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23 great gifts for kids who love to read

·11 min read
These gifts are just right for the budding bookworm!
These gifts are just right for the budding bookworm!

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There are few things more gratifying than the moment your child takes a real interest in reading to themselves. Early literacy is a magical time when the decoding of phonetics and the uncertainty of bigger concepts all come into focus and—suddenly—reading is no longer a chore to be tacked on at the end of homework but a genuinely fun and enjoyable pastime.

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Whether you've got a reader on your hands—or you're just hoping to cultivate one—here are some of our favorite gifts for budding bookworms. If your child is already showing a love of books and is devouring them faster than you can keep up, congratulations! If you have a reader who is struggling, these ideas might get them excited about books and might nudge them into a lifelong love of reading.

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1. A personalized book

Ever wanted to be the protagonist of your own book?
Ever wanted to be the protagonist of your own book?

Best for ages: 0 and up

Wonderbly has created a whole line of personalized kids' books that are exciting for kids to crack open and will engage young readers. Kids will get so excited about being the star of their own stories and seeing their name in print. Wonderbly stories deftly focus on social-emotional storytelling (without being heavy-handed), so these are self-esteem-boosting and introspection-inspiring books that are just as feel good as they are entertaining.

Shop Wonderbly books starting at $34.99

2. A book light for reading under the covers

A book light for reading under the covers.
A book light for reading under the covers.

Best for ages: 3 and up

Sneaking in the last few chapters of a book under the covers (and often oversleeping for school the next day) is a book-lovers rite of passage. It’s really hard to blame them when we are all guilty of doing it ourselves. We encourage you to embrace it with this angler fish-inspired book light, for when kids keep on reading deep into the midnight hours.

Get the Smoko book light at Urban Outfitters for $12

3. A subscription box to expand their library

This subscription box sends each book gift-wrapped, for a perfect long distance gift.
This subscription box sends each book gift-wrapped, for a perfect long distance gift.

Best for ages: 0 to 10

Once you have a reader on your hands, satisfy their insatiable thirst for new and exciting books with a monthly book delivery. Bookaroo sends age- and reading level-specific books right to your doorstep every month, with a picture book subscription for younger kids and a chapter book option for older ones.

Librarians tout this box for having some of the best book selections around. Each title that arrives is gift-wrapped (so nice if you are giving this to a child who lives far away). The deliveries come with info cards that tell a bit about each title and give thoughtful questions and conversation starters, to help your kid turn into the type of human who will be everyone’s first pick when they start a book club.

Get a book subscription box at Bookaroo starting at $16.99 a month

4. A kit that cultivates their inner author

For the future best-selling author.
For the future best-selling author.

Best for ages: 4 and up

Got a creative kiddo? Let their imagination go the distance when they turn their own original story into an actual, printed book. This multi award-winning, DIY book-authoring kit lets kids create their own story with words and pictures that they mail off to be returned as a professionally printed and bound 20-page hardcover book. Clear some space on your bookshelf now; once the book authoring bug bites you can expect them to just keep creating.

Get the Create Your Own Storybook kit at Amazon for $34.99

5. All the tools they need to start their own library

For the future librarian.
For the future librarian.

Best for ages: 5 and up

Once they start building their library, they may want to start loaning those books out. For a budding bibliophile, there's no greater pleasure than sharing a beloved book, but it’s pretty crushing when those books get lost. Here is a library kit so they can experience the joy of sharing books, without the agony of them being lost forever.

Get the Knock Knock personal library kit at Amazon for $21.58

6. An encyclopedia to answer all of their burning questions

Encyclopedia Britannica has knocked it out of the park with this incredible kid's encyclopedia.
Encyclopedia Britannica has knocked it out of the park with this incredible kid's encyclopedia.

Best for ages: 5 to 12

If you have a kid with a curious mind, this amazing 424-page encyclopedia will be their go-to compendium for answering all of their questions of “how” and “why.” We can’t recommend this stunningly illustrated kids’ encyclopedia enough. It covers more than 170 topics, with engaging insights from over 100 experts that really excite kids on their level. It is chock full of fun and fascinating facts and brimming with explanations that get kids asking for more.

Get the Britannica All New Kids’ Encyclopedia at Amazon for $19.98

7. A brainy bedtime book of sleep stories

These 5-minute stories are fascinating and all focus on sleep!
These 5-minute stories are fascinating and all focus on sleep!

Best for ages: 4 to 9

Why do we sleep? Do animals dream? Where is the biggest bed in the world?

