Finding the best gifts for kids who like to read (that aren’t books) can be challenging, especially if you aren’t a huge reader yourself. Happily, readers like me are more than happy to point you in the right direction (you’re welcome). We had a ton of fun cokmpiling this list and most of the items will work for kids and adults. We’ve separated the items into different categories including bookish apparel, subscriptions, accessories, and more. Strap in!
25 Awesome Gifts for Kids Who Like to Read
Here are 25 different gifts for kids (and grown-ups) who love reading:
Clothing is a great way to show off your personality and interests. In this section, we’ve highlighted our top picks for book shirts, skirts, and even socks to wear your bookish pride.
These Pippi post shirts are some of the best I’ve ever seen. I love the fun sayings, the colors, and even the fit of the shirts. The shirt pictured is one of my favorites — while I love movies adapted from books, sometimes nothing beats the experience of reading a great book!
This book skirt is absolutely delightful to look at! I love the full skirt and library-inspired design. It comes as a standard 19″ long or 24″ long, and you can choose your desired length from the drop-down menu. You can also ask for a ribbon of a different color other than black.
Cozy times call for cozy socks with a bookish message. If you need to signal to loved ones that you’re in the middle of sacred reading time, these socks should do the job.
Personalized Book Tote
Off to the library for some inexpensive reading? Grab this tote to lug around your finds. Just remember to return the books in good time!
Reading Nook, Decor, and Accessories
I never imagined I’d ever buy a book light or other reading accessories, but I’ve seen the light (pun intended). In this section, we’re sharing our top reading decor and accessories for a comfortable and cozy reading experience.
I own this book light and every day I’m grateful I bought it! Besides needing it to read from my old-school Kindle, it also comes in handy for daily tasks requiring focused lighting. The light is powerful and available in three different colors and brightness levels.
I’m a huge fan of this adorable bookmark! Instead of boring sticky tabs or paper strips, motivate yourself with this fun bookmark.
Reading is a sport (yes, I said it) so you need to protect your child’s posture as they do it. This comfy hug of a pillow can support your kiddo’s back and stop them from slouching as they read or watch TV. The best part? It’s machine-washable.
While I have called some books a warm hug in the past, sometimes you need a real blanket to keep you warm while you read. This hand-made blanket is also machine-washable.
Want to go a step further than the blankets? Try this 100% cotton fort. It comes with a mat and fairy lights. The mat is non-sleep and the fort works for reading, playing, or just hanging out.
A personalized sign for your resident bookworm will give everyone a good chuckle and add some personality to their room. This one is available in multiple sizes and in metal and wood. You can also order a sticky version or one to hang in your bedroom.
Personal Library Kit
This personal library kit screams book lover! If you or your kids have librarian dreams, this is a worthy purchase, It includes 20 self-adhesive pockets and checkout cards, a date stamp and inkpad, as well as a pencil.
As a non-US resident with not-so-great access to books published abroad, my Kindle is my window to all the books I want to read. It’s a fantastic invention that makes it easier to read ebooks from the library and fly across the world with your entire library in your palm. The kids Kindle (I did a whole post about the kids Kindle) is the same as the adult Kindle but comes with no ads and the purchase includes the Kindle, 1 year of Amazon Kids+, a kid-friendly cover, and 2-year worry-free guarantee.
Reading journals are more fun to use than basic reading logs. This journal is for kids as young as 5 or 6 who love reading. It comes with pages of suggested titles to read with your kids (including Caldecott medal winners and such). There are also pages to record every book read and kids get to tear off the perforated corner of each page to “feed the bookworm” after they’ve read.
Have an overflowing shelf of books? Can’t get your kids to reshelve books they’ve read? Or just need a mini shelf to fit in your small space? Try a book cart! This one is easy to assemble and made from plastic and stainless steel. Its dimensions are 8.66″D x 15.75″W x 25.96″H.
Picture Book Caddy
Nursery shelves are the cutest and many of them are designed to hold picture books. But if your kids are old enough to have non-nursery rooms, but still read picture books, this picture book caddy may be just what they need. It’s handmade from wood and has the sweetest cloud-shaped design.
Desktop bookshelves are another innovative invention for book lovers in small spaces. This is one of our favorites and is available in multiple colors, including black if you prefer.
We have an entire list of bookends for kids and adults, and this is one of our top recommendations. It’s perfect for nurseries and for kids who love animals.
The Yoto Player has become a kid favorite for listening to music and audiobooks. It’s a great screen-free way for kids to enjoy child-appropriate music, podcasts, and other audio media. You’ll need to buy Yoto cards which you can insert into the player to listen to your desired media.
Yes to more reading spots. This is another shelving unit with seating. It can double as a reading nook for kids. Some reviewers said it took a while to put together, but they all agree that it’s super worth it, especially for younger kids and toddlers.
Book Subscription Box
Another kind of gift you can give your reader is a book subscription. We’ve highlighted three of the most popular ones.
Literati Kids delivers five books monthly. All you need to do is describe your kids’ reading preferences and they’ll handle the rest. You can try out the books for a week and send back those you don’t like.
Bookroo offers book subscriptions for four age groups spanning ages 0-12. The books are expertly selected and subscribers get up to 47% off retail prices for the books they receive. With Bookroo, you can also read your selections electronically using Bookroo’s app.
Reading in Color Crate
Reading in Color Crate sends subscribers one middle grade and young adult book from an underrated POC author with a new theme every month, as well as a bookmark and a self-care item. The company sponsored our 2021 summer reading guide and I love the work they do.
You know we’re all about the books! Not sure which ones to gift a kid? Check out our list of themed suggestions, books for kids by grade, and our graphic novels section. For my favorites, see:
- 2020 favorites
- 2021 favorites
- My favorite tween audiobooks
- Top books for tween girls
- 100+ books for tween boys
Book Making Kit
If your child wants to be a writer or make their own stories, this kit is a must-have. It includes ready-to-use cover template pages, story and illustration template pages, guide book & instructions, a set of color markers and a postage-paid envelope and order form
Personalized Library Stamp
Speaking of bookish dreams? Future librarians anyone? This stamp will help your kid leave their mark on their books in the best way possible.
There they are: 25 of the best gifts for kids who like to read! Which of these gifts would you love as a reader?
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