Are you looking for reading and writing gifts for kids? Sometimes all it takes for kids (and me) to want to write or read are creative literacy gifts like a new journal or a playful word game.
These literacy gifts for kids will inspire them to read more, write more, and appreciate words and stories.
Richard Scarry’s Super Silly Seek and Find!
Ages 0 – 3
This is a colorful, oversized seek and find board book perfect for ages zero to three. From the bedroom to the bathroom to outside on a busy street and gas station, your littles will get to look for one or more items such as 3 trash cans, 7 green bugs, and 1 potted plant. Highly recommended to share with the little readers on your lap.
CozyBomB Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game
Use the fishing poles to catch fish with the 26 letters of the alphabet. Also, develop fine motor skills!
ages 2 – 4
My kids LOVED this so much and so did I because it gave them fun ways to learn their letters and letter sounds with the letter’s name, sound, and many songs. Highly recommended.
LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo
6 months – 36 months
Play with letters, animals, and music with each spin of the wheel. Push and slide to develop motor skills.
Animal ABC Flash Cards
I’m not a fan of flashcards per se but I love these because they are different, they are like a mini-alphabet book! Sturdy cards on a big ring with engaging illustrations that showcase an animal as well as the big and small letter of the alphabet. Great for on-the-go.
Play-Doh Letters and Language Set
Use the 26 letter stampers, stylus, roller, placemats, and play-doh to practice recognizing letters and letter sounds. Great for developing literacy skills in young readers.
Elephant and Piggie T-Shirt
I couldn’t resist. Isn’t this an awesome celebration of a favorite book series?
My ABC Keepsake Book
I think the My ABC Book Keepsake is so cute — it’s filled with eye-catching stickers, punch-out’s and artwork. Create an activity for “A,” a birthday bash for “B”, and a celebration for “C!”
The Pigeon Needs a Bath Book + Bath Toy
Read this favorite hilarious story to your children and let them play with this cute pigeon bath toy. A playful reading gift for young readers.
Mr. Pencil Scribble and Write
Use the stylus to trace letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and shapes. Then watch as it comes alive with cute animals.
Hot Dots Jr. Phonics
ages 3 – 6
I hear from many parents and homeschoolers that their children love this set that lets them learn and practice letter sounds, initial sounds, final sounds, and rhyming words. PEN sold here.
Melissa & Doug See & Spell
50+ piece colorful wooden puzzle with easy-to-handle letters that fit into 8 2 sided cutout boards to spell 3 and 4 letter words.
Super Silly Mad Libs Junior
Perfect for the youngest readers and writers, these are hilarious fill-in-the-blank stories that remind kids about parts of speech and storytelling. Older kids, buy The Best of Mad Libs.
Kids love this fun literacy game– it’s a fun way to build reading skills for pre-readers and beginning readers!
Alphabet Slap Jack
Help children learn their upper and lowercase ABCs while playing a fun card game of SlapJack, Go Fish, and matching games
Cool car pens in sport sleek designs. Who wouldn’t want to write with these?
Narwhal and Jelly Book and Puppet Set
If you don’t already love these sweet Narwhal friendship stories perfect for beginning readers, these are must-own books. And aren’t these adorable matching plush characters totally cute?
Headlamps beat book lamps for reading hands down. Why? Because they’re hands-free AND have much better light! (All over the page light, not just in one spot.) Plus, how cool are you when you sit in bed with a headlamp?! Gift this reading gift along with a new book for your next holiday.
Magnetic Poetry First Words
120 magnetic word tiles.
Magical Activity Calendar 2022
This colorful, interactive calendar includes stickers, a poster, prompts, and activities.
Give this Book a Cover: Spark Your Imagination with Over 100 Activities by Jared Lerner and You
Drawing and writing prompts will give kids fun activities to complete on their own. They’ll get to finish a comic panel story, write a story about a cactus, learn to draw in steps, and much more. Engaging, perfect for summer.
One of Our Giant Robots Is Missing: A Solve-the-Story Puzzle Adventure by Russel Ginns and Jonathan Maier, illustrated by Andy Norman
ages 7 – 11
At Roboland, Alicia gets separated from her classmates. She wanders into the employee’s only area and overhears them talking about dismantling her favorite robot, MegaTom. She knows it’s up to her to save him. Help her save MegaTom by solving the puzzles and mazes before the employees find out and catch up to them. You’ll love this exciting, interactive puzzle adventure from Puzzlooies!
Illustory Create Your Own Book
Write and illustrate the 18 ready-to-use book pages with the provided pencil and artist eraser, outline pen, and markers. Mail-in a postage-paid envelope and a few weeks later, you’ll receive your professionally printed book! Younger kids, try the Lulu Jr. Illustory.
