Baby showers are always such a joyous occasion. As more and more of my friends welcome little ones into their families, I’ve had so much fun picking out adorable baby gifts to be unwrapped by the mama-to-be. From bouncers, play mats, and toys to swaddles, burp cloths, and oh-so-cute outfits, there’s just something extra-special about choosing a present to celebrate a new addition on the way.
One new shower tradition that I especially love is forgoing a card by gifting a book with a handwritten note inside to help start the baby’s home library. Not only is it fun to pick out a picture book with a pretty cover to be displayed on a nursery shelf, but the book also becomes a treasured keepsake for both the parents and the little one.
While many baby shower guests stick to classic titles like The Giving Tree and On the Night You Were Born, there are also so many new titles with wonderful messages to help kids learn about the world and grow into the wonderful people they were meant to be.
Below, we’ve rounded up 10 books we love to gift at a baby shower, including a few editor-favorite titles from The Quarto Group, the publisher behind Read to Your Baby Every Day, ABC for Me: What Can She Be?, and the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, just to name a few. Keep scrolling for all the baby shower book inspiration you need!
Read to Your Baby Every Day
Nursery rhymes have lasted through generations for a reason—they’re so fun to read aloud with littles. This special book includes 30 classic nursery rhymes from the Mother Goose collection like the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and Humpty Dumpty. Plus, science tells us that babies develop best when they are spoken to, sung to, and read to. Before their parents know it, little ones will be singing these right along with their parents.
ABC for Me: What Can She Be?
One of the joys of parenting is imagining who our little one will grow up to be. This sweet book teaches the ABCs while introducing little girls to career possibilities from astronaut to botanist to zoologist!
Little People, BIG DREAMS Board Books
Mom and baby will love reading about the remarkable real people in our editor-favorite Little People, BIG DREAMS board book series. With quirky illustrations, these short biographies tell the stories of figures including Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Audrey Hepburn, and Gandhi, just to name a few.
Besos for Baby
This adorable Spanish and English bilingual book is perfect for reading aloud with new babies. Little ones will love the colorful illustrations and the sweet message that love transcends all languages.
The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be
As if TV star Joanna Gaines needs any introduction, this wondrous journey of adventures in the sky highlights the profound value of diversity and community. As each child builds their unique balloons, they discover the beauty of their individualized strengths and differences as it creates vibrancy in the sky and in our world. This heartwarming story demonstrates to our children that who they are is exactly what the world needs.
Everything Is Mama
Anything Jimmy Fallon does puts a smile on our faces, and his follow-up to his popular book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada is no different. Experience the exasperation of moms attempting to introduce their little ones to new things, when all their babies really want is “mama".
Giraffes Can't Dance
In a storyline familiar to anyone who went through an awkward stage, main character Gerald is a gangly, socially-inept giraffe who makes a fool of himself at the jungle dance. But when Gerald has his moment in the spotlight, you can’t help but cheer for him (and maybe tear up a little). The rhyming text in this book makes it a fun bedtime read aloud. Plus, we love the main takeaway: Be yourself.
The Giving Tree
As a kid, the boy and his special tree in this story left so much to the imagination. And today, the internet is full of hot takes on this classic tale from Shel Silverstein. What seems to be universal though is that when a parent reads this book for the first time after having a child, the tears flow.
On the Night You Were Born
Another tearjerker for the new mom, this beloved picture book by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Tillman combines poetic words with whimsical imagery. Tillman captures exactly how mothers feel when their new babies join the world.
A Book of Sleep
Sure sleep deprivation is part of new motherhood, but anything that can help lull a baby to sleep will be warmly accepted—like the soothing text in this beautiful illustrated board book.
This post was in partnership with The Quarto Group but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.