Hi CJ, it's great to hear from you! As far as baby name books go, I use different ones every year based on what I can get my hands on. I tend to pick the thickest volumes I can find - some of those books resemble phone books - because I figure they must have more names or information. If you search a used book reseller online like Better World Books, you'll find a lot of used baby name books for $4 or $5. I also try to include a quirky book or two like Cool Names for Babies or Bring Back Beatrice!: 1,108 Baby Names with Meaning, Character, and a Little Bit of Attitude. My students enjoy reading the commentary in these less standard name books.
CJ, if you do end up borrowing name books from the public library, make sure to mark them so that they don't go on an accidental vacation outside of your classroom. I tape neon post-its to the covers of library books, writing in thick marker, "NYPL Library Book - Do Not Remove!" I've managed to keep my library fines in check this way.
Best of luck heading back to school!
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