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Father Fest Book Registry

Introducing Bookshelf Builder's

an engaging start

Reading is known to be a powerful method for fathers to bond with their newborn.

Organize a father-centric celebration using Bookshelf Builder's book registry as a center piece to foster an inclusive and engaging start for the father-to-be.

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Reading encourages holding baby close so baby can smell and hear Dad

Skin-to-Skin Contact

Cuddling while reading gives a newborn a sense of security and warmth


Books that reflect the father's interests and values empower the father now and for years to come

Guided Script

New (and tired) parents can use books when they are unsure of what else to do


Gifted books with a note from the gifter hold a special place in caregiver's hearts


Books have enduring utility, minimal packaging and can be reused or recycled

Soothing Voices

Fathers can read, sing or murmur books to their babies

Shared Passions

Fathers can use books to share their passions and foster a special bond that is unique to them

A Rich Library is the Best Gift You Can Give a Child ... and a Father

What is a Father Fest?

A Father Fest is a baby shower for a dad-to-be. These events are often more casual than traditional baby showers, but it all depends on the dad's preferences. A Father Fest can be co-ed or just the guys.  They are often thrown by the father-to-be's family, friends, co-workers or hobby-mates.  

Other Names

Dadchelor Party, Man Shower, Baby Stag, or Daddy Diaper Party


We love the phrase Father Fest because it celebrates the dad as his own person embarking on his own life-changing journey (and dads do more than diaper changes!).


Father Fests have been around for a decade, but have picked up in popularity in the last few years.  With improving gender equality, men have started to hold Father Fests as their own form of enjoyment and celebration.


What to Gift

Using a book registry as a focal point for the Father Fest gives it gravity and meaning.  Building baby's bookshelf is a wonderful way for a father to get involved during pregnancy and beyond.  And books are fun and welcoming for all guests, regardless of their interests or backgrounds.

A father's friends and family are uniquely positioned to choose books that reflect the father's personality, interests, vibe and culture. 

80% of brain development occurs in the first 3 years of life.  Reading with a child deepens relationships and boosts the child's lifelong ability to learn.


Having a rich, diverse and exciting library from the start forms a strong foundation for learning, compassion and character.

Did you know ... 

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How the Registry Works

1. Sign Up

Start by filling out our signup up form.


We'll ask if there are any specific interests the parents have that we can incorporate into the book list.  



French language, Indian culture, camping, architecture, diversity, travel, gardening.

2. Book List

We'll generate about 50-70 book recommendations for you to review. 


This replaces the need to create your own wishlist!  We then work with you over email until the registry perfect for you.


Guests are also encouraged to go off-list and pick their own special books.

3. Share

Share the registry link with your guests. 


Writers block?  View our sample invitations, which also shows how you can use Bookshelf Builder alongside a traditional registry.  


To avoid duplicates, guests claim their selections on Bookshelf Builder and then purchase books from anywhere (either online or at a local bookstore).  

How it Works

A Treasured Baby Shower

Want to see it in action? 

View a sample registry.

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At the event

We encourage guests write something special in the book.  This is best done in advance, but can also be done at the event.  

An initial library of 25-50 books is a perfect starter library.  Our recommendations cover a broad range of formats, authors, styles and topics so parents can build knowledge and insight into how they want to grow their library going forward. 

Reading Time

Years later

The initial library will hold a special place in a parent's heart, and those books tend to get read for years (even after a child has out-grown them). 


The notes inside the book form a deep connection to the book.  Books that have a connection to the grownup make a fantastic reading experience for the baby!  

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