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  • Too much kids screen time? Try these 5 play ideas instead

    Two young children are staring at a computer. Too much screen time? Try these 5 play ideas instead. Alternative to screen time article with a read more button.
    Looking for an alternative to screens? Promote literacy with these 5 play ideas!

    Are you tired of fighting with your kids to shut off the screens? Whether it’s arguing for computer time, wanting to watch a TV show or movie, or wanting to play on the Switch, my little interns are always asking for screen time! There is an alternative to screens.

    We have come up with a pretty good system of balancing our non-screen time activities and promoting literacy as well. Today, I’d love for you to take away at least one alternative to screens that works for your family. Of course, my play ideas will be literacy focused 😉

    Looking for book ideas specific to your child? Take this 2-minute quiz and those book suggestions will be in your inbox soon!

    Estimated reading time for this blog is 6 minutes, or just watch this YouTube video:

    Kids Screen Time

    There are many amazing learning apps and other ways to incorporate screens throughout the day. Technology can help us do amazing things, but it needs to be balanced with other non-screen activities throughout the day.

    I also think it’s hard because we, as adults, are addicted to screens! I personally have been making a conscious effort not to mindlessly scroll on Instagram or Facebook throughout the day.

    There are definitely some negatives to screen time. While we are still studying the effects of screens in kids, we do know some things and they aren’t very positive. Too much screen time can cause behavior and sleep problems. 

    Most kids ages 8 to 18 average 7 1/2 hours of screen time per day according to this article. That’s A LOT of screen time. Let’s think about other fun ways to spend our time, and maybe throw in a reading focus (wink!).

    Instead of kids screen time… Build a fort

    One alternative to screen time is to build a fort. This fort is made from Nugget cushions and has a blanket covering the kids reading inside.

    Did you build forts when you were a kid? I remember building forts and how fun it was to camp out inside for the day! This is a great activity since it takes a bit of time to build the fort. (My little interns always ask for some assistance to make the “best fort ever” from me, and I’m happy to help since I know it will keep them busy for a bit). 

    We have Nuggets that we like to use to make our forts next to couches, but any pillows and blankets will work! After we build a fort, they like to keep it assembled for a bit. I usually encourage fort building in the basement for this reason.

    Once the fort is built, you can do so many other things:

    • They can play board games, or, of course, READ!
    • Grab a flashlight for some fort flashlight reading! This is a fun and different way to encourage reading, and is even more fun in the fort.
    • You can do a family read aloud inside the fort if it is big enough.
    • Set a timer and read for 20 minutes before they move onto their next activity.

    Each time my little interns build a fort, it’s the “most epic ever!” so this is a great screen-free activity!

    Legos, a great alternative to screens

    Who doesn’t love a good Lego building session? While I despise finding Legos all over my house (more on my new organization system later!), it is an activity they truly love. We have SO many legos. Sometimes, they like to rebuild and follow a set and the instructions. However, a lot of times they just like to free-build with Legos.

    Legos with a child's name written on them are a great alternative to screen time for kids.

    Of course, I’m going to suggest a reading focus for Legos! You can use Dry-Erase markers to write letters on the larger Legos. You can use this to practice recognizing letters in your child’s name and then building them. Or, use this with sight words or even practice spelling words with Legos.

    My kids can play with Legos for hours! You can give your child a challenge if they need a little guidance with their free Lego play. “Build an epic fairytale scene” or “Make something using only blue Legos” are some examples you could try.

    Read with your eyes or ears instead of using a screen

    Would I even BE a reading consultant if I wasn’t encouraging reading? No matter the season, I am always going to recommend fitting in 20-30 minutes of reading per day. I understand we are all very busy, but what if we did turn off the screens for extra reading time? Or, what if they could earn more screen time if they did extra reading?

    Of course, reading is a great alternative to screen time. Two young boys are reading chapter books on a couch.

    Whenever I speak to a group of moms, they ask if watching a YouTube read aloud is the same as reading. Since we are trying to turn off the screens, I would say no! However, reading on an app or having YouTube read aloud is better than not reading at all. 

    The next question I’m always asked is: Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading an actual book? 

