Books are a large part of a child’s life, even as a newborn. For a book theme baby shower, each guest brings a favorite book. At the end of the party, the expectant mother will have a plethora of books — bedtime books, board books, classic stories, pop-up books, cushion books and more. On the inside cover of the book, the guest can write her favorite childhood memory reading this book or another heartfelt message to the mother and child.
Here are some of our choices for classic books and favorite authors that should be in every child’s personal library
• The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
• The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
• Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
• Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
• Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
• Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
• The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
• Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey
• Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwel
• The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
• The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piperb
A more recent addition to our list is author Mo Willems. With his Elephant & Piggie, Pigeon, and Knuffle Bunny stories, he is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
My favorite books for ages 1-4 were from BabyBug. My children loved to hear the well-written verses, and see the illustrations of babies doing various things. Simple board books of baby photos were another big hit.
In addition to books, guests can bring along a keepsake to go along with their chosen book. As for the decor, the room can be decorated in a fairy tale princess theme, or nursery rhyme theme to go along with some of the books. Or the theme can find a specific favorite, like Goodnight Moon. Add a party game where guests have to guess the nursery rhyme or book title by hearing a line from that book. In all, a book baby shower idea is a great way to start off the child’s library.