The 12 children’s books every baby shower registry needs

A collage of children's books.

If there’s one gift a parent and child will remember years after the baby shower, it’s a good book. The beauty of a great book is that it never gets old. So many stories resonate across generations, bonding us together in a shared appreciation of the books that influenced our childhoods and helped shape who we became. There are innumerable incredible children’s books out there, but these are the ones we recommend starting your little one’s library with first. See any you loved as a child?

“Goodnight Moon”

Cover of "Goodnight Moon."

Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

Readers (and little listeners!) are taken on a wondrous journey as a  bunny bids farewell to various objects before falling asleep. The book's narrative is told in a simple yet captivating style, complete with rhyming couplets and delightful illustrations sure to become an oft-requested favorite at bedtime!


Cover of "Madeline."

Ludwig Bemelmans (Author)

This beloved children's book follows the adventures of a spirited young girl living in a Parisian boarding school. With its charming illustrations of Paris, tenacious title character and rhythmic prose, the book continues to capture the hearts of readers. 

“Make Way for Ducklings”

Cover of "Make Way for Ducklings."

Robert McCloskey (Author)

This classic story follows the journey of a family of ducks as they navigate the bustling city of Boston. As they waddle through busy streets and parks, the ducks capture the hearts of all who encounter them, and their perseverance pays off in the end (if you're familiar with Boston, you likely know where they make their home)!

“Where the Wild Things Are”

Cover of "Where the Wild Things Are."

Maurice Sendak (Author, Illustrator)

The story of a mischievous boy named Max whose imagination runs wild and transports him to a magical land where he becomes king of a group of fantastical creatures has transfixed readers for generations. This tale of rebellion and homesickness is perfect for reminding little ones that no matter what, their family will always be there for them.

“She Persisted”

Cover of "She Persisted."

Chelsea Clinton (Author), Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)

Published in 2017 but already a favorite on the baby shower gift scene, this powerful children's book tells the inspiring stories of thirteen women who overcame adversity and achieved great things. It also serves as a reminder to readers/listeners that, no matter what obstacles they encounter, they too can persevere and make a difference in the world.


Cover of "Corduroy."

Don Freeman (Author)

Having a loving home is something everyone yearns for—even a teddy bear named Corduroy who lives in a department store! When a young girl decides to find a way to bring Corduroy home, Corduroy goes on a wild and whimsical adventure.

“Hair Love”

Cover of "Hair Love."

Matthew A. Cherry (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)

Well-known for its Academy Award-winner short film adaptation, "Hair Love" is about a father helping his young daughter style her hair before a special occasion. In addition to a heartwarming storyline, this thoughtful book encourages everyone to embrace their natural beauty.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Cover of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

Eric Carle (Author)

If you don't know this book, buy yourself a copy and see why it's sold 50 million+ copies worldwide. Brilliant artwork and interactive features teach children all about the life cycle of a butterfly (along with different foods and counting)!

“Mr. Men” and “Little Miss” Books

Image of the "Mr. Men" and "Little Miss" box collection of 48 books.

Roger Hargreaves (Author)

One of these instantly recognizable books simply isn't enough! A colorful cast of characters displays distinct personalities and traits, offering readers a fun way to learn about positive values and recognize different traits in themselves and others.

“Singing/Cantando de Colores” from Lil’ Libros

Cover of "Singing/Cantatando de Colores."

Patty Rodriguez (Author), Ariana Stein (Author), Citlali Reyes (Illustrator)

Inspired by the traditional Mexican folk song "De Colores," this book follows a group of animals as they sing and dance their way through a vibrant garden, celebrating the beauty of nature and diversity of life. Presented in both English and Spanish, the text of this book (and all Lil' Libros books) encourages children to celebrate different cultural heritages. 

“The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh”

Cover of "The Compete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh."

A. A. Milne (Author), Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)

Humorous and charming, this sweet-as-honey book features themes of friendship, imagination, and the simple joys of life as experienced by Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit in the Hundred Acre Wood. Truly a classic!

“The Poky Little Puppy”

Cover of "The Poky Little Puppy."

Janette Sebring Lowrey (Author), Gustaf Tenggren (Illustrator)

Every child needs to experience the magic of a Little Golden Book, and this one might just be the most iconic! After all, who doesn't love a curious, independent little puppy who always lags behind his siblings and explores the world at his own pace?

Want to discover even more baby shower book faves? Check out our curated list of the top ones on Amazon.

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