Picking out the perfect gift for a baby shower gift isn’t always an easy task. Baby will quickly outgrow that adorable new onesie, but a love of books can last a lifetime.
While you can never go wrong with the old standbys like Goodnight Moon and Dr. Seuss, I’ve got ten more suggestions that are sure to make an excellent addition to a new baby’s first library.
Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin
As children drift off to sleep, magical animals arrive to whisk them away to their dreams. The velvety oil paintings evoke a vintage quality that children and their parents will adore.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
Gorgeously illustrated and incredibly touching, this sweet book celebrates all the great things that a baby can grow up to be, as well as the unconditional love that surrounds them. This book is not only a standout for baby showers, it’s also a perfect first birthday gift!
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
As the sun goes down the watchful owl quietly observes an array of creatures turn in for the night. Unique, beautiful illustrations make this bedtime book one that is sure to stand out among the rest.
This silly, singsong book is a fun addition to any baby’s bedtime routine.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
In this rollicking tale, the titular truck and his farmyard friends teach readers a lesson in the importance of kindness.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
This classic story about a plucky little girl was one of my favorites as child. The (slightly abridged) board book version is just right for introducing the story to a baby or toddler, or you can opt for the classic hardcover edition.
The Mitten by Jan Brett
You can never go wrong with Jan Brett. This timeless story is now available as a board book!
Sleepy Time by Gyo Fujikawa
I received a copy of this Japanese bedtime classic at my baby shower, and it’s been a favorite in our house ever since!
Time for Bed by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer
This precious book has soothing text and warm paintings that will lull babies to sleep every time.
I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry
This endearing classic, illustrated by the incomparable Richard Scarry, is one that some modern moms might not be familiar with.
For more books for babies, check out this post: Our Favorite Board Books for Baby’s First Year