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:

  1. Gifts for young readers (to nurture and enrich their reading life)
  2. 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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Mighty Bright Book LightMighty Bright Book Light

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? ;)

Bookish Pajamas

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. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Socks

Do I need to tell you that I have a pair of these socks for myself? I mean, you probably already knew that, right? 😉

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! 😳

Personal Library Kit
Personal Library Kit

Forget the kids– I bet you want one of these for yourself, don’t you? :)

Maestro Classics

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: Get 25% off all single CDs and the 12-CD collection with the coupon code RAR2019. You’ll receive a FREE CD of the brand new release, Bach and the Pipe Organ when you use that coupon code to purchase the 12 CD collection. (Code valid on full price items only)

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.

Book Darts

Stocking stuffer alert: once you and your kids start using these to mark your favorite passages in books, you’ll never go back.

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+)

Bookmarks from Carrot Top Paper Shop

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.

Out of Print Clothing tee shirts

We own an embarrassing number of shirts from Out of Print in our house– and we love every single one!

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.

Custom Bookplate Stamp

A customized alternative to bookplates, these lovely stamps can feature anyone’s name.

Book Puzzles

The only thing as satisfying as reading on a cold wintry afternoon is doing a book puzzle on a cold wintry afternoon.

Try playing an audio book while putting together a puzzle as a family. You’ll be hooked!

A few favorites:

Rory’s Story Cubes

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.

eeBoo Create-A-Story Cards

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

Matching games get a lot of use in our home with kids under 7. Here are a couple of bookish matching games for your blossoming bookworms:

Litographs Posters

I absolutely 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.

(They have tee shirts and other gifts, as well!)

Busytown: Eye Found It Game

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.

Lulu Jr. Illustory Book Making Kit

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.

i-clip Magnetic Bookmarks

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.

Airplane Bookcase

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?

35 Boxed Book Sets for Kids of all Ages

Boxed sets make for lovely gifts– find 35 fabulous boxed book sets for anyone on your list, from toddlers to teens.

Picture Book Treasuries

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

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.

Usborne Sticker Books

There are no end to these Usborne Sticker books, so click around until you find one on a topic that interests your child. The stickers are reusable, so these can be pulled out time and time again.

Some ideas to get you started:

Watercolor Paints & Jumbo Pictures

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!

Scratch Art

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.

Thinking Putty

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!

Paint by Sticker

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.

Hearthsong Design Studio Kits

These design studio kits have filled many read-aloud  hours at our home. Your creative kiddos who enjoy coloring, drawing, and design will especially love these.

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