Best Books for Baby Showers

Books are popular gifts at baby showers for good reasons. Reading helps infants start to recognize speech patterns, new vocabulary, and concepts such as numbers, shapes, and colors. Not only that, reading together is a wonderful way to bond and lay the foundation for a lifelong love of reading.

Featured here are my lists of books that are perfect for new parents. There are so many standout stories, I’ve broken them down into the following categories:

  • Books to Welcome Baby
  • Books Celebrating the Love Between a Parent and Child
  • Books That Will Inspire
  • New Board Books to Knock Their Socks Off
  • Board Book Classics
  • Cornerstones for Home Libraries
  • Books for Siblings

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Books to Welcome Baby

Welcome to the World by Julia Donaldson & Helen Oxenbury

You Are New by Lucy Knisley

Welcome by Mo Willems

Welcome to the Party by Gabrielle Union; illustrated by Ashley Evans

Babymoon by Hayley Barrett; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

In Every Life by Marla Frazee

Dear Baby and Dear Boy by Paris Rosenthal and Jason Rosenthal; illustrated by Holly Hatam

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Paris Rosenthal; illustrated by Holly Hatam

Books Celebrating the Love Between a Parent and Child

I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Nocolette Robinson, illustrated by Joy Hwang Ruiz

One Day by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Faith Pray

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Littles and How They Grow by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by AG Ford

Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney

Bunny Roo I Love You by Melissa Marr, illustrated by Teagan White

Made for Me by Zack Bush; illustrated by Gregorio De Lauretis

What We’ll Build: Plans for our Future Together by Oliver Jeffers

I Love You Like Yellow by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by Vashti Harrison

I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb; illustrated by Suzie Mason


Books That Will Inspire

Little Wonder by Claire Keane

Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller ; illustrated by Patrice Barton

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

You are a Beautiful Beginning by Nina Laden; illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley

A Girl Like You and A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy; illustrated by Kayla Harren

Be You! by Peter Reynolds

Letters to Live By: An Alphabet Book with Intention by Lisa Frenkel Riddiough; illustrated by Åda Gilland


New Board Books to Knock Their Socks Off

Tummy Time by Mama Makes Books

Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet

All Better Baby! by Sara Gillingham

ABC of Nature: A Wild & Wonderful Alphabet by Carmine Falcone; illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Big Green Garage by Jen Arena; illustrated by Mike Dutton

Barnyard Bath by Sandra Boynton

ABC 123 Sing Read & Play by Cottage Door Press; illustrated by Malgorzata Detner

Pancakes! (Cook in a Book series) by Lotta Nieminen

Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions by Abrams Appleseed


Board Book Classics

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

Moo, Baa, La, La La by Sandra Boynton

Where is Baby’s Belly Button? By Karen Katz

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle

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Cornerstones for Home Libraries

Everybody In the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter; illustrated by Oge Mora

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Pigeon series) by Mo Willems

Knuffle Bunny (series) by Mo Willems

Press Here by Herve Tullet

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt; illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Goodnight-Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

The Dot by Peter Reynolds

Books for Siblings

How Big Is Baby? by Kirsten Hall; illustrated by Aki

How To Welcome a New Baby by Jean Reagan; illustrated by Lee Wildish

It’s Big Sister Time and It’s Big Brother Time by Nandini Ahuja; illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

I Am A Big Brother and I Am a Big Sister  by Caroline Jayne Church

Welcome to the Big Kids Club by Chelsea Clinton; illustrated by Tania de Regil

King Baby by Kate Beaton

Little Big Girl by Carol Keane

Lulu & Zoey: A Sister Story by Carrie Finison; illustrated by Brittany Jackson

Brobarians by Lindsay Ward

That’s My Blanket Baby! by Angie Morgan; illustrated by Kate Alizadeh

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