Published on February 28, 2020

These Read Across America Products Are Perfect for Little Readers [Gift Guide]

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These Read Across America Products Are Perfect for Little Readers

Reading is important, which is why we have events like Read Across America Day and World Book Day. If you're looking for some Read Across America ideas or World Book Day activities, it never hurts to start with books—but you can keep going from there! You can give your child the gift of a new book, read to them using finger puppets, wear book character costumes and join in other activities and events at school or the library. The important thing is that you pass on the importance and fun of reading!


Books for Young Readers

Books for Young Readers

The Paddington Treasury Hardcover BookStar Wars Little Golden Book SetLlama Llama Book SetMadeline BookClifford Book Collection
Ada Twist, Scientist BookDr. Seuss Book SetGoodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Book SetPete the Cat  Hardcover BookDisney Little Golden Book Collection

It's hard to celebrate Read Across America Day without books! Get your child a book gift of their favorite library books, or make sure they have their favorite book in hand to present to the class. Classrooms across America celebrate Read Across America in their own way, so it's good to have a handle on the day's activities at their school. Don't let the fun stop there, either! Many libraries also host events for kids, so keep your kid excited about reading by checking out events at your local library. Also, World Book Day comes along in the next month, which means it's good to have even more books on hand! We carry single children's books along with book collections to keep your child occupied.

Book Gifts for Kids

Book Gifts for Kids

Eric Carle Brown Bear BackpackMagic School Bus Electricity STEM KitLlama Llama Cuddle PalGoodnight Moon Bunny PlushPete the Cat Instrument Set
Curious George BlankyThe Day the Crayons Quit Finger PuppetsEric Carle Caterpillar BlanketPlush Pete the CatClifford Plush and Tote Bag

Storybooks for kids are great, but kids are also sure to love these book character gifts! They can snuggle up for storytime with their favorite book character plush or take some books on the go with a book-themed backpack. Parents may also enjoy using finger puppets and plush toys when reading to act out the stories with their kids. There's certainly more than one way to enjoy Read Across America and World Book Day at home.

Harry Potter Gifts for Kids

Harry Potter Gifts

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts ExpressHarry Potter Lunch ToteHarry Potter HeadphonesHarry Potter Coloring Book
Great Hall Hogwarts PlaysetHarry Potter Pin KitTalking Sorting Hat ToyNano Scene Gryffindor Tower Playset

If your kids are a little older, you can still encourage them to keep reading! Young adult fiction books like the Harry Potter series continue to be very popular, and some families even read the Harry Potter books together. Your kids will also love Harry Potter toys that allow them to act out their favorite scenes from the books and play along with their favorite characters. You can find a variety of Harry Potter LEGO sets along with plush toys, games and other great book-related gifts. Don't think that you have to save the book gift ideas for World Book Day either—they're great for holidays and birthdays too!

Dr. Seuss Gifts for Kids

Dr. Seuss Gifts

Mystery Mini Dr. Seuss FiguresHorton Hears a Who PlushFox in Sox Sock and Book SetCat in the Hat Floor Puzzle
Cat in the Hat Finger Puppet SetCat in the Hat PlushDr. Seuss Matching Card GameDr. Seuss Coloring Book

Did you know that Read Across America Day also falls on the same day as Dr. Seuss Day, March 2nd? It's no wonder that there are so many Seussical activities! There are also tons of great Dr. Seuss gifts for kids. Plush toys, finger puppets and character figurines bring their favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life, making great storytime buddies. You can also find fun Dr. Seuss activities for kids such as a coloring book, matching game and even a giant floor puzzle! These and other Read Across America activities are sure to make the day extra fun!

Book Character Costumes for Kids

Book Character Costumes for Kids

Child Ravenclaw RobesToddler Llama LLama CostumeChild Thing 1 and 2 CostumeToddler Alice CostumeBoys' Captain Underpants Costume
Kids' Cat in the Hat Costume KitToddler Curious George CostumeHermione CostumeToddler Pete the Cat CostumeChild Clifford the Big Red Dog Costume

Many Read Across America Day and World Book Day activities include wearing costumes of book characters. Dr. Seuss costumes like The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 are certainly popular picks, but there's so much more! Harry Potter costumes are a great choice, especially Ravenclaw robes for your little bookworm. Also, Alice in Wonderland outfits are classic, but you can also find newer offerings like Captain Underpants costumes or Pete the Cat outfits. Your kid will love wearing their favorite literature character costumes, but the best part is that they can also wear their costumes again for Halloween!

Book Character Costumes for Adults

Book Character Costumes for Adults

The Man in the Yellow Hat CostumeMs. Fiona Frizzle CostumeAdult Dumbledore CostumeDorothy CostumePeter Pan Costume
Pastel Mad Hatter CostumeGandalf CostumeProfessor McGonagall CostumeCat in the Hat CostumeWizard of Oz Scarecrow Costume

Kids may be encouraged to dress up for Read Across America Day, but even teachers and parents can get in on the fun—the kids would love it! How cool would it be to teach a class wearing a Miss Frizzle costume, a Professor McGonagall outfit or even a Dumbledore costume? While these book characters are great teacher costume ideas, there are other literary characters that kids will love and recognize too. The costume might have been for you, but ultimately the kids will get a lot out of the experience!

We hope that you enjoyed all of these Read Across America Day and World Book Day ideas! What do you do to get your kids interested in reading? Do you read with your kids or even have a family storytime session? We'd love to hear how you get kids to read books. Also, if you'd like to check out some other book products, visit our Read Across America gifts page for other great ideas!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at, where she is an assistant editor and writes about Disney, Pokémon, and gift guides.

What’s fun for her? Angela keeps busy playing video games (Fire Emblem, Pokémon, and Skyrim are her favorites), drawing, sewing, and taking silly pictures with her cats. You can follow her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.