26 Best Board Books for a Baby Shower

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June 2021 | Advice, Books, Featured

One of the most heartfelt and useful gifts parents of a newborn can receive at a baby shower is a book. Simple, durable, and timeless, board books make the perfect present. In fact, many expectant parents request handwritten inscriptions in books instead of cards these days, as they make for far more memorable and treasured gifts. 

Below we’ve compiled our list of the best board books for baby showers that will help babies learn and grow and— most importantly— will help you share the priceless gift of stories with the precious new addition in your life.


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Welcome Little One Pages

Welcome Little One

Sandra Magsaman
Best For: Reading at Bedtime
A lovely story of the special connection between parents and a new baby, this book features one of our favorite things: elephants! The parent-and-child duo in this rhyming tale are a great example of the love moms and dads have for their babies. Hand-stitched inspired illustrations and personalizable handwritten portions of this book make it a memorable read. 

Welcome Little One is the perfect baby shower gift to celebrate the birth of a new child. The rhyming text and personal touches you can add will make this book a treasured keepsake you and your child can look back on fondly for years to come.

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Where's Spot? Pages

Where’s Spot? 

Eric Hill
Best For: Learning About Animals
An entertaining lift-the-flap book, Where’s Spot? Is the perfect introduction to interactive reading for little ones. Search all through the house to find out where the silly dog is hiding.

This book is one of our favorites, as it encourages little readers to search for answers and play as they read along. Full of simple and funny illustrations, this classic is a great choice for a baby shower gift and would make a beloved addition to any child’s collection.

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A Little Book About ABCs 

Leo Lionni
Best For: Learning the Alphabet
Full of colorful, collage-style artwork, this ABCs book is a lovely choice for a baby shower gift. With sturdy pages and bright illustrations of animals, plants, food, and more, there is plenty for little ones to discover in A Little Book About ABCs. 

We love this book for its captivating illustrations, simple text, and creative alphabet associations. Introduce your child to the alphabet in a fun and creative way with this joyous read.

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1,2,3 To the Zoo Pages

1, 2, 3, to the Zoo

Eric Carle
Best For: Learning to Count
A group of animals are on their way to the zoo. Count along with all different animal friends as they travel to their destination. With Eric Carle’s signature illustration style, this book is sure to grab the attention of any young reader.

This book by beloved children’s author Eric Carle will help your little one learn how to count and identify all sorts of animals. Comprised of charming illustrations, 1, 2, 3, to the Zoo encourages your child to focus on the numbers on each page and find guidance in the pictures to help visualize their counting. It is a fun, engaging read for little learners.

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You Are Light Pages

You Are Light

Aaron Becker
Best For: Learning About Colors
This book holds within it lovely bright die-cut circles that compose illustrations of a shining sun. When held to the light, the circles reflect and glow, paying tribute to the wonders of light. Your baby will begin to understand all that light can do: warm our faces, draw up the sea to make the rain, feed all the things that grow, and help to create all the brilliant wonders of the world. 

This abstract board book is wonderful for its lovely interactive illustrations. Each page is gorgeously decorated with a prism of colors that will engage your young reader. The book’s ultimate message of finding light inside of us and unity among ourselves and the world around us is a valuable message for a baby shower gift.

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Wiggles Pages


Claire Zucchelli-Romer
Best For: Learning About Shapes
Wiggles is all about getting little hands moving. Little fingers twist and turn, zig and zag, moving on, over, and through pages filled with fluorescent die-cut dots and playful, grooved paths. Based on the TouchThinkLearn format, this reading experience compels the youngest learners to explore and engage with their world in a hands-on, multi-sensory way. 

Perfect for getting little readers involved, this book follows a straightforward premise: hear an instruction, repeat its words, and playfully trace out its action. We love the educational and developmental benefits of Wiggles’ approach to learning.

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I Love You to the Moon And Back  

Amelia Hepworth
Best For: Reading Aloud
As the sun rises, a bear and her cub wake up to a beautiful day. They splash in the water, climb up mountains, play with friends, and watch the colorful lights that appear in the shimmering sky. Throughout their amazingly exciting day, they take moments to stop and show that they love each other. Whether it be touching noses, chasing each other, or snuggling before bed, the momma bear and her cub share so many heartwarming moments. 

This is one of the best stories for newborn babies and reading as a family. This board book can continue to be read as your child grows older, creating a tradition of snuggling up and spending quality time together.

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Black Bird Yellow Sun 

Steve Light
Best For: Learning About Colors
As a solitary black bird wings its way through the day, children experience a wide array of bright colors. Readers can follow along as the graceful black bird makes its way through the sky, along with its tiny worm friend past orange leaves, through green grass, onto gray rocks, under pink flowers, and more before coming to rest beneath a brilliant blue moon.

