Kids + Teens

25 Unique Baby Shower Books for Baby’s First Library

These days, it’s a common request to ask friends and family to bring a book instead of a card or toy to a baby shower. Everyone knows that a baby can never have too many books, and a successful shower will land this new little person a full library to read, chew, cherish, and repeat for years to come!

Now here’s the dilemma. All those books you read as a kid (think Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, Pat the Bunny) are baby shower go-tos for everyone. Parents will usually end up with three or four copies of Goodnight Moon when their baby is born. Don’t stress—we are here to help you out of this baby shower bind. Whether you’re buying books for the nerdy Star Wars-loving parents or for the modern art lovers, we have the book for you!

New Classics Every Child Should Own


These books are fun, pioneering, and have deservedly become modern classics—you can’t go wrong with any of these great picks.

Books in image: They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson, and The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

Instant Hit Baby Books

Baby shower books that aren't Goodnight Moon

Sometimes you want a book that will be an instant hit with a newborn baby. How about a book that simulates a game of peek-a boo, or a book that makes the reader imitate truck noises? By tapping into things that excite babies—contrasting shapes and colors, touch and feel elements, and funny sounds—you’re sure to please any parent-to-be.

Books in image: Peek-a Boo by Nina Laden, TouchThinkLearn: ABC by Xavier Deneux, Little Finger Puppet Books, Trains Go by Steve Light, and My Soft and Cuddly Animals by Xavier Deneux

For the Nerdy Parent


Whether they’re deep into the dark side of Star Wars fandom or curling up in a library reading classic literature, these books will delight any nerdy parent. In the Star Wars Epic Yarns and Cozy Classics series, authors (and twins!) Jack and Holman Wang celebrate both kinds of geeks. Their simple board books show off their hand-felted scenes and baby-appropriate 12 word stories of your favorite classics.

Books in image: Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns series by Jack and Holman Wang


No one does nerdy parent books quite like Jeffrey Brown—his books are another perfect companion for any Star Wars fan’s voyage into parenthood. Whether they’re having a little Leia or a little Luke, we have the gift for them!

Books in the image: Darth Vader™ & Son / Vader’s™ Little Princess Deluxe Box Set by Jeffrey Brown

For the Artsy Parent


The pressure is on when your artsy friends have babies—you can’t just buy them any ol’ children’s book off the nearest rack at the bookstore. Every book is an intricate look at society, each animal or shape is a symbolic representation of something, colors mean emotions, and medium is everything. Don’t worry, because we have books that cover styles that range from pop art to impressionist classics, and just plain beautiful books.

Books in image: Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, Keith Haring Pop Art Baby!, Andy Warhol So Many StarsMini Masters Box Set by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, and D is for Design


Books in the image: Wave by Suzy Lee, First Snow by Bomi Park, and Flashlight by Lizi Boyd.

Books to Last a Lifetime


Everyone wants to buy the tiniest sized clothing for the baby shower. I mean, who doesn’t love a onesie? But just like a baby grows out of clothes, parents often end up with newborn baby books that will quickly be too young for baby. Why not buy a book to last a lifetime—a book that can follow them into adulthood? These reads will stand the test of time.

Books in image: I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Two Hands to Love You by Diane Adams, and Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

For the Sibling of the New Baby


For those of us who are the second or third child in the family, we know what a new baby means. It means sharing, less attention, being quiet when baby is sleeping, and exhausted parents. Having siblings is wonderful but can often be hard, so these books are not for the baby, but rather for the sibling(s)—these books explore what it’s like to have a new baby come along.

Books in image: Ninja Baby by David Zeltser and Chloe Instead by Micah Player

For the Parents-To-Be


Baby showers don’t have to be all about the baby! Remember: once the baby comes the parents will never put themselves first ever again, so perhaps they deserve a little treat.

Books in image: Welcome to the Club: 100 Parenting Milestones You Never Saw Coming by Raquel D’Apice, 40ish Weeks: A Pregnancy Journal by Kate Pocrass, Letters to My Baby by Lea Redmond, and Parenthood Listography by Lisa Nola

No matter the type of parents your friends are or will be, don’t worry—you can’t go wrong with an original, beautiful book. For more ideas beyond what we have mentioned, check out the kids section on our website.

Hannah Moushabeck

Hannah Moushabeck

Hannah is the Associate Marketing Manager for Chronicle children's books. She is an all-round book nerd, born into a family of book nerds. She can be bribed with avocados and picture books.
Hannah Moushabeck



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