Holiday Gift Guide: Bookworm Edition
It’s that time of the year again– Holiday Gift Guides 2018!
One of our favorite things to do here at Play Eat Grow is to equip parents with great resources. We know that families are busy and the last thing many parents want to do is spend a hundred hours scouting the internet for the perfect gift.
Weirdly, we LOVE it.
Each year we do gift guides a little bit differently, and so this year, we’re creating 4 guides based on interests:
First up: Bookworm Edition
Some say save the best for last, but I’m breaking all the rules and giving you my favorite one first. Lucky you!
This might be a gift guide for the child in your life if:
- Their nose is always stuck in a book.
- S/he is consistently maxing out their library card limit.
- It’s not movie lines you’re quoting at one another, but book lines :).
- You have to tell your child to put their book down and give their sweet little eyes a rest!
Is it a bookmark or a reading light? YES! It’s both, and it is an inexpensive must have for all kid readers. In our house book lights are always falling off the back side of bunk beds down into the “under the bed abyss” or buried under covers, never to be seen again. This reading light is different because it’s flat enough to be used as a bookmark too. It’s super bendy and easy to use as a light, and then simple to flatten out when it’s time to turn out the lights. Our favorite design is the whale, but it also comes in a variety of designs.
The Monster Book Stand from Thinking Books is a helpful tool for reading on the floor, in one’s bed, or on the road. This book holder is a way to make bookworms even more comfortable reading for long periods of time. The little hands on the bottom of the pillow hold the book open, a feature our kids love. In addition to using this for books, kids could also use it to hold their screen of choice :).
Do you see a theme here? Basically, we just want to make it easy for bookworms to never have to leave their bed. 🙂 These adorable pillows are squishy and huggable and perfect for cuddling up with while reading. Younger kids might really love reading to these animal pillows! We’d recommend the large size for using as a real pillow, and the medium is a nice size for hugging and carrying around. 🙂 In addition to Amazon, we’ve been able to find them at Michaels, CVS, and Walmart, so keep your eye out!
Library days are bookworms favorite days and on these days, a sturdy bag is a MUST. You can fun bags at your local bookstore, but if it’s an online shopping kind of year (no judgment!), this one is my favorite: READ MORE. This tote is spacious, very sturdy, and the “Read More” is good for kids, teens and adults of all ages :).
Book darts are an amazing little invention. They are tiny metal pieces that you can slip on the page. We use book darts to highlight important themes, new vocabulary words, inspirational quotes as we read. We totally love these things, and we like to keep a tin handy on every floor of the house.
Darts aren’t for everyone, so if your kiddo would do better with a good ‘ol fashioned bookmark, we found some fun ones you can make. I don’t know about your family, but we really can’t have too many bookmarks. They get lost, bent up, returned to the library, etc.
- Bookmarks you can color// Dawn Nicole
- Paint Chip bookmarks// Mama Miss
- Bitstrips Bookmark// Play Eat Grow
- Harry Potter// Red Tent Art
We break this one out every year over the holidays and do it as a family. Puzzling is a great way to spend more quality time with one another…. sure, you’re putting a puzzle together, but that’s almost not the point. It’s amazing what fun conversation topics come up while everyone is around the table. Ravensburger always puts out great quality puzzles- pieces are colorful and thick!
What Bookworm reading list would be complete without books? We have a hundred great book recommendations (literally), but for the sake of this list, we’re narrowing it down to just a few of our favorites, broken down by age range:
- Babies & Toddlers: The Babylit series is on fire! These beautiful board books are fun ways to introduce your babies or toddlers to the fine literature that they will hopefully grow up to love :). For babies, try the small board books: our favorites are Anne of Green Gables (naturally), as well as Peter Pan. As babies grow into toddlers and their attention spans lengthen, check out the BabyLit Storybook editions. These books are a bit bigger, have more words, and tell a little more of the classic stories. We recommend The Secret Garden, Little Women, and Alice in Wonderland. A little hint: I’ve seen some of these packaged in bundles at Costco for a STEAL of a price.
- Preschoolers: This list from 2015 is STILL our best list of favorite preschool books. Elephant and Piggie, We Both Read, Grumpy Bird, Charlie and Lola, Knuffle Bunny, Duck and Goose. Man I wish I had a preschooler again… 🙂
- Early Elementary: Pinkalicious series, all books Roald Dahl, A to Z Mysteries, Calendar Mysteries, Mercy Watson, and Bink and Gollie.
- Late Elementary: Amulet series, Mysterious Benedict Society, Penderwicks, and First Rule of Punk.
You know I have a hundred more books to offer for each age-range. Feel free to message us on Facebook for more recommendations!
Stay tuned for our next Holiday Gift Guide, coming up soon!
A huge thanks to Gibbs-Smith Publisher, Moosh-Moosh, and KidSource for partnering with me on this post! They provided a couple products for me to review (at my request). It’s important to us to only recommend products we love because we know that every dollar counts!