    Well, no, but it is still a good activity! Reading with your ears is something we all can do and is a good skill to practice. I really encourage family read alouds and that can definitely be part of your reading time. 

    Is it practicing decoding skills? No. But, it is working on listening comprehension and it’s always great to hear fluent reading, whether it’s from a parent or an audiobook!

    To summarize, any time spent reading an actual book or listening to books is time well spent.

    Read to a stuffed animal or pet as an alternative to screen time

    If your child loves listening to you read and you just want a few minutes to yourself, let them read aloud to a stuffed animal. Whenever I see stuffies that coincide with books my kids love, I pick them up! 

    However, that is totally not necessary. Your child can read to any stuffed animal or even a pet! Or, put those older kids to work to read to those younger siblings. It’s a win-win for everyone!

    A sibling is reading aloud a book to a younger sibling holding a mouse stuffed animal. Reading to a sibling or a stuffed animal is a great alternative to screens for kids.

    I used to have my first graders read aloud to stuffed animals in one of the centers in my room. They LOVED it! Anything that gets our kids engaged in reading is a win!

    If you don’t have a pet (or maybe have an uncooperative one!), I have friends that go to animal shelters and read aloud to dogs and cats. It’s worth a shot if your child loves animals and needs to practice those decoding and fluency skills!

    Not sure what your child needs to practice? Take this quiz and you’ll get different strategies and book suggestions to work on with your kids at home!

    Act it out instead of turning on a screen

    This was again something we did in my first grade classroom, but can work for all ages. You can also ask your child to act something out from their own independent reading, or you can act it out together after your family read aloud. 

    A child is taking a nap holding Elephant and Piggie after she read I will Take a Nap by Mo Willems. Acting it out is a great comprehension skill to practice after reading.

    This is a great way to “test” those comprehension skills! You can let them reread a certain part or use the book to help them act out a favorite part.

    Keep this simple and fun. Stuffed animals and props not required! If your child does not enjoy this activity, skip it!

    Benefits to play over screens

    We definitely watch a good Disney movie and I’m always down for some family Mario Kart! I think the key with screen time for kids is balance. And, of course, we want to sneak in that reading time whenever possible 😉

    Hopefully, you found some fun alternatives to screens.

    If you want even more FUN reading ideas, you’ll love my Learn to Love to Read Activity Book. Each reader type has 5 different activities to try at home!

    This mock up of a Learn to Love to Read Activity book shows another example of an alternative to screen time.

    Let me know in the comments… what is YOUR favorite alternative to screen time?

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  • 5 Favorite School Valentine Ideas (that also promote literacy!)

    3 kids making Valentines announcing the blog title, 5 favorite school valentine ideas that also promote literacy.

    I searched Etsy for the cutest school Valentine ideas that also happen to promote literacy. These are all non-candy Valentine’s ideas for school.

    If you want to promote literacy in your own home, you may be interested in my Learn to Love to Read activity book. You can check that out here.

    But first, let’s check out my 5 favorite school Valentine ideas!

    1. Slinky Class Valentines

    I use these little slinkies all of the time when I tutor for both reading and writing! Stretch out those sounds and write down the sounds you hear, after you spread some Valentine’s love, of course! Your child’s class will spring with joy with these cute class Valentines.

    “You make my heart spring” Slinky Valentines

    This school Valentine idea is different shaped small slinkies with "you make my heart spring!" printed cards from Etsy.
    These class Valentines make MY heart spring! How cute are these printed cards from JustPeachybyJulie?

    2. Heart Crayons Valentine Cards for Class

    These heart crayons are ready to gift as your child’s school valentines! You can absolutely melt your own crayons into heart molds, but this Etsy shop owner has you covered if you don’t have time for that.

    I love this non-candy Valentine idea. Use the crayon to practice writing their name or writing sight words. If your little reader is not writing letters yet, they can draw and label a picture with it. All of these activities promote literacy!

    Valentine Heart Crayons

    These melted heart crayons are packaged in clear packaging with "Valentine you color my world" tags as a school Valentine idea.
    These Valentine Crayons from ShimmerLilac are one of my favorite Valentine ideas for class. While you absolutely can make these crayons with your own heart mold and old crayons, she makes it so easy to order and have a zero-prep class Valentine!

