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Today, with much whispering and plotting and scheming, the Quirk office threw a surprise baby shower for our very own Production Queen, Mandy! So what, you might ask, do a bunch of book-nerdy people bring to a baby shower?

Um...books? Yeah, books.

So what children's books do Quirkers love? Here's a roundup of what we brought to this adorable baby shower:

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat

Paul Stevens: "Adorable art, and a fantasy story. I figured I couldn't choose a book that didn't have some science fiction or fantasy in it. It's also a Caldecott Award winner."


George and Martha by James Marshall

David Borgenicht: "Wonderful books, cleverly and succinctly written, with funny stories and great life lessons to boot!"


Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner


The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Nicole De Jackmo: "The book is based in the city where Mandy will raise Baby Sampson, and it offers bright illustrations and a sweet story about the diversity of Philadelphia."


Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld


Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond


Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow


The Cat Who Walked across France by Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben


Round Trip by Ann Jonas


Dinosaur vs. Mommy by Bob Shea


Anatole by Eve Titus

Suzanne Wallace: "It's a story about a French mouse who becomes a cheese-taster. Need I say more? It's delightful!"


The Man Who Lost His Head by Claire Huchet Bishop and Robert McCloskey


Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey


Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Kate McGuire: "Barbara Cooney was the first author I ever met when I was a wee little thing! I love her illustration style, it's set in my home state, and, cornball that I am, I love that the book teaches kids that everyone has a special way to make little contributions to making the world a better place."


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Brett Cohen: "I picked the book because it’s a fun read. My kids absolutely love it—especially when I give each crayon its own voice. (Hint: Pink is a british woman.)"


What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry


What would you bring to a book-themed baby shower? Let us know!

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Suzanne Wallace

Suzanne is an associate publicist at Quirk Books. When she's not churning out press releases, she enjoys fairy tales, Welsh Corgis, and searching for an entrance to Narnia. If you've seen any mysterious wardrobes, please let her know. Email with requests for press materials.