Wichita’s Little Shop of Stories

Blue Baboon Books is Wichita’s only bookstore specializing in children’s and young adult books. With both a mobile and online presence, Blue Baboon Books is everywhere you need it to be. Our mobile store is a full-service retail location housed inside a 7-foot by 16-foot custom-built, climate-controlled, and fully powered trailer. You can find Blue Baboon Books at Wichita-area schools, food truck

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Oh, baby! Books for new parents and babies …

Behind hugs and snuggles, books were probably my most useful parenting tools when my boys were little. When we had a busy or tantrum-filled day, a little “Green Eggs and Ham” always helped us to reboot and reconnect. When fevers or sniffles invaded our home, Little Critter and Franklin always gave us some relaxing snuggle time. At bedtime, “Goodnight, Moon” and “The Going to Bed Book” were helpful in winding down. We must have read thousands upon thousands of books.

Today my boys are a bit bigger, we still read chapter books out loud to each other, but I will always cherish our time our rocking chair reading and rhyming and singing and giggling.

You can create those moments for you and your baby, too. Or maybe you know someone who’s expecting. Create a registry at Blue Baboon Books, and you can build a lovely library for baby!

A few tips on early reading ….

  • It’s never too early to start reading. The earlier, the better. I started reading to my little ones the day they came home from the hospital. Early reading stimulates language development, but more importantly reading to baby helps baby associate affection with books. That association will create a lifelong warm fuzzy feeling with literature.
  • You don’t have to read boring books. Read books that you like. It’s okay if they’re above your child’s comprehension. Just hearing the cadence of the words is helpful. I mean, I don’t recommend “Fifty Shades of Gray” or anything, but there are some quality kids books that are fun for parents to read.
  • Keep books where baby can reach them as he or she becomes mobile. And to avoid damaging books, stick to board books. They’re sturdy!
  • Make reading part of your baby’s daily routine. Make it a point to read before bedtime, before or after nap time, or after meals.

Get all the books baby needs at Blue Baboon Books. Check out the lists of Best Baby Shower Books and Best Bedtime Books, and create a gift registry to let people know. If you’re buying books for an expectant couple, add the basket package to your order to make your gift extra special!

Tiny Hands: Snowman Ornament

This precious little snowman is waiting to adorn your Christmas tree! Tiny crafters will create these out of cotton balls and felt, while working on their fine motor skills and creativity.

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Kids Wrap Session

2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22

Kids can wrap unlimited presents under the careful tutelage of the Blue Baboon Books staff. We’ll be demonstrating basic wrapping techniques, as well as creating unique wrapping paper designs. Their creations will amplify the joy of giving this holiday season.

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Magical Ornament

1 p.m. Dec. 20

It can only be Christmas Magic that holds this ornament up! We will work our magic in this crafting workshop. We’re going to get a little messy, but that’s all part of the fun!

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Cinnamon Tree Ornament

4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19

Oh, the smells of the holidays! This precious cinnamon-scented tree ornament will fill your home with the aromas of the Christmas.

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Christmas Tree Decoration

4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

It’s as if these Christmas trees are supported by Christmas MAGIC! We will weave our own little magic when we create these elegant holiday decorations!

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Yarn Hat Christmas Ornaments

1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Create these totes adorbs hat ornaments that are sure to warm up your tree with cozy elegance.

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BYOB Girls Night Out: Paint-Your-Own Santa

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15

What a perfect way to bond with your BFF and create a gorgeous Christmas keepsake! Santa and his tree come unpainted and are just waiting for your creative touch. These are good-size pieces, measuring 8 inches high. Blue Baboon Books will provide all the crafting supplies. You bring your creative spirit, your girlfriends, and a bottle of wine for yourself (or to share). Spots are extremely limited in this class, so please purchase a reservation in advance.

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Cookie Decorating with Santa

11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23

It’s going to be sugar, sugar, sugar, and more SUGAR! We’ll be getting some heavenly sugar cookies from J.Rae’s Bakery and decorating them with frosting, sprinkles, and sparkles! Plus, Santa will be returning to Blue Baboon Books! He’s agreed to take a few hours from his very busy schedule to visit with all our little cookie designers and make sure his list is updated! The cost for this craft is $3.99 per cookie, and all supplies will be provided.

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