You guys have heard I like to shop, right? I would love to turn my shopping talents toward our future child, but it’s virtually impossible to do when we don’t know the age or gender of the bambino (race either, but that doesn’t factor into shopping).

Shopping for baby clothes is out of the question. I could buy gender-neutral clothes, but if we adopted a 2-year-old, newborn onesies would be pretty useless.

Same deal with car seats, bouncy seats, and other baby paraphernalia. I’m entertaining myself doing research on the big purchases – we’ve picked out a video camera, and we’ve pretty much decided on a Britax Marathon car seat, though that’s mostly for a slightly older kiddo.

But still, it’s frustrating to go to the mall and see clothes with puppy dogs and pawprints on them and not be able to buy them!

I only have two avenues to relieve my shopping frustration. The first is random-stuff-babies-need-regardless-of-age-or-gender. There are only so many things that fall into this category, especially since I don’t want to overdo it with toys. So far I’ve bought a green froggy bath towel and this fabulous find:

What child doesn’t need a Goonies Never Say Die bib?

The second avenue is books, books and more books. My plan is to gradually build a massive, unrivaled-in-the-annals-of-history children’s book library for the Little Goonie. I recently went to Barnes and Noble with my schoolteacher friend, and she gave me an education on which books and authors are must-haves. Our friends across the street already gave us a few delightful books, too.

Other than that, I just want the same books I loved as a kid, which were many. So far, I have the Velveteen Rabbit, Danny and the Dinosaur, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (based on the Claymation movie and also just a really awesome message on celebrating our differences), an illustrated version of Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, and a selection of Little Golden Books I bought on eBay (including Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree and The Many Faces of Ernie).

I’m keeping track of all the books I want on my Amazon wishlist, so I can buy them slowly one or two at a time while we wait. Whenever I come across a good book or remember one from my childhood, I pop over to Amazon and add it to the list.

So if you guys would oblige, I’d love to hear some of your favorite children’s books – from your own childhood or your child’s. Help me feed the wishlist!

Edited to Add:
Here are some of the books already on my wishlist!

Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz
The Tales of Beadle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (already have all the Harry Potters!)
The Poky Little Puppy (a nostalgic Golden Book favorite) by Janette Sebring Lowrey
The Monster at the End of This Book (best book ever) by Jon Stone
The World of Peter Rabbit (box set … looking for a cheaper version) by Beatrix Potter
Pooh Library (four-volume set) by A.A. Milne
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (hint: there’s a main character in this book with our girl name)
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (such fun illustrations!) by Holly Black
Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban
Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly by Jane O’Connor

Also, I forgot to mention that I come from a packrat family and therefore still have all my childhood Barbie dolls and, yes, books, including my complete works of L.M. Montgomery.

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