It’s time for the 2013 Literacy Gift Guide! Making those holiday shopping lists can sometimes be a bit overwhelming and confusing. This year I’m happy to share some great gifts that will help develop a love of literacy. Plus, you will find a link to other ideas from great bloggers for just about any interest your child may have! So, let’s make that gift giving list super easy this year! Sit back, explore, and get that holiday list completed!
Full Disclosure: I See Me! and Peaceable Kingdom provided requested review copies. A portion of your purchase of Hidden Hints Mystery Word Game helps support Growing Book by Book. All opinions expressed are my own!
10 Literacy Gifts to Give This Year!
It’s tough to find games for toddlers. Roll & Play by Think Fun is appropriate for little ones as young as 18 months! Roll the cube. Pick a corresponding color card and perform the action depicted. Actions range from making animal sounds to finding objects based on a color. We have had so much fun playing this since we got it for Christmas last year. Roll & Play retails for $19.99.
I recently discovered Zoobean and love it! Zoobean is a customized and personalized subscription service that delivers a book and a corresponding reading guide to your door each month. You tell them all about the reader (age, gender, reading ability, genre preference, topic interest, language, etc.) and they will select the perfect book to match the child’s interest. It’s like having your own personalized librarian! Zoobean subscriptions start at just $9.99 a month and are appropriate for all ages.
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My son received the personalized My Very Own Name Storybook from I See Me! for his birthday last week. He has been working on letter recognition and this was the perfect book to compliment his learning. On each page, a different animal brings a letter to build the child’s name. At the end of the story, they all celebrate because they have created the perfect name! What child doesn’t love to see their name in print? I See Me! has a wide selection of personalized books and gifts including Christmas titles! Prices vary.
Art plays such an important role in children’s literature. This year, give literacy related art for a child’s room or library! Rose Hill Design Studio has some beautiful prints that can be purchased from her Etsy store. I’m loving the Reading is Fun print and the Wilbur and Charlotte Friendship print. Prints are $20.00 and are great for any age.
I’m a big fan of Peaceable Kingdom games. Our collection of their games keeps growing. Lately, we have been having fun with Alphabet Go Fish! What I really like about this game is that can be used to play the traditional Go Fish! or you can use the cards to play other games. We’ve played memory, put the cards in ABC order, spell words and more! The game is recommended for ages 4 and up and retails for $9.99.
Still need some gifts that provide alphabet learning? This has been one of our best investments this year. We play with the AlphaMagnets Jumbo Lowercase Multicolored Letters from Educational Insights daily. They are the perfect size for little fingers. Our favorite game to play, Runaway Letter, was created by my 3 year-old son. Uppercase letters are also available. Each set retails for $15.99 and is recommended for ages preschool and up.
Bubble Talk is board game where you match funny captions to silly pictures. Each player has a handful of caption cards to play with each round. The judge turns over a silly picture. Players play their best caption card. Whichever player’s caption makes the judge laugh the most wins that round. Lots of literacy skill building going on! It would even be fun to print some of your own silly family pictures to use in the game too. The game is recommended for ages 8 and up and retails for $22.99
Hidden Hints Mystery Word Game from Learning Resources is a reading comprehension and vocabulary game that targets context clues. The game retails for $21.99 and is geared towards children ages 7-12. You could even pair this was a set of mystery books such as Nancy Drew by Keene or the Hardy Boys by Dixon.
Create Your Own Pop Up Books from Creativity for Kids will get the kids’ creative writing juices flowing. The set includes two hardcover pop up books, stickers, markers and pop up designs. The kit is recommended for ages 5 and up and retails for $19.99. Pair this with a few fabulous pop up books such as The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore and Robert Sabuda or The Amazing Pop-Up Geography Book by Kate Petty and Jennie Maizels.
Each year, I share a magazine subscription idea. Magazine subscriptions are an inexpensive gift that keeps giving all year long. This year, my pick is the High Five magazine from Highlights. We subscribed this year and it has been a huge hit in our house. The Silly Pictures and Hidden Picture pages are always favorites. High Five is geared towards the 2-6 age crowd. For the little ones they also have Hello which is for the 0-2 age range. And, then there is the classic Highlights for kids ages 6-12. A one-year subscription costs $34.44.
Still need more literacy gift guide ideas? Check out our 2012 Literacy Gift Guide and 2011 Literacy Gift Guide! Later this month, we will also be sharing a list of literacy stocking stuffers for kids!
Wait, there’s more! Gifts for Kids: 50+ Gift Guides are ready for you to explore. You will also find loads of lists on the Gift Guides for Kids Pinterest board. Lots and lots of great ideas for all the kids in your life!