5 Minutes for Books — Welcome Little One

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through April 21 at 5 Minutes for Books.

Although I did not order Welcome, Little One thinking that my 4 1/2 year old son would love it, when I took it out of the box, he scrambled up beside me to look at it and sat rapt as I previewed this creative book.

The sticker on the front says, “The ultimate Baby Gift,” and I agree.

It’s oversized, which makes it easy to share with a child, the interior pages are colorful and interactive and include

  • a soft baby blanket and a fuzzy heart to feel
  • other pop-up hearts
  • a letter to take out of an envelope
  • and a musical chip to listen to.
  • The book ends with a mirrored insert that excites kids every time they peer in.

I like the text a lot too. It’s sweet and affirming, but not overly sappy or trite.

I would think that the target audience would be around two or three years of age (and any woman filled with new-mother hormones), but judging from the reaction that my son had, it could become a traditional favorite that kids might enjoy year after year.


Welcome, Little One is a deluxe interactive novelty book celebrating the magic and joy that come with the arrival of a new baby – an irresistibly sweet gift, or a treat for your family to enjoy yourselves.

In this special interactive gift book, beloved author and artist Sandra Magsamen celebrates the miracle of baby’s arrival. With soothing, lulling text and a wide variety of novelty elements, including touch-and-feels, pull-tabs, lift-the-flaps, a musical sound chip, pop-ups and more, readers are invited to remember all of the special moments that are experienced when baby arrives.

One Grand Prize winner (U.S. shipping addresses only) will receive a prize package valued at $149:

* 2 Baby Outfits from Sandra’s clothing line “Messages from the Heart”
* 1 copy of Welcome, Little One
A copy of each of these other titles by Sandra Magsmen as well:
* Peek-a-boo, I Love You
* Baby Love
* My Blanket
* Little Blossom
* Goodnight, Little One
* Butterfly Kisses
* Love Bug
* Bedtime Bunny
* Little Angel

Four winners will receive a copy of Welcome, Little One (U.S. shipping addresses only).

Please leave a comment if you’d like to win. This prizing is for U.S. residents only, and is subject to our terms and conditions.

This contest ends 4/26 and the winners will be announced in this column on 4/27.

The winners of Chicken Soup for the Soul Power Moms are #47 Toby, #53 Linda Gilbert, #49 Kathy D.

If you’re disappointed that you didn’t win, we’ll be giving away two more Chicken Soup books at 5 Minutes for Books in April in our giant Mother’s Day Giveaway (starting April 15).

Contributing editor Jennifer Donovan manages 5 Minutes for Books and blogs at Snapshot.


  1. says

    We are smack-dab in the middle of all things baby in my family. If I don’t keep this wonderful book for myself, I may share it with one of the new mommies.

  2. susan says

    This would be a wonderful addition to my little one’s library! Thanks for a chance.

  3. says

    This would be a fantastic prize, with a preschooler, a toddler and a new baby arriving soon! Thanks —

  4. says

    I would love to win! My 16 month old is an avid reader (listener) and would love these books. Plus, we have twins on the way… we’re gonna need a lot of books…

  5. says

    I would love to win this!! I would give the book to my cousin who is expecting and if I won the package I’d have to keep some of that awesome stuff!!

  6. says

    This would be an amazing prize to win! Our daughter is all about reading together and getting ready for her little brother!

  7. says

    We LOVE reading books over here, and these would make a wonderful addition to our collection. Thanks for offering this giveaway! =)

  8. says

    OH I’d love love love to win these books to read to my little ones! They absolutely love to read and these are some goodies!

  9. Angela Calvert says

    I would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. Karen says

    This book looks so sweet. What a great prize package! I would love to win it – especially for my 2-year old daughter.

  11. Dana says

    Awwww!!! We just had a baby boy and would love to be able to read all of these wonderful books to him!!! :)

  12. Tiffany says

    The books look great! I have a 1 year old and a baby on the way so I really need to build my library.

  13. says

    this is just so wonderful! we love books at our house….my son is just starting to read now, so this would be great to win! thanks so much :O)

  14. jenn says

    These books are so adorable! What a great giveaway! My 2 year old would be thrilled!

