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Baby Shower Book Gifting Ideas

Books are the New Cards

By ThriftBooks Team • April 12, 2022

Traditionally, baby shower gifts have been accompanied by cards full of well-wishes and congratulations. Now, there's a new trend: Gifting a signed baby shower book instead of cards to go alongside presents.

Gifting books for babies is a thoughtful idea that has some important positive benefits. Reading to children helps them with social development and language skills. In addition, baby shower books nurture a love of reading and improve the bond between the child and the reader.

Studies show that children who were read to as newborns have more advanced math skills and a larger vocabulary than other kids their age. Even though newborns cannot comprehend what is read to them, they can begin to pick up on the rhythm of reading and speech patterns in everything from morning stories to bedtime tales.

Recommendations for Baby Shower Books

The best books for babies are those that help them build memory, vocabulary, and listening skills. They should also contain captivating illustrations and likable characters, as well as an interesting, easy-to-follow plot for children who are a bit older.

Following are some of the best books for babies and very young children to give instead of a card for a baby shower:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This popular classic is a favorite of everyone, from newborns to adults. Get ready for bed with a little bunny as he wishes goodnight to all of the things he loves most in his room. Goodnight Moon is filled with rhythmic poetry and soothing inflections, making it always a hit as a baby shower book.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

For more than 25 years, Guess How Much I Love You has been a beloved book for babies and children. This cherished tale has been read to thousands of children who learn the story of just how much Little Nutbrown Hare is loved by his daddy.

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

This modern classic celebrates the one and only you with tales of how the world was filled with magic and wonder when you came along! On the Night You Were Born tells how polar bears danced and the moon stayed up all night and celebrates the worth of every child.

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Few golden classics are as well-known or as beloved as The Little Engine That Could. This is the tale of the little train engine who wasn't afraid to keep trying. Pick up this all-time classic instead of a card for the next baby shower you attend.

Baby Faces by Dawn Sirett

Baby Faces is an engaging book with clear photos and text that was designed for reading aloud to babies. Introducing common expressions to infants is essential for their social development, and this book of faces will make babies and new parents smile.

What to Write in a Baby Shower Book

Writing your own funny, inspirational, or heartfelt message inside the cover of the baby shower book is a wonderful way for the baby and parents to keep your note of love for years, as opposed to cards, which are usually read once and either discarded or put away in a box.

If you're wondering what to write in a baby shower book, you might consider writing directly to the baby. You could also share your favorite quotes of inspiration, or you can add a little blurb about why you love the book and what your favorite part is. Many people write messages for the parents, too, and some like to write poems.

Bring-a-Book Baby Shower Books at ThriftBooks

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