Baby Shower Book Gifts for Every Astrological Sign

by Liz Lesnick

Illustration: Elizabeth Graeber

I was recently invited to a baby shower where the theme was the baby’s astrological sign, Leo. Everyone brought gifts that featured lions or had a connection to the characteristics of a Leo — and it was delightful. I decided that the next time I’m invited to a baby shower, I’ll give books inspired by the baby’s sign. Want to do the same? Here are 12 ideas for astrology-inspired book gifts to get you started.

  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)

  • My Favorite Pets

    by Jeanne Birdsall, illustrated by Harry Bliss

    Gus must do an essay for school, so he decides to write about his favorite “pets” — the 17 sheep who live on his farm. As it turns out, sheep don’t make the best pets. They don’t like to be inside, ride skateboards, or climb trees. I dare any grown-up to read this book aloud without cracking up at least twice!

  • Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

  • The Story of Ferdinand

    by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

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    If I were president, I would issue an executive order that mandated that all babies be given a copy of The Story of Ferdinand at birth. Munro Leaf’s timeless tale of the gentle bull who confounds a bullfighter by being himself has delighted generations of readers and is perfect for little Taurus readers.

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  • Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

  • Leo (July 23 - August 22)

  • The Happy Lion

    by Louise Fatio, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

    Every Leo will be delighted to meet The Happy Lion, the très charmant feline whose neighbors greet him every day with a cheerful, “Bonjour, Happy Lion!” When a careless zookeeper leaves his cage ajar, the lion decides to say bonjour to his neighbors in person, with uproarious consequences.