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
|Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes Book||Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Book Set||The Story of Ferdinand||PJ 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
|Pete the Cat Backpack||Goodnight Moon Bunny Plush||Dr. Seuss Picture Pairing Game||Eric Carle Brown Bear Pillow|
|Stack with the Cat Game||The Grouchy Ladybug Backpack||Ferdinand the Bull Plush||Where'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
|LEGO Harry Potter: Hogsmeade Village Set||Hedwig Plush and Blanket Set||Light-Up Hermione Wand Toy||Kids' Luna Lovegood Shirt|
|Harry Potter Journal Set||Harry Potter 9 3/4 Platform Playset||Plush Harry Potter||Hedwig 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
|Happy Birthday to You! Game||Thing 1 and 2 Pom Wand||Soft Horton Hat||Cat in the Hat Fuzzy Hat|
|Horton Hears a Who Hand Puppet||14" Cat in the Hat Plush||Dr. Seuss Bow Tie Set||Thing 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 Jack-in-the-Box||Winnie the Pooh Ears||Tigger Plush||Winnie 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
|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 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
|Cat in the Hat Costume||Sam-I-Am Costume||Piglet Costume||Waldo Costume|
|Plus Size Thing 1 & 2 Costume||Ms. Fiona Frizzle Costume||Gandalf Costume||Professor 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!