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Bring a Book Baby Shower

Updated on September 11, 2014

Start Building Baby's Personal Library with a Library Themed Shower

One of the very best gifts you can give a child is the gift of reading. Literacy is the essential tool for a successful life, and a love of learning is a love that will last a lifetime. So why not start early? Begin building a child's personal library before he or she is even born, with a library building shower!

Back in the day before themed parties were such a big thing, we had plain vanilla baby showers. The decorations were mixed pink and blue because we didn't know ahead of time if it would be a boy or a girl. And all the decorations, refreshments, and games, were pretty much alike. Even the gifts were predictible. Except for the ones I brought.

Even decades ago, I usually gave books as shower gifts. And I was almost always the only one. I'm not sure they were as appreciated as the cute little bibs or frilly dresses or little denim sneakers, but I always gave them anyway. Today book baby showers are beginning to catch on. Some are requesting each guest come with a book instead of a card.

If I were throwing a shower for a mother-to-be today, it would be a Bring a Book Baby Shower.

photo by digitallatina,

modifications mine (CruiseReady)

A Child is never too young

(or too old)

to receive a book as a gift!

A Bring A Book Baby Shower

A Good Way to Jump-start an Infant's Own Personal Library

Children should have their own library - a collection of little volumes of their very own. Yes, even before they can read.

Children with ready access to their own library are more likely to develop an early interest in reading than those who do not. A Bring-A-Book baby shower is a great way to help a mother-to-be start her child's library, so that the little tyke already has the beginnings of one right from birth.

Custom Invitations


Custom Invitations

Send out special invitations indicating that this is a 'bring a book' shower, You'll find a number of attractive esigns at Zazzle. They are easy to customize with the name of the honoree, the time and place, and so on.

Some of the designs are non gender specific, while others are specifically suited for little boys or girls.

You'll also find inserat cards for invitations that ask the attendees to bring a book instead of a card.

Good Gift Ideas - Favorite Books for Babies

Need some suggestions? Here are a few simple 'first' books that are good choices to give. Having a variety of reading material - some with pictures and few words, and others that tell a simple story will help keep mom and dad from getting bored when reading to a baby or toddler. The last thing you want is for them to get bored with such an important activity and be tempted to stop doing it!

Bring a Book Instead of a Card

Shower Invitation Inserts

Here's another nice idea that is beginning to catch on. Suggest to prosepctive guests that they not bring a card, but a book instead. There are many fairly inexpensive ones available for infants and toddlers. Some cost only a little more than the price of a card.

A nice way to make this suggestion is with an insert into the invitation. You'll find some very appealing ones at Zazzle.

Do You Give Baby Books as Shower Gifts? - Or Would You Consider It?

Have you even given a book as a gift for a new baby?

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Or Bring a Card Instead - a Gift Card - So the new parents can make their own choices

Amazon has a special "New Baby" design gift card that's just perfect! $50 Gift Card in a Greeting Card (Oh, Baby! Design) $50 Gift Card in a Greeting Card (Oh, Baby! Design)

This particular theme is available in your choice of denominations.


Reading to Baby - From Their Very Own Books

Reading to Baby
Reading to Baby | Source

Reading to baby is such an important part of early development, and will help them understand that gooks are important to learning.

It's important to read to baby every day!! It's not the intellectual content that matters so much at first, as it is the sound and rhythm of your voice. Sooner than you think though, content and associating words with people, pictures, things and concepts becomes important. So, vary the reading material right from the beginning!

When the little one begins tooling around on their own, they start to become aware that some things belong to them, and they love to touch and carry their own things around. Make sure that some of those 'things of their own' are books!

Make books with non-paper pages, like board and bath books, available to baby when they begin grasping the concept of "mine." That way, they can handle and carry around 'my book' to their heart's content.

Decorating with a Reading Theme

Be Creative!

