The holiday season is here! Christmas carols are playing everywhere, and holiday shopping is in full swing. While I love to find good gifts for my kids, I especially love to find gifts that encourage reading (in obvious and more subtle ways), because, well... reading is my favorite.
Books are an obvious gift choice and in our family my kids can expect to receive at least one gift-wrapped book under the tree every year. But, there are many, many other fun bookish type gifts you can find for the kids (and adults) on your list this year. Here are a few of my favorites:
This Etsy shop has become one of my favorites. The owner/artist creates prints and bookmarks based on literary heroines. Her characters include Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne of Green Gables, Hermoine Granger, and many, many more. (I was gifted a Lucy Pevensie bookmark last year that I love!) The shop also offers mugs, bags, coloring pages and other fun bookish type things.
A gift idea for the girl readers in your life could be one of Carrot Top Paper Shop’s bookmarks (i.e. Scout Finch) paired with her book (i.e. To Kill a Mockingbird).
There is nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cozy blanket on a cold winter day, except maybe curling up with a mermaid tail blanket. I have been noticing these cozy blankets in all kinds of places. And, because all things are better paired with a book, you could throw a mermaid tale (or a classic adventure) in with the blanket tail. Or, consider the shark tail or rocket ship blanket paired with a book like this or this or this.
Out of Print Clothing is an online shop that I just discovered. It is chock full of readerly references on all types of items, from socks to shirts to totes. This is a fun shop to poke around on. Plus, every purchase you make at Out of Print Clothing helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. Grab a shirt or book bag for your child and pair it (do you see a theme here) with the book it features.
A fun way to start the day, you can find these calendars filled with some of your favorite characters like Charlie Brown or Garfield. Or, encourage laughter with a day-to-day joke calendar like this or this. If your child likes trivia (random or sports-themed), there are all kinds of options to choose from.
Practical and/or fun, a great gift to help you keep track of your favorite books, or a gift to make playing library more fun, whichever you prefer.
As your child grows their own personal library, cute book plates could be a fun way for them to put their mark of ownership on their favorites. I found cute ones at Amazon and at Carrot Top Paper Shop.
A clip on book light might be the perfect stocking stuffer for your young reader. Give them the gift of reading past their bedtime, and to drive the point home, pair it with a fun shirt or pillow like these.
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