Reading is important, which is why we have events like Read Across America Day 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
|Star Wars Little Golden Book Collection||The Paddington Treasury Hardcover Collection||The Wonderful Things You Will Be||Eric Carle Very Little Library Book Set|
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
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar Comfy Critter Blanket||Winnie the Pooh Plush||The Magic School Bus STEM Kit||Goodnight Moon Bunny Plush|
|Llama Llama Cuddle Pal||The Grouchy Ladybug Backpack||The Day the Crayons Quit Finger Puppet Set||Curious George Blankey Pal|
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, Hats Off to Reading and World Book Day at home.
Harry Potter Gifts for Kids
|Harry Potter Headphones||LEGO Harry Potter Whomping Willow Set||Ravenclaw Scarf||Ollivander's Wand Shop Playset|
|Hogwarts Emblem Constellations Hat||Hogwarts 3D Paper Puzzle||Hogwarts Water Bottle||SWAT Golden Snitch Toy|
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 Bow Tie Set||14" Cat in the Hat Plush||Thing 1 & 2 24 Piece Floor Puzzle||Birthday Cat in the Hat Crew Socks|
|Thing 1 & Thing 2 Bricky Blocks Snapback Hat||Kids' Cat in the Hat Socks||Horton Hears a Who Hand Puppet||Oh the Places You'll Go Water Bottle|
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 giant floor puzzle! These and other Read Across America activities are sure to make the day extra fun!
Book Character Costumes for Kids
|Kids' Ravenclaw Costume Robes||Toddler Llama Llama Red Pajama Costume||Kids' Fox in Socks Costume||Curious George Costume|
|Cat in the Hat Accessory Kit||Child Sherlock Holmes Costume||Toddler Alice Costume||Toddler 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 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
|Waldo Costume||Ms. Fiona Frizzle Costume||Gandalf Costume||Professor McGonagall Costume|
|Queen Arwen Costume||Dumbledore Costume||Pastel Mad Hatter Costume||Plus Size Scarecrow 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!