Read Across America Book Gifts
Published on February 11, 2022

Read Across America Book Gifts to Encourage Your Little Reader [Gift Guide]

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Reading is important, which is why we have events like Read Across America Day, Hats Off to Reading and World Book Day. If you're looking for some kid-appropriate gifts for book lovers, 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 Read Across America 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

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes BookGoodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Book SetThe Story of FerdinandPJ Masks: Super Moon Mission

It's hard to celebrate Read Across America Day and Hats off to Reading 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 book-related 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.

 

Children's Book Gifts

Children's Book Gifts

Pete the Cat BackpackGoodnight Moon Bunny PlushDr. Seuss Picture Pairing GameEric Carle Brown Bear Pillow
Stack with the Cat GameThe Grouchy Ladybug BackpackFerdinand the Bull PlushWhere's Waldo Puzzle

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 stuffed animals or take some books on the go with a children's book 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, Hats Off to Reading or World Book Day at home.

 

Harry Potter Gifts for Kids

Harry Potter Gifts for Kids

LEGO Harry Potter: Hogsmeade Village SetHedwig Plush and Blanket SetLight-Up Hermione Wand ToyKids' Luna Lovegood Shirt
Harry Potter Journal SetHarry Potter 9 3/4 Platform PlaysetPlush Harry PotterHedwig Coin Bank

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—they're great for holidays and birthdays, too!

 

Dr. Seuss Gifts for Kids

Dr. Seuss Gifts for Kids

Happy Birthday to You! GameThing 1 and 2 Pom WandSoft Horton HatCat in the Hat Fuzzy Hat
Horton Hears a Who Hand Puppet14" Cat in the Hat PlushDr. Seuss Bow Tie SetThing 1 & Thing 2 Bricky Blocks Snapback Hat

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 and finger puppets 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 kids' board game! These and other Read Across America activities are sure to make the day extra special!

 

Winnie the Pooh Gifts for Kids

Winnie the Pooh Gifts for Kids

Winnie the Pooh Jack-in-the-BoxWinnie the Pooh EarsTigger PlushWinnie the Pooh Dining Set

If your child likes to visit Pooh and friends in the 100-acre wood, they would probably love a little Winnie the Pooh gift for Hats off to Reading or World Book Day. A Tigger plush is great for taking on their own adventures, and you can even take it a step further with a set of Pooh ears for pretend play. Maybe they'll want you along on their adventure too!

 

Book Character Costumes for Kids

Book Character Costumes for Children

Kids' Ravenclaw Costume RobesToddler Llama Llama Red Pajama Costume Kids' Fox in Socks CostumeCurious George Costume
Cat in the Hat Accessory KitChild Sherlock Holmes CostumeToddler Alice CostumeToddler Pete the Cat 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 costumes 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 other offerings like Curious George 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 book costumes again for Halloween!

 

Book Character Costumes for Adults

Book Character Costumes for Adults

Cat in the Hat CostumeSam-I-Am CostumePiglet CostumeWaldo Costume
Plus Size Thing 1 & 2 CostumeMs. Fiona Frizzle CostumeGandalf CostumeProfessor McGonagall Costume

Kids may be encouraged to dress up for Read Across America Day, but even teachers and parents can dig into some Read Across America dress-up ideas—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 FUN.com, 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.

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