The Ultimate Guide to Literary Greeting Cards for Almost Any Occasion

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Looking to stock up on cards for the year? Need a specific type of greeting card for that special someone in your life? For book lovers, look no further. Your guide to all literary greeting cards is here!

Discover birthdays, holidays, life events and even a host of blank literary greeting card options to suit all your needs.

Your Ultimate Guide to Literary Greeting Cards

Literary Birthday Cards

A shelf full of happy birthday. $5.

“For me, beautiful friend, you can never be old. For as you were when I first looked into your eye, so still seems your beauty,” reads this Shakespeare quote birthday card. $5.

Indeed, a birthday for books! $5.

This is such a pretty birthday card! Bonus: it’s an instant download. $3.

Here is another downloadable bookish birthday card. $3.

The perfect birthday card for mystery/detective lovers. $4.

Such a pretty library to celebrate a birthday. $4.50.

You can treat yourself to this happy birthday to my favorite book nerd card. $5.

Grab a personalized book birthday card, where your loved one has their own book on the front. $5.

A pretty origami card. $6.50.

Grab a birthday card in the style of Penguin Books. $5 and up because you can collect them in multi-packs.

May your birthday be full of great adventures, indeed! $4.50.

Intelligent! $4.50.

A perfect card for belated birthday greetings. $5.

It’s not a birthday. It’s a BOOKday. $4.50.

Don’t call someone old. Call them Victorians. $4.

Enjoy your stories! $2.

A cute fairy tale birthday card. $5.

You can choose from the type of reader featured on this book birthday card. $5.50.

I know even showing a photo of picture books with a cake on top will trigger some people on the sanctity of books, but for everyone else, it’s a sweet book cake. $5.

Happy birthday, book lover! $5.50 and up.

A sweet feeling. $5.

The due dates on this card being in the 90s, I feel really old. $4.50.

Another version of the library due date card. $4.50.

Personalize this library birthday card. $7.

Personalize this book birthday card. You’ll smile when you see what the inside of the card says. $4.50.

Bookish Birthday Cards

Note: Some of these cards will be perfect for wedding cards or Valentine’s Day cards.

Swoon. $5.

Famous literary couples. $3.50.

Talk about truly loving another person. $4.

It could be the opposite of romantic if you don’t like the smell of old books. $5.

A birthday card for comic book lovers. $4.50.

Love, old school. $4.

To take on many joyous adventures together. $4.50.

~Once upon a time~ $5.

Of course, there’s a good Shakespeare birthday card. $5.

Personalize this birthday card in the style of a due date card with the important dates in your life. $7 and up.

To couples who like to do nothing together. (I don’t believe that reading is nothing). $4.

You and the books are all I need. $4.

Paper is the traditional first anniversary gift, so a card with a stack of books makes perfect sense. $4.50.

A beautiful personalized wooden map-book. It’s special

Literary Wedding Cards

Note that many of the above cards for birthdays would also make lovely wedding cards. These are suitable for couples exchanging cards between themselves or cards of loved ones to the new couple.

A Penguin Books themed card. $5.

“Where She Loved, She Loved Passionately”, from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. $7.

Great love. $4.

Wink wink. $6.

Volumes and volumes of love. $4.50.

“I ask you to go through life by my side – to be my second self and the best earthly companion” Charlotte Brontë wedding card. $4.

A beautiful card on the theme of fairy tales. $4.50.

The dream life, right? $4.

The perfect card for Austenites. $4.

How cute are the bride and groom in the book? $4.

Literary birth/baby announcements

The table of contents of a new baby’s book. $4.50.

The due date card is back, this time announcing a baby girl. $4.50.

There is also one for a little boy. $4.50.

Personalize this adorable Jane Austen baby card. $7.

Literary Valentine’s Day Cards

Some of these cards are specifically Valentine’s Day themed, and of course, cards from the wedding and birthday card categories could work well here too.

Dashing business. $3.50.

Perhaps the corniest Valentine. $3.50.

“Literally.” $4.50.

Notice to comic book lovers. A unique and powerful Valentine’s Day. $5.

How swoon-worthy is this card? $4.50.

Bookstore walks ARE romantic. $4.

For the Anne of Green Gables Fans. $7.

“I know for certain that love saves me and is here to save us all” Maya Angelou Valentine. $5.

But only in a non-scary way. $3.50.

“Let’s stay inside and read our books” is my love language. $3.50.

Bookish Cards for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

This Maya Angelou quote card reads, “To describe my mother would be to describe a hurricane in her perfect might” (we’ll ignore the incorrect apostrophe here, okay?). $6.50.

A stack of literary moms that don’t compare to the one receiving the card. $4.50.

Mother’s Day with Ginny. $5.

Set expectations (I know, grunt). $4.50.

There are so few literary Father’s Day cards out there, so even if this one is blank inside, it would be a perfect choice. $5.

BOOKish Halloween Cards

It’s a shame there aren’t more Halloween cards, honestly.

I love books, don’t you? $3.50.

The Poe-fect map and you can download and print it immediately. $3.50.

Christmas/Winter Literary Greeting Cards

Download and print this Merry Bookish Christmas card. $3.

Send this deck of cards to your best friends. $19 for eight.

“Have a Literary Christmas!” $5.

And really, ANY day can be a Happy Bookmas day. $4.50.

And a new book year! $4.

In effect! $4.50.

Readings of the season for you and yours. $4.50.

May your vacation be filled with literary adventures. $4.50.

Send these holiday cards in bulk. $19 for a set of eight.

Maybe you prefer to send news to eat, read and be merry. $19 for eight.

Billy Shakes in a Santa hat is my favorite. $4 for digital download.

This legitimately made me LOL. $7.

Bookish Thank You Cards

Choose a cute thank you book theme from a number of templates. $6.50.

Hang up a whole set of book thank you cards. $22 for ten.

A downloadable thank you card with beautiful books. $5.

“You are the best. Thank you!” $5.

Thank you Jane Austin. $5.

Literary Sympathy and Retirement Cards

All the books to help new retirees pass their time. $4.50.

A beautiful typographic condolence card. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” by Thomas Campbell. $5.

Another beautiful condolence card. $5.

This card is one you can customize and it would make a great retirement or moving card (among other options!). $4.50 and up.

blank literary cards

Finally, here is a wide range of blank literary cards to customize to your own needs.

Shelves on shelves. $5.

To my favorite book lover blank card. $4.

Hard to agree on this books > people map. $4.

This library is full of cats. $5.

Hi! $4.50.

Books are where we get lost and find ourselves. $3.50.

A map for Sherlock fans and there are options to customize this one. $7.50.

A beautiful rendering of Beatrix Potter’s house. $4.

“Though she is small, she is fierce” Quote from William Shakespeare. $5.

Long live the great literary adventures to come! $5.50.


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Mika R. Pyle