baby book bundles

the library layette

Our Library Layette is a carefully crafted bundle of foundational books every baby library should have.  From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Good Night, Gorilla, the Library Layette will be treasured for years to come.

Shower guests can pool their funds to buy a Library Layette.

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the science

At Bookshelf Builder, we believe a rich library is the best gift you can give a child but choosing from millions of books can be daunting.  Our Library Layettes are lovingly curated to form an exceptional foundation to any library.  Each book is hand selected because it provides something special to baby and reader, and together the layette covers a landscape of developmental needs.  Simple and easy, so your energy can be directed to mom and baby.

the benefits

nurture parent-child bonding

Reading together provides opportunities for  human contact, affection, attention and shared laughter - all of which lead to deeper connections.

Mother and Baby
battery and bling free

Without the distraction of bling, books provide babies with calm, quiet play that support the neurological process of building attention span.

Baby with Toys
build lifelong capacity to learn

Being read to improves a child's ability to absorb and mentally organize information by 30%.

Twin Babies
sustainable

Books are sturdier than most toys (especially board books with thick cardboard pages), made with almost no plastic, and can be passed down several times over. 

Baby with Toys
no guesswork

Take the guess work out.  Our Library Layettes do the hard work of choosing items for you.

Opening Baby Shower Gifts
affordable

The Library Layettes are designed to be cost conscious and neutralize income gaps among shower guests.  Same affordable cost for all.

how it works

01

Choose a layette size

Select the Library Layette size that works for you, your budget and what else is happening in the shower.  The cost of the layette can be shared by the shower guests if desired.  If so, one person will make the purchase and the guests will repay the purchaser directly.

Budgeting tip for shower organizers: Build the cost of a Library Layette into the broader shower.  For example, if there will be 10 guests and you select the koala layette for $140 ($14/each), you could ask guests contribute $20/each to help cover the cost of the food, decorations and games in addition to the layette to ease the financial burden on you.

02

Select your delivery date

All layettes include free delivery within the United States.  Let us know when you'd like the layette delivered ... right away or closer to the shower.  

03

The basket

All layettes include a beautiful cotton rope basket to place the books in.  Not only does this make for a charming and eco-friendly way to present the gift, it is also an important part of the experience you are gifting.  The basket is well proportioned, transportable and easy to place in high use spaces to ensure books are accessible as often as possible.

04

The stickers

All layettes come with stickers that shower guests can use to write a small note and stick in a book.  Parents have told us this is the best part of the Bookshelf Builder shower experience!  

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Free substitutions

Our layettes are designed to build on each other, with the most foundational books in the first tier.  That said, we are happy to swap out any book with another on the list.  

library layette sizes

owl

12 books

small basket

11.2 in x 4.7 in

12 message stickers 

 

free shipping

$100

koala

17 books

medium basket

12 in x 5 in

18 message stickers 

free shipping

$140

giraffe

23 books

large basket

12.8 in x 5.5 in

24 message stickers 

free shipping

$180

see what's in each layette

(and the science behind our choices)

owl  - 12 books

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See

Sampling of Eric Carle's wooden block imagery with off-the-beaten path animals to mix it up in the cute creature department.

Dear Zoo
Dear Zoo

Lift the flap books delight babies because the reading session turns into a game, complete with interacting with a happy face. Smiles and laughter are important communication tools for infants before they develop language.

Everywhere Babies
Everywhere Babies

Babies enjoy looking at other babies, in part because a baby's features are less extreme than an adult.

Farm Faces
Farm Faces

Cut outs for eyes give this book the personality of the reader. Babies feel a high degree of communication through eye contact, and studies show infants have an increased sense of calm with an abundance of eye contact.

First 100 Words
First 100 Words

An infant learns to speak by imitation. 100 words will provide breadth while also containing the scope enough to give baby a chance to get mastery over a few words of their choice.

Giraffes Can't Dance
Giraffes Can't Dance

Delightful and sophisticated rhythms in this book are on par with with the benefits of classical music. A fav of the child-minder who has no clue what to do because this book does it all for you.

Good Night, Gorilla
Good Night, Gorilla

An introduction to the no-word books. Readers are forced to make up their own story and get creative. While harder (especially for the tired parent), exposure to this format is important for later years.

Guess How Much I Love You
Guess How Much I Love You

A gorgeous lovey-dovey book that will inspire the sweetest sounds from the reader, fueling baby's sense of safety and security.

Hello, Bugs!
Hello, Bugs!

Stylish way to check the box for infant vision stimulation which requires high contrast images to support focus development.

Llama Llama I Love You
Llama Llama I Love You

A sampling of the Llama Llama series, this books carries a loving message with lovable characters.

On The Night You Were Born
On The Night You Were Born

Babies are sensitive to their caregiver's tone, and this rhythmic and rhyming text paired with sweet, cuddly messages provide a blueprint to soothe and calm baby.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Babies love the rhythmic and highly repetitive text. Broad stroke and uncluttered pictures are easy to comprehend. A bookshelf classic for 50 years and counting.

koala: owl + 5 = 17 books

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Smooth flowing rhymes show the satisfying balance between hard work during the day and tender rest at night. A bulldozer curls up, a crane truck holds his teddy.

I Love You Through and Through
I Love You Through and Through

A sampling of C J Church's light hearted collection, this book is fun, fast, and memorable.

I Wish You More
I Wish You More

Ingenious depictions of the deeply rooted hopes parents have, such as "I wish you more treasures than pockets". Published two years before the author's death due to cancer, the book has gravity that slows you the heck down.

Moo Baa La La La
Moo Baa La La La

Serious silliness that will have staying power for years. A stand out sampling of Sandra Boynton's unique and fresh style.

The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day

One of American literature's most beautiful depictions of a little black boy. Building a diverse bookshelf takes work, and this is a worthwhile step.

giraffe: koala + 6 = 23 books

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Humanizing different cultures and showing only children connecting with children, this book is a "plus one" for your diversity effort.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Infants get drawn in when their caregivers make expressive sounds, and this is the book for that!