We’ve compiled a list of our favourite books for baby shower or newborn gifts. From board to picture books, humourous to sentimental, fiction to poetry, our top picks reflect a diverse range of titles we adore.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
And welcome to this Planet.
We call it Earth.
Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.
Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell
Whatever you fear, come close my dear
You’re tucked in safe for always here
And I will never not be near
Because of our love umbrella
From this award-winning creative duo comes a stunning celebration of the joy and comfort that love can bring – wherever we roam in the big, wild world.
Read to your Baby Every Day: 30 Classic Nursery Rhymes to Read Aloud by Rachel Williams
Science tells us that babies develop best and connect with people and the world around them when they are spoken to, sung to and read to. Even when they’re tiny, the sound of their parents’ voices helps them make sense of the world and feel comfortable with new people and places. This treasury gives parents the opportunity to rediscover just how useful (and calming) 30 of the best-loved nursery rhymes are in one, handsome volume.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max’s room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.
Come All You Little Persons by John Agard
From above earth, from above sky,
from below earth, from under water,
come all you little persons
come exactly as you are.
Come little bird person, come little bee person, come little tree person – little persons from all over the world join together to celebrate the dance of life and love in this stunning poem from John Agard. Stunningly illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, this is a book that both little persons and big persons will treasure and pore over for a lifetime, and is a true poem of our time.
King Baby by Kate Beaton
All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses. But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can’t quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.
Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
An artful adaptation of and introduction to Dr. Seuss’s work, this beautiful book is the perfect gift for babies, new parents, and those still expecting!
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world. From Australia’s favourite picture-book creator Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
If My Love Were A Fire Truck by Luke Reynolds
The bond between a father and his son is as powerful as a rocket ship blasting into space, a giant whale splashing across the ocean, and booming, colorful fireworks lighting up the night sky. Celebrating that one-of-a-kind relationship between Dad and his favorite little guy, If My Love Were a Fire Truck is a rhyming love song from fathers to sons that will become a cherished part of their lives for many years to come.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli
What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different by Ben Brooks
You won’t find any stories of slaying dragons or saving princesses here. In Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, author Ben Brooks-with the help of Quinton Wintor’s striking full-color illustrations-offers a welcome alternative narrative: one that celebrates introverts and innovators, sensitivity and resilience, individuality and expression.
It’s an accessible compilation of 75 famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his own way. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Ai Weiwei, Jesse Owens, and so many more-heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.
I Would Dangle the Moon by Amber Moffat
What would you do if you could pluck the moon from the sky? Would you scoop it up in an ice cream cone, or ride it like a snail shell across the night sky? I Would Dangle the Moon is an imaginative and playful story about all the wonderful things a mother would do with the moon for her child if she could do anything in the world.
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Love is baking a special cake. Love is lending a helping hand. Love is reading one more book.
In this exuberant board book, many different families are shown in happy activity, from an early-morning wake-up to a kiss before bed. Whether a child has two moms, two dads, one parent, or one of each, this simple preschool read-aloud demonstrates that what’s most important in each family’s life is the love the family members share.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure. The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares’ efforts to express their love for each other has become a publishing phenomenon.
The Road Not Taken based on the poem by Robert Frost, illustrated by Vivian Meneker
For all of life’s adventures comes this beautifully illustrated companion inspired by Robert Frost’s perennial poem “The Road Not Taken.” Heartwarming illustrations of a young boy journeying through a yellow wood accompany the original text of the poem. When a fork in the road arises for the boy, so too does the first of life’s many choices. And as the poem progresses, so does the boy’s life: college, career, marriage, family, loss, and, by journey’s end, the sweet satisfaction of a life fully lived. The first children’s book ever made of Frost’s famous poem, this moving presentation makes an inspiring gift for graduation, marriage, career moves, and all of life’s exciting roads.
When You’re Going to the Moon by Sasha Beekman
Your pet iguana, tap-dancing shoes, an inflatable moose… What else might you need when you’re going to the moon? From an exciting new duo comes a heartfelt story about dreaming your biggest dream and taking it to the stars.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
When I look at you
And you look at me
I wonder what wonderful
Things you will be.
From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin celebrates all personalities and their potential. With a beautiful gatefold, gorgeous and moving illustrations, and a rhyming text, this is a book that parents will love reading over and over to their kids—both young and old. A great gift for any occassion, but a stand-out for birthdays and graduation with it’s loving and inspiring message: Then I’ll look at you, And you’ll look at me, And I’ll love you, Whoever you’ve grown up to be.
You Are New by Lucy Knisley
A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book perfect for baby showers. From napping to crying, cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world with humor, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness. Award-winning author and artist Lucy Knisley celebrates the joys of having—and being!—a baby in this timeless celebration of new beginnings and the transformative power of love.
All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell
Smart is not just ticks and crosses,
smart is building boats from boxes.
Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
being mermaids, riding dragons …
From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This gentle bedtime story, which has lulled generations of children to sleep, is the perfect first book to share at bedtime.
In a great green room a little bunny is tucked up snugly and safely in bed and is getting ready to say goodnight to all the familiar things in his room, one by one.
That’s not my Baby by Usborne
A delightful touchy-feely book with bright, colourful illustrations and carefully chosen textures to touch and feel on every page. Includes a small mirror on the final page, and the triumphant line “That’s my baby!”.