think any Dr. Seuss books would work too.

Post # 11
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

The Goosebump series-my bro loved that growing up 🙂

Post # 12
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2002

I have a 7 year old boy and he loves Dr. Seuss and Goosebumps and George, as previous posters have said. He liked Thomas the Train books when he was younger.

We received “On the day you were born” when he was born and it’s a great book to read.  Here are a few others I thought of:

  • Goodnight Moon
  • Pierre: A Cautionary Tale & Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak (my son loves those books)
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

There are so many books but I can’t think of too many for some reason!  🙁 



Post # 13
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2002

@angela85:  I think it’s awesome your daughter is into Spiderman, etc..  I LOVE superheroes and superhero movies, more so than my son! 

Post # 14
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Books about trucks/tractors/fire trucks were a huge hit when my son was little; now he loves just about anything, but the construction/transportation books still reign supreme.  He also loves anything that rhymes; we read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” all year long!  The Little Critter series of books are great for kids of all ages and are super cheap, too.

Post # 15
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Why not books that YOU loved as a kid?  For my taste? Here are a few books that are nevertheless classic and well-known, but a bit “off the beaten track” and thereby less likely to have been gifted (and unisex to boot):


The snark of the book won’t really work until the kid is somewhere around 8-10, but it’s hilarious and not as likely to have been given as “The Giving Tree” or one of Silverstein’s other classics



Kids LOVE the “ants’ eye view” of the world



Another illustration book–gorgeous pictures that have an old world look. And the goblins drown in colors in the end, which most children are fascinated by.


“ROTTEN ISLAND” by William Steig

Unfortunately, the edits of Steig’s original text don’t have the same panache, but the story is unique and fun.



Who DIDN’T love this one around 3rd grade??


Post # 16
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

The Story of Ferdinand

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,

The Story about Ping

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