Book Themed Baby Shower

Book Themed Baby Shower

Book themed baby shower ideas from creative styling and decorating gurus. See some fun and trendy ways to host a shower that will be the building blocks of, baby’s library.  It’s much more than a party theme-it’s also an amazing gift.

Do some decorating with some of our favorite ideas. This book garland is from: Martha It’s adorable and so easy to make- don’t be afraid to put your own creative spin on it!

Basic Supplies for this baby shower decoration idea:

  • Colored twine or string (white is fine too).
  • Construction paper cut to desired book cover size.
  • Old book pages or news paper pages to glue inside book cover.
  • Little clothes pins to hang your handmade books.
  • Embellishments: silk flowers, pacifiers, tiny baby socks, bibs… use them all, or just pick your favorite.

Assemble the little books, select a place to tie your strings, add your books and other decorations.

We actually had a bit of a different spin on the idea…

Assemble your books the same as above, but use blank paper for your pages. Hang the books, and ask guest to write a message, poem, advice, encouragement, or anything else they would like to share with mom-to-be. This makes a warm gift, and adorable nursery decor too!

For more on this baby shower idea, please refer to the section titled, “sources” at the bottom of the page.

Book Themed Baby Shower from Pottery Barn Kids

There are so many cool ideas used in this theme- I think it’s my new favorite overall, baby shower.  Just a couple of the ideas from this tutorial, and you’re on your way to planning a beautiful shower.

The Pottery Barn site has free printable invitations, book plates, video and more.  Again, you can find their link at the bottom of this page.

I’ve attached a sample of the book plates that can be downloaded from the merchant site.  Book plates can be inserted or attached to the inside cover of any book. It’s a cool way to turn a baby book into a personalized shower gift!  

Decorating tip: Book Themed Baby Shower Menu

Here’s a cute idea from Use craft paper, construction paper, paper bags, gift bags, colorful gift wrap, or all the above to make a collection of book jackets/sleeves.  Cover any hard-cover book with your craft paper and write your baby shower menu on the spine of each book cover. 

Baby Books for Baby Showers

Once you’ve decided to plan a book theme, you may want to think about what books may be best for babies.  You can select a favorite author a favorite title, or a favorite category. Here’s some ideas:


  • Sandra Boynton
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Eric Carle
  • Crockett Johnson
  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Jane Yolan
  • Laura Numeroff
  • Marilyn Janovitz


  • Good Night Moon
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Guess How Much I Love You 
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Barnyard Dance
  • No- No, Yes-Yes
  • The Polky Puppy
  • Oh Baby the Places You’ll Go!
  • The Little Train That Could


  • Bedtime Books
  • Animal Books
  • Children’s Poetry
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Disney Themes
  • Car and Trucks
  • Little Golden Books
  • Touch and Feel Books
  • Bunny Books

If the focus of the baby shower is to help start, a baby book library-then any children’s book or collection will do. Personalized books are pretty amazing too…

Goodnight Moon Baby Shower Favors are really affordable even if, you plan to buy them (rather than make your own).  They’re also the perfect compliment to several other baby shower themes. You can read the reviews and get more information on these really cool favors from Corner Stork Baby.

Goodnight Moon, is one of the most popular baby books of all time.  If you’re thinking of hosting this book themed baby shower, buy a copy of the book, as a starting point. The book will be full of inspiration, and of course, make the perfect baby shower gift.  We also love this tutorial from, The You can get some really cool ideas for your theme, and they also have tons of free printables you can use.

Book Themed Baby Shower Invites

Baby shower invitations can be custom ordered or homemade.  There are free printable and electronic cards that can be found online too.

Our favorite custom invitation is from our friends at The card features a vintage truck stacked with books. This invitation is just right for a boy or a girl, and it can be ordered in different colors.

We love this adorable idea from, By using a cute print, a little button and a simple burlap backing, you can create a unique and adorable invite.

Tiny Prints has baby shower invitations (15 for $25.35), greeting cards, and birth announcements to match your baby book theme.

Book Themed Baby Shower Favors

Shower favors, baby gifts, and game prizes can also be purchased or made by hand. We have some great resources for DIY party favors. We also have the best resources and suggestions for finding and purchasing the perfect baby shower favors for your book party.

  • Gummy worms make the perfect “Book Worm” favors. Place the candies in a decorative bag or box with a simple note of, “Thanks”.
  • Tiny reading lights, book marks (purchased or crafted), and pocket books are other simple favors you can share with, shower guests.

TIP: Your local Dollar Store, is a great resource for finding inexpensive pocket books, and book marks

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