There are so many glorious colors to discover as the sun sets on this blackbird’s journey. This book makes a great baby shower pick that children and their parents will enjoy reading together.

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Tree Alphabet Pages

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Tree Alphabet

Mrs. Peanuckle
Best For: Learning the Alphabet
Learn the alphabet with this vibrant board book full of all different kinds of trees. Whether they’re short or tall, pruny or small, full of berries of flowers or nuts, the 26 trees featured in this book will captivate and delight young readers and their parents alike. With easy-to-learn facts about each tree, this book is perfect for curious readers.

We love this book because it contains so many lessons. Not only will your child be encouraged to learn their A-B-C’s, but they will also learn a lot about nature along the way. The illustration style of Mrs. Peanuckle’s Tree Alphabet is very unique and very modern, making it fun and interesting to look at. This is such a special book to help get your child thinking about their letters.

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Welcome To the World Pages

Welcome to the World

Lucy Tapper
Best For: Reading at Bedtime 
An adorable baby elephant discovers all the wonders this world has to offer. She explores beautiful things, tiny things, huge things, and everything in between. Filled with kind words, this book welcomes babies to the world with the promise of exciting and fun adventures in a beautiful world.

This book is fitting for a baby shower and makes a great bedtime read. Within its pages are spaces to write a personalized message so that the gift giver and parents can commemorate the birth of their precious new little one.

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Colors Pages


John J. Reiss
Best For: Learning About Colors
Learn the colors of the rainbow with illustrations that jump off the page. From red lobsters and yellow baby chicks to brown puppy-dog tails, this book is filled with opportunities to learn and explore. This board book is perfect for little ones who are just starting to learn their colors.

We like this book because it introduces color by using common, everyday objects. Little ones learn much more easily when they can relate new information to things that they already know. This book makes a great baby shower choice, as it grants the priceless gift of learning. 

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 

Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
Best For: Learning The Alphabet
You simply cannot go wrong with this board book version of the rhythmic classic! In Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, A told B and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.” When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room?

This book is the perfect choice for a baby shower. With rounded edges and sturdy pages, it’s made just for the littlest readers. A fun and innovative take on teaching young ones about the alphabet, it is sure to make a beloved favorite of parents and kids alike.

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On The Night You Were Born Pages

On the Night You Were Born 

Nancy Tillman 
Best For: Reading at Bedtime 
On the night you were born, the whole world came alive with thanksgiving. The moon stayed up till morning. The geese flew home to celebrate. Polar bears danced. On the night you were born you brought wonder and magic to the world. Here is a book that celebrates you. It is meant to be carried wherever life takes you, over all the roads, through all the years.

This book is a great pick for a baby shower gift. It serves as a great bedtime reminder to little ones about how special they are and how valued they are as members of their family and their parents’ child.

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Dear Zoo Pages

Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell
Best For: Learning About Animals
In this book, the narrator goes in search of a pet. They write to the zoo, but they send him pets that are too big (like elephants) and pets that are too tall (like giraffes). Will they find their perfect pet? Lift the flaps and discover! 

This book is such a fun one to read with your child. It has a simple rhyming pattern and a lot of anticipation and drama as the narrator reveals what kind of pets he gets. It will allow your child to explore different animals and their characteristics, all while having a good laugh.

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Crown Pages

Babies Love Numbers

Scarlett Wing
Best For: Learning to Count 
Introduce your baby or toddler to the wonderful world of numbers with this sturdy board book. Count from 1 to 10 with the help of cute little animals like ducklings, baby foxes, cows, piglets, puppies, and bear cubs! With liftable flaps, a rhyming scheme, and snuggly animals, this is the perfect book to introduce your child to numbers.

This book is a great place to start when teaching your child all about numbers. It is full of fun interactive flaps and features a rhyming scheme that will keep your little one engaged. The illustrations are vibrant and introduce plenty of colors, animals, and sounds that will teach your young reader so much.

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Landmarks Pages


Katie Wilson
Best For: Reading At Bedtime
Journey around the world as you flip through the pages of this book about famous destinations. Landmarks will take you across the globe through approachable and childlike illustrations of important places. Discover The Sydney Opera House, The Eiffel Tower, The Colosseum, and The Statue of Liberty, and more! 

Landmarks is an Elephant Books pick found in our subscription packages. This wonderful Montessori-style book is a great choice for a story to read aloud. We love Landmarks because it introduces your child to the world around them through beautiful illustrations.

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Black on White Pages

Black On White

Tana Hoban
Best For: Learning Shapes
Made especially for babies whose recognition of colors has not fully developed, Black on White is a perfect board book for the littlest of readers. Simple yet beautiful silhouette images will keep little readers engaged and ready to discover. 

