I just had to share this idea! My friend just told me one of her friends did this and got a shelf full of baby books. So im using one of these poems in my invitations because cards truly suck and get thrown away or put away never to be seen again!
A card is something very nice,
But maybe read only once or twice.
So instead, think of sharing a book you see
And mommy and daddy will read it to me.
Please sign your name and add a note too,
So I know this storybook was from you.
I'm tiny now, just a sweet little tot
But someday I'll thank you with all my heart.
One small request that won't be too hard
Please bring a book instead of a card
Whether Cat in the Hat or Winnie the Pooh
You can sign the inside cover with a note from you
Baby will become very smart, if my advice you do heed
If we begin early, he'll soon love to read
Just one last request, and we hope it's not hard
Please bring baby a book in place of a card
By signing your book, we will remember and share
Your special gift, even when you're not there!
Although cards are nice with their sentiment and prayer,
They're read once or twice then tucked away with care.
A book is a treasure, words and pictures unite
Read over and over to teach and delight.
So instead of a card for Baby and mother,
Please give a child's book with your thoughts in the cover.
Your book will be cherished; God will watch from above,
When it's read they will remember your kindness and love.
We can't wait to see you at the shower
When (mom-to-be's name) will be the woman of the hour
We have one request we hope isn't too hard
Please sign your name to a book instead of a card
Then mom and dad will be ready when the baby arrives
To read to their darling for the rest of their lives
A card is nice, its sentiment sweet,
But a book will keep baby on her feet.
For years to come, baby will read
Longing for stories will never be a need.
A shelf full of wisdom for all to give,
For baby to keep as long as she shall live.
Filling the shelf should not be hard,
If you would please sign a book instead of a card.