Be creative in decorating for a your shower. You might:

  • Tape up bright magazine covers from old copies of children's magazines, like Highlights.
  • Look at your local dollar store for bookworm cutouts and posters.
  • Ask your local library if they have any left over posters from past learn to read campaigns.
  • Use a literacy or reading poster as part of your decorating, and have all the guests sign it as a gift for the new mother.
  • Or, decorate in a theme that is universally recognized as one of the most important authors for early readers: Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss party decorations are available from a number of places, including Amazon.

Bookplates for Guests to Sign

A Nice Little Extra

A nice little extra for a book themed shower is to have a supply of bookplates on hand. You can place one in each book received, or have the guest do it.

Try to find the kind that have not only a place for the baby's name but a "from" space, or at least with enough blank space for them to sign their name. That way, there will be a permanent record in each book of who it came from.

You can purchase bookplates at your local bookstore. Amazon has some,too. Of course, if you want them customized with the baby's name, Zazzle is a good source.

Free Printable Bookplates

There are also several websies where you can print some cute ones for FREE. One such website is Activity Village. So, you might want to start there. Most of the sites stipulate that their free bookplates are not for commercial use. You won't be selling them.

Print them on sticky backed papet If you choose a style that prints out the same size as address or shipping labels, you can buy blank ones at an office supply store.

Children who are read to

are more likely to want

to learn to read sooner

than those who are not.

When Should You Start Reading to Your Child?

How Soon is Too Soon?

How soon should you start reading to your child? TODAY, if not sooner!

How soon is too soon? Probably prior to conception.

Seriously, children should be read to from the earliest possible age. Reading to infants helps them become comfortable with the sound and rhythm of the written word, even if they aren't quite ready for the concepts yet.

I've seen it recommended that babies be read to for 5 to 6 minutes a day; and that Kindergarteners be read to for 20 minutes a day, five days a week. I always read to my daughter for much longer than that. Perhaps It depends on the child, and what their attention span will allow, but I think more is better.

What Good Does it do to Read to Your Baby?


I'm not an expert in this field, but I can tell you what happened with my own daughter:

I began reading to her twice a day when she was three days old.

At three years old, she climbed onto my lap with a book, and said, "Mommy, teach me to read."

Before she was five, she could read a restaurant menu, and do her own ordering.

When she entered first grade, she was reading - and discussing - stories from the newspaper.

Babies Love Books

This Baby Wants to Read!
This Baby Wants to Read! | Source

When Should You Start Building Your Child's Library?

Right Now!


When Should you start building your child their own library?


If you want to have children some day, now is good.

If you are expecting your first, it's time you got started.

If you have a child who doesn't have a personal library, you have some catching up to do!

I've always believed a book is a great gift for a child. That's what mine always got. When we went through some lean times, I always found a way to get one for her, even if I had to give up something I needed. It was that important.

To this day, I can ask her what she wants for Christmas, and she will give me a title and author right away. And she's now in her 40's!

Guess what? The teen-aged grandkids are the same way. But. they usually ask for a gift card to Barnes & Nobel.

The Nursery of a Future Reader

Give a child the gift of learning from the day he or she is born!

Include a vision of reading to your child, and one of your child becoming an avid reader when you set up their nursery. It will pay off in a lifelong habit that will be every bit as important to your child's intellectual growth as nutrition is to their physical well being.

A "reading corner" in the nursery will remind you that you are your child's first and best teacher. A few items will go a long way to establishing a tone your child will appreciate even when they are grown.

A poster of children reading would be the perfect nursery artwork to hang above the crib. (See the one that follows sfor a nice example)


Other Reading Related Gift Ideas

Create a Reading Friendly Nursery

Help create a reader friendly nursery!

Here are some ideas for some really cool gifts to help furnish the nursery.

Some of these - like a rocking chair or bookshelves - would make very nice gifts from the future grandparents, or for several friends to go in together on.

