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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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.
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.”
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