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Creative and Heartfelt Messages to Write in a Book Gift for Your Grandchildren

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Whether you’re welcoming a brand new baby into the family or it’s your oldest grandchild’s 11th birthday, there’s no gift quite like a book. Books are the building blocks of so many of our fondest memories, and sharing those experiences with your grandchildren is one of the most joyful moments in a grandparent’s life. But you might be thinking, “How can I make this beautiful gift even more special for my grandchild? What can I write that will resonate with them?”


The good news is, there are many ways to personalize a message in the perfect book for your grandchild, no matter their age. Let’s explore some different ways to personalize your inscription, along with a couple of examples.

Leave an encouraging and personal message for the new grandbaby.

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Whether you want to keep it short and sweet, or a little longer and more meaningful, take the time to write something from the heart. Include sayings that show how much you love and care about them, and offer up encouraging and uplifting comments. They are sure to warm not only your grandchild’s heart but their parents as well.

  • “May you always find joy and love in your life.”
  • “Welcome little one!”
  • “I am so excited you are on your way!”
  • “I can’t wait to meet you!”
  • “Here’s to a fantastic new life.”
  • “Little one, I can’t wait to watch you grow up.”
  • “You are always in my heart and I will always be there for you.”

Include a faith-based message.

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Faith-based messages are a really sweet way to show your grandchild love and care. Pick one of your favorite verses, or even a quick passage of scripture to add to the book you have so carefully chosen. Here are some of the top picks out there to help you search for just the right words to write.

  • “Do not fear, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 41:10)
  • “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” (Psalm 127:3)
  • “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.” (John 14:27)

Write a message that refers to the book that you purchased for your grandchild.

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Perhaps there’s a particular book that has always held a special place in your heart. Sharing this book with your grandchild can make the gift even more meaningful. Here’s how you can personalize your inscription to include this special choice:

“To my dearest [Grandchild’s Name],

This book, [Book Title], has always been a favorite of mine. It [briefly explain why the book is special to you]. I can’t wait to share the story with you someday and create new memories together!”


Take some inspiration from others.

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Need a little nudge to get your creative juices flowing? Consider borrowing inspiration from other writers, or even famous quotes (they don’t even have to be from books!). Here are some examples to spark your imagination:

  • “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.” – Rachel Anders
  • “I believe in the magic of books.” – Ronald Dahl
  • “Don’t just fly, soar.” – Walt Disney
  • “Anyone who doesn’t believe in magic should never pick up a children’s book.” – Roald Dahl
  • “Wishing you many nights of bedtime stories and sweet dreams.” – Jane Dyer
  • “Curiosity is the key to unlocking the world.” – E.F. Hutton
  • “Wonderful baby, wish upon a star. Never forget you are loved for who you are.” – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby, you’ll be.” – Robert Munsch

Address the parents as well.

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Finding a special book, and writing an even more special note for just the parents can be such a meaningful gift. Each time they open it to read with their child they will see the encouraging words you left for them and it will make their hearts soar. Here are a couple of ideas.

  • “You are going to be amazing parents!”
  • “Congratulations on adding a new member to the family!”
  • “You are doing a great job.”
  • “Parenthood is one of the most beautiful jobs in the world.”
  • “Babies make days longer, and nights shorter, and bring so much joy.”

Add a note about the joys of reading.

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Share your excitement for reading and about how you can’t wait to share this part of your life with them. Start them small, and instill a lifelong love of reading from the very beginning. Here are a few ideas of what to write to open up the world of reading to your grandchildren:

  • “Be the hero of your own story, sweet child, and never give up!”
  • “I hope this simple book will open up your heart to the world of literature.”
  • “Grow your imagination and never stop dreaming, learning, and living!”
  • “Never underestimate the power of a good book. May it help your imagination soar!”
  • “Here’s to a life full of love, a world full of adventure, and shelves full of books!”

Write a heartfelt message about how excited you are to see your family growing.

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Talk about how excited you are to see them growing up. Talk about the things you want to do with them; the experiences you can’t wait to share. Talk about other members of their family and how you are so excited to see them together. Make it personal.

  • “May you grow up to be just as smart and funny as your wonderful parents!”
  • “I can’t wait to experience family reunions with my amazing new little grandbaby!”
  • “Your parents are some of my favorite people, so I know you’ll be an amazing little grandson/granddaughter!”

Make it silly or funny.

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Craft a message with some humor (and sentimentality). Humor is a fun way to make the parents, and your grandchild, smile and laugh when they open up the book. Meld together your great sense of humor (even if all you have are corny senior jokes) with a touch of sentimentality, and you are sure to always put a smile on their faces. Here are a couple of ideas.

  • “Sleep may be overrated, but babies aren’t!”
  • “May you cause your parents many sleepless nights and many more magical moments full of love!”

Leave a special message for an adopted grandchild.

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Adoption can be a long and sometimes difficult process for the new parents as well as their child. There are so many factors that can lead to adoption, so when you are thinking of what to write, make sure it is soft and kind for such a difficult road. Here are some ideas to jump-start your writing:

  • “You’re a dream come true for your family.”
  • “This amazing child was meant for you, and you for them.”
  • “So excited to welcome you to the family. We’ve been waiting for you!”
  • “Here’s to a lifetime of happy memories as a family!”

Refer to a new baby’s gender.

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Families celebrate pregnancy milestones in different ways. Some expecting parents choose to have a gender reveal celebration, while others prefer a more intimate announcement, or even wait to share the news until the baby arrives. No matter how the parents choose to celebrate this special time, keep that in mind while you write your message to your future grandbaby.

  • “Welcome, little girl! I bet you’ll have your mother’s gorgeous smile.”
  • “Oh boy! I’m so excited to meet you at last.”
  • “We’re so excited to shower this little Prince(ss) with love!”
  • “Can’t wait to see the wonderful young man you’ll become.”

Write a special message instead of a card.

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Include a quick aside addressed to the parents instead of a card. Most of the time, notes written in baby shower books are intended for the baby. However, since many people nowadays are getting books in place of cards, you could always leave a note congratulating the new parents alongside your note to the baby.

Creative and Heartfelt Messages to Write in a Book Gift for Your Grandchildren

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Having a grandchild in your life is such an amazing and wonderful time. Making sure you have the perfect gift and words picked out is s incredibly important. I hope this list, along with its suggestions can help you craft the perfect words to write in your book gift!

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Originally published April 24, 2024


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