I’m sure no one will be shocked to hear that I love to give gifts of the readerly variety, and that this has been true for as long as I can remember. It’s so nice to know I’m not alone in this! For those who think book gifts are the best gifts, you’ll be pleased to see this year there’s no shortage of great gift ideas for the bookish kids in your life. This list includes gifts my kids have received over the years, gifts I’m planning on giving this year, and gifts I wish I had a reason to give this year.
Take note: there may be no shortage of options this year, but order now to make sure they arrive on your doorstep before you need them. We’ve included lots of independent shops and creators on this list, so watch those shipping deadlines and do them a favor by getting your orders in early. Shopping early goes a long way towards easing the pressure of both supply chain issues and ordinary seasonal stress for small businesses.
This gift guide is geared towards preschoolers up to older kids, but we couldn’t resist slipping in a few baby bookish gifts: some of my very favorites are this cute Baby Goodnight Moon bodysuit and this Clifford Storybook Baby Blanket. For bookish teens tea, chocolate, and candles will never go amiss, and please know the teens in my house want basically everything on this year’s gift guide for grown-up book lovers.
I hope you enjoy perusing this guide, and I hope you’ll share your favorite bookish gifts for kid readers in comments.
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Read your way through 100 classic kids’ books and scratch off as you go to reveal the artwork. This could be a fun project for the whole family!
Such a cute bookend! Scroll Master Designs has a bunch of other great silhouette bookends to choose from.
Truer words were never spoken.
Lego lovers of all ages will get a kick out of this durable bookmark.
There are so many great kids’ book subscriptions to choose from. Jambo Book Club helps you build a multicultural library, sending two books per month that feature a child of color as the main character.
Two uniquely shaped puzzles means twice the fun! Be sure to check out the titles on the spines.
Encourage the aspiring writer in your life with this cool storybook kit. They write and illustrate the story, then pop it in the mail—and they’ll get a hardcover copy back. There’s also a Create Your Own Comic Book Kit.
My daughter has gotten way into journaling these past two years and these journals are her FAVORITE.
Good pens are a great accompaniment to journals; my daughter says these are her favorite for hand-lettering and illustrations.
This t-shirt is too cute! Jordandené has it available for grownups too.
Never forget the rules of grammar again, thanks to this helpful pencil set.
A bookplate is such a special touch for any budding home library.
I love this needlework book cover art by artist Rachell Sumpter. This would be a fun puzzle to work on, whether alone or with help.
This is seriously a go-to gift for us (we’ve given dozens as presents). It ranks as one of my kids’ favorite literary gifts, ever.
Choose the birthstone and initial letter to personalize this book charm bracelet.
Happy shopping, and happy reading!