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Letters To My Baby – Book Giveaway!

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Back in May, we told you about Letters To My Future Self, our new book of prompted letters to be written and postdated for future opening. In response, you told us about meaningful personal letters you’ve received from family and friends over the years. It was wonderful to read about so many heartfelt moments and what each one meant to you. Thank you for sharing on our Facebook page!

By the way, Letters To My Future Self is now into its 4th print run. So other folks seem to like it too!

Next Up: Letters To My Baby

Letters To My Baby - Front and Back Covers

Letters To My Baby is due (pun intended!) to be released August 19 by Chronicle Books. It features the same innovative fold out letter format but with all new prompts and postal designs. It’s a great baby gift for expecting and new moms and dads, and we’re thrilled with how it turned out. The real twine binding is such a thoughtful detail and the book is sized just like a traditional two-fold letter. It’s amazing how much the final product resembles our original prototype, and that’s one reason we absolutely love working with Chronicle. It’s also why you’ll love to give (and receive) Letters To My Baby.

Letters To My Baby Example

With the official release just around the corner, we figure it’s time to get a few advance copies out into the world, for free! So, here are the details…

What’s the Prize?

We’re setting aside five advance copies of the soon-to-be-released Letters To My Baby for loyal blog readers! We’ll pick five winners at random and each will receive a free VIP copy via mail. What does the VIP part mean? Well, it’s a surprise so you’ll have to wait and see.

Who Can Enter?

Anyone, anywhere in the world. If you win, we’ll ship your free copy right to your doorstep. You don’t have to be an expecting mom or dad, or even a parent at all.

How Do I Enter?

In the comments box below (right under “Share Your Thoughts!”), tell us about something wonderful that you learned from your mom or dad. Did they give you a sage piece of advice at just the right moment? Or share with you some detail about themselves that really hit home for you? Be sincere, witty, playful or all of the above. It’s up to you.

You’ll need to quickly register to leave a comment, or skip the comment registration by logging in via a social media account. Just click on “Enter your comment here…” in the text box below to get started.

Entries will be accepted through Aug 8, 2014 and then we’ll notify the winners. You can of course continue to share via the comments for months and years to come!

Where Can I Buy Letters To My Baby?

It’s available for pre-order in our online shop, or you can reserve your copies via Powell’sAmazon, or B&N. We do recommend pre-ordering as the first print run is already over-subscribed and these may be hard to find until the first reprint is available later this fall.

Okay, good luck and we’re excited to read your comments!


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Lea Redmond is always looking for the poem hiding inside things: a salt shaker, a clothes tag, a hand gesture, a cloud. She is infinitely intrigued by the way experiences can slip from the ordinary to the extraordinary and she endeavors to design things that hold this possibility. Leafcutter Designs, her creative studio in Berkeley, CA, makes the world more playful and peaceful one little experience at a time.


  1. Jane Swain

    November 20, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Being a new mum I learnt patience and understanding by watching my new born – her facial expressions and the joy of holding her, her smell, skin and touch what a joy! As she grew I found new things about my new little person that she had her own thoughts just wish I knew what she was thinking. Life is a very precious gift and one that I learnt by having my new baby.

  2. Kimberly

    August 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I learned from my mother how to live your life for your children- and I learned that I want to instead live my life for my family- one that includes me, not just the kids!

  3. katey0403

    August 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    One of the things our parents taught us are the importance of play, reading, writing, drawing, coloring, imagination and dreams in our lives. My siblings and I grew up without knowing the joy and comforts of any electronics before but I can say it’s what makes our childhood memories more precious and amazing! 😀

  4. Janna White

    August 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

    My dad is an eternal diplomat. He told me never to revel in anger or disappointment but to figure out what I wanted and how to go after it as efficiently as possible, which often meant putting my anger aside, being the bigger person, and figuring out a way to move forward on mutual ground. I’m almost 30 and I still call him every time I need a dose of good heartedness and rationality. He always helps me choose to see the best in people.

