70+ Adorable Examples of What to Write in a Baby Shower Book

Give a book instead of a card for a baby shower with these examples of what to write.

Updated February 26, 2024
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You can't go wrong with giving greeting cards with baby gifts, but there's a wonderful new twist on the gifting tradition. Instead of a card, guests bring a book to the baby shower to start a nursery library for the new baby. Knowing what to write in a baby shower book can make the gift even more special.

We have tons of inspiration for baby book inscriptions — from meaningful, tear-jerking notes to funny lines that will make the parents (and maybe even the baby) smile every time they read them. You'll be part of story time for a long time to come with these sweet baby shower book messages.

Meaningful Baby Book Inscriptions From You to the New Baby

Even though you're giving this book to the parents, it's the baby who will be the real recipient. Let your message talk directly to this new little reader with these fun ideas.

Snuggle in and listen, little one.
  • Can't wait to meet you and see you turn each page of your future.
  • Welcome to story time, little one.
  • Here's to the magic of a whole lifetime of reading!
  • You're the main character in your own story, and it's a tale I can't wait to watch.
  • Snuggle in and listen, little one.
  • Welcome to the world of words and magic, baby.
  • Nothing quite like story time snuggles to make you love reading, and I know you'll get plenty.
  • Bring on the magic of stories. Yours will be a page-turner.
  • I've loved you since before I laid eyes on you, and I'll love you long after my eyesight's gone.
  • Escape to these pages whenever you need a reminder that someone is always looking out for you.
Quick Tip

If you know the baby's name already, use it in the inscription. If not, you can simply say "baby" or "little one." Be sure to sign your name and add the date you're giving the book.

Baby Shower Book Messages for Boys, Girls, and Any Baby

This new baby boy or baby girl will bring so much joy to the lives of everyone around them, you included! Whether you're an aunt, grandmother, godparent, or best friend, you need to know just what to write in a baby book to send a cute message to that special someone you have yet to meet. These baby book inscriptions are perfect, regardless of gender.

Little one, your arrival has certainly been the greatest plot twist to your parents' story.
  • We waited so patiently for you, sweet baby, and we can not wait to see the story of your life unfold.
  • Baby, your arrival makes everyone believe that fairy tales really do come true.
  • Little one, your arrival has certainly been the greatest plot twist to your parents' story.
  • Grow your imagination, sweet baby, and never stop dreaming, learning, and living.
  • Beautiful, bright, and full of light. Your arrival has brought so much joy to those around you already.
  • While your tale is just beginning, we know that the story of your life will be epic.
  • Darling baby, wishing you a lifetime of love, health, and adventure.
  • Hoping you have a lifetime full of beautiful stories and sweet dreams, little one.
  • You will move mountains without fail, and we can't wait to hear about your life's tale.
  • Here's to a life full of love, a world full of adventure, and shelves full of books.
  • May you always find whatever it is you're searching for, dearest one.
  • If you can choose to live anywhere, dear one, choose to live within the pages of a good book.
  • Dream a little dream, read a little book, live a lot of life.

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Sweet Messages to Write in a Baby Shower Book for Anyone

If you don't know the parents-to-be all that well, you can still write a sweet message to their baby in a book. Whether it's a storybook-themed shower or a traditional one with books instead of cards, these adorable messages will make anyone smile.

Two of the best things come in small packages: babies and books!
  • Baby, I hope your family's story is the sweetest.
  • There are no better blessings than you, baby.
  • Sometimes, all you need to go on an adventure is a clear head and a book in hand.
  • Two of the best things come in small packages: babies and books!
  • Read on, little one.
  • Here's to a lifetime of great stories ahead.
  • Your story is just beginning.

Funny Things to Write in a Baby Shower Book

Coming up with funny things to write in a baby book isn't always easy, but the effort is well worth the smile you'll get. We love these funny inscriptions.

What do good books and good friends have in common? They'll both take you places you never thought you could go.
  • I can't wait to watch your parents grow to hate this book after reading it for the 17th time in a row.
  • This book has exactly what your parents will need on those sleep-deprived nights. Lots of pictures and few words.
  • Dear baby boy/girl/little one: The sooner you learn to read this, the better prepared you'll be to start applying for those college scholarships.
  • Some people say life is an unwritten story, but what's wrong with it being like this children's book? Simple, colorful, and doesn't take too much work to figure it out.
  • Dear baby: If I can give you a piece of advice as you grow up, it's this: You should never live without coffee, chocolate, and a good book.
  • What do good books and good friends have in common? They'll both take you places you never thought you could go.
  • When you get older, you may not remember everyone's names, but you'll always remember your favorite characters.