These aren’t your average bedtime stories. This collection of night-related knowledge told in fascinating story form takes kids to Ancient Egypt to explore the beds of Tutankhamun, then off into space to see how astronauts get ready for bed, and even under water to learn how hibernating turtles breathe through their butts! There are 30 amazing five-minute stories, with all facts verified by Britannica.

Gorgeously illustrated on every page with specially commissioned artwork, and packed full of expert-provided information, this book is the ultimate brainy bedtime companion for children aged 4 to 9.

Get 5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime: 30 Amazing Stories at Amazon for $12.99

8. A story telling speaker that reads to them

This story telling speaker keeps kids occupied for hours.
This story telling speaker keeps kids occupied for hours.

Best for ages: 3 to 12

Studies show that reading to children for 20 minutes or more daily helps to cultivate them into better readers and expand their overall reading comprehension. Some days we can’t read to our kids right when they want us to; the Yoto is the answer for kids who just can't be read to enough.

Filled with classic and best-selling titles read by elementary school teachers, icons like Eartha Kitt and Oscar winners like Kate Winslet, this screen-free speaker is a favorite of Reviewed's Parenting team. With beloved books by authors like Julia Donaldson, the device is definitely great for little ones, but it also ages really well with the full library of Roald Dahl books, Enid Blyton titles, and classics like The Jungle Book and Treasure Island.

Get the Yoto audio player starter pack at Amazon for $108

9. A set of bookplates for the kid who likes to lend their books

Customized bookplates for the bookworm that's building their library.
Customized bookplates for the bookworm that's building their library.

Best for ages: 5 and up

There is something so satisfying about having your name in a book. Ensure that favorite books never get lost with a custom set of book plates that reflect your kiddo’s personality. These come in an array of designs that are great for kids of all ages, from giraffes and tricycles to butterflies and rainbows. These bookplates are colorful and customizable stickers that are personalized with their name and an image of their choice.

Get a custom set of 20 book plates at Etsy for $15

10. A Kindle so they can bring a whole library everywhere they go

An eReader lets them take their reading habit with them wherever they go.
An eReader lets them take their reading habit with them wherever they go.

Best for ages: 7 and up

This is great for the book-lover who always wants to bring three or four extra books “just in case.” Lighten their load with the kid-centric version of the Kindle's ever-popular Paperwhite eReader. This kid-friendly Kindle has parental controls to ensure all of the content that’s downloaded is age-appropriate. Small, lightweight and compact, they can bring the whole Magic Treehouse series with them on summer vacation, or a handful of favorites just in case a dentist appointment goes a bit too long.

If they burn through books quicker than you can buy them, know that the Kindle supports downloads from any library in the country.

Get the Kindle Kids edition at Amazon for $109

11. A first dictionary

For the future etymologist.
For the future etymologist.

Best for ages: 7 and up

Of course they can always look up a word online, but giving them the experience of a dictionary will open a whole new world for them. Remember looking up one word as a kid and, next thing you knew, you were reading your way through the entire page? Filled with gorgeous photos and diagrams, example sentences, and word root explanations, this dictionary is for the budding etymologist.

Get the Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary at Amazon for $9.19

12. A bookmark that points to the exact spot they left off

A little finger to point where you left off.
A little finger to point where you left off.

Best for ages: 7 and up

There’s nothing worse than losing your spot! This bookmark not only keeps their page, it points to the exact line they left off on. For the reader who is meticulous or for when they have to finish their chores right in the middle of a cliffhanger, this is a small but mighty life-saver that makes peeling them away from plot twists a little less traumatic.

Get the 7 different colored finger pointing bookmarks at Amazon for $9.99

13. A hilarious bookmark to make them smile

Hilarious bookmark pals will have them giggling.
Hilarious bookmark pals will have them giggling.

Best for ages: 6 and up

Add a little bit of humor to their reading with these hilarious 3-D creature bookmarks. Best deployed when they are forced to slog through a boring titles for school, these wacky and wild animals screaming from between their pages will get them giggling.

Get the 6-pack of wacky Bookmark Pals at Amazon for $27.99

14. An app with an endless supply of books

This app gives kids access to over 40,000 books!
This app gives kids access to over 40,000 books!

Best for ages: 3 to 12

If your bookworm is burning through titles faster than you can hit the library, the amazing Epic app will keep a steady stream of new stories immediately at their fingertips. With over 40,000 titles to choose from, your kid's reading material will never run dry.