  5. Devin

    August 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    My mom taught us to make others feel special. I remember a sub teacher in middle school used to catch trouble from the boys in class. I told my mom about it and she said, “Try to imagine if that was your grandma or momma. Would you want people to treat me that way?” From that point on, I always imagined that someone else is special to someone. They are someone’s daughter/son/parent/grandparent/etc. It always feels great to make someone else feel special or good about themselves! I love my momma!! 🙂

  6. deanna

    August 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    play! just play. time’s too short to be too serious.

  7. Kath

    August 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    My Dad recently passed away – there are 9 of us (+6 that didn’t make it) 29 Grandchildren and soon to be 30 Great Grandchildren and my granddaughter giving him the first Great Great Grandchild. He taught us all to have faith in God, to forgive quickly and above all CS (common sense). Those initials quickly brought home the mistake we had just made without a lot of words. I say it to myself sometimes and now my children know it. Will be forever grateful for the wisdom of my Father.

  8. Stephanie Dolph

    August 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I remember the warmth of my moms chest when I was upset. She would give me the biggest hug and it would last for as long as I wished. Now that I have a 5 month old myself I want to be that comfort for him. That comfort that could make any pain go away in just a simple hug 🙂

  9. carol

    August 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    my mother, Emma (ET) said ‘you can’t unscramble eggs’ — and i will always remember her for that sage advice

  10. Kristin

    August 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

    When I was stressing out over my low birth weight son because he wouldn’t breast feed and I was considering switching to formula, my mom reassured me that everything would be fine by saying “Not only did I feed you formula, I also used to smoke right over your bassinet and you turned out just fine”. It made me realize that I was going to do everything as right as I can, but ultimately love is the most important ingredient for parenting.

  11. Leanne

    August 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    My father taught me that parents don’t always know everything and that sometimes they make mistakes. He told me the scariest moment of his life was when I fell through a beaver run after he had led me out onto a bog to go fishing. He made me haul around an ENORMOUS log after that until we reached solid ground. He hoped that the log would brace my fall if I fell through again. At the time I was just wet and whining and grumpy, but later realized that he was scared to death and sweating bullets.

  12. WendP

    August 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    My dad taught me fear of what Other People think. My mom taught me why he thinks that way, and to say F&*% it anyway. They’ve both been valuable lessons. I’m still learning how to not worry so much about what other people think, but I also have some empathy for people who are very concerned with what Other People think. I’ve also done some really cool (at least, to me!) things because I said F&*% it anyway.

  13. lisavi

    August 5, 2014 at 11:26 am

    When we were “lost” on car trips, My Dad never stressed out. He always said, “The world is round, we’ll get there.” We expanded that phrase to include anytime we were stressed or worried about a situation, meaning, if you keep going and working towards something, you’ll eventually get there and stressing about it doesn’t help.

  14. p4ng

    August 4, 2014 at 6:19 am

    My father once told me that people should not be greedy with money, always share with the less unfortunate, it always feels better to spend money to help someone or someone I love than on myself.

  15. Georgene Colovos

    July 31, 2014 at 6:47 am

    My mom showed me how to be bold! I was only 26 years old when she passed away, but I always remember growing up how she was always able to do, or find out how she was supposed to do something. She never seemed to be intimidated, afraid, or nervous to ask someone or tell someone, what needed to be said. Even though I was an adult when I lost her, I sure could have used having her around a lot longer to show me more of what an incredible human being she was!

  16. Janet Y

    July 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Congrats on the book! My mother taught me never to force yourself to be with someone who doesn’t want to be with you. From the get go, she really drove home the point of having self respect, independence, and confidence.

  17. jane wolfson

    July 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    My dad taught me the importance of being a good and patient listener. He sat with me countless times, heard me out andt I realized that often I could solve my own issues. I did the same thing with my children and am proud to say that I raised two strong and competent young women.

  18. erin

    July 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    My dad taught me about doing unexpected things to make everyday life more fun. My mom taught me about kindness.

