I admit it. I did a horrible job of organizing my daughters’ baby books. I regret it already, but I was too busy enjoying the little ones and too exhausted when they were asleep. I do plan to get it together, I swear!
I took millions of photos and wrote down some sentimentalities, and tons of others are still fresh in my mind. It’s never too late I suppose. Although…. a little help would be nice. Now that my eldest is reading and writing, I thought it would be fun to enlist her help!
So, I did some research and I found the perfect basis for our project… This is Your Book by Ryan Maconochie is not your average baby book. After unsuccessfully searching for a book worthy of chronicling his daughter’s first year, he decided to create his own, using his graphic design skills and sharp style. The unique and colorful result is a keeper, as it should be!
Not only is the design modern and original, but the categories and details to be filled in are descriptive and ill be fascinating for a lifetime and then some! Aside from pages on which to circle your child’s birthstone, eye and hair color, and heritage(s), Maconochie has included topics such as the cost of a Starbucks coffee, movie ticket, and a gallon of gas, to name just a few. Pop-culture gets even more shout-outs with pages for lists of the current news anchors, celebrities, parents’ favorite movies, and more.
In addition to areas to list very specific milestones, there are also pages for logging the child’s first year in travel and a separate page for pasting a photo of each month leading up to their first birthday.
Published by Abrams imprint stewart tabori & chang, This Is Your Book has revolutionized the baby book as we knew it. Modestly priced, at $16.95 for a for 112 8 x 8½ pages, this might just be the perfect hipster (or anyone) baby shower gift! It’s also been a really fun bonding experience, filling it out retroactively alongside my six year old. I’d highly recommend it who anyone who slacked that first year and is looking to make up for lost time!
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tabori stewart & chang is giving two very lucky Takes a Village Readers each their own copy of the This Is Your Book!
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Giveaway winners will be chosen via Random.org. US only please. Contest ends at 11:59 PST January 21, 2012!
Special thanks to stewart tabori & chang for the advance copy for review purposes!
Congratulations to winners Lola and Lyndsey!