What to Write in a Baby Shower Book

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September 2019

Books are an increasingly popular choice for baby shower gifts. It’s not hard to see why: they’re educational, they encourage quality bonding time, they’re enduring, they get used over and over, and, as any parent can tell you who’s trying to get a baby or toddler to sleep will tell you, you can never have too many! But what do you write in a baby shower book to make it stand out, to make your gift truly special?

Whether you decide to bring a book to a baby shower, are invited to a “baby’s first library” party, or are asked to bring a book to a baby celebration instead of a card, baby books as gifts offers a great opportunity to include something memorable and inspiring for babies and parents. What to write in a book for a baby shower requires thought, but with some tips and guidance, the result can be a truly unforgettable gift.

Incorporating just the right personal inscription, that special quote that stands out, finding unique ways to write or incorporate the message… even unusual ways of enclosing your gift with “something extra” are just a few of the ideas you can utilize. Inspiration can come from many personal sources, but here’s some guidelines to get you started.

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  1. Personal Inscriptions
Book Inscription: "To Chloe & Family: Always have a story to tell! Love, Aunt Claire"
Book Inscription: "Baby Ella, Lucky Parents, Lucky Baby!  Love, Nana and Pops"

It’s easy to write a brief message like, Best Wishes for your baby boy or Here’s a special gift for your brand new little girl on your baby shower. Consider some variations on these types of inscriptions to give your gift a more meaningful message. Think about what the parents might cherish the most – advice on childrearing, heartfelt love and support, recognition of a boy or girl or even underscoring the celebration with messages to the baby and parents. Any of the following can be further customized with names, dates and additional information that delivers an even more heartfelt sentiment.

You’ll never know how much your parents loved you until you hold your child in your arms the very first time.

A new baby, a new life, and new beginning.

May every story you read bring your inspirations of adventure.

Enjoy every moment with your new little.

These are going to be the most magical and memorable moments of your life.

Welcome to endless and unconditional love.

Your world is about to change…and it’s going to be better than ever.

The sweetest part of your life is about to begin.

Let’s get baby-happy.

Wishing you and your little one many nights of bedtime stories and sweet dreams.

Here’s to the happiest day ever!

Reading Together = Happy Families!

Always have a story to tell.

A book, a cuddle, and love.

Show your love through a book.

May your life be a beautiful story. 

It’s never too early to share the love of reading.

The time you spend with your child and a book lasts forever.

Books are imaginations come to life.

A story a day means a lifetime of adventures.

Lets get cozy and read together!

May your heart be full of love and your shelves be full of books.

2. Children’s Literary Quotes

Every adult has a book they remember reading as a child. Maybe it was something read to them, perhaps it was a story they loved so much it was read over and over, or there was simply one book that had a message that was personally meaningful. Quotes from famous, or even obscure, books offer an opportunity to share a special reading moment. The gift-giver’s quote can even include a note explaining what the story meant to them. Following are some famous quotes that are perfect just as they are or with personal embellishments.

Winnie the Pooh Book Cover

A.A. Milne

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

The Little Prince Book Cover

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Where the Wild Things Are Books Cover

Maurice Sendak

And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.

Guess How Much I Love You Book Cover

Sam McBratney

I love you right up to the moon – and back.

Peter Pan Book Cover

J.M. Barrie

Little boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up older.

On the Night You Were Born Book Cover

Nancy Tillman

On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonders that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, “Life will never be the same.”

The Wizard of Oz Book Cover

L. Frank Baum

There’s no place like home.

The Minpins Book Cover

Roald Dahl

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

The Cat and the Hat Book Cover

Dr. Seuss

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.

Little Women Book Cover

Louisa May Alcott

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Giraffes Can't Dance Book Cover

Giles Andreae

“We can all dance” he said, “if we find the music that we love.”

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Book Cover

Hans Christian Andersen

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

The Velveteen Rabbit Book Cover

Margery Williams

Real isn’t how you are made, it’s a thing that happens to you.

Love You Forever Book Cover

Robert Munsch

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Book Cover

Lewis Carroll

Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?

The Secret Garden Book Cover

Frances Hodgson Burnett

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.

Anne of Green Gables Book Cover

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Cover

J.K. Rowling

Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.

Aesop's Fables Book Cover

Aesop’s Fables

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

The Little Engine That Could Book Cover

Watty Piper

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.

3. Where Do I Write My Baby Shower Message?

With a baby shower gift message, it’s not just what you say but how you incorporate it as part of the book that can make it truly memorable. Inscriptions are frequently written inside the cover of a book. Most picture books offer ample room on the back side of a hard-cover book cover, along with a first page that is generally blank. As pages can become worn or torn, it’s best to focus on the inside cover. Board books can be a bit more challenging as these books start a story as soon as the cover is opened. Often the back cover can provide space for a personal message.

Book Inscription: 'Spencer, "there's no place like home," -L. Frank Baum.'

If there are writing and illustrations on the back cover as well, one of the best solutions for including personalized messages is a white sticker artfully placed in a corner. Elephant Books goes a step further in making this part of the process easy. Each board book comes with an adorable elephant-themed book plate that provides the perfect place to write your special inscription and adhere it directly to the book. As an added bonus, the initial gift package also comes with an external gift note, explaining who sent the package and providing space for an additional welcome message.

Book Inscription: "For Sweet Lindsey: Books are imaginations come to life. xoxo Mommy."

Write the message in your own hand, possibly with brightly colored markers so it’s eye-catching for the young reader. And remember your audience, don’t be afraid to embrace your own childhood and include a picture along with the text or alongside your signature. Remember these are books for kids!

4. Do You Wrap Books for a Baby Shower?

Making books a special treat for both the parent-to-be, and eventually the child, is a great idea. Children are never too young to learn that reading and books are the best gifts. Wrapping books in colorful paper or artfully arranged in gift bags makes this gift fun and exciting. 

Elephant Books Packaging

Here at Elephant Books we think it’s an essential part of the experience and why we hand-wrap every package in kraft paper tied with a colorful grosgrain ribbon, finished off with a playful elephant stamp in the corner. It’s a package that to use appeals both to the adult recipient, evoking classic memories of childhood gifts, and the child—who doesn’t like getting something in the mail? So don’t forget bows, ribbons and tissue paper if you want to make the gift especially unforgettable!

5. Adding Something Extra to Alongside the Message

Elephant Books items wrapped as a gift

In addition to being beautiful gifts all by themselves, books are also beautiful packages that can include special mementos. Small envelopes can be attached inside the cover of book to contain special enclosures. Letters with longer messages, money with a note encouraging the reader to buy more books they love, perhaps even a small gift, like jewelry or a gift card can be included to make the book gift even more inspiring.

ten dollars in little envelope inside a picture book

Books are the ideal gifts for babies and children because they motivate the love of reading and set the stage for a life-long love of learning. It also offers a great way to include something extra to make the book even more fun. Depending upon the subject of the book, there could be wonderful additions to the book gift that underscore all the benefits of reading. For example, if the book is about an animal, a stuffed version of that character would be ideal. If the book is about a place, like a zoo or city, offer to take the gift recipient to that destination. If the book is a fantasy or wild adventure, find an event or excursion that you can show the child, either in person or even online.

So, there you have it! A complete guide to what and how to write in a baby book in order to make your gift truly special. If you’re looking for that perfect baby shower theme, be sure to check out our companion article, Ten Cute Ideas for an Elephant-Themed Baby Shower.

Books are about memories and it’s never too early to give a gift they’ll always remember. Visit Elephant Books for more information on the easiest and most elegant way to send this most perfect of gifts!

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