15 bookish gifts for kids who love to read

Readers! After we shared this year’s 2019 gift guide for book lovers, we had a ton of requests from readers who wanted to know what bookish gifts to get for the bibliophile kids in their lives.

Readers, you don’t have to ask me that question twice. Today I’m happy to oblige with a selection of bookish gifts for kids (and kids at heart) who love to read. This list includes gifts I’ve given and my own kids have received over the years, gifts I’m planning on giving this year, and gifts that I wish I had a reason to give this year (I’m looking at you, storybook blanket.)

I hope you enjoying perusing this guide, and I hope you’ll share your favorite bookish gifts for kid readers in comments.

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Personal library kit

What else can I say but we love this library kit. This ranks as one of my kids’ favorite literary gifts, ever.

Bookworm tee

Fabled Bookshop has all kids of fabulous bookish tees for newborns to adults.

Puffin Classics box set

I love a gorgeous collection of hardbacks! This set has graced our home bookshelves for years, and includes A Little PrincessAnne of Green GablesThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Secret GardenThe Wind in the Willows, and Peter Pan. This is just one of many beautiful children’s box sets.

James and the Giant Peach Storybook Blanket

An adorable gift (and just one of many literary blankets) from the ever-fabulous Storiarts.

Just Like Me Book Box

This is an awesome subscription box that focuses on “exposing children of color to literature, characters, authors and stories that are reflective of them.” Each box includes 2-3 children’s books featuring characters of color plus fun book swag

Finger Point Bookmarks Book Marker Strap

My daughter gave me one of these finger point bookmarks and I LOVE it. It lets you mark the exact line where you left off!

Wizard pillow: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, or Draco

Heart Felt Design created these darling Harry Potter-inspired pillows. Pick the character of your choice! There’s also a whole range of pillows for other fandoms in this shop.

Reading Rainbow Retro T-shirt

This t-shirt brings back good memories! Spread the Reading Rainbow love.

Literati Box

Literati is a children’s book subscription service for kids ages 0-12. Literati mails FIVE teacher-approved books to your child every month, making it easy to find unique and interesting books for your kids and making the choices their’s as opposed to something you’ve pushed into their hands.

Mysterious Benedict Society mug

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” This is the perfect gift for the right young reader.

Harry Potter: The illustrated collection

These fully illustrated editions of Harry Potter are gorgeous and a great way to introduce the next generation to Hogwarts.

Personalized Bookplates

Take your child’s library to the next level with these book-themed bookplate stickers. .

The Anne of Green Gables collection

There are so many phenomenal editions to choose from, in hardcover and paperback. We have 6 copies of Anne of Green Gables, including the Tundra Books paperback editions (above) I purchased as a Christmas gift for myself.

LEGO book light

I dedicated I’d Rather Be Reading to “everyone who’s ever finished a book under the covers with a flashlight when they were supposed to be sleeping”—but these would probably work better for clandestine reading sessions.

Book Of The Month YA Subscription

Book Of The Month now has a dedicated YA subscription box for the young (and young at heart) readers in your life. Each month, there are 5 selections to choose from, including early releases. If none of them appeal to you, you can skip that month, making it an easy breezy way to bring new books into your life.

Happy shopping, and happy reading!

P.S. 100 stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated, don’t feel like a waste of money, and won’t be broken/forgotten/destroyed by New Year’s.


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  1. Sarah Brown says:

    Thank you for doing this!!! What a great selection for kiddos of all ages. Going to snag a few of these for my 8 year old.

  2. Melissa says:

    The Harry Potter pillows are going over BIG in my office right now! Shared the link as I was reading this post. Thanks Anne for being extra joy to the office this morning.

  3. Libby Miner says:

    These are all so cute! I created my own library checkout cards for my books as a kid. I would have loved that library kit! Those HP pillow are adorable!
    I wish my son would appreciate any of these gifts. Sometime can you do a podcast or blog that features hard line advice on getting a super reluctant reader to read anything they don’t have to read for school? I’ve done everything from reading out loud to him from day one from the hospital to providing lots of reading materials, etc, and took him to the library forever. He has a huge bookshelf in his room. I’ve always bought him a book he’s seemed interested in. He just gets distracted or bored. He’s a teen now and only reads about sports and what he has to read for school. He watches sports clips on Youtube voraciously and loves video games of the sporting and Minecraft variety. [Sigh] Why are some kids just NOT into reading?

    • Soleil says:

      How about manga or other graphic novels? My son sounds like he is a lot like yours. My son will read mangas and sometimes he will listen to books – so maybe finding something (on a topic he likes) that he can listen to is another idea.

    • Julie says:

      I thought I had a reluctant reader as well. But it turns out she just wasn’t interested in reading what I thought she should read, meaning fiction that I loved as a kid. Or fiction in general. Turns out what she likes is non-fiction and can spend tons of time pouring over cookbooks or those national geographic reference books which bore me to tears! She also really loves listening to biographies on Audible. Even though she is only 11 I am considering getting her her own Audible account. I would like to see some stuff for the non-fiction young reader on here as well.

    • Susan says:

      My niece was a very reluctant reader. As a college student, she was tested and they figured out for the first time that she has dyslexia. Our school system doesn’t test for this so they never knew.

    • Jennifer O. says:

      Try Owlcrate, it’s great for YA. Not sure if it’s available in Canada though. There are tons of subscription boxes for YA.

  4. KW says:

    These are awesome! Two of my four kiddos are MAJOR bookworms and I’m always looking for new gift ideas. We always give them something to read at Christmas but I love the idea of adding to it.
    Thanks so much!

  5. Joan says:

    This is a wonderful list for children as well as adults. I would love some of these gifts in my stocking or under the tree.

  6. Anna says:

    I am hyperventilating right now! That personal library kit had been on my wishlist since last Christmas! Hoping maybe this year (my kids) 😉 and I will get it! Everything on this list is amazing! Thank you for putting this together.

  7. Julie Rudd says:

    Thanks for a great list! Would you share your source for the cute book ornament? My book lover has a tree in his room and would love this ornament!

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