  19. Cyndy Sedlock Bingham

    July 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

    My Dad truly delights in other peoples joy. He cheerfully exclaims and beams whenever someone shares their good news with him. And he pays close personal attention to folks he meets and engages them in meaningful conversation to elicit that interesting tidbit about the individual’s passion or accomplishment. No wonder everyone loves to be around him. Who doesn’t thrive when another shares their happiness? I hope to emulate him so that my own life is enriched and blessed.

  20. Raven Flagg

    July 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

    My dad taught me to enjoy the California redwoods. We used to visit them frequently when I was growing up and being amongst them always made me feel the majesty of life. They are gorgeous and ancient and splendid and having them tower over me felt like, in the smallest way, a part of the hundreds of years they have and will be around. Though I live in NYC now, I will be bringing my baby to see them in October and cannot wait to visit the beautiful redwoods.

  21. Max

    July 30, 2014 at 1:42 am

    My mom taught me to enjoy everything, try new things, and to be sure of myself. She was always trying different types of foods and places to see or things to do. She was VERY social and was always going out with friends. Even at 60 years she was doing a treetop adventure obstacle course and zipline with younger family members.

  22. Sunny Jonas

    July 30, 2014 at 1:31 am

    My mom and dad taught me to work hard, and to stop work to play, eat, and attend to more important things than work. 🙂 I love leafcutter’s attention to the tiny, and mini-wonders of the world… Go Chronicle books and Leafcutter!

  23. Melanie Klassen

    July 29, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    My parents inadvertently taught me to love anything handmade. Mum was always knitting something and my Cabbage Patch Kid always had a full wardrobe of handmade clothes. Dad even made little coat hangers for all the dresses. I wish I had kept them.

  24. Jamie

    July 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve learned from my dad that it is always better to be safe than sorry. I always keep that quote in the back of my mind. I learned from my mom that I was named after the Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers. I have yet to watch the TV show but I hope to see what a wonderfully strong woman she is.

  25. varenikje

    July 29, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    My mom learned to persevere through some very tough times. I believe I learned some of that from her.

  26. confessionalcook

    July 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    My mother taught me to give without expecting anything in return. Do it because it is the right and caring thing to do.

  27. bee zimmerman

    July 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    letters were the primary source of communications between my husband and I in our early marriage..he worked a second shift and I worked days. we kept a notebook on the breakfast bar…he wrote every day on the left and I wrote every day on the right..i still have the noetbooks and they are an amazing chronology of the simple everyday lives we led as newlyweds….we were married about 7 years when we finally got on the same “clock”.. as for what my mothr taught me about being a mother….always always always be present in your child’s life…..as I look forward to my first grandchild in a few months….I hope I have passed that on…this would be a wonderful gift for our famil
    y of writers!

  28. Lilli

    July 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    My parents (along with myself and my sister) immigrated to Canada in the ’50s and I never got the chance to hear from them what hopes and fears they had in coming to a new country. So often I wish they had put to paper they’re life in the ‘old country’.

  29. rynanne

    July 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    My dad taught me, not really with words directly, but with his actions to be kind to everyone. Even when he did not agree with what someone was doing, he never was mean. He’s still my hero.

  30. Sandra Stubbings

    July 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    What a great idea! My Mum and Dad put a great emphasis on education. They both taught me perserverance, patience and to have fun, which I am very grateful for.

  31. galesknitsHale

    July 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    My mom always said to save your money. I wish I’d listen to her.

  32. ellen g.

    July 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

    The best piece of advice my parents told me was to invest in my 401k as soon as I started working. They told me if I didn’t listen to anything else, to take that advice. I am glad I did. I have a long way to go till I retire, but when I do I will have a great 401k to live on and hopefully do more traveling with! Thanks mom & dad!

  33. Leetra

    July 29, 2014 at 11:35 am

    My father had a great sense of adventure and would change my fears of trying a new task or step in life by reminding me that it was yet another adventure.

  34. Derrick Dodson

    July 29, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Sounds like a fun project.

  35. Tavia

    July 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Something from my parents;

    Mother: Things happen for a reason. It might not be the way you wanted but when one option disappears another will find it’s way to you.

