Sunday, September 19, 2010

ZooBorns! Now A Gift to Give

It's been a while since I've posted on what around this time of year morphs into my gift blog. Today I found something worthy of the kick off entry, as it really can be given not just at holiday time, but year round and is good for babies, kids or adults, male or female. Those are good gifts!

I sat and chatted for a bit with marketing master and science whiz Andrew Bleiman and portrait painter (fall-off-your-chair talented) and photographer Chris Eastland, the creators behind Zooborns.com.

If you've never gone to this website, YOU NEED TO, immediately (well, as soon as you finish reading this of course). There you'll find a daily dose of pictures, videos and news of baby animals born in zoos all over the world. It's a great way to show the good work is being done in zoos and conservation, but it's also just a good squee.

Simon and Schuster made the smart decision to publish their material; as a result Zooborns have have two new books coming out. Zoo Borns!, a book for kids age 2 and up, on sale starting October 19th, and ZooBorns, a picture book with animal facts, available November 2. You can pre-order them now, right here on Zooborns, com thru Amazon. I'm sure if calendars, stationery, notebooks, and day planners with that same theme (not to mention, a magazine) were to follow, they too would have great success.

10% of the sale profits go to the AZA's Conservation Endowment Fund, which makes a good thing better.

As we well know, just about everyone swoons over baby animals. Look for the books --At $12.99 each (even less at Amazon.com, both under $10 as of today), they are perfectly recession-priced for all those kiddie birthday parties your child is invited to, for your Godkids, nieces and nephews, for holiday gifts, baby showers or sweet 16... somebody stop me! It will cheer a friend in the hospital or anyone you know who's blue; it could be a hostess gift or be an original way to say thank you, or just make any average day that much brighter...

I'll be stocking up on a few to keep in my gift closet. How about you? Pass the word on, this is a good one.

Photo credit: Zooborns.com

11 comments:

Becky said...

What a wonderful gift selection. I have already begun my Christmas shopping because of my ever so long list of wonderful people I want to remember at this time of the year.

meb said...

Great post. I agree with Becky. A gift worth giving. Love it!

Laurie said...

I'm so glad it's time for the gift suggestions! Last year your blog really helped me make some wise and fun choices for gifts and most of them I could get with a few keystrokes and PayPal. Love it.

This new book sounds perfect for several people on my list. I send our San Diego ZooNews to a young lady in WI who loves the animal pictures, and have given many animal books to youngsters over the years. Something about those new babies that touch us all, no matter how old we are. Even baby hippos make us go "ahhhh".

Thanks for getting us started on our shopping, and now I'm off to look at Zooborns!

Margo said...

I've added these 2 books to my Amazon wishlist. It is never to early to start holiday shopping. Thanks for the suggestion. I think I'm going to get a set for ME too.
Margo

Sasha said...

I love this idea. I have a friend who does animalart and she will adore this book. I'm visiting her in NJ next month and this will be the perfect "what the heck" gift for her. Sounds like a great holiday gift, too. Thanks so much, I'm going to make some good friends very happy.

Kate said...

HI there...just checked out zooborns.com. Great site. Thanks!

PDX Granny said...

Perfect timing! I was just thinking about your gift blog last night, wondering when you'd get it started. This idea is a perfect one to kick it off.

After readying everything you had to say about these books, I couldn't wait to check them out for myself. They are adorable!

Jennasmom said...

Always enjoy your blog! Thanks for the great ideas!

Chris Eastland said...

I agree with you on all of the above. So far, everyone who has encountered our books has been charmed by the cute. Let's keep our fingers crossed for a big first week at amazon. The more we learn about the creatures in our world, the more we learn about ourselves. Thank you so much for the post!

RBennie said...

Great gift idea. Who doesn't love baby animals. I'm going to check out the site right now. Thanks!

Kowabunga Mama said...

So looking forward to this year's selections. You Rock!