We love this book for a baby shower gift because it is perfect for even the littlest babies. The stark contrasts in images will help your child distinguish shapes and objects from an early age. This book makes a great distraction during tummy time or before bed.

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Ten Little Dinosaurs Pages

Ten Little Dinosaurs

Mike Brownlow
Best For: Learning to Count
Join ten little dinosaurs on an adventure. Find out what happens when they meet a grumpy triceratops, a storming diplodocus, and a very, very hungry T-Rex. Learn to count to ten and back with this action-packed board book.

Ten Little Dinosaurs is great for introducing your little one to counting. Not only does it feature a traditional counting rhyme, but it also holds a storyline and an unforgettable journey. The funny illustrations and action are sure to get your child roped into this amazing board book.

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That's Not My Puppy Pages

That’s Not My Puppy 

Fiona Watt
Best For: Learning About Animals
Full of bright colors and sensory textures, this book is a wonderful choice for little readers. Flip through the pages and see all the different kinds of puppies of all different shapes, sizes, and colors. 

We love this book for its cool textures and interactive nature. Babies will love making new discoveries while touching and feeling each page.

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Guess How Much I Love You Pages

Guess How Much I Love You 

Sam McBratney 
Best For: Reading Aloud
Little Nutbrown Hare and his father Big Nutbrown Hare know they love each other very, very much. They want to share with the other just how much love they have in their hearts. But, sometimes, love is a very hard thing to measure. Join the two sweet little hares on their journey to share how much they love each other. 

Guess How Much I Love You is a sweet read about the love between parent and child. It’s a great story to share with a newborn, is full of soothing text, and imparts a wonderful message of love. This book teaches a lesson about unconditional love that is perfect for your baby to fall asleep to.

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Find Colors Pages

Find Colors

Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford
Best For: Learning About Colors
Follow along through the pages of this book to discover colors behind black and white silhouettes that provide children the space to visually experiment. Readers will gaze around the room through a rooster-shaped hole in search of something red, through a sun-shaped hole for something yellow, through squiggly worms for something pink. 

This book is a wonderful way to introduce little readers to colors, help them make connections, and encourage them to think creatively. Find Colors is a delightful board book that will make the perfect baby shower gift!

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Mem Fox
Best For: Learning to Count
Nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes! From two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!

This book is a sweet celebration of some of the things that make babies so cute. Full of rhythmic, rhyming text and simple but adorable illustrations, this book will help little ones learn about counting what matters!

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AB See Pages

AB See 

Elizabeth Doyle 
Best For: Learning The Alphabet
Search for all the treasures hidden within each letter of the alphabet on the pages of this board book. Can you find the apple, arrow, and armor in letter A? How about the bear, banjo, and bike within letter B? Search for meaning in the sweet illustrations on each page. 

This book is great for challenging little readers to discover new images and ideas. A memorable choice for a baby shower gift, this board book will keep little minds captivated and teach them new lessons while helping them learn their alphabet.

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Press Here Pages

Press Here

Herve Tullet
Best For: Learning About Shapes
Press the button! Now shake it up. Tilt the book! This funny board book gives its readers instructions and what happens next is always a surprise.

This book is a classic, and there is no wonder why. It is funny, interactive, and educational all at the same time. Children can quickly learn colors, directions, shapes, and new vocabulary, all while having a really incredible bonding moment with you. We think this book is a great option for a baby shower book that isn’t so traditional.

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Press Here Pages

Hello Honeybees

Hannah Rogge
Best For: Learning About Animals
Fly little bees through the stiff pages of this beehive shaped book! This interactive board book allows children to learn by discovery, as each page introduces a new setting for busy bees. Full of playful and informative touches, this book is a sweet introduction to the hardworking honeybee that will have young readers buzzing to learn more.

We love this book because it helps keep little hands busy and little minds working to discover and play. Hello Honeybees’ simple and sweet illustrations work in tandem with little bee characters that beckon little readers to explore!

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Stack the Cats Pages

Stack the Cats

Susie Ghahremani 
Best For: Learning to Count
One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack! Cats of all different shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack!

This book is so much fun for little readers. Silly pictures and an engaging storyline about kittens will keep your child captivated.  Great for any child that loves cuddly cats, it is also educational as there are basic mathematical concepts embedded in the antics of these fuzzy friends.


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What should I write in a book for a baby shower?

Writing a heartfelt message in a book for a baby shower makes your gift that much more special! Personal inscriptions and children’s literary quotes make memorable messages.

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What qualities should I look for in a book to give as a baby shower gift? 

The best books are those that can be read aloud together. Educational and fun topics that focus on helping little ones learn about colors, shapes, and those that include sensory components might also be favorites. Books that carry meaningful messages and can be read throughout a child’s upbringing are sure to make wonderful baby shower gifts.


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