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10 Books We Would Give Blue Ivy Carter

What to give the baby that has everything (including a song on the Billboard chart)? Not one to go handing out $7,000 pink Swarovski-crystal bathtubs to newborns like some aunties we could name, excellent gift-giver Oprah reportedly gave Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s brand new baby girl, “a trunk full of children’s books” for the occasion of her birth. Exactly which books are contained within? We may never know. Since we try to follow Oprah’s lead in all parts of our lives, we got to thinking about what books we would give little Blue for a life as American royalty. With those genes she’s got, we basically expect her to immediately become a full-on child prodigy, so we haven’t limited ourselves to children’s books, but imagined a starter bookshelf that will have her discovering new things at least until high school. Click through to read our gift list for Blue Ivy, and let us know what books you might give the celebrity baby in the comments.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl

Every girl likes to read novels starring characters who share their first name, and when your first name is Blue, those are going to be relatively far and few-between, so we figured this would be a winner. Not to mention that Pessl’s first novel is the coming-of-age story of a hyper-intelligent daughter of a itinerant professor — which may speak volumes to the genius-to-be child of famous, followed, touring parents.