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.
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.
how it works
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
11.2 in x 4.7 in
12 message stickers
12 in x 5 in
18 message stickers
12.8 in x 5.5 in
24 message stickers
see what's in each layette
(and the science behind our choices)
owl - 12 books
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.
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.
Babies enjoy looking at other babies, in part because a baby's features are less extreme than an adult.
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
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
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
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
A gorgeous lovey-dovey book that will inspire the sweetest sounds from the reader, fueling baby's sense of safety and security.
Stylish way to check the box for infant vision stimulation which requires high contrast images to support focus development.
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
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
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
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
A sampling of C J Church's light hearted collection, this book is fun, fast, and memorable.
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
Serious silliness that will have staying power for years. A stand out sampling of Sandra Boynton's unique and fresh style.
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
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
Infants get drawn in when their caregivers make expressive sounds, and this is the book for that!