Bring a book instead of a card

Cards get thrown away but the magic of a book lasts forever. Ask friends and family to bring books instead of cards to your baby shower

More and more new moms are asking for baby shower books. It makes sense if you think about it. Of all the things you may do with your child, reading may have the most profound and lasting effects. Babies who learn language through hearing books tend to have larger vocabularies and learn other languages easier. Older children learn to love the security of curling up with a caregiver and a good book. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents who read to their infants give them an academic boost for years to come.

Benefits of Books for Babies

You don’t have to wait until the baby is born to start reading to your child. You can begin reading to your child while you are still pregnant. That’s right, babies can hear books read through the womb. Research has determined that babies hear and prefer words that their mother speak while in the womb. It gives new meaning to the term “mother tongue.” In addition, setting aside time to read is a good way to encourage a pregnant mom to sit down and relax every day. So, just reading to your baby can have wonderful results to both mother and child.

Bring a Book Baby Shower

There are a variety of ways to add to your baby’s library. You can have a book request baby shower. Instead of providing your guests with a registry full of clothes and toys, give them a registry filled with some of your favorite books. Don’t limit the books to “baby” books. Instead add those classics that you loved as a child. You can include picture books that you can read now and will read as your child grows big enough to sit in your lap or curl up next to you on the sofa. You may also want to add longer chapter books to the list. Your baby is just learning words. Before birth and for the first few months, your baby won’t even know that the pictures go along with the words. Instead he will take his cues from the tone of your voice. So, it doesn’t matter if you read picture books or longer novels. Just be sure to choose books that you really enjoy. Your enthusiasm will teach your baby more about a love of books than anything else.

There are a variety of ways to invite guests to a book themed baby shower. You can create a “bring a book” baby shower inserts for your birth announcements. You can print up a bring a book baby shower invitation, with cute book accents framing your information. You can design invitations that look like a picture book with the baby’s name as the title and you and your partner as writer and illustrator. You can also use one of these cute baby shower book poems:

Baby shower book poems

Whether it’s brand new, or a cherished classic
Help [name] fill {his or her} shelves. That would be fantastic!

Book are the thing that will make {name} clever
So bring a book [he or she] will treasure forever and ever.

Don’t just stop at the invitations, carry the book theme throughout the day with these “bring a book” baby shower ideas. Use a journal instead of the traditional baby shower sign in book. Have veteran moms add their best advice when they sign in to create a one-of-a-kind baby shower advice book. Cut thrift store children’s books or copy illustrations from your favorites on a color copier. Use the artwork to create a banner. Use the larger letters from a variety of alphabet books to write the child, or mother’s name on the banner. Serve book themed treats such as green eggs and ham or ask your local baker to decorate cupcakes with the covers of your favorite children’s books. Get plates and napkins that feature pigeon, or the monsters from Where the Wild Things Are. Use your imagination, but most of all, have fun!

Even if you don’t want a full book themed baby shower, there are other ways to build up your baby’s library.

Bring a Book Instead of a Card

Yup, you heard that right, lots of moms ask their guest in lieu of a card, bring a book. It makes sense if you think about it. A single high-quality baby shower card can cost as much seven or eight dollars. And what does the new mom do with the cards? Sure, she can put them in a baby book, but they will just gather dust for years until the baby is old enough to read the album. For the same price, you can pick up one or even two board books. Additionally, you can ask your guests to sign the book so that you and the child will remember their gift for years to come.

One of the benefits of this option is that guests can still feel comfortable with bringing other needed baby items, without additional cost. However, some moms get a little uncomfortable, wondering if guests will think that they are actually asking for two gifts. That’s where sharing the baby shower book message is so important. You can add a “please bring a book instead of a card” insert to your more traditional baby shower invitations. You can add one of these little book instead of card poems:

Book instead of card poems

I know it can be very hard
To pass up all those baby cards
They may be cute, they may be clever,
But a cherished book will last forever.
Sign a book instead of a card.

A pretty gift card just isn’t a must.
It stays in an album all covered in dust.
But by signing a book, we’ll remember and share
Your cherished gift even when you’re not there.

Whether it’s Seuss or Captain Hook,
Instead of a card bring your favorite book.

What is most important is that you let your guests know that the book is instead of a card and at the guests own discretion.

Baby Shower Book Requests

So, you have worked your way through all the baby shower ideas, book request wordings and found the perfect book baby shower invitations. So how do you let your guests know which books you need? You can add books to your baby shower gift registry, or you can even fill out baby book shower gift registry listing all the books you want your child to have. Like baby item registries, these are simple to fill out online and give your guests the comfort of knowing what you need for the new addition. The link can be added to digital cards or printed on book themed baby shower invitations or “bring a book instead of a card” printable. Here are a few lists to

Top Baby Board Books


Classic Picture Books

Books not cards inserts

To make asking for a book instead of a card easy, we have put together a list of baby shower book request inserts to send along with your baby shower invitations.

To make the picking a book easier for your friends and family and to ensure they don't buy the same books, start your free baby shower books instead of cards registry.