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40 Unique Kids Books for Baby Shower Gifts

Bringing books to a baby shower can be a tricky task, wanting to give fabulous books but bring something unique enough that other guests won’t think to give, or that the expecting mom doesn’t already have. A mom only wants so many copies of “Good Night Moon,” am I right? This list is meant to be the perfect guide to help you pick out the best gift that will be cherished in baby’s library for years to come. Whether you’re wanting something gender neutral or more specific, this list has a great variety for you to choose from.

We love the idea of bringing a children’s book as a gift. Whether the shower invite card specifies it’s a “bring a book” type of shower instead of other gifts or not, my personal favorite shower gift is to pick from one of these hidden gems on the list paired with a gift card to a Bookroo subscription, so they can keep getting great books to build their library once their little joins the family. I just send them a gift subscription from www.bookroo.com and print out one of these gift cards to take, too (https://bookroo.com/gift-card)!

This list has both board and picture books on it. Board books are more durable, made out of cardboard, and are easier for little hands to turn pages with. We recommend those for around ages 0-3. If you’re hoping to bring a book specifically for babies under one or babies 6-12 months, try toggling the list for board books to filter for those. While picture books are normally geared for around ages 2-6, they are truly great for any age, and would also make a great first book for baby. Filter for picture books if you’re hoping for that classic-sized children’s book that will be enjoyed as baby grows up. All that being said, if you see something you like but not in the format you want, try clicking the “buy” button to see if they have it in the format you’re wanting.

Have fun picking the perfect title—and no stress, because each of these picks is worth giving! From heartwarming to funny, educational to artistic, each of these would make a perfect gift. Let us know if you have any favorite books you gift at showers!

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You're All My Favorites
Written by Sam McBratney & illustrated by Anita Jeram
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is reminiscent of the sweet sentiments expressed in "Guess How Much I Love You", which is no wonder since this is by the same author. This gorgeously illustrated board book tackles another aspect of parent-child love—favorites, and how a parent's love really does expand as each child enters the family to love each child equally, with enough love to go around and to spare. While we all feel a little insecure at times, a parent's love can ground us and make us feel safe!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Mommy and Daddy Bear convince three worried cubs that there's plenty of love to go around in this comforting tale from the incomparable team of Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram. Every night, while tucking in their three cubs, Mommy and Daddy Bear tell them they're the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world. But one day the three little bears start to wonder: How do Mommy and Daddy know this is true? And even more worrisome to each sibling: What if my parents like my brother or sister better than me? From the team who brought us the beloved Big and Little Nutbrown Hare comes a tale that answers a timeless question with the ultimate reassurance — and offers the perfect way for parents to remind their own little cubs how very much each one is loved.
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I'll Never Let You Go
Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & illustrated by Alison Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5
When you love someone, you stand by them no matter what happens. In good times . . . When you're excited, the world joins with you, You bounce all about--look, I'm bouncing, too! In bad times . . . When you are sad and troubled with fears, I hold you close and dry all your tears. And all the times in between. When you are high and when you are low, I'll be holding your hand . . . and I'll never let go. Share this beautiful celebration of unconditional love with someone special in your life.
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Warning: Do Not Open This Book!
Written by Adam Lehrhaupt & illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
CAUTION! This book contains monkeys, toucans, and a whole lot of silliness.You really shouldn't be opening this book. I'm serious. Just put it back on the shelf. Right...now. You're still reading this? Well, don't say I didn't warn you... It looks like a book, it feels like a book, and it even smells like a book. But watch out...madness and mayhem lie within! Debut author Adam Lehrhaupt urges you NOT to take a walk on the wild side in this humorous, interactive romp with inventive and engaging illustrations from Eisner Award-winning comic artist and rising star children's book illustrator Matthew Forsythe. This quirky, subversive creation begs to be enjoyed again and again and again.
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More Than Balloons
Written by Lorna Crozier & illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
This board book has it all—cute illustrations, clever language, and a heart-warming message. In some ways, it's your typical "I love you more than" book, but Lorna Crozier found a way to rise above the crowd and create a truly spectacular book. One you'll love reading again and again.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Balloons love the moon, and a tuba loves a tune, but these don't compare to the love we have for you. Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier uses evocative rhyme, complemented by Rachelle Anne Miller's whimsical imagery, to provide babies and toddlers with common concepts that explain just how great love is.
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If Kisses Were Colors
Written by Janet Lawler & illustrated by Alison Jay
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
I love Alison Jay's signature illustration style, with all of it's whimsy, character and fun colors—it absolutely makes this delightfully sweet book about kisses. The representations of kisses are varied and creative, and while perhaps a little esoteric for the youngest readers, the cadence of the text is soothing and the sweetness and love conveyed are absolutely evident.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, any day, this tender little board book celebrates the immeasurable love of a parent for a child- warmer than a wool blanket, sturdier than an oak tree, brighter than a rainbow. Lyrical verse is complemented by Alison Jay's delicate, whimsical paintings. A perfect baby shower gift and bedtime book, this timeless gem will soothe and delight adults as well as their babies and toddlers.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be book
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Here We Are book
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Wherever You Go book
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Little Oink book
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  • The Wonderful Things You Will Be - B is for Bookworm -

