The Best Gifts For Book-Loving Kids, As Chosen By Teachers

Celebrate their love of reading.

Best Gifts for Book Lovers
There’s nothing like getting lost in a book. For our kids, it promotes imagination and creativity which is crucial to their developing brains. We’ve compiled a fun list for all the little readers in your life. Everything here comes recommended by educators so your kid is not only going to love these products, they are teacher-approved.

Best Gifts for Book Lovers Ages 5-7

1. “The Little Prince” T-Shirt

Undoubtably one of the best books of all time—your sweet child will look adorable in this “The Little Prince” t-shirt. It’s comfortable enough to wear to bed, but can be worn during the day too.
Real teacher review: “As an English teacher, I couldn’t wait to get this t-shirt for my child as soon as I saw it. It’s super comfy and he loves wearing it when I read ‘The Little Prince’ to him.”

2. Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Bookmarks

These DIY bookmarks are so fun! They’d make an excellent project to do at your child’s next birthday party.

Real teacher review: “I gave these to my choir kids as a going-away. The back of each bookmark is white, so I added a sticker that said, “MARK my words: you’ve been a joy to have in choir!'”

3. Book Necklace

This charm necklace makes the perfect first piece of jewelry for the little book worm in your life.
Real teacher review: “One of my first grade students got this for her birthday. I loved it so much I had to get one for myself.”

4. DIY Color-In Bookmarks

Every reader needs their very own bookmark. These will allow them to create one of their own as they get to choose the colors for these small, personalized messages.
Real teacher review: “I got these for my first graders and they loved having an afternoon of crafting and making their very own personalized bookmark. These also helps keep our classroom books in better shape since they aren’t tempted to fold down pages or use the cover of the book to hold their place.

5. Reading Log For Kids

This reading log will help keep your book-lover ultra organized. It has prompts which allows them to keep track of titles, authors, how long they’ve read, what they learned, and their favorite parts of the book. It’s also perfect for a summer reading program.

Real teacher review: “As a first-grade teacher, I can honestly say these logs work and will hold your child accountable for their work. One of my students who is a huge book-love brought this into class and all the kids wanted one.”

Best Gifts for Book Lovers Ages 8-11

1.“Harry Potter” Uno Game

 

Uno is a fun, classic game your child will play for hours. Of course the “Harry Potter” version makes it super exciting for all the diehard fans out there.
Real teacher review: “This game has been a lifesaver for the classroom when we have inside recess!”

2. Bookish Enamel Pins

 

This set of  pins makes the perfect stocking stuff for your book-lover. They are small enough to be pinned to their jacket, backpack or hat.
Real teacher review: “These make cute door prizes for my students. I also love giving out one to the top reader of the month.”

3. Dr. Seuss Book Bag

A nice bag is a great way for your reader to tote all their books around. Having an inspirational quote on the outside makes it even more special.
Real teacher review: “I get this tote for each of my kids when they have a birthday. It’s sturdy and I love that it’s environmentally friendly.”

4. A Cute Reading Nook and Bookshelf Combined Into One

Every child needs a place to store their prized collection of books. And if it has a space to curl up and read? Bonus!

Real teacher review: “The kiddos love sitting on this in my classroom!”

5.Reading Blaster

This fun game is a great way to hone your child’s reading skills and work on reading comprehension. There are 75 mysteries which are sure to turn on their imagination.
Real teacher review:”I bought this game for a tutoring center I volunteer at and the kids absolutely love it! They play it all the time and it is a great way for them to keep up on their reading skills.”

Best Gifts for Book Lovers Ages 11-13

1.“Harry Potter” Backpack

As your child gets older, they have more stuff to carry. How they choose to carry it always makes a statement. You can’t go wrong with a “Harry Potter” themed backpack.

Real teacher review: “One of my students had this backpack and I noticed how well it held up—kids are tough on their backpacks. I ended up buying one for my 5th grade son and I wasn’t disappointed.”

2.Fleece Throw

Cuddle up with your child under this super warm, fleece blanket and enjoy reading to them, or enjoying a good book separately.

Real teacher review: “My students got this blanket for me last Christmas. I keep it folded on the back of my rocking chair and throw it over my legs during reading time when it’s chilly. One of my favorite gifts of all time.”

3.“I’m Reading” Socks

Readers don’t just want books– they want book-loving paraphernalia too. These socks send the right message when you bookworm is reading. And if you are a reader yourself, you are surely going to want a pair.
Real teacher review: “I got these as a door prize for my seventh grade readers. They were given to the student who read the most books over spring break. Let’s just say they were a great incentive and everyone at least met their reading goals.”

4.Fire HD8 Tablet

The Kindle not only offers endless books for your child to read over and over, it’s hands free and has a long battery life. They’ll also enjoy playing games, watching television shows, and listening to music.
Real teacher review: “A few of these were donated to my seventh grade classroom last year. They’ve definitely piqued the interest on non-readers. Money well spent and I’ll be adding to our collection next year.”

5.“I’d Rather Be Reading ” Sweatshirt

Your older reader will let you know how they really feel every time they slip on this cozy sweatshirt.

Real teacher review: “One of my students got this for my for Christmas and I love it! SO cozy and so true.”

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Posted by Katie Smith

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