The Littlest Peanut

A Baby Book for the Teeny Tiny Ones

Written by Shannan Wilson
Illustrated by Joe Cuniff


The Littlest Peanut, A Baby Book for the Teeny Tiny Ones was written by a mother of two after her children were both in the NICU for several weeks after their birth. Designed to record special moments, keep track of exciting milestones and store meaningful keepsakes, The Littlest Peanut is a way for parents to memorialize this life-changing experience. It's the small things that mean so much at this time, like the blessed feeling of holding a little finger, celebrating first feedings and other "normal" things that take on a deeper meaning when a baby requires special care at birth.

For parents, the time a baby spends in the NICU is an emotional rollercoaster but, even in the most tenuous situations, many parents use methods like websites and personal journals to memorialize the experience. Now, parents can record special moments in a lovely book that will store treasured memories for a lifetime.

The Littlest Peanut makes a wonderful gift for grandparents and friends who want to acknowledge the birth of a teeny tiny one but aren't sure what type of gift is appropriate.


After both of her children were unexpectedly born early and spent weeks in the NICU, Shannan Wilson gained a new appreciation for the needs of parents and caregivers of fragile newborns. During this uncertain time, she kept journals and wrote poetry as a way to channel her emotions when shhe visited her children in the hospital.

Then, inspired by those around her, she created The Littlest Peanut, a simple way for caregivers to record milestones and special moments. This one-of-a-kind book was created with beautiful illustrations and will quickly become a loving keepsake for the entire family. Shannan is the owner of her own business and lives with her husband and two children in Haddonfield, New Jersey.


Joe Cuniff is a graphic designer and illustrator who has worked with a wide range of clients, doing everything from identity systems, promotional events, package design to children's books. Although his formal education is in Commercial Art and Advertising, he has been practicing fine art since his youth. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and daughter.

Praise & News

"The Littlest Peanut is for parents of premature babies. It's a great gift for moms and dads who have preemies. So often you don't know what to get them because they are going through a lot so consider this."

Megyn Kelly, FOX News

"I work with NICU families every day, and I believe that this type of book would help them do more than just record milestones, it will give them back some of the control that they desire in this type of situation. This book is a treasure."

Patricia Pearlman, RN, NICU Nurse and founder of Clare's Cupboard, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

"Our twins were born at 27 weeks and our time in the NICU was quite a rough road. It all went by so fast, I wish I would have had a place to record the memories."

Marci Foster, mother of Adam and Sam, age 7.

"I'll never forget the time my son spent in the NICU. But, when you're in the throes of this type of situation, you don't often take the time to record those milestones that you'll want to reflect on later. I would have loved to have this book remember a bittersweet time in our lives."

Christine Messina, mother of Blaise, age 5 and Augustin, age 2.


In gratitude for the care Kendall and Breck received at Virtua, Shannan donates a portion of the proceeds from her book to Virtua Foundation in support of the NICU.


Donated to NICU

Katherine Caddy, the mother of a preemie, bought The Littlest Peanut in bulk and donated them to the Connecticut Children's NICU.

Contact & Purchase

Please contact Shannan Wilson for special large orders or for general questions.

A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the NICU at Virtua Hospital in NJ, in appreciation for the care and love given to the author's children.

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