10 Creative Children’s Book Themed Baby Shower Ideas + Free Printable Quiz & Bookplates

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We recently teamed up with HUGGIES® Baby Shower Planner to bring you some creative baby shower inspiration… something LOVE talking about around here anyways, as you may have gathered. ;) I thought it would be fun to kick things off with a detailed round-up of our favorite Book Themed Baby Shower ideas, which is a theme I’ve been asked about a lot lately. Added bonus: it’s gender neutral!

FREE PRINTABLES: Book Themed Activity Quiz & Bookplates

One of the first things that always comes to mind for me for this theme – is the clever activity quiz from an adorable children’s book baby shower that we featured a while back. It’s always been a super popular download here, but was previously only available as a text document. SO… this felt like the perfect time to put a pretty graphic design spin on it and create a brand new, printable Baby Shower Activity Quiz that you can download (for free!) to use at your own celebration, complete with Answer Key and coordinating Printable Bookplates to match. ENJOY!

Scroll down to access high-res PDFs of the printables (at the bottom of the post) and get inspired with lots of inspiration for your own book baby shower! Here’s a snapshot of all the ideas, followed by more detailed info below…

book baby shower round up

Huggies Baby Shower Planner Tool


1. “Stacked Book” Cake by Enticing Icings
This adorable “Stacked Book” Cake by Enticing Icings is so creative – and you definitely won’t run out of dessert! ;)

book baby shower cake


2. DIY Mini Book Garland by Martha Stewart
Creative garlands are so trendy right now! This Mini Book Garland by Martha Stewart is just so cute and easy! There’s a full tutorial + more book inspired ideas for your shower!

book garland


3. Step Stool + Bookend Centerpiece by Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest
Stacked books, snacks and animal bookends propped on a bright red stool are such fun, useful decorations! Double duty decor is definitely my kind of style – all of these pieces will get lots of use once the new baby arrives!

bookend baby shower centerpiece


4. Children’s Book Themed Baby Shower Menu by Courtney of Pizzazzerie
One of the most fun parts about this theme is all the creative book & character associated food. Pizzazzerie designed a baby shower for her friend with a thoughtful, delicious and clever menu!

book baby shower menu


5. Hungry Caterpillar Cake Pops by Leoni of Just Call Me Martha
While general storybook themes work really well, it can also be really neat to focus on a single book like Goodnight Moon or The Rainbow Fish. Leoni made these creative “Hungry Caterpillar” Cake Pops- adding freshness and creativity to the dessert table!

hungry caterpillar cake pops


6. Children’s Book Themed Tables (+ matching cookie favors!) by Kristen of Kio Kreations
Kristen did a fabulous job creating  several themed tables, each inspired by a different children’s book. Every table was decked out with gorgeous themed florals, creative centerpieces, and adorable matching cookie + book quote tag favors!

peter rabbit cookies

dr seuss centerpiece


7. Baby Bottled Salad Dressing by Jay’s Catering
Okay, so this idea could really be used for any baby shower theme – it’s so stinkin’ cute & creative! Use a baby bottle as salad dressing dispenser… a great way to mix in some signature “baby” elements with all the books.

baby bottle salad dressing


8. “Keep Calm And Read Me A Book” Party Sign by Katrina Louise Photography
One of my favorite details from this beautiful book inspired baby shower is this Keep Calm sign! I love how it’s paired with a sherbet-colored streamer backdrop for a lunch spread outside.

baby shower


9. Children’s Book Themed Dessert Table by Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes for Operation Shower
From the colorful printables and “Once Upon A Shower” Cake to the book cookies and playful embellishments, there really is more than just one inspiring idea to find here!

book themed dessert table


10. Storybook Inspired Cake by Kate of And Everything Sweet
And what would be a web roundup without an amazing cake to point out? Kate designed this Storybook Inspired Cake with 360° of fondant favorites- If You give A Mouse A Cookie, Where the Wild Things Are, and Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See!

book inspired cake



Click on the following links to download high resolution PDFs of each printable:

free printable children's book baby shower activity quiz

free printable bookplates - baby shower

By |2018-09-20T05:54:10-07:00May 23rd, 2013|Gender Neutral|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. @alison_presley May 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Love books? Need to throw a baby shower or party soon? Here’s some inspiration http://www.hwtm.com/2013/05/10-childrens-book-themed-baby-shower-ideas-free-printables/

  2. @HWTM_Jenn May 23, 2013 at 11:20 am
    • Claudia August 21, 2014 at 5:27 am

      I just noticed the last question on your quiz lists England as a city :)

  3. Lynn June 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Books make great gifts for any baby shower but especially a book themed baby shower. Check out http://www.littletrainbooks.com for a great gift…books.

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  5. Not Finding Out February 20, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    We love these adorable book themed shower ideas!!

  6. The Real Housewife of Tazewell County February 23, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    This is amazing!!! SO many great ideas! Thank you for your Post!

  7. Courtney Crews Butler February 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Such cute ideas!

  8. Felicia Hudson May 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    These are the best ideas!! We don't have a lot of space for things, and we love to read! I will suggest this to my family:-)

  9. Ashley Burton Del Sole July 5, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I absolutely love this and we're doing a story book themed party for my friend. I'd love to use your quiz, but I noticed that there's a typo (Pevensie isn't capitalized). Unfortunately my friend is a total stickler so I don't know that I could use it with a typo. I know this is asking a lot, but might you be able to make the correction and re-post so I could use it? I can't figure out how to make the change on my end. Thanks and again, I love all your stuff!

  10. Carolyn September 28, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Not only is the last name Pevensie not capitalized, but the title of the book isn’t either. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is what it should be. Many errors in that one particular quiz question. : (

    • jenn s. September 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Hi Carolyn – Thanks for the heads up! The errors have been corrected and the PDFs have been updated. :)

  11. Kristin September 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Is it possible to get the beautiful quiz PDF with a lavender/light purple instead of blue? This would be great for my sister’s shower!

  12. […] Children’s Book Quiz Since this was a book themed shower, I found a great children’s book quiz printable online! It was fun to see people trying to call up those childhood memories and figure out what the correct answer was. You can find the quiz HERE. […]

  13. Jeff Mccoy June 9, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Amazing theme for baby, childeren love to play with books and your printable theme are just wonderful thanks for sharing..

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