    I absolutely love this book. The illustrations are so beautiful and unique, and the message is even better. I love that it shares the message of unconditional love, that the parent will love whoever their child grows up to be. The book also talks about having courage, kindness, boldness, and loving others. Such a sweet book, one of my favorites!!!

  • Here We Are - Readerly Mom -

    Here We Are is just a little bit quirky, just a little bit silly, and absolutely darling all the way through. The illustrations are cute, and they somehow get cuter the more you look at them. The message is wonderful: we're all here on earth, with lots of things to see and lots of people to help you when you need it. I love giving this as a new baby gift, and I love reading it to my own kids.

  • Wherever You Go - Mom of Boys -

    This book has amazing rhymes, but even more so a great message. It talks about adventures being everywhere and there are ways to reach our dreams if we will only get started and move forward. There are lots of different roads that lead to lots of different places we just need to choose the best one that will lead us where we want to go.

  • Little Oink - The Goodfather -

    We love the story of Little Oink, which, like Amy Krouse Rosenthal's other "Little" titles, offers a clever take on common tendencies for most children: to want to eat candy, make messes, and not go to bed. The book is done well enough that even little readers pick up on the ironies, making for a fun read.

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Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
Written by Marcy Campbell & illustrated by Corinna Luyken
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This book is just beautiful: the story itself, the message, and of course the illustrations! The way that Adrian Simcox's white horse with the golden mane emerges from the white space, again and again, is amazing and truly captures the power and reality of imagination. Reminiscent of the oft-posed question of which is better—a lie that brings a smile or a truth that brings a tear—this story lands soundly on the side of the beauty of imagination and our power to create our own world.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come. Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse--the best and most beautiful horse anywhere. But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse? The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out at school and even complains about him to her mom, Chloe doesn't get the vindication she craves. She gets something far more important. Written with tenderness and poignancy and gorgeously illustrated, this book will show readers that kindness is always rewarding, understanding is sweeter than judgment, and friendship is the best gift one can give.
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This Little Explorer
Written by Joan Holub & illustrated by Daniel Roode
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Learn all about the most influential explorers who searched the world far and wide in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for pioneers-in-training! Little explorers discover a great big world. The follow up to This Little President, now even the youngest adventurers can learn about the greatest explorers in history with this bright and playful board book. Highlighting ten memorable pioneers, parents and young discoverers alike will love sharing this fun historical primer full of age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.
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Little Pea
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This book is pretty well known at this point, and for good reason. The illustrations are charming and the story about Little Pea who REALLY doesn't want to eat his candy for dinner is remarkably clever. It's on the longer side in terms of amount of text for a board book but is absolutely worth it, and until your baby/younger toddler has a long enough attention span go for the paraphrasing the story as you go along because this is definitely one worth owning. By turning the classic childhood distaste for vegetables on it's head this book hits the perfect note of silly for a message that might actually sink in.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children's books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won't eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.
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What Do You Do with an Idea?
Written by Kobi Yamada & illustrated by Mae Besom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A New York Times Best Seller and award-winning book, What Do You Do With an Idea? is for anyone who's ever had a big idea. This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started.
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I Am So Brave!
Written by Stephen Krensky & illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Celebrates a toddler's growing comfort with such things as hearing loud noises and being left with a babysitter.
My Heart Is Like a Zoo book
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How Do You Say I Love You? book
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When the World Was Waiting for You book
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1-2-3, You Love Me book
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  • My Heart Is Like a Zoo - Grammy -

    I am amazed at how creatively Michael Hall illustrates so many different animals, somehow also communicating their size and character in blocks of bold color. Told in rhyming couplets with great vocabulary the animals engage in some typical and some zany activities. At the end of the sleepy zookeeper's day, it all makes perfect sense. This is a favorite with my grandson and I am happy to read it again and again.

  • How Do You Say I Love You? - The Book Snob Mom -

    Awesome concept! The rhymes help with guiding you how to pronounce "I love you" in all the different languages, and the illustrations subtly show elements of each different culture that you can talk about your little one as you read through the book.

