25 Gift Ideas For the Kid Who Loves to Read — That Aren't Books
Buying a gift for someone who loves to read can be so fun — especially if it involves reading gifts for kids, specifically. (Of which, unsurprisingly, there are plenty of options to browse!) If you've got a little bookworm on your hands and are looking to get them a special gift that isn't necessarily an addition to their personal library this holiday season, there are so many other book-related items that any young reader would be excited to receive. From reading lights and a book-subscription box to cozy reading-nook accessories and a game that helps boost their knowledge of sight words, these gifts think outside the box and are perfect for those whose favorite hobby is getting lost in a story.
No matter how old your kiddo is, there's something on this list for everyone — from gifts for 12-year-old tween readers and young bookworms as little as 5 years old to practical reading accessories for kids and quirky, educational gifts for teen readers, there's truly no shortage of great reading gifts for kids that are sure to surprise them — and keep their reading habits strong as they get older. Ahead, see and shop our picks for the best gifts for kids who like to read — with standout options that range in everything from bookmarks and back cushions to personalized journals, reading lights, T-shirts, bookends, and a number of other cool gifts for young readers.
— Additional reporting by Alessia Santoro
Icon Book Light
Even if they spend their days curled up reading inside the house, your kiddo can still add a touch of the outdoors into their afternoon story-time sessions with this bright and happy flower-themed Icon Book Light ($20). The tool is great for reading in the car at night, before bed, or anywhere else your child devours books with suboptimal lighting.
Library Card Tote Bag
Ideal for trips to the library or bookstore, this Library Card Tote Bag ($20) is a great small gift for kids with big reading ambitions and little arms. Not only does it have a cute, book-centric design but it's also deep enough to carry several big novels at a time, too.
Okay this Sumbababy Tent ($60, originally $70) is seriously the coolest — and even as adults, we kind of want one for ourselves, too? The stylish tent gives your tiny bookworm a perfect little reading nook to stuff with blankets, pillows, snacks, and, of course, stories.
Pillow Lap Stand
Reading really is one of life's greatest joys. But unless you have a picturesque reading nook to sit back and relax in, you aren't always afforded the most comfortable setup. This Pillow Lap Stand ($25) helps to make reading a book or tablet all the more comfortable — whether your kid is on the go, on the couch, or in bed.
"Do Not Disturb, I'm Reading" Socks
Sometimes you just get so sucked into a great book that it's hard to do anything else — let alone talk to someone or try to hold a conversation. These "Do Not Disturb, I'm Reading" Socks ($10) tell it how it is and are the perfect cozy option for a day spent curled up reading.
Personalized Library Stamp
Got a future librarian on your hands? Now, your child can keep track of their books and essentially run their own little library with the help of this Personalized Library Stamp ($30). The nifty tool can be used on the inside cover of all their books.
"Reading Is My Superpower" T-Shirt
We all have our own unique gifts — and if your kiddo's involves diving into a good book, then this "Reading Is My Superpower" T-Shirt ($23) is sure to inspire them to embrace their capabilities even more. The classic tee makes for such a cute gift idea for a mini bookworm. It even comes in a bunch of colors, like the blue pictured, red, yellow, gray, and orange.
KidKraft Bookcase With Reading Nook
If your child has a pretty expansive book collection, they'll need the right furniture to help them store and display their favorite reads. This KidKraft Bookcase With Reading Nook ($128, originally $200) fits a bunch of their books while also giving them a practical (and totally stylish!) place to sit and curl up.
Neck Book Light
There's classic reading lights and then there's this futuristic and downright quirky Neck Book Light ($14) — which, while unique, is actually so much easier to work with than a clip-on booklight that traps your book's pages down. Simply rest it around your neck and adjust the ends, and the light shines directly onto the pages where you need it.
Reading books on the regular is no small feat — especially if your child has a lot of school work or just tends to get easily distracted. Help them celebrate their literary accomplishments with the help of this stylish Reading Journal ($13). The product allows them to chronicle the books they've read over time, so they can track their reading progress in real time.
