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


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…


  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! ;)


  1. 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!


  1. 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!


  1. 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!


  1. 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!


  1. 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!


  1. 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.


  1. “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.


  1. 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!


  1. 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!



Sponsored by: Huggies

Designed by: Hostess with the Mostess

Quiz text by: Meleka of MMJ Events

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

Book Baby Shower Quiz

Quiz Answer Sheet

Book Baby Shower Fill-In Book Plates