1 - A colorful set of bookends

2 - A rocking chair for Mom or Dad to sit and read for a few minutes a day

3 - A small book case

4 - Reading or literary themed artwork for the nursery wall

5 - A small lamp or night light in a kiterary theme

6 - Any nursery or crib items in an A-B-C theme

7 - Onesies, T-Shirts, or Bibs with reading themed artwork on them

Don't Forget Big Brother or Big Sister - Gift Ideas for an Older Sibling

If the new baby will have an older sister or brother, it's a nice gesture to give them something, too. That way, they don't feel left out.

If you're bringing a book for the new baby, why not bring a book for big brother or sistre as well?

What is (or was) your child's favorite book for you to read to them?

What was your favorite as a child?

Would you like to say something about the importance of reading in a young child's life?

Of course, you can just say 'hello.' That would be appreciated, too.

Do (did you) Read to Your Baby or Toddler?

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I read to my children from my first baby's earliest months. His favorite book was 'Christopher the Bear' -- my son's name is Christopher and he really enjoyed reading about a bear with his name. I think just hearing his name repeated throughout the story was fun for him. :) My daughter just went to a friend's baby shower and it was a 'book shower'.

    • OUTFOXprevention1 profile image


      4 years ago

      Fun idea! Thanks for the share.

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      4 years ago

      Nice idea! Like it.

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      4 years ago

      love this whole website; you guys are so cool!

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      Birthday Wishes 

      5 years ago from Here

      What a wonderful idea! It is the first time that I read about it... Thanks for sharing!

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      5 years ago

      I really don't have favorite child's book. I almost everyday reading to my daughter. For her, it doesn't matter what's the story. What matters that's princess in it is a MUST!

    • KayeSI profile image


      5 years ago

      I'm right there with you! In fact, I'm going to add your link to my latest post on helping our grandkids with school - and you are so right, it starts right at the beginning. :)

    • Paul Ward profile image


      5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Great idea!

    • FatLossDiva profile image


      5 years ago

      I'd never have thought of giving a book as a baby shower gift. I like it.

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      randomthings lm 

      5 years ago

      I read to my son all the time. This is a great idea--baby book shower. FABULOUS!

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      5 years ago

      Very cute idea! :)

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      tfsherman lm 

      5 years ago

      These are all universal favorites, great choices. Sandra Boynton is tops in my book!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      sybil watson 

      5 years ago

      What a fabulous idea for a baby shower! My favorite book, and one of my kids' favorites, was Where the Wild Things Are.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great idea to give books for a baby shower gift. I have given books as a gift for newborn babies or toddlers. My children grew up with lots of books as we had a small local bookstore when the kids were little. We had books everywhere!

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      5 years ago

      Always. Always. They would love any book that I would read to them :)

    • SheSue LM profile image

      SheSue LM 

      5 years ago

      Read to my babies while they were still inside me! They are both lifelong readers. Sooo important. My son was a huge fan of Richard Scarry which I think led to his becoming a mechanical engineer. My daughter loved anything with animals. She is now a book editor. Thanks for this great idea.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Book is still the most universal present:)

    • TemporaryTattoo1 profile image


      5 years ago

      I do read books to my "Toddler" (Son) he is 15 months young and he loves when i read to him, he thrives on it and is already saying proper words. I think it should be the law to read to your children. This is a great lens, thanks for sharing...LIKED..

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      5 years ago

      Great idea, thanks for sharing!

    • homesweethomebi1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Cute idea for a baby shower,.

    • OnlineSuccessor profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens, Lots of useful info I can use, Thumbs up.

    • laptop89 profile image


      5 years ago

      Good lens. I like it !

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      6 years ago

      Certainly. A new book every day :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      What a great idea! Little children love to be read to so books are a perfect gift.

    • bbsoulful2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I read to my babies in utero (no lie).

      Babies can hear in utero, and know their mom's voice immediately after they're born.

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      6 years ago

      I like to get the kids to read book, this is a great idea!

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @anonymous: Thank you!

    • BlueObsidian profile image


      6 years ago from California

      I like to give The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who to new parents. I think they are great books to bring to a baby shower! It's never too early for the good messages and fun stories.

