The Best Books for Baby Showers
It’s never too early to instill a love of literature in the very young. Children’s books familiarize kids with early concepts of print, offer a unique literacy and linguistic experience with their playful language and rhyming text, are often a child’s first introduction to high-quality art. Most importantly, reading together helps families to create warm memories. Each month, we’ll bring you sweet suggestions for building children’s libraries. This month we’re focusing on books for baby showers.
A lot of mothers-to-be are embracing a new trend: asking shower guests to bring a children’s book in place of a card to build baby’s library. You can get on board by stocking the future reader’s library with tried and true classic children’s literature alongside some newer favorites.
Here are our top picks for shower gifts:
Books with geometrical shapes: Research has shown that books with geometrical shapes are visually stimulating for infants and have a positive impact on brain development.
Some of our favorites:
- Baby Talk, by Stella Blackstone: A board book with black & white geometrical images and families from many cultures.
- Black on White, by Tana Hoban: A wordless board book with black and white images of baby items. Wordless books provide a unique opportunity for adults to narrate the text, engaging children in different ways as they grow.
Touch and feel books: Touch and feel books provide tactile sensory discovery and stimulation for babies who are just beginning to explore their world.
- Noodle Loves series, by Nosy Crow & Marion Billet: Noodle is an adorable panda that loves to discover the textures in his community. Feel your way through the zoo, the park, the beach and more with loveable Noodle.
- Good Night Sophie, by DK Books: The iconic baby teething toy Sophie La Girafe has her very own line of touch and feel books that are equally as adorable as she. Good Night Sophie is a sweet choice for the new baby.
Soft Books: Soft, plush books provide a comforting way to explore “books” for new babies.
- Goodnight My Sweet Pea, by Manhattan Toy –Tactile fabrics, interactive flaps, and soft, cushioned pages are an inviting introduction to story time for the very young.
- Little Friends: Sleepy Time, by Roger Priddy – Sleepy Time is a soft book that takes the reader through Baby Bear’s bedtime routine.
Interactive books: Books that encourage babies and toddlers to touch, turn pages, and just generally be engaged with the text are a great way to encourage a love for literacy.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle: A classic favorite, this book follows a very hungry caterpillar through an eating frenzy before he morphs into a beautiful butterfly. With pages of all sizes and peek-a-boo holes, this book will be one that children will want to engage with again and again.
You Are My Baby series, by Lorena Siminovich: These sweet books have a baby book nestled inside a bigger one. Turn the pages to match the baby with its mommy: the perfect book for a shower.
Tap the Magic Tree, by Christie Matheson: What child wouldn’t love a book in which they tap, jiggle, shake, and even blow a kiss to the pages to help a tree change with the seasons. It’s interactive and a little bit magical for young readers.
Classics: Any growing library needs these staple classics.
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney: This book about the special, immeasurable love between father and child is something every parent can relate to.
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr.: This fun, repetitive, rhyming text featuring an array of animals, with beautiful, bright collage illustrations by Eric Carle is a children’s library staple.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr.: This bright and silly alphabet book is a children’s favorite!
The Poky Little Puppy, by Janette Sebring Lowrey: What children’s library is complete without a classic Golden Book? The Poky Little Puppy is an adorably curious yet mischievous little guy who is sure to capture the heart of your little loved one.
New Favorites: These newbies to the children’s book market are becoming fast favorites.
Pantone Colors, by Pantone: This colorful, fun book is a fantastic way to both stimulate the senses of new babies and teach growing preschoolers their colors. This is a book that will grow with children.
Littles and How They Grow, by Kelly DiPucchio: This touching book about how quickly little ones grow is the perfect gift for new parents.
Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses, by Jen Arena: Everyone in the family has kisses for baby in this cute bilingual story that shows that love is the same in every household.
New Books for Newborns series: These darling books are perfect for new babies. With titles like Mama Loves You So, Good Night My Darling Baby, and Blanket of Love, they speak directly to the experiences of a growing family.
If Animals Kissed Good Night, by Ann Whitford Paul: This fun book imagines how different animal mother and baby pairs would kiss goodnight if they could. Drawing on animal characteristics, this book will make a little one giggle.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin: This loving message from parents to baby outlines all the thoughts parents have when they think of their children. Honest, loving, and timeless.