  15. Darlene T says

    I’d love to win this for my nephew and his wife who are expecting their first baby.

  16. says

    Oh, I love Sandra Magsamen! I’ve got one of her books already, and love everything I’ve read of hers. Plus, her artwork is very simple and colorful, and perfect for little eyes.

  17. Marlena U. says

    I’d love to win this to share with my daughter and my friend who is pregnant with her first. m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. McKim says

    My niece is expecting her first child, and this would be a great gift for her. Books are one of my favorite new baby gifts to give.

  19. says

    Oh, we love to read books, we read over 30 minutes per day. I do home daycare and I feel that reading is a very important thing to a young child. We read the title, author and then after finishing the book, we discuss it a little.

  20. Summer says

    Oh WOW…what wonderful prizes!!! Please enter me….thank you and blessings!


  21. Sara Amos says

    My sister is about to start a family and this would be such a wonderful gift for her

  22. Jacinda Andrews says

    This books sounds like it’s filled with the things I say to my ‘lil man’ every day…what a wonderful gift to win so we could share and read together each nite at bedtime. Thanks so much for the chance!

  23. says

    I just had a baby three weeks and I would love to read this book to our new addition…and to her 2-year-old sister too! It looks sweet and heartfelt – and I love the fact that it’s “interactive.”

  24. says

    I LOVE children’s books too. We have quite a growing collection and I hope it will become a treasure to pass down to my children’s children. This sounds like a wonderful addition! I love to win it and just may buy it for my bff having her second baby on April 21st. Great review. thanks!

  25. Pamela S says

    Great prize package. I love the “Welcome Little One” book’s sentiment! Very sweet

  26. Sandra says

    I’d love to win this for my girlfriend who is due any day now. She is on a very fixed budget and this would be a special gift for her baby girl.

  27. Mandee says

    I would love to win this for a good friend of mine, she will be bringing home a new baby in June!!

  28. Mae Behling says

    My granddaughter is about to start a family of her own. What a beautiful gift it would be for her

  29. judy brittle says

    I would love to share this wonderful book with my grandson. Thank you so much!

  30. Alison says

    I would love to win this. We are expecting our first baby next week, and, of course, I love books. :-)

  31. amy says

    I would love to win. I also want to check out these books – thanks for drawing my attention to them!

  32. Annmarie says

    This book looks just wonderful! And perfect for my sister in law to read to my new niece over the next couple of years! I love that it’s interactive!

  33. Rosey says

    Anything with children’s books is a great win, anything with children’s books AND a blanket…a sweeeeeeeeeeeeet win worth hoopla’ing about!

  34. says

    I found it very interesting about her being an art therapist. Would love to win this set, my father instilled the value of reading at a very early age and we are passing that on to our children.

  35. trishden says

    My niece will be having her first baby in August and this would be perfect for her. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  36. Heather says

    What a cute prize! I was very interested after reading on her site that she is an art therapist. That is such a neat idea!

  37. Tina S. says

    I would love to win this..I have a dear friend expecting her 4th child, she hasn’t had a baby in the house in 9 years so this would be a treat:)

  38. Lucy Schwartz says

    I love books and children’s books can get alifetime reader started. The magic and imagination passed on to each generation.

  39. Paula H says

    I would love to win this to split with my sister. I have a little boy and she’s expecting a baby any day now.

  40. Laura Benjamin says

    I would love to win this book. I have a 4 month old daughter who really is a miracle and would love to read this book to her.

  41. Kyndra Sherman says

    If I win this, I am going to share it with many children! So cute.

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  42. Kasey says

    This would be a great gift for my 1 and only sister n law, she is expecting, my first baby neice in a few weeks
    I would love to win it for her
    Thanks for the contest

  43. Jackie says

    I’d love to win! I have a new niece on the way and this would be a wonderful gift. Thanks so much for the review and giveaway…”Welcome Little One” sounds like a very nice book.

  44. Linda M. says

    I’m so hppy I was able to put you on my homepage,so I could always read your wonderful reviews! I have always made a reading a part of my visit with my Grandbabies & sure would love to add this perfect prize to my collection! Thank You!

  45. Renee We says

    The blanket with the heart has textures to help little ones sleep well. We all deserve to be loved.