decorating with children's books: your child's name

August 27, 2010

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
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:

Here's a Little Poem

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
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This one has some outdated names, but also some that seem fresh like Lucy, Violet, Anna, Ellie, Helen, Maggie, Nina, and Rosie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? 


Ticia said...

Sigh,no much to their chagrin. They just rename the characters to their names. What's the name of that flower book with the girls' names?

Shopper Gal said...

Such a fun idea :)
Great post!!
Shopper Gal

Katrina said...

We have a book, given to us by a South African friend, called The Perfect Name, by Charlene Costanza and LeUyen Pham. The hippo parents in the story consider many options and meanings in trying to name their hippo baby for the African naming ceremony. Some of the choices are unusual, but one is "Addie" which is my daughter's nickname. It is a very sweet book with LOTS of names in it.

Ana Degenaar said...

I love this! What a great idea!

Haley said...

Oh! What a lovely idea! I'm going to be on the lookout now for books that have all of our names in them...

Infant Bibliophile said...

What a cute idea. :)

Brimful Curiosities said...

"Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten" has a ton of A-Z names in it and so does "The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice"

Terry Doherty said...

Great post, Vanessa! When my daughter was born, an Aunt gave her a book with her name in the title. Now that is my go-to new-baby gift!

There is a GREAT middle grade/YA novel called The Juliet Club. The main character isn't Juliet, but she plays a girl named Juliet in a play you might know ;-)

Tracey said...

What a wonderful idea!! I love the photos you shared as well. I'll be on the lookout for my daughter's names!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Thanks for all the name book suggestions! I look forward to checking them out!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

This is a very fun idea, my daughter was named after a character from a series I loved growning up. I've been saving the books I read and want to do something speical with them. Maybe I'll scan the covers and use them for artwork.

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