Our Favorite Ideas for a Book-Themed Baby Shower

book-themed baby shower

To find inspiration for the perfect book-themed baby shower, just open a favorite children’s storybook.

Let guests wander into the colorful world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Or get lost in the garden with Peter Rabbit.

Share the timeless wisdom of Winnie the Pooh.

Or make Brown Bear, Brown Bear come alive with a rainbow of colorful foods and decorations.

Children’s books provide the perfect inspiration for a baby shower that is personal, themed and charming.

Be inspired by cute characters and quotables that stand the test of time.

5 of Our Favorite Themes

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The vibrant colors and buffet of foods in this story make this perfect for building a shower around.

Check out these beautiful book roses from MyCottonBranch on Etsy. We can’t think of a cuter centerpiece for a book-themed baby shower.

book-themed baby shower

Photo courtesy of Etsy.com

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Picture a garden party with all of Peter’s favorites—lettuces made into beautiful salads, a veggie tray with radishes and other garden finds and, of course, carrots in the form of carrot cake or strawberries covered in orange chocolate to look like carrots.

Decorate with pastel colors and mini garden pots as centerpieces.

If you can’t throw a true garden party outdoors, set up a photo booth with this adorable Peter Rabbit backdrop.

book-themed baby shower

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Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

We can’t think of anyone more eloquent and inspiring than Pooh. Most moms-to-be are looking for advice and Pooh has it in honey pots full.

“If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.”
-Winnie the Pooh

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
-Winnie the Pooh

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Winnie The Pooh

book-themed baby shower

We love these quote cards from MoonbeamsBearDreams for a baby shower. Photo courtesy of Etsy.com.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

The mom-to-be will love this theme to the moon and back.

Supersweetparty on Etsy features a range of decorations, cupcake toppers, and paper dinnerware.

book-themed baby shower

This bunting features 15 circular pendants with sweet pastel colors and polka dots. Photo courtesy of Etsy.com.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

I see vibrant-colored cupcakes and punch, animal decorations and Teddy Grahams as snackables looking at me.

This colorful book with an array of animals makes for an eye-catching shower theme.

book-themed baby shower

Photo courtesy of OrientalTrading.com.


When throwing a book-themed baby shower, consider asking each guest to bring their favorite children’s book as a gift so that the mom-to-be can start a beginning library for their little one.

A gift card for a personalized book also makes a special memory.

Personalized Book Gift Card

The mom-to-be can create the book with baby’s name and birth date after baby comes home.


No shower would be complete without silly themed games and quizzes.

For a book-themed baby shower, game ideas include:

Storybook quiz. You can make one yourself by creating a list of excerpts from your favorite children’s books and having guests match them with the correct title.

Fill in the blank. Include a list of children’s book titles or quotes with missing words. Have the guest fill in the missing word/words.

-Or a Word Scramble with book titles

Let the fun–and reading–begin!

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