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It’s a Boy! 10 Fun Children’s Book Themes for Your Baby Shower (Photos)

Word has it that Jessica Simpson will soon be the guest of honor at her second baby shower in two years. Life & Style Weekly reports that mom Tina and sister Ashlee are hosting a party for around 50 guests in honor of Jess and the baby boy she’s expecting in a couple of months.

When the actress was pregnant with daughter Maxwell, celeb party planner Mindy Weiss helped arrange a shower with a Charlotte’s Web theme – a lovely way to pay tribute to the classic story of friendship. Will the latest party be centered on a children’s book, too? We sure hope so! There are plenty of titles out there that are not only popular with boys, but that also lend themselves to fun party ideas.

We came up with 10 of the best books for a boy baby shower theme. Keep them in mind the next time you’re throwing a party for a mom-to-be – or celebrating the birthday of the special boy in your life!


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  • Winnie-the-Pooh 2 of 11
    Winnie-the-Pooh
    Even a Bear of Very Little Brain knows that a shower featuring the beloved Hundred Acre Wood friends is sure to be a hit. If the mom-to-be has a Pooh-themed nursery, so much the better. Decorate the room in a teddy-bear motif and offer small bears as party favors. What to serve? Honey cake, of course!
    Order it on Amazon.
  • Where the Wild Things Are 3 of 11
    Where the Wild Things Are
    For a mom expecting her own little wild thing, invite the guests to "let the wild rumpus start!" Vines, leaves and crowns can deck the room. For entertainment, set out plain cupcakes and icing tubes and have guests draw their own monsters.
    Order it on Amazon.
  • Curious George 4 of 11
    Curious George
    What better way to celebrate Mommy's little monkey? A jungle motif is easy to put together (just follow George's lead from Curious George Takes a Job), and naturally, refreshments will include plenty of banana-inspired treats.
    Order it on Amazon.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar 5 of 11
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Not only is this board book a classic kid-pleaser, it also makes a fun baby boy shower theme, as any mom who's seen her fridge emptying during a growth spurt can tell you. Caterpillars, flowers and butterflies can dominate the decor. As for food? Take your cue from the Caterpillar himself, who noshes his way through everything from apples and pears to ice cream and chocolate cake!
    Order it on Amazon.
  • How I Became a Pirate 6 of 11
    How I Became a Pirate
    You'll get "arrr"-ty congratulations for putting together a shower based on this fun pirate tale. Sea colors and ships will take center stage, and the cake will take on a beachy look when it's decorated with shell-shaped chocolates and graham-cracker crumbs layered around the base.
    Order it on Amazon.
  • Peter Pan 7 of 11
    Peter Pan
    Another excellent choice for a nautical-inspired shower - and with this one, you can include mermaids in the mix! Ask guests to write down their advice for the baby on how to stay young at heart like Peter, and paste their pages into a pretty scrapbook. It's a memento both mom and son will cherish for years.
    Order it on Amazon.
  • Moo, Baa, La La La! 8 of 11
    Moo, Baa, La La La!
    For an expectant mom who also expects to sing a few hundred choruses of "Old McDonald," create a down-on-the-farm party inspired by Sandra Boynton's charming board book. Send guests home with seed packets to plant a veggie garden in honor of the new arrival.
    Order it on Amazon.
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon 9 of 11
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    A perfect choice for a baby boy and a mom who loves purple. The color scheme is already set, and guests can write congratulatory messages with crayons set out on paper-covered tables.
    Order it on Amazon.
  • The Cat in the Hat 10 of 11
    The Cat in the Hat
    You may not want to go so far as to invite the chaos-creating Thing One and Thing Two, but your shower will stand out in the distinctive colors of Dr. Seuss's classic tale. Do your own take on the Cat's precarious balancing act by challenging guests to see who can make the highest stack of baby blocks.
    Order it on Amazon.
  • Trucktown 11 of 11
    Trucktown
    Little boys love big machines - not to mention this popular Jon Scieszka series. A good choice for showers like Jessica Simpson's, where children will be invited - hand out little steam shovels and fire trucks to entertain the kids while the guest of honor opens her presents.
    Order it on Amazon.

[Photos: via Amazon]

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