Personalized Notes to Write in a Baby Book

If you're scrambling to come up with something meaningful and personal, use these example inscriptions and personalize them with your own ideas. With these prompts, you'll end up with cute, creative notes to write in a baby shower book that take little effort but show plenty of heart.

  • This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I loved it because ___________.
  • Without books, I would never have achieved ____________ or learned ____________. Love books, and you will soar.
  • When I saw this book, I knew it would be perfect for you. It's __________ and __________, just like I know your life will be.
  • Books can be your best friends. They will never ____________ and always _________.
  • Turning the pages of a book makes me remember just what is most important in life: _________ and _________.
  • When you open the pages of a good book, it will _____________________.
  • Never underestimate the power of a good book. It will __________________.
  • Flipping through the pages of this book, I'm reminded of the best things in life: __________, __________, and ___________.
  • Books are so much more than words on a page. Hold them close to your heart and _____________.

What to Write in Baby Shower Books for Parents-to-Be

While the baby shower book is meant for the baby, it's the parents who'll be reading it repeatedly to them. Just like the perfect clever caption for baby photos, the right baby book message will be unforgettable. Support the new parents in your baby shower book inscription with these great examples.

hat wonderful parents you will be to this new character in your tale.
  • Another page turned in the book of life and in the book in your lap.
  • They're finally here! Congrats on this newest chapter in life.
  • Days are long, and years are short. Take precious moments to cuddle and read.
  • Congrats on your new baby! Every single day of your life will become the greatest adventure you ever had.
  • Fill your days of parenthood with love, memories, and so many stories.
  • These days of parenthood are true page-turners.
  • Just when you thought that you had already read every story, a baby came, and the genre of life completely changed.
  • What wonderful parents you will be to this new character in your tale.
  • Everyone wants to be the hero in the book, and to this baby, that role forever belongs to you.
  • One more snuggle, one more book. This brand-new baby will have you hooked.
  • As you are reading stories to your baby before bed, know that the look she gives you, the one boring into your soul, is the true look of complete and utter love.
  • Hold her/him close. The long nights of rocking, cuddling, and reading won't last forever. Enjoy every minute of them.
  • All that wishing upon stars worked. Your little dream is finally here.
  • While you feed your baby's body, let these pages feed their mind.
Quick Tip

When should you write the baby book message to the parents instead of the baby? Talking directly to the parents works well if you know them well and want to acknowledge that bond. If you're just casual friends, write your note to the baby instead.

Children's Book Quotes Perfect for a Baby Shower Book

Whether you're writing your inscription to the parents-to-be or the new little one, sometimes the perfect words come from a book or writer. We love these classics.

  • "We love you to the moon and back and around once more." - Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • "Little one, the world is your oyster. Grow big and strong and set the universe aflame." - The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
  • "Darling, when you call, I'll come running." - The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • "When it comes to the family lottery, you hit the jackpot, little baby." - Welcome to the World by Steve Wilson
  • "Wonderful baby, wish upon a star. Never forget you are loved for who you are." - I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • "Little caterpillar, grow big, learn lots and become the beautiful butterfly we know you can be." - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • "You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so… get on your way!" - Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • "We all can dance if we find the music that we love." - Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andeae
  • "Inside all of us is Hope. Inside all of us is Fear. Inside all of us is Adventure. Inside all of us is - A Wild Thing." - Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • "Baby, if you can dream it, you can be it." - The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Tips for Choosing and Giving the Perfect Baby Book

It's not always easy to know what to write in a baby book, but it's also tricky to choose the perfect one to give. These tips can help you buy (and give) the right book for this new baby.

  • Think about books you loved as a kid. These can be perfect gifts, since great books never go out of style.
  • Lean into the board books, since they can take a lot more love (and abuse) from little fingers than traditional paper pages.
  • Take a few minutes to browse in a bookstore if you want to find something new to give. Holding the book in your hands can help you get a sense for what it's really like.
  • Talk to young parents for recommendations about what they like. If you give a book parents love to read, they'll be way more likely to make it a regular part of the baby's reading routine.

Your Words Will Last a Lifetime

Knowing what to write in a book for a baby comes down to adding your own personal message to the inscription. As long as it's from the heart right from the start, the expecting family (and new little one) will love whatever message comes to mind.

70+ Adorable Examples of What to Write in a Baby Shower Book