    3. Won-doh-ful School Valentine Ideas

    These won-doh-ful printable cards are perfect for preschoolers and elementary classes! Play-doh helps build up those important muscles for writing, so it’s a great Valentine for preschoolers.

    I know my elementary-aged little interns love play-doh too! It’s a great tool to use to soothe meltdowns and stay calm. It’s also fun to play with during family read alouds.

    PlayDoh Valentines

    This play-doh school Valentine ideas include cards that say "Valentine, you are doh-riffic!" "Valentine, you are doh best!" "Valentine, you are won-doh-ful!" and "Valentine, you are a-doh-able!" with hearts and red dotted frames.
    These a-doh-able Valentine cards from TexasMamaDesigns are perfect for preschoolers and elementary classes! Please note, you will have to purchase the play-doh separately.

    4. Scratch-a-Sketch Elementary Valentines Cards

    These require a bit of prep on your child’s end, but how cute are these Scratch-a-Sketch Valentines? Your child can write a secret message to each of their friends. I’m obsessed with these AND your child can practice writing!

    You can write in any color pen or pencil and then cover it with the scratch-off sticker. Attach a penny to help with the scratching or let the class scratch their secret message with their fingernail.

    In my opinion, these would be fun to send any time of the year to friends and family.

    Scratch-a-Sketch Valentine

    This school Valentine idea has a scratch-off grey surface where your child writes a note like "You are pure magic! heart-Emily" and this image contains a penny showing the scratch off on the inside red frame.
    These Scratch-a-Sketch Valentines are a favorite from InklingsPaperie! You write the message to your friends and these just may be the most fun Valentine cards for class!

    5. Poppin’ Valentines Class Ideas

    Pop-Its are popular for any age! Pop them to play or soothe, or for literacy activities! You can pop each sound you hear, or practice those spelling lists by popping for each letter you say aloud.

    Pop-Its are fun AND useful for school Valentine ideas!

    “Hope your Valentine’s Day is popping” Pop-Its

    This school Valentine idea is a red and white pop-it attached to a card that reads, "Hope your Valentine's Day is poppin' Your friend, Nolan"
    Your class Valentine’s cards will be poppin’ with these cards from NolieSmiles!

    Learn to Love to Read this Valentine’s Day

    If you’re looking for literacy activities to do with your Valentine, you should check out my Learn to Love to Read activity book!

    The truth is, enjoyment while reading plays a huge role in reading success.

    What if this Valentine’s Day you could do quick, easy, FUN activities with your child to encourage reading?

    Help your child fall in love with reading and purchase your digital copy of Learn to Love to Read.

    With the words "love" in the background and an image of the Learn to Love to Read activity book with 2 young girls reading in a tent. The words "Activities you'll love!" by Kim Creigh, M.Ed. are along the bottom.
    This activity book mock-up shows the cover of Learn to Love to Read, the table of contents, and the different reader types like beginning, transitional, and fluent readers.

    If you’re looking for Valentine Morning Meeting activities, teacher friends, check this out from The Education Flyaway!

    What Valentine cards or activities are you doing to promote literacy this year? Let me know in the comments!

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  • 20+ winter books for kids: perfect for hot cocoa and snuggling!

    It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book. These 20+ winter books for kids pair perfectly with chilly winter weather (maybe with some snow falling outside!) and hot cocoa. Winter is one of the best seasons to snuggle up and read! 

    A winter scene with a text overlay of "20+ winter books for kids: perfect for hot cocoa and snuggling!" illustrates the title of the blog post. A mug of hot cocoa is in the corner as a visual reminder of winter.

    Today I’m covering:

    • An easy tool to figure out what type of reader you have in your home
    • Winter books for children of all ages and levels!
    • Picture books about winter
    • A new winter program for transitional or fluent readers 
    • Why you should rotate out your books each season

    Grab your tea (or drink of choice) and find your reader type. Not sure what type of reader you have? First, take the quiz here, then skip on down to the best winter books for your child! I recommend checking out all of these best winter books for kids, but you can skip to your child’s reader type.