  • When the World Was Waiting for You - What could be more heartwarming than the arrival of a new little one? The bunny family in this charming picture book celebrates all the events surrounding a birth, from readying the baby’s crib to the very first visit from friends and family This padded board book edition is a perfect baby shower gift, and the round edges and sturdy pages make it just right for big siblings with little hands.

  • 1-2-3, You Love Me - From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine’s Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth’s delightful board book.

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Three Little Words
Written by Clemency Pearce & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Perfect for Valentine's Day, graduation, birthdays, or anytime a hug is required, this beautiful book lets children know their parents will always be there for them! What are the three little words that make everything better? I Love You! Preschoolers will love snuggling with their families and counting all the ways that the three little words “I love you” can solve most every childhood concern. With warm, cuddly, reassuring illustrations of adorable animal families, this book lets children know that their parents will always be there with lots of hugs and kisses. "Each time the phrase I love you is introduced, Pearce describes it with a different adjective, such as mighty, friendly, or winning, which emphasizes the myriad ways unconditional love can rescue upsetting moments.... The bouncy rhythm makes it fun to read aloud, especially since little ones will easily catch on to the repeated refrain. Great for any time a kiddo needs a boost of confidence."—Booklist
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Everything & Everywhere
Written & illustrated by Marc Martin
Thoughts from Readerly Mom
Beautiful, informational, and fun! This isn't the kind of book you pick up and read through--it's the kind of book you read a little at a time, slowly soaking it up. My daughter likes to read just one page at a time, if we're sitting down together, or flip through the pictures by herself, occasionally asking questions or wanting me to read a caption to her. More than any specific factoids, I feel like the message she's getting is that the world is a big, wild, wonderful place, full of interesting things, just waiting for her to discover it all.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
From Hong Kong to Reykjavík, Ulaanbaatar to New York City, enjoy a lush and unexpected journey around the world to discover what makes each place unique. Sleepy sloths, colorful cows, staggering skylines, terrible traffic—countless surprises await! All you need is a good guide and a little curiosity . . . so, what are you waiting for? Let's go! From award-winning author and illustrator Marc Martin comes a quirky, fact-filled adventure for curious globe-trotters, young and old.
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You Are My Happy
Written by Hoda Kotb & illustrated by Suzie Mason
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A #1 New York Times bestseller! An Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far 2019 Selection! From Hoda Kotb, the Today show co-anchor and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I’ve Loved You Since Forever, comes a book about gratitude for the things in life—both big and small—that bring us happiness. As mama bear and her cub cuddle together before closing their eyes for a good night’s sleep, they reflect on the everyday wonders of life that make them happy. Inspired by her own nighttime routine with her daughter, Haley Joy, Kotb creates another beautiful treasure for parents and children to enjoy together. With charming and lush illustrations from bestselling artist Suzie Mason, this soothing yet playful lullaby explores the simple joy of taking a moment to be grateful. Perfect for fans of Ainsley Earhardt, Kelly Clarkson, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jimmy Fallon’s books for children.
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Dream Animals
Written & illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Ideal for bed time reading, Dream Animals convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—a fox? a bear? a narwhal?—and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible.
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The Crown on Your Head
Written & illustrated by Nancy Tillman
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
This is a beautiful book from an amazing author and illustrator with four New York Times bestsellers. The message in the book is heartwarming and powerful: every little one is special and unique and always will be, even as they grow and change. Children need to be told they are loved every day, and this book is a great way to reinforce that message while admiring together the illustrations and a variety of animals and settings. Every child should feel like a queen or a king and recognize their potential.
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Celebrates each child's unique individuality, symbolized by a crown that each are born with and which will always be there.
You're Here for a Reason book
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Me with You book
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  • You're Here for a Reason - Now available in board book, You’re Here for a Reason, from national-bestselling and beloved author Nancy Tillman, takes a universal truth and makes it accessible for readers young and old. Not only are we loved, but we also matter. In this tender and timeless read-along book, Tillman reminds us of this message in beautiful illustrations as children and animals interact with acts of kindness. “You’re here for a reason. If you think you’re not, I would just say that perhaps you forgot . . . a piece of the world that is precious and dear would surely be missing if you weren’t here. If not for your smile and your laugh and your heart this place we call home would be minus a part. Thank goodness you’re here! Thank goodness times two! I just can’t imagine a world without you.”

  • Me with You - The Book Snob Mom -

    Cute rhymes and tender sentiments share just how special the relationship between a grandpa and his grandchild can be, with mutual support and love. The bears in this story are beautifully illustrated and I love how expressive their features are as they interact together.

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