    • kaecao profile image


      6 years ago

      a great idea for baby shower, thanks

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      6 years ago

      This is a splendid idea and you have provided an excellent list of books! Your Aunt Mollie will be using this. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Books are perfect for a baby shower gift! Blessing books for baby!

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      CoffeeWriter LM 

      6 years ago

      I'm a big book fan too, so I always read to my kids.

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      6 years ago

      I think a book is the best present for the people of all ages. My one-year-old son loves when I read him every evening.

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      6 years ago

      My niece loves books and sometimes she will read it to me instead ....

    • chinchilla-cages profile image


      6 years ago

      Bringing books is a great idea!

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      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      No, but I read to other people's babies at church.

    • dahlia369 profile image


      6 years ago

      Books are special and precious - and very important in one's life, no matter what the age. It's good to learn to love them at an early age.

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      6 years ago

      Books are wonderful gift ideas, I read regularly to my little sister Chelsea.

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      6 years ago

      My little girl love books.

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      Hannah Writes 

      6 years ago

      I am a teacher...I read to all of my kids as soon as they were born! This is an incredible idea, especially since babies outgrow clothes in weeks, but favorite books last a lifetime.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for this Bring a Book Baby Shower idea! Children are more likely to develop an interest in reading if they have books around.

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      6 years ago

      :) Really great idea and unique content. Visit my and thank you...

    • Jogalog profile image


      6 years ago

      I think this is a fantastic idea for a baby shower. Babies grow out of the nice clothes they are given so quickly but a book can be appreciated for a couple of years.

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      6 years ago

      My second time here. I totally love that concept.

    • charlb profile image


      6 years ago

      What an absolutely wonderful idea! Well done and hope your example is followed and this practice becomes common.

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      6 years ago

      What a great idea!!

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @BarbaraCasey: Yes, ire really DOES make a difference when you start reading to them early and often!

      Thank you for the visit and comments

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      6 years ago

      I read to my son from infancy... every day. When he was quite young, we joined the Children's BOMC and received a good selection of the classics every month. He spoke early, read early and is a good writer today. This idea of baby shower books is dynamite.

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      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea.

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      nolinel lm 

      6 years ago

      What a great idea.

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      6 years ago

      brilliant idea.... i think pictures can speak more than words...

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I've hosted a couple of book baby showers. I love the idea.

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @favored: I agree!

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @ReviewNook: Thanks!

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @ForTheLoveofYAF: How thoughtful to bring something for the older sibling, and how thoughtful about the books on sharing!

    • ForTheLoveofYAF profile image


      6 years ago

      I just went to a Book Shower for someone for their second kid, so I made sure to include some stuff for the older one as well, like books on sharing.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I think this is such a great idea. More people should do this so children learn to love books and reading.

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      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      My sister threw me a bring a book instead of a card baby shower and I though it was the loveliest idea. Iâm an avid reader and itâs important to me to share that love with my children. Great lens!

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      Laura45 LM 

      6 years ago

      Great idea! Love the stories featured here, lots of which are part of our cihilds library!

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      6 years ago

      This is such a great idea! Bookmarked and will share!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      6 years ago

      What a beautiful idea. Any Shel Silverstein books would be great.

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      6 years ago

      I've started reading for my one month old son, he fell asleep after 5 pages LOL

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      6 years ago

      My favourite part of the day was bedtime when I got to read to my kids.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love the idea of giving a book for a baby shower gift. You have some wonderful suggestions for a Bring a Book Baby Shower. I read to my son and my grandson from the day they were born and they both turned out to be excellent readers.

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      lilblackdress lm 

      6 years ago

      Very cute idea. I grew up without a TV overseas so learned to love to read and encouraged that in my children who now love to read also.

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      6 years ago

      Baby showers are just creeping arounf the UK but not in full flow yet

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      6 years ago from Florida

      We bought books for babies but never thought about giving them as Baby Shower Gifts. Great idea.

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      6 years ago

      I loved reading to my's one of my favorite memories. Although they're teenagers now, we still keep many of their baby books that they just can't part with.