    This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information.

    Picture Books About Winter

    These winter books are great for Beginning Reader Bens, but really, kids of all ages love picture books! In this blog, click on the titles or pictures to check out the books on Amazon, then purchase or add them to your next library haul!

    Winter background scene of snow with a young boy with text, "winter book ideas for Beginning Reader Ben" for winter books preschool.
    Unsure if you have a beginning reader at home? Click here to take the quiz and see!

    The Mitten by Jan Brett

    This is a classic winter story for littles! You can draw mittens, match colored mittens, or cut out animals to retell this story together. The illustrations are beautiful.

    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keates

    This book is on the New York Public Library #1 book on the list of “Top Check Outs of All Time,” so you know it has to be a good one 😉 This book is a classic. Join Peter on his first snowfall adventures!

    SkippyJon Jones Snow What by Judy Schachner

    My little interns love SkippyJon Jones! This silly Siamese cat thinks he’s a Chihuahua. Once he’s inside his magical closet, he finds himself in a snowy adventure.

    Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

    This book is perfect for a chilly night! In this book, younger kids get to see how bear snores (hibernates!) while all of his friends come to visit in his den. This story has a great rhythm and Karma Wilson picks the best words to lull your little one to sleep!

    How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

    If you’ve read any of the “How to Catch a…” series, you know they are hilarious. This snowman has come to life and run away. He breaks through trap after trap. Will anyone catch him? Read along and then build your own snowman trap after this fun read aloud!

    Winter Books for Early Elementary Kids

    Winter background scene of snow with a young boy with text, "winter book ideas for Transitional Reader Taylor" for picture books about winter.
    Not sure if you have a Transitional Reader Taylor? Click here to take the quiz!

    Transitional Reader Taylors will enjoy all of the above books. Since there is a wide range of reading abilities with transitional readers, you may continue to read these books aloud. Or, you can try to take turns reading some of these together!

    Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith

    Jory John just knows how to make kids laugh! He’s also written Cat Problems and Giraffe Problems. This story comes with lots of laughs and amazing illustrations!

    Over & Under the Snow by Kate Messner

    Check out this nonfiction book about animals that live in snowy climates. In this book, you’ll see tunnels and other homes formed under the snow but over the ground.

    Blizzard by John Rocco

    This book holds a special place in my heart since it was based on John Rocco’s personal experience in the Blizzard of ’78 in Rhode Island. Growing up in the smallest state, I heard ALL about this blizzard from my parents and grandparents. The pictures and white space add to the story, and everyone who’s lived through a snowstorm can relate to this story.

    The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear

    The illustrations are gorgeous in this book! Charles goes searching for a wish tree with his friend, Boggan (a sled). The animals and heartwarming story make this book the perfect read for a cold, snowy day!

    Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story by Sean Taylor & Alex Morss

    Follow a grandma and a child’s winter walk and notice all of the animals they see. The end of this story includes facts about all of these hibernating animals.

    The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Winters No Time to Sleep by

    This is book 6 in a great beginner chapter book series, The Adventures of Sophie Mouse. There are illustrations to support the large text in these books, making it a great choice for those Transitional Reader Taylors. When Sophie and her friends wake up Pippa, a hibernating hedgehog, they show her how much fun you can have in winter!

    DIY Winter Book Club for 2nd and 3rd Grade Readers

    Do you have a second or third-grade level reader? Not sure what those reading levels are all about? Click here for my Making Sense of Book Reading Levels Cheat Sheet! You can download even more book ideas and get a better idea of where your child is based on my book suggestions for each level.

    If you want your child to not only be reading more and increasing their reading skill level every single month but you also love the idea of having regular meaningful conversations with your child about books and increasing your family connection time, then check out the DIY Book Club!

    This DIY Book Club equips you with book guides, discussion questions, and suggested activities and conversations your kids can have with you and/or their friends.

    For the complete list of books and all the details of Adventures with Books: DIY Book Club, click here!

    Best Winter Books for Fluent Readers

    