"Just One More Chapter" Throw Pillow
As any parent will likely tell you, having a kid that just can't bring themselves to stop reading or put their book down, is a great problem to have — until they refuse to go to sleep because of it. Memorialize this struggle in a funny way through this "Just One More Chapter" Throw Pillow ($29) — which will double as the perfect addition to their bed or designated reading nook.
Thumb Thing Book Page Holder and Bookmark
The Thumb Thing Book Page Holder and Bookmark ($6) is a handy tool to help your child hold their book open and keep track of what line they're on. Even better, the quirky product also doubles as a bookmark when they're ready to take a break. Talk about an all-in-one reading essential!
ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words
For the young reader who's still getting a hang of reading to themselves or out loud, a game of ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words ($22) will help them to identify and learn common sight words through fun gameplay. Unlike typical flashcards or school-centric tools, this game is sure to get them excited about reading in a whole new way!
They say that a room is meant to be a sanctuary that's reflective of our personalities. With that in mind, you can spell out you kiddo's entire name or focus on their initials with these Book Letters ($14) — which sweetly pay homage to the charming look of classic books in their design.
This book-themed "Read" Tote ($16) is perfect for transporting their books to and from the bookstore or library. With its durable make, even the most ambitious readers will be able to take their heavier reads on the go with them. And the sweet, elephant graphic adds a darling touch, too.
Lulu Jr. Illustory Book Making Kit
Your reader can become the author of the next great story with the Lulu Jr. Illustory Book Making Kit ($35). It comes with everything your child needs to write their story, then you send in their work and receive a hardcover version of their book with up to 20 pages, including a dedication page, a title page and an "About the Author" page.
Silicone Finger Point Bookmarks
These Silicone Finger Point Bookmarks ($6, originally $10) aren't your average bookmark — in fact, they're way cooler and more unique. The rubber page keepers will help your child remember exactly where on the page they left off. Plus, it's available to shop in a wide variety of colors, too!
This "Abibliophobia" T-Shirt ($20) is a fun gift for young bookworms that will allow them to showcase their love of reading — and learn a seriously impressive new word while they're at it. It comes in multiple colors, like heather blue (pictured), navy, royal blue, green, and purple.
Minted Personalizable Triangle Chair
Not every kiddo gets to have a designated reading nook or corner set up within their home. Fortunately, they can still sit back and dive into a great book with the help (and comfort!) of this Personalizable Triangle Chair ($168). The stylish (and moveable) chair is truly the perfect lounger!
Literati Subscription Box
Each Literati Subscription Box ($10) comes with five age-appropriate books that you have the option to buy. Keep the books you want (and get a five percent discount if you purchase all five), return the rest for free, then use the app to review all of the books to help personalize your child's future boxes.
Kindle Paperwhite Kids
Any e-reader is an awesome gift for the kid who devours book after book (and is constantly on the go), but the Kindle Paperwhite Kids ($160) is built with little ones in mind. It has a two-year worry-free guarantee, a kid-friendly cover, and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which includes access to thousands of Kindle books and hundreds of audiobooks through Audible.
These cute Sprout Bookmarks ($8) come in a set of six for the reader who has more than one book going at a time. Given that reading new stories feels, in many ways, like a tool to nourish our brains and sprout new ideas, the earthy design also gives these quirky tools a metaphorical value, too.
Decorative Art Book Page
A Decorative Art Book Page ($12) is the ideal decor item for a reading nook. We're loving the "Alice in Wonderland" theme that this art pays homage to — making it an especially great reading gift for 5-year-olds or any youngster who loves that literary world.
"Book Vibes" T-Shirt
How cute is this "Book Vibes" T-Shirt ($19)? It comes in multiple colors like the heather gray pictured, along with a number of other styles that include black, navy, royal blue, dark heather, heather blue, and purple. Reading truly is magical — and T-shirt's rainbow design showcases that perfectly!
Personal Library Kit
Reading is serious business. And with the Personal Library Kit ($22, originally $23), your child can run their very own library right out of their house — keeping tabs on books they've read, making notes about what has stuck out to them, and even marking their favorite reads with a statement stamp or two.