    • StorkBabyGiftBa profile image


      6 years ago

      I read to my son beginning when he was 3 mos. old. I believe you can never start too early. They can hear the rythms in your reading even though they can't understand your words yet. Great article!

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      6 years ago

      I had a book-themed baby shower and the guests brought books instead of cards. It was so great! I got so many books and cherish everybody's little messages inside of them. I am huge on books for children. My daughter loves Where the Wild Things Are. She relates to Max :)

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love the idea of this for a baby shower. Books are so important! I've read to every kid, baby and toddler that I've ever known.

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      6 years ago

      My son is so tuff to read books to. He is always closing the books, haha.

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      6 years ago

      unique and fun gift idea.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great gift idea. I read to my daughter when she was little.

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      Winter52 LM 

      6 years ago

      I brought a book to a baby shower once and I too was the only one. Luckily the mother-to-be loved the idea!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi this is such a nice ideal for a gift,thank for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Such a beautifully simple and appealing idea. thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago

      I used to read to my daughter when she was about 3 months old. And know she is addicted to books. She loves her story at bedtime and if she can get one more she has a huge smile on her face. I think this Lens is brilliant and even though I have never been to a baby shower, when I have my next baby I will definitely love to give this one ago.

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      6 years ago

      Yes a good way to start a collection of good literature.

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      6 years ago

      This is a good gift idea for a baby shower. Never too soon to read to kids. We had several favorites in our house.

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      Paki Bazar 

      6 years ago

      thanks for your help i have repaired many books

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas for a baby shower. My favorite childhood memories include the wonderful books I read.

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      6 years ago

      I don't have children yet, but I surely remember my favorite book when I was I child. It was the book about Pippi Longstocking.

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      6 years ago

      I love the idea of giving a book at a baby shower. If I had it to do over, I would do that at my baby shower. My daughter's favorite baby book was Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear-Brown Bear and Polar Bear-Polar Bear. She learned to read these books at a very early age because I read them to her so many times. She was probably memorizing them, more than reading them. She is 10 now and loves to read!

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      GOT LM 

      6 years ago

      Nice work.

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      Pastor Cher 

      6 years ago from United States

      Excellent idea. I've give books before for various showers, but I like the book/card ideas.

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      6 years ago

      What a great and novel idea!

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      6 years ago

      Yes, I did. "Green Eggs and Ham." I love the idea of giving a book to a new baby. I'd never thought of doing it before, but I'm going to do it soon.

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      6 years ago

      Both of my baby showers had a baby book theme (possibly cos I'm a librarian!) and they were fantastic. I got lots of great books to stock in the nursery. Thanks for this great lens!

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      This is brilliant! When I was a brand new mom, all I wanted for my son was books. I started with 11 years and 4 more kids later, we have shelves full! And they are still my greatest treasure! Reading with my kids is absolutely my favorite thing to do! :) I hope more people will get the idea to give books at baby showers!

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      6 years ago

      This is a brilliant idea. A friend is expecting twins this spring, and I have just this minute decided we'll do a book baby shower for her! :)

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      I love your idea of giving a book instead of a card at a baby shower. Books are my favorite gifts to give and receive. I still have my Nancy Drew collection.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, you have lots of cute ideas! I would definitely bring baby books to a baby shower. That child will grow to love them I'm sure. At least I did when I was growing up :)

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      6 years ago

      Books are always the most lovely gift!!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. I read a lot to my two-year-old son. He is particularly keen on books by Julia Donaldson e.g. "The Gruffalo" (actually my wife, "fenellashorty", has written a Squidoo lens all about some of his/our favourite books)

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      flicker lm 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! And an excellent idea - the Bring a Book Shower. I don't remember my favorite book as a child, but I *do* remember that I read a lot. My parents encouraged it, too, which may not be happening as much with parents these days.

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      mary lighthouse15 

      6 years ago

      Good ideas! I know now what to bring when I go to a baby shower party!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      What a fabulous idea for a baby shower!


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