If you have a small space or don’t own enough bookshelves (let’s be honest, which book lover does?), bookends can be a lifesaver. Bookends for kids need to be sturdy, cute, and fit on a variety of surfaces. The options on this list fit those criteria. If you’ve been looking for a pair (or two) of bookends, here you go.
20 Cute and Functional Bookends for Kids (and Adults)
Here are 20 of the best bookends for kids:
VA links Adjustable Bookends for Kids
This cute expandable bookend easily doubles as a desktop bookshelf and can hold everything from organizers to encyclopedias and of course, novels. It’s 7.48 inches tall and expands as wide as 19.3 inches. The only downside is that there are limited color options — it’s only available in pink.
Personalized Tractor Bookends
This adorable tractor bookend set is perfect for nurseries and older kids who are into tractors. I love that they sit on a flat surface and can hold up heavier books with ease.
Personalized Animal Wooden Bookends
Want to amp up the cuteness? Choose this personalized pair of farm-themed bookends. If you’re on the lookout for non-toxic toys and decor, these are made from wood and safe for kids’ rooms.
T-Rex Attack Bookends
Are your kids obsessed with dinosaurs? Then, they’ll love this T-Rex bookend, complete with the kids being chased. It’s made from solid steel and heavier than it looks. It’ll hold up everything from chemistry textbooks to cookbooks.
Alphabet A-Z Bookends
These alphabet-themed bookends are sweet and will be adored by kids just learning their ABCs. Just keep in mind that most customers found them to be lighter than expected — even though they were great quality regardless.
Muso Decorative Book Ends for Children
These wooden bears make for adorable bookends! Kids who love animals will be delighted by these ones. They’re made out of alloy steel and walnut wood, and available in two finishes — one darker one (pictured) and a lighter finish.
Cute Concrete Giraffe Bookends for Nurseries
Bring on the animals! These giraffe bookends are so cute! I’m obsessed with the pastel colors and almost Scandinavian design. They’re made from concrete and cement and can stand up to heavy books. Just be careful your kids don’t knock them about as they can actually break.
Sunny Safari Animals Set of 2 Wooden Bookends for Kids
Here’s another pick for animal lovers. This safari-themed set of bookends is made from wood and hand-painted with lead-free water-based paint, making it safe for nurseries and younger kids.
Giraffe Family Bookends for Kids
The woodland setting evoked by these bookends took my breath away at first sight. It’s another great nursery bookend pick and will bring nature into any room.
Joyvano Astronaut Bookends
I actually squealed at the sight of this set of bookends! How ingenious! If your kid is a space buff, they will love you forever for gifting them this set of astronaut bookends. They are made from resin and super sturdy for books of all sizes.
Superheros Decorative Metal Bookend
Marvel fans assemble! Got kids who love their superheroes? This is an understated set of bookends that older kids and tweens will love.
Cute Mouse Metal Bookends
If your kids are into Mickey, they’ll be delighted by this bookend set. It’s another handmade metal piece with matte paint. Reviewers rave about the quality and remark that it holds even the heaviest of books.
Baby Owl Bookends
I have a thing for owls, so I knew this list would not be complete with owl bookends. These wooden bookends would be perfect for nurseries and in bedrooms of owl-loving kids.
Sass & Belle Kids Bookends
These rainbow bookends are just darling! If your kid loves rainbows or is fascinated by the weather, this is the set for them.
How cute are these sailboats? I’m a huge fan of the design and fact that these wooden bookends can be personalized with your child’s name or anything you’d like to have written.
Eiffel Tower Book Organizer Metal Bookends for Kids
Paris ooh la la! If your tween can’t get enough of Paris or Europe in general, they should be checking out this set of bookends (and this book list).
Harry Potter Hogwarts Bookends
Potterheads will love this pair of Hogwarts bookends. They’re made of metal and will probably occupy a bit more ground space than most bookends. But if you love Harry Potter, then they’re absolutely worth it.
Build your own feminist icon
This is another sweet set of nursery (or tween) bookmarks featuring various feminist icons. You can pick from a wide range of icons including Justice Ketanji Jackson, Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor, and Jill Biden among others.
Here’s another set of rainbow bookends. This one is smaller, but sits firmly on the ground surface and should hold up most kinds of books.
There they are: 20 of the best bookends for kids. Which of these ones do you like?