Top Secret Lock & Key Diary
What young writer wouldn’t want to write or draw in this top-secret locking notebook of 200 colorful lined pages?
360 cards = gazillions of stories (20 blanks included so you can invent your own prompts). This fun literacy gift for kids comes with a booklet filled with prompts, improv and party games, and suggestions. We own it and love it!
Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens
My kids LOVE to write with these yummy smelling and sparkly colorful set of 12 pens. These last forever, too and make a perfect holiday gift for kids.
Top Secret Missions: Detective Set
This fun kit includes a top-secret mission activity book with training and activities on codes, fingerprints, and interrogations plus “Missions” which are fun problem-solving activities.
Dog Man by Dav Pinkey
GRAPHIC NOVEL / HUMOR
Weird. Quirky. Funny. I think all three describe this new graphic novel from the creator of Captain Underpants. In the first story, a police officer and a dog are joined together — the top from the dog, the bottom from the officer to make: Dog Man. Dog Man solves crimes and has adventures, the likes of which will entertain readers for hours.
The Amazing Story Generator
Give this flipbook to your writers, allowing them to randomly combine three different story elements to generate a unique story idea. With hundreds of settings, characters, and plots to mix and match, the possibilities are just about endless. Full review of The Amazing Story Generator here.
Pocket Pals Mini Journals
Set of 5 pocket journals with brightly colored covers and lined pages. The perfect gift for your kids who like to write on the go.
Curbside Trash and Recycle Pencil Organizer
Two adorable mini storage containers that stand over 5-Inch tall — love these!
School Accessories Eraser Puzzle Set
f your kids love erasers like mine do, they’ll want these cute shoes, scissors, pencil sharpener, stapler, roll of tape, and backpack. This reading and writing gift makes a great stocking stuffer for kids.
Kindle Kids Bundle
Perfect for growing readers, this Kindle Kids Edition offers a black and white glare-free display with no games, no ads, and no videos. It includes many popular book series including Harry Potter.
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
FANTASY / GRAPHIC NOVEL
This popular graphic novel series tells about two siblings trying to save their mom who was taken to an underground world of elves, demons, robots, and talking animals. Beautiful artwork with compelling characters and an adventurous plot make this a hit with readers.
Metal Globe Pencil Sharpener
This Maped Globe Canister Pencil Sharpener is not only educational, but it’s also a lot of fun to use. With a single hole, it is great for sharpening the points of regular lead or colored pencils with the twist of your hand.
The Kids Awesome Activity Book by Mike Lowery
ages 8 – 12
Visually appealing, kids will like how this colorful book offers a wide variety of engaging ideas in the form of stickers, games, mazes, drawing prompts, writing prompts, and more. It’s hefty, too — 121 pages with 96 prompts — so this one book contains hours of activity fun!
Embossed Journal with Lock
Perfect for the teen writer, this is a handcrafted journal with 120 pages of linen parchment paper and a swivel lock. Okay, I wouldn’t mind this gift either.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide
Young and not-as-young writers LOVE this book. Flip to any emotion to get ideas for possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses to illustrate that emotion. If your child loves to write stories, this is a helpful gift.
Brainstorm vocabulary and practice spelling while you build a cool crossword grid and try to beat your friends or family. Addictive fun!
Quiddler Card Game
Think of this like scrabble but with cards. Create words from the cards in your hand — each letter is worth points so players must be strategic. It’s an engaging way for growing readers and writers to develop vocabulary in a fun family time game.
Keep track of your favorite books with this book lover’s journal. Kids rate their books with stars and write down a few sentences about it, among other activities. Talk about a super cute reading gift!
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For kids who like technology, the Kindle is an enticing way to read. My kids both have their own and go through phases of reading hardbound books and ebooks. It’s nice to have the option of ebooks, especially when you’re traveling and don’t want the weight of heavy books. We think this makes for a wonderful reading gift!
Classic Literature Quote Posters and Framed Prints
Your tweens and teens will love these classic literature quote posters as much as you do. My daughter loves her Alice in Wonderland Six Impossible Things poster– it’s a signature piece in her room decor. But there are SO many quote posters to choose from Moby Dick to Peter Pan. See all your options here.
My teenage daughter can’t get through an audiobook in three weeks, the time for her to borrow an audiobook from the library. That’s why I’m spending money on Audible so she will READ A BOOK. Because with so many school-required books, she isn’t reading books and prefers to listen to an audiobook while she draws or does something else. It’s expensive but I really think it’s worth it to keep her in books!