Baby’s 1st Library: Baby Books for Baby Shower Gifts

Recently, one of my favorite cousins had a baby shower. She’s going to have a baby girl later this fall. Of course, I could have bought something off the registry. But no. I’m a librarian; I bought books.

Though I have my favorite children’s and board books, I did enlist the help of some fellow children’s librarians who are real experts in baby books (books for older readers are more my specialty, just based on experience).

I went with a loose theme: I wanted books for tiny babies up through beginning elementary age, and I wanted to avoid the classics that everyone already knows about (Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, etc.).

Books for Baby Showers | librarian style

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Board Books for Baby Showers

Black on White by Tana Hoban

This wordless, high contrast board book with simple, everyday images is perfect for brand new babies. Focusing on shapes helps develop their eyes.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko

This classic is adapted into a board book with enchanting illustrations. And what baby doesn’t need a dragon and an unconventional princess book?

A Day With Monster by Kelli Gleiner

One word for this book: adorable! The felt images of monster in everyday settings are too precious.

I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovee

What can I say. I love cats. This story about a little girl who wants a cat soooo badly is too cute and highly relatable.

The Swing by Louis Stevenson and Julie Morstad

This classic poem comes alive with beautiful illustrations by Julie Morstad. The print echoes the movement described in each phrase, and all sorts of boys and girls are depicted enjoying swinging.

Picture Books for Baby Showers

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts 

It’s never too early to promote STEAM education for girls. This inspirational, rhyming picture book features quirky illustrations that I absolutely love.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with being you’re own kind of princess. Another rhyming picture book (great for phonological awareness!).

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham

In my previous life, I was into politics. I love how this book explores the electoral and campaign process, the problem of the lack of women in government, and features a beautiful black girl.

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History by Kate Schwatz

This is a great book to read together once kids are in early elementary school. For each letter of the alphabet, there’s a one page biography of an important woman from American History. I love this book myself, and learned a lot!

Feminist picture and board books with—a few cute or gorgeous ones thrown in for good measure—are the perfect baby shower gift.

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  • If you ever need recommendations for picture books about trains, let me know. I’m well versed.