I've talked about the idea of using children's books to decorate your child's room--specifically, those with your child's name on the front cover. But not every name can be found on a cover of a book. I've found covers with both mine and Ben's names on them, but none for Juliet and Lucia.
So, I wanted to share a few other ideas on where you can find names inside books. You don't have to be limited by the covers!
One place to look for names is the dedication page. Usually, these are fairly uninteresting, but every once in a while, you can find some gorgeous ones like this one featuring the name Aris from:
Choo Choo by Virginia Lee Burton
Another great place to look is opening pages of chapter books. Especially, these illustrated ones. This is from the Wizard of Oz and I think it is just perfect. Know any little girls named Dorothy?
Ships are a great name source--here are a few and look! Do you see whose name I found? Lucia!
The first image is from Maude and Claude go Abroad with the name Reynard (don't know anyone with that name, but maybe you do!)
I found Lucia's name in a book called Quito Express by Ludwig Bemelmans (the author of Madeline!) It's the third image. The second one features the name Gloria.
Poems are another place to find your child's name. I love this one about Rose from:
Alphabet books can be a good source. This one in particular features a different girls name for each letter. Most of the names are fairly antiquated, but a few are modern. (Do you know any Florences, Queenies, or Xantippas?) More modern names include Emily, Jane, Kathleen, Maryssa, and Wendy.
Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
Okay, so this one, Alphabet Dreams, by Judith Gwyn Brown, is kind of bizarre, but it has its charm, too. Each letter has a girl and a boy's name, but it says something like, "My name is Lucy and my husband is Lee." So that's a little weird, but the illustrations are sweet.
This one has some outdated names, but also some that seem fresh like Lucy, Violet, Anna, Ellie, Helen, Maggie, Nina, and Rosie.
Have you spotted your child's name in any other places inside books?