More New Books for Baby Showers That Aren't Goodnight Moon or Pat the Bunny

A little over two years ago I did a post about new books to keep on your radar for upcoming baby showers. Well, now I am back with more recommendations! All of the books featured here have come out in the past couple of years. I am currently in a stage of life where all my friends are either getting married or having babies, so this post will be great to look back on.

Before I talk about each of them, here is a complete list of each title:

  1. A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen (2019)

  2. You Are Light by Aaron Becker (2019)

  3. 100 First Words for Little Geeks by Brooke Jorden (2018)

  4. A is for Artichoke: A Foodie Alphabet Book from Artichoke to Zest by America’s Test Kitchen Kids and Maddie Frost (2018)

  5. Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander (2018)

  6. Flight School by Lita Judge (2019)

  7. Artsy Cats: A Pawsitively Purrfect Tour Through Modern Art History by Mudpuppy (2019)

  8. Los Angeles Is… by Elisa Parhad (2018)

  9. How Do You Say Good Night? by Cindy Jin (2019)

  10. Maya Angelou: My First Maya Angelou (Little People Big Dreams #4) by Lisbeth Kaiser (2018)

  11. Kahlo’s Koalas: 1, 2, 3 Count Art with Me by Grace Helmer (2019)

  12. Loteria: First Words/ Primeras Palabras by Patty Rodriguez & Ariana Stein (2018)

  13. Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison (2018)

  14. Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson (2019)

  15. Egg by Kevin Henkes (2019)

  16. Color Train by David W. Miles (2019)

All of these are available to order/purchase from Vroman’s Bookstore, but you can also support your local indie by using Indie Bound. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Indie Bound, it is a great resource to not only find your local bookstore, but also view indie bestseller lists and more.

Now, let’s move on to the list!

A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen (2019)

I just discovered this gem recently. The second I flipped the last page, I knew it was going to be my go-to gift of the year. It delivers short biographies of iconic women throughout history and ends with a very sweet message for the reader.

You Are Light by Aaron Becker (2019)

This is a very unique book. Aaron Becker showcases light through many colored die-cuts, making this a fun concept book. It further illustrates the power of the sun and the very special power of you!

100 First Words for Little Geeks by Brooke Jorden (2018)

This is the gift you get for your pop-culture and nerdy friends. Readers will love sharing these introductory images and iconic words and phrases with their little ones.

A is for Artichoke: A Foodie Alphabet Book from Artichoke to Zest by America’s Test Kitchen Kids and Maddie Frost (2018)

This is the book for both your hipster friends and your cooking fans. It features a diverse array of foods, spices and more, along with summaries on what they are used for or in. I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard of some of the items featured, which ended up making me like the book even more.

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander (2018)

This book is a treasure. Two friends go to the beach to surf, but when one wants to finish their book, it causes a delay in that happening. It is both imaginative and sweet and a beautiful display of book love.

Flight School by Lita Judge (2019)

This was one of my absolute favorite picture books to recommend for years. It was recently released as a board book and I was ecstatic. It features a little penguin who wants to fly more than anything. Readers learn that with some help, everything is possible.

Artsy Cats: A Pawsitively Purrfect Tour Through Modern Art History by Mudpuppy (2019)

Cat lovers and Art aficionados will fall in love with this silly book. Each page illustrates a different “cat artist” in the style of the actual artist that the book is referencing (Frida Catlo, Pablo Purrcaso, etc.). A great entry to modern art, though a huge cat filter.

Artsy Cats

Los Angeles Is… by Elisa Parhad (2018)

Visitors and Angelenos alike will adore this one. Each page is filled with a tribute to a different LA staple. I’m not gonna lie, I got a little emotional seeing such a beautiful tribute to my city.

How Do You Say Good Night? by Cindy Jin (2019)

This book is basically a bilingual lullaby. Parents can send their kiddos off to sleep using ten different languages. Pronunciation guides throughout.

Maya Angelou: My First Maya Angelou (Little People Big Dreams #4) by Lisbeth Kaiser (2018)

This is a smaller version of the international bestseller of the same name. Readers will receive a snapshot of Maya Angelou’s life, from child to one of the most well-known writers. The book, along with the rest of the series, also encourages kids to dream and turn those dreams into a realty.

Kahlo’s Koalas: 1, 2, 3 Count Art with Me by Grace Helmer (2019)

Similar to Artsy Cats, Kahlo’s Koalas pairs art and animals. However this version is also filled with alliteration and counting activities.

Loteria: First Words/ Primeras Palabras by Patty Rodriguez & Ariana Stein (2018)

I have been a fan of Lil’ Libros for a long time. Patty and Ariana are slaying the bilingual board book game. Loteria is one of my favorites. In it, simple objects are described by both their English and Spanish name.

Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison (2018)

This empowering board book encourages its audience to strive for greatness and to never give up on their dreams (like the women who are featured). Vashti’s gorgeous illustrations are an exemplary addition.

Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson (2019)

Oliver has never felt like he belonged-a puzzle piece without his mates. Oliver tries many different things in order to make him more like the others, but realizes that he might have better luck remaining exactly as he is. A terrific story for those who feel lost or different.

Egg by Kevin Henkes (2019)

This is a book of feelings, friendship and fun! Henkes writes & illustrates an unlikely friendship, sure to brighten your day.

Egg

Color Train by David W. Miles (2019)

This book is pretty cool. The train folds out to feature three artists per page. Children will be introduced to one of the artist’s famous pieces as well as the many different colors of the rainbow.

That’s all for now. I hope that I was able to provide you with some great gift ideas. Again I found all of these at Vroman’s Bookstore, but if you are not from the Pasadena area, I encourage you to check out your local indie.

Thank you so much for reading.

<3 Jen in the Bookstore