    Dad: Work hard for what you want. You are capable of anything. Stay focused, have a plan, be flexible and you will succeed.

    Both: We love you no matter what you do.

  36. Lindsey hayes

    July 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

    My grandmother and mother both always said. “Those who are kind to animals will be kind to humans.” I love that, and always take special notice when I see someone kind to those with perhaps less power. Beautiful work, as always, Lea!!

  37. Clark Chen

    July 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

    My dad taught me how to ask questions to help someone draw their own conclusions, instead of giving them advice. He also taught me how to make puns. 😉

  38. Charnelle Yap

    July 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    My dad is mister fix it. Cars, houses, electrical, computers, you name it, he’ll research, understand and do, a quality I most admire about him. On the other hand, my mom is a very creative person (which i LOVE) and also a hoarder. You think a craft store has it all? Check out my mom’s place and you’ll find all types of craft items and more.

    Recently, my boyfriend and I purchased a place and decided to shop at mama’s “store.” What would have cost of hundreds on pots, pans, utensils and more, my mom had stored for who knows how long. She gave us bags and bags of goodies for our new place and we couldn’t be more appreciative. Dad on the other hand, being mister fix it is fine tuning our electricity and helping us with our plumbing situation.

    Without these two always making sure I had everything I needed, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

  39. Franki Kohler

    July 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    My grandmother had a matra that I can hear to this day: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. It has served me steadfastly my entire life.

  40. Annie Zhao

    July 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

    My mom taught me to always ask questions! I used to be very shy growing up and would just nod even if I didn’t really understand what was happening. This landed in positions that I didn’t want to be in so she taught me to stand up for myself.

  41. Danika Wood

    July 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

    My mother taught me to always write thank you notes. I didn’t know it was an important thing until a college friend’s mother was astounded after I wrote a note after being a guest at their home. I realized how much these little things can mean to people. And now, of course, I love to get thank you notes too!

  42. Nancy Hunter

    July 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love the new book idea! As a major miniature enthusiast and avid collector of small scale replicas of everyday items, I have obviously been a huge fan and follower of the World’s Smallest Post Office. Now, I’m a momma-to-be, so I am eager to enter your contest!

    Something I learned from my parents: to get our and enjoy nature as much as possible!

  43. Eva

    July 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

    When I was in Grade 6, one of our homework assignments was to clip out words and phrases from magazines and newspapers that described myself. I remember my dad helping me out. He clipped out the word Capricorn from the Horoscope section and he explained what it was. That was the only time I remembered him helping me out with homework. lol

  44. anne

    July 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

    My parents taught me one simple lesson though I don’t think they ever used these words: “do small things with great love.” They did everything with great love, including being married for 57 years and my mom caring for my dad, who developed Alzheimers, lovingly for 10 years, allowing him to die at home with great peace two years ago. They are the heroes of my life.

  45. Allyson Cooper Russell

    July 29, 2014 at 10:01 am

    What a beautiful idea, thank you for creating this book. My mother always trusts that “things happen for a reason.” While I’m not sure how true that is, what she taught me by saying it over the years is to look for the good in all of life’s situations and to try to stay hopeful and positive.

  46. Lisa Coughlin

    July 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Lea–Congratulations on your many successful, wonderful & clever projects!

    Something I learned from my mom and dad: Have a sense of humor. It is SO important to have laughter in your life!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your latest creation.

  47. misspolly13

    July 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

    to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em. a worthwhile lesson, indeed!

  48. Tricia Sanders

    July 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

    My Mother always said that life was about balance….you let your “baby” crawl and explore but if they are heading towards a cliff, you pick them up!

  49. Susan

    July 25, 2014 at 6:27 am

    My parents taught me how to be fun and funny. Even a simple family dinner or a drive in the car would be full of laughter and pranks. I hope my children share the same love of fun.

  50. Ashley Herrera

    July 25, 2014 at 4:36 am

    The above I wish I would have listened to growing up is everything she followed with the words, ” please listen to what I’m saying, I have been through it and know what I’m talking about. ” Listening to that would have saved me so much time/ money/ heartache.

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