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23 great gifts for kids who love to read

Give your budding bookworm something they'll love.

Gifts for kids who love to read Credit: Smoko / Britannica

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There are few things more gratifying than that moment your child takes a real interest in reading to themselves. Early literacy is a magical time when, all of a sudden, the decoding of phonetics and the uncertainly 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 escape.

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 onto a path of a lifelong love of reading.

1. A subscription box to expand their library

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Credit: Bookaroo

This subscription box sends each book gift-wrapped, making for a perfect distanced-gift.

Best for ages: 0 - 10
Once you have a reader on your hands, satisfy their insatiable thirst for new and exciting books with a monthly book subscription. Bookaroo delivers books every month that are age specific—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 box comes with gift-wrapped books (so nice if you are giving this to a child who lives far away) and an info card that tells a bit about each title and gives 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

2. A book light for reading under the covers

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Credit: Smoko

A book light for reading under the covers.

Best for ages: 3 and up
It’s a rite of passage: sneaking the last few chapters of the book under the covers (and often oversleeping for school the next day). 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 booklight, for when kids keep on reading deep into the midnight zone.

Get the Smoko booklight at Urban Outfitters for $15

3. For the budding author

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Credit: Lulu

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 DIY book-authoring kit lets them 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, because we doubt they’ll be content creating just one once the book-authoring bug bites.

Get the Create Your Own Storybook kit at Amazon for $29.99

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

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Credit: Knock Knock

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 $17.93

5. An encyclopedia to answer all of their burning questions

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Credit: Britannica

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.” This stunningly illustrated kids’ encyclopedia covers more than 170 topics, with insight from over 100 experts. It is chock full of fun and fascinating facts and brimming with explanations. This is a gift that will be a lifelong treasure for the curious kid in your life.

Get the Britannica All New Kids’ Encyclopedia at What on Earth Books for $30

6. A brainy bedtime book of sleep stories

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Credit: Britannica

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

Best for ages: 5 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 compendium of night-related knowledge told in fascinating story form takes kids to Ancient Egypt to explore the beds of Tutankhamun, then off 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 5-minute stories, with all facts verified by Britannica.

Lavishly illustrated on every page with specially commissioned artwork, and packed full of up-to-the-minute, expert 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

7. A little box to read to them, when you can’t

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Credit: Yoto

For the kid that always wants to a bedtime story.

Best for ages: 3 to 12
Studies show that being read to for 20-minutes a day helps make for better readers and helps expand your child’s overall reading comprehension. While some days we can’t always read to our kids right when they want to, the Yoto is a screen-free option with classic and best-selling titles read by elementary school teachers, icons like Earth Kitt, and Oscar winners like Kate Winslet. With beloved titles by authors like Julia Donaldson, the device is great for little ones; 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 for $99.99

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

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Credit: Devon Design

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; it makes it feel like the fantasy world you visit when you read them is yours forever. 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

9. An eReader so they can bring a whole library everywhere they go

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Credit: Amazon

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

Best for ages: 7 and up
For the book-lover who always wants to bring 3 or 4 extra books “just in case.” Lighten their load with a Kindle that is made just for kids. It has parental controls to ensure that 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.

We also like that they can check out books from public libraries through the Kindle, and if they are burning through books faster than you can check them out, for $9.99 a month you can get access to over 250,000 kid-appropriate books.

Get the Kindle Kids edition at Amazon for $109

10. A first dictionary to look up big words in

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Credit: Merriam-Webster

For the future etymologist.

Best for ages: 7 and up
Of course they can always look up a word on Dictionary.com, 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 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 Target for $14.59

11. A bookmark that points to the exact spot you left off

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Credit: TEKEFT

A little finger to point where you left off.

Best for ages: 8 and up
There’s nothing worse than losing your spot! This bookmark not only keeps their page, it points to the exact line you 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.

Get the 7 different colored finger pointing bookmarks at Amazon for $11.99

12. A hilarious bookmark to make them smile

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Credit: Homthia

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. Even if the are being forced to slog through a boring title for school, these wacky and wild animals screaming from between their pages will get them giggling.

Get the 2-pack of wacky Bookmark Pals at Amazon for $14.98

13. A subscription to an app with an endless supply of books

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Credit: Epic!

