My "baby" just turned five! She has been listening to chapter books eagerly for a few months now and for Chanukah I purchased a few of the Riverside Kids books that are out of print. But for her birthday, I stuck to picture books that she loved when we took them out of the library. For each book I also pasted in a bookplate sticker of the "This book belongs to..." variety. (Oh how I wish they said "From the library of..." which sounds so much more elegant, but this company has them with adorable silhouettes of children and I couldn't resist.) I also wrote my daughter a message in each. Here are the books I gave her and what I wrote.
Mimmy and Sophie by Miriam Cohen, which I discuss here and here. "May you and your sister always love and take care of each other like Mimmy and Sophie."
My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer, which I review here. "Is it raining on your side of the bus? [As city people, we are on the bus a lot more than we are in a car.] Because it's so sunny people are wearing sunglasses on my side of the bus. May you always be on the sunny side of the bus."
Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges, which I talk about here. "May you always stand up for what you believe in. And remember, girls can do ANYTHING!" She also chose to donate a second copy of this book to her preschool class in honor of her birthday.
Do you always write an inscription on the flyleaf when you give a book as a gift?