Books to Bring to a Baby Shower

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.

books-to-bring-to-a-baby-showerWhile 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-animalsDream 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-beThe 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-sleepA 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.

pajama-timePajama Time! by Sandra Boynton

This silly, singsong book is a fun addition to any baby’s bedtime routine.

little-blue-truckLittle 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.

madelineMadeline 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-mittenThe Mitten by Jan Brett

You can never go wrong with Jan Brett. This timeless story is now available as a board book!

sleepy-timeSleepy 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-bedTime 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-bunnyI 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

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