Read Across America Book Gifts
Published on February 19, 2021

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 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

Star Wars Little Golden Book CollectionThe Paddington Treasury Hardcover CollectionThe Wonderful Things You Will BeEric 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

Book Gifts for Children

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Comfy Critter BlanketWinnie the Pooh PlushThe Magic School Bus STEM KitGoodnight Moon Bunny Plush
Llama Llama Cuddle PalThe Grouchy Ladybug BackpackThe Day the Crayons Quit Finger Puppet SetCurious 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 Gifts

Harry Potter HeadphonesLEGO Harry Potter Whomping Willow SetRavenclaw ScarfOllivander's Wand Shop Playset
Hogwarts Emblem Constellations HatHogwarts 3D Paper PuzzleHogwarts Water BottleSWAT 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 Gifts for Children

Dr. Seuss Bow Tie Set14" Cat in the Hat PlushThing 1 & 2 24 Piece Floor PuzzleBirthday Cat in the Hat Crew Socks
Thing 1 & Thing 2 Bricky Blocks Snapback HatKids' Cat in the Hat SocksHorton Hears a Who Hand PuppetOh 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

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 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

Adult Book Character Costumes

Waldo CostumeMs. Fiona Frizzle CostumeGandalf CostumeProfessor McGonagall Costume
Queen Arwen CostumeDumbledore CostumePastel Mad Hatter CostumePlus 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!

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.