Looking for gifts for your young readers? You’ve come to the right place for bookish gifts for kids. We’ve got dozens of gift ideas for the bookworms in your life.
This year’s holiday gift guide is divided into 2 sections:
- Gifts for young readers (to nurture and enrich their reading life)
- Gift ideas for the read-aloud shelf (things for kids to do during read-alouds/audio books)
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Gifts for Young Readers:
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Book lights are especially handy for kids who share a bedroom. These Mighty Bright LED Book Lights are our current favorite. I mean, we don’t actually expect them to go to sleep when we send them to bed, do we? ;)
Oh my. 😍 If being with books all day isn’t enough for your kids, then you’re going to love the look kof these bookish jammies from Books to Bed. Most sets come in sizes 2-6.
- Little Blue Truck Pajamas
- Dragons Love Tacos Pajamas
- Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Pajamas
- Elephant & Piggie Pajamas
Also… did you know that there’s an entire LINE Of Eric Carle apparel, home decor, etc? Click that link at your own peril. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😳
Forget the kids– I bet you want one of these for yourself, don’t you? :)
My kids love these stories set to music by none other than the London Philharmonic.
Maestro Classics are perfect for ages 4-12. We enjoy listening in the car. I also frequently rely on these to keep my youngest kids busy while I get something done around the house.
Heads up: All CDs are currently on sale. Get an additional 17% off + Free shipping in the US with the coupon code SARAH.
We have the 12 CD Collection and l-o-v-e it. Check out Maestro Classics here.
Help your kids make books their own with these darling bookplates.
These lightweight metal book darts can keep track of your favorite parts of the books your kids read without crimping the pages. They’re reusable and absolutely one of my favorite things in the universe. That’s no lie. (recommended for kids age 8+)
Have a daughter who loves her literary heroines? Jenny Williams has a lovely assortment of bookmarks featuring heroines like Anne of Green Gables, Jane Eyre, Jo March, Scout Finch, Flannery O’Connor, Hermione Granger, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and others.
These bookmarks are perfect handmade gift to tuck into a Christmas stocking or tie onto any gift.
From Madeline to The Call of the Wild, you won’t have a hard time choosing something for everyone in the Out of Print Shop.
A customized alternative to bookplates, these lovely stamps can feature anyone’s name.
Try playing an audio book while putting together a puzzle as a family. You’ll be hooked!
A few favorites:
- Eric Carle Alphabet Floor Puzzle
- Beatrix Potter Floor Puzzle
- Goodnight Moon Floor Puzzle
- Readers Paradise 1000 piece puzzle
- Old Book Store 1000 piece puzzle
Young readers are often young writers, as well. If you have an aspiring author on your hands, these Story Cubes can make for an excellent gift.
I can’t tell you how many writers I’ve heard sing the praises of this game. It’s going to find it’s way into my own home this year! A picture is worth a thousand words in Dixit.
Melissa Sweet is one of my favorite picture book illustrators. These cards are created by her, as well, and they’re another way to spark your child’s imagination and storytelling genius.
Matching games get a lot of use in our home with kids under 7. Here are three bookish matching games for your blossoming bookworms:
- Eric Carle Matching Game
- Goodnight Moon Matching Game
- Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Matching Game
Iabsolutely love these gorgeous posters based on books. There are dozens and dozens to choose from in all different sizes. I’ve got the Corduroy one behind my desk at home. They’re elegant enough for the main part of your house, and perfect for your child’s bedroom or the schoolroom, as well.
My littles love to hunt for Lowly, Goldbug, and all the little quirks and treasures to be found in Busytown. This is a great game for ages 3-6.
Your kids can create (and publish) their own illustrated hardcover book with this kit. If you’ve got an aspiring writer in your home, this may be just the thing to inspire in 2019.
A fabulous stocking stuffer for your young bookworm, choose from dozens of styels of these magnetic bookmarks. What’s your child’s thing? Cupcakes? Paris? Unicorns? Owls? Sloths? Skulls? Cats? Robots? There are i-clip magnetic bookmarks for that.
Time for your child to have his or her own bookshelf? Why not make that pleasure doubly fun with one of these airplane bookcases from KidKraft?
Boxed sets make for lovely gifts– find 35 fabulous boxed book sets for anyone on your list, from toddlers to teens.
Don’t want to go the boxed set route? Treasuries are an affordable way to introduce young readers to the best work of a wonderful author and/or illustrator. Some favorite picture book treasuries are listed here.
Ideas for the read-aloud shelf
Here’s a list of stocking stuffers and gift ideas that you can pull out when it’s read-aloud (or audio book) time, so that your kids will listen longer and better.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how many kids listen better when their hands are busy, listen to this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast.
Water Wow keeps my little ones busy for a surprising amount of time. The best part is: no mess. It’s just water, after all! These flip books are reusable and are perfect for read-aloud time.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Picture Atlas of the World
- Building Sites
- Dolly Dressing at the Stables
- Dolly Dressing Dogs & Puppies
- …. the list goes on (and on!)
My kids love watercoloring on Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pads. Toss a set of watercolor paints into your child’s stocking, and add a jumbo coloring pad to keep them busy during your next read-aloud!
- Prang Watercolors
- Princess & Fairy Jumbo Coloring Pad
- Vehicles Jumbo Coloring Pad
- Multi-Theme Jumbo Coloring Pad
Scratch art of any kind is pretty fun, but my kids especially enjoy these art boards with themed templates. Ideal for ages 4-12. There are many different themes to choose from.
My older kids and teens love this stuff. Thinking Putty keeps their hands occupied while they listen to me read aloud for quite a long time!
My 12-and-ups have really enjoyed these challenging and engaging paint-by-sticker projects. There are several different themes to choose from! The Paint-by-Sticker Kids line is great for kids age 7-12.
- Car Design Workshop
- Equestrian Design Drawing Kit
- Fairy Design Kit
- Interior Design Kit
- Fashion Design Studio Kit
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