I’m not going to lie. My absolute favorite gifts to give for any occasion revolve around books. Yep, book themed gifts are the grooviest thing ever. Whether you need a bookish gift for a newborn (because it’s never too early to start building a library) or for a graduate, I’ve got your book themed presents covered. So, let’s dig in.
Book Themed Gifts for Any Occasion
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Let us start with the books and book themed gifts that work for just about every occasion and every price point.
Baby and Toddlers Book Themed Ideas
Little ones love to hear their loved one’s voices so gifting books that caregivers can read aloud is the perfect gift. Plus, there are the added benefits.
- little ones will soak up lots of rich vocabulary
- develops oral language
- builds comprehension
- fall in love with story at an early age
There are lots of toddler book lists on Growing Book by Book to help you find those just-right books. Try out list of Interactive Books for Toddlers or Best Books for 2-Year Olds.
Want to pair a book with a toy or game, check out our list, Best Gifts for Toddlers to Build Literacy Skills. I share my favorite products on it.
Bookish Presents for Preschoolers
Preschoolers adore familiar favorites from Clifford the Big Red Dog to Pete the Cat. They love to carry around their favorite books and also love to discover new ones.
Need book recommendations for preschoolers? Try one of these popular lists on Growing Book by Book.
Preschoolers are also busy learning their alphabet and sounds, so I’ve gathered my favorite resources to help them do just that. Check out Best Gifts for Preschoolers That Build Literacy Skills.
Best Gift Ideas for Beginning Readers
It’s a whole new world when a child learns to read. One of the most meaningful gifts to give budding readers is their very own library card. Make a day out of it. Register at the library, check out a stack of books and then go for an ice cream sundae.
Fill the coffee table with stacks of books for beginning readers to devour from early chapter books to graphic novels. Use our Early Chapter Book Series and Beginning Reader Books That Aren’t Boring to get started.
I’ve also collected my favorite products to give a beginning reader from a book light to a magazine subscription in the post- Creative Gifts for Kids Just Learning to Read
Best Book Subscription Boxes
One of my other favorite gifts to give that works for multiple ages is a book subscription box. There are so many to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming. I’ve done the research for you. I’ve tested out each one on the list. Here are my top 7 Book Subscription Boxes.
Many of the subscriptions can be purchased in increments of 3, 6, or 12 months. There is something for everyone out there. And, who doesn’t love to get a package in the mail each month?
Gifts for Students in Your Classroom
Many of us like to give our students a little something for the holidays or at the end of the school year. But, buying 20+ gifts can add up quickly. Check out this list of Gifts for Students That Don’t Break the Bank.
Book Themed Presents for Teachers and Librarians
Every book loving adult appreciates a thoughtful book-related gift and the ideas are endless from books they will enjoy to cool bookish things to wear. I’ve got you covered in our Librarian and Teacher Present Ideas.
Every teacher or librarian I know would appreciate a book full of literacy ideas to use with the children too. Check out the Books Full of Reading Activities for Kids post.
So give a teacher or a librarian a holiday gift, end of the year present, birthday gift, or just because present to show your appreciation.
Bookish Ideas for a Baby Shower
Have you been to a book-themed baby shower? They are so much fun from the cake decorated like a book to everyone bringing a book for the new baby with a handwritten dedication in the front cover.
Whether the shower is book-themed or not, it’s a great idea to give a book as a gift. New parents will love the beginnings of a library. And, research shows that a larger library at home increases reading success.
When choosing a book to give, consider these questions. These guiding questions will help you pick that just right book.
- What book did you love as a child?
- What book did you love to read to your own children when they were young?
- Do you want to go with a classic? If so, check out this list- Classic Books for Kids
- Do you want to give a newer favorite? If so, check out this list- First Year Favorites
- Do you want a book for when the baby is little or a book to grow into?
There is no one right answer. Choose what feels right to you.
Books to Give For Christmas
I don’t know why, but my Christmas collection of books are some of my most treasured. Do you remember The Sweet Smells of Christmas? That book with the scratch and sniff pages? Oh my goodness…the memories….
I always add at least one new Christmas book to my collection each year. And, I plan to pass them on to my grandchildren one day.
Christmas Books for Toddlers
Toddlers can be tough on books. Here is a great list of durable books and titles that will hold little ones’ interest.—>Christmas Books for Toddlers
Books for Advent Calendars
For several years, I individually wrapped 24 books and let the kids open one each day. We would read a book each and sometimes do an activity to go with the book. It’s a great advent calendar idea.
Would you like to try it? I share all the ins and outs and give lots of book recommendations to get you started.—>Starting a Book Advent Calendar Best of all you can do it at home or school with my tips.
Stocking Stuffers That Build Literacy Skills
Candy canes are great. Socks are needed. But, wouldn’t a literacy stocking stuffer be the icing on the cake?
From fun writing utensils (hello Crayon Rocks) to fun bookmarks, I’ve got a whole list of stocking stuffer ideas for you.—>See the Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Book Themed Presents for Easter
Every Easter basket will be filled with jelly beans and chocolates because it is Easter. But, you can also tuck in a book and few other book themed goodies to round out all those calories.
I have Easter basket stuffer ideas for every age.—>See the Literacy Rich Easter Basket Ideas
Books to Give for Graduation
One of the most popular book lists on Growing Book by Book is our Books to Give as Graduation Gifts list. Books really do make good graduation gifts. I still have my copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! that my mom gave me for my high school graduation. And the note she wrote on the inside cover is something I’ll always treasure.
Hope these ideas help you with your gift-giving list. The gift of reading has so many benefits that last a lifetime.
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