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

Best for ages: 3 to 12
If your bookworm is burning through books faster than you can hit the library, Epic will keep a steady stream of new titles immediately at their fingertips. With over 40,000 titles to choose from, your kid's reading material will never run dry. My family can personally attest to this being one of the best literacy-building apps available for new readers. Completely searchable by age, grade, and reading level, kids can always find books that are just right for them. 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 an annual subscription to Epic for $9.99 a month or $71.99 a year

14. A cushy chair

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Credit: Wayfair

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 read it in. This bean bag chair is big, comfy, and not too “kiddie.” It’ll easy 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 $79.99

15. A reading nook for privacy

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Credit: flybold

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

Best for ages: 3 and up
These days the home is serving multi-duty as school, office, and daycare center for younger siblings. Though a true book lover can curl up just about anywhere for hours on end, give them their own special spot that feels like it was made just for page-turning.

Get the Flybold kids teepee tent at Amazon for $45.98

16. A cozy pillow to curl up with

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Credit: Blissible

A cozy pillow to nap on between page-turners.

Best for ages: all ages
If they are starting to nod off while reading—well, that's just a rite of passage! How about giving them something a little bit more comfortable to doze off 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 $21.47

17. A customized print with their favorite books

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Credit: Minted

This beautiful print is a keepsake reminder of their favorite books.

Best for ages: all ages
Some books are just so life-changing you never want to forget them. Get them a beautiful print to declare the books that made them a life-long bookworm. This print is completely customizable and with options for different sizes, colors, and and frames and will look beautiful hanging right above their bookshelf.

Get the Favorite Books customizable art print at Minted starting at $38

18. A shirt to declare their superpower

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Credit: Read More Books shirts

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 and sizes 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 around in

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Credit: Out of Print Store

A book bag for little arms and big reading ambitions.

Best for ages: 3 and up
This book is perfect for carrying their favorite storybooks to grandmas house, or for packing up their numerous library returns (and carting another few home). This bag is perfect for kids with little arms but big reading ambitions.

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

20. A bookcase reading nook

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Credit: KidKraft

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 me. This bookcase can fit all of their favorite books, and the reading area is a perfectly designed cradle to lean back and drift off into story land in.

Get the Kidcraft bookcase reading nook at Amazon for $129

21. A soft stand to prop up their books with

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Credit: Flippy

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—where ever 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 $29.98

22. Custom-made bookends

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Credit: Pigmee Pigbee

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 storyland? 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. Books

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Credit: Penguin / Random House

These books are highly recommended by teachers, librarians, and kids!

Best for ages: all ages
Of course, the best gifts for budding bookworms are new books. There’s no gift like a good book. We asked Jessica Kopp, school librarian at the Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet elementary and middle school in Los Angeles what books her students are excited about. Here are some of her favorite titles right now.

Bug Boys

"In this graphic novel, suitable for grades 2 through 5, Rhino-B, a warm-hearted Rhinoceros beetle, and Stag-B, a scholarly stag beetle, learn about the science of the world around them as well as the meaning of friendship. Bug Boys is a collection of short stories told from the bug perspective, leading the reader from one adventure to another. This book helps teach the importance of friendship while imparting the ideas of curiosity and wonder of the world around us."

Get Bug Boys at Amazon for $9.99

When Stars Are Scattered

"This is my absolute favorite book right now. When Stars Are Scattered is based on the true story of a young boy, Omar, and his younger brother, Hassan, who have spent most of their life in a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Without enough food or the medical cafre his brother needs, Omar does his best to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult setting. This book is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time and provides readers with the opportunity to reflect on the struggles Omar faces as he struggles to go to school and improve his life. The content can be a bit heavy at times, so I usually accompany readings with lessons from the UN Refugee Agency"

Get When Stars are Scattered at Amazon for $9.74

Narwhal and Jelly

"A wonderful, early reader book that contains three stories told in silly and sweet graphic-style novel. Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they are the best of friends and love having adventures together. Early readers love the silly stories told of Narwhal and Jelly and their ocean friends, as they learn about friendship, the benefits of working together and the power of imagination. This book is great for the very early readers who are just starting to read on their own."

Get Narwhal and Jelly at Amazon for $6.17

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