Did you hear the news?

One of our graphic designers, Lisa, is pregnant!

To celebrate, we got together and showered Lisa with gifts. We ate sandwiches and cinnamon rolls. We played games and gambled on baby-related outcomes, such as the baby’s name, weight, and delivery date.

The Big Baby Book Exchange, of course, was a highlight—so we thought that we’d share some of that with you here.

Here are the children’s books our staffers selected for Lisa, her husband Josh, and their first-ever baby boy or girl (and why we chose them). 

Jerry Lee, Marketing Strategist
“There’s a Monster at the End of This Book” by Jon Stone

My mother must have read this book for me until the spine wore off. Not only is Grover the coolest (and bluest), but he has human traits—like fear and worry.

This book gives kids reassurance that you don’t need to be afraid of experiencing new things.

Grover spends a lot of the book like Buster Bluthhiding behind the doorway, waiting until he’s sure all is okay to enter the room, etc.

Grover learns that there’s little to be afraid of, and I think it’s what made him the happy-go-lucky pre-Elmo hero of Sesame Street. I wish the same happiness and wonder for Lisa’s child! I do hope, though, unlike Buster, that Lisa’s little one gains a healthy respect for seals (not something covered in the book.


Alyssa Boczar, Senior Account Manager
“The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

I thought this book was perfect for Lisa to read to her child, as she is a designer and understands the use of color in all the work that we do.

I also imagine that Lisa colored a lot as a child.


Steve Lingle, CEO
“I Love You Stinky Face” by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore

This was a favorite in the Lingle house, as my boys (now 10, 7, and 5) were in their toddler years.

It reminds kids that their parents will love them, unconditionally, no matter what—even if they stink. And I can attest to the fact that boys do, on occasion, stink.

I hope Lisa enjoys a similar experience.


Christopher White, Creative Director
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

What could be better than the story of a colorful caterpillar with a voracious appetite?

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is an all-time classic, which has won numerous awards and accolades since its first publishing back in 1969. It’s even heralded by some as “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time,” which I’d probably agree with.

Written, designed and illustrated by Eric Carle, the funky, vibrant illustrative style—along with the “hole punch” aesthetic that marked the caterpillars trail throughout the book—always captivated me when I was little. And, much later on, it became a regular bedtime favorite for all three of my kids as well.

Hopefully, Lisa’s baby will enjoy it, too!



Franklin Heinzmann, Account Coordinator
“Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman

I chose to give Lisa this classic because I vividly remember my mother reading it to me as a child, and I’ve since learned it was one of her favorite books to read to me (hi, Mom!).

I want Lisa and her child to have the same experience that my mother and I shared.


James A. Colombo III, Copywriter & Content Strategist
“What Was I Scared of?” by. Dr. Seuss

When I was a wee one, I was equal parts amused, fascinated, and terrified by this book. (It’s a bit of a deep cut as far as Dr. Seuss books go, maybe, but I was obsessed with it.)

One of my pre-school teachers photocopied the whole thing for me so I could take it home and read it, which I would regularly do when I felt like being amused, fascinated, and terrified.

I chose this book because it is about overcoming your fear of the unknown. It seems to say that even if something (or someone) seems strange or different to you, it (or they) could end up being quite nice.

But it’s ultimately up to you to open yourself up to that opportunity!


Tyler McElhaney, Website Developer
“Go the F**k to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach
Warning: The content in the link above has some swears

I picked “Go the F**k to Sleep” because it’s funny to say the F-word to babies.


What happens next?

Lisa’s gonna take some well-deserved time off, and even though we’ll miss her, we’re going to press on with the same sweet marketing services while she’s away. So let us know if you want to team up!

In the meantime, stay tuned to all things Quilted Squirrel on LinkedInFacebookTwitter, and Vimeo.

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