For new or reluctant readers, this is—bar none—one of the best literacy-building apps available. Completely searchable by age and grade, they can easily find books that are right at their reading level and that will pique their interest. There is also a fantastic "read-to-me" option where titles are read aloud, highlighting each word as it's spoken, allowing kids to hone their phonetic and comprehension skills and build their reading confidence—all while freeing you up so you can read a book or two on your own.

Get a subscription to Epic for $9.99 a month or $71.99 a year

15. A cushy chair to recline in

A beanbag chair for a the coziest reading time.
A beanbag chair for a the coziest reading time.

Best for ages: 2 and up

Nothing goes better with a good book than a cozy chair to relax, recline and read it in. This bean bag chair is big, comfy, and not too “kiddie.” It’ll easily blend into living room decor, or grow with them as their style changes but their love for a good book remains a constant.

Get the standard classic bean bag chair at Wayfair for $81.99

16. A reading nook for privacy

A beautiful teepee that comes with a hanging LED light and a floor mat.
A beautiful teepee that comes with a hanging LED light and a floor mat.

Best for ages: 3 and up

If your resident bookworm needs a special space to drift away into story land, this easy to assemble tent will be a dream come true. Gift them with their own special spot that feels like it was made just for page-turning.

Get the Flybold kids teepee tent at Amazon for $35.97

17. A cozy pillow to curl up with

A cozy pillow to nap on between page-turners.
A cozy pillow to nap on between page-turners.

Best for: All ages

If they are starting to nod off while reading, how about giving them something a little bit more comfortable to doze on? This cozy pillow is emblazoned with what are likely the last words they say every night before bed.

Get the "Just One More Chapter" pillow at Etsy for $21.11

18. A shirt to declare their superpower

Reading IS a super power! Say it loud and proud.
Reading IS a super power! Say it loud and proud.

Best for ages: 2 to 12

Don't let them tell you any different, kid! Reading IS a superpower—let them declare it on their shirt. We just love this retro style and it comes in all sorts of colors, sizes and styles so you can pick just the right one for your little literary superhero.

Get the Kids Reading T-shirts For Kids at Amazon for $18.99

19. A bag to carry their favorite books in

A book bag for little arms and big reading ambitions.
A book bag for little arms and big reading ambitions.

Best for ages: 3 and up

Just right for kiddos with little arms but big reading ambitions: This “book bag” is perfect for carrying their favorite storybooks to grandma's house, or for packing up their numerous library returns (and carting another few home).

Get the Elephant and Piggie Read Kid's Tote at Amazon for $15

20. A bookcase reading nook

Why don't they make this in adult sizes?
Why don't they make this in adult sizes?

Best for ages: 3 to 10

Why they don't have this in adult-sizes is beyond us. This bookcase can fit all of their favorite books, and the reading area is a perfectly designed cradle for them to lean back and drift off into story land.

Get the Kidcraft bookcase reading nook at Amazon for $135

21. A soft stand to prop up their books with

Put that tablet away! This is perfect for page-turners.
Put that tablet away! This is perfect for page-turners.

Best for ages: 4 and up

On the couch, on the floor, in bed, or on the go—wherever they are reading this pillow lap stand will make reading more comfortable. This is perfect for a tablet or a book and the cozy plush covering makes it extra comfy for the coziest reading time.

Get the Flippy tablet stand at Amazon for $34.99

22. Some custom-made bookends

These custom-made book ends will display their favorite books in style.
These custom-made book ends will display their favorite books in style.

Best for ages: all ages

Their book collection is getting bigger! How about some beautiful bookends that are inspired by creatures you only see in story land? If their books are their pride and joy they should be displayed in style with these custom-made bookends.

Get custom made bookends from Pigmee Pigbee at Etsy for $90

23. A cool new comic book series

Comics are a fun way to get kids reading.
Comics are a fun way to get kids reading.

This zany and gripping new three-book series follows the Zoo Patrol Squad as they crack criminal cases. Colorful, smart and completely hilarious, these graphic novels were written expressly for young readers. These gorgeously illustrated books were both written and illustrated by Disney, Dreamworks and Marvel alum Brett Bean, and are filled with wacky animals, wild adventures and madcap mysteries. No matter how reluctant a reader you may have, this can't-put-it down series is sure to grab their attention and their imagination.

If your kid has already burned through the Dogman series (or you're tired of fart jokes), your kids will love this exciting, funny and smart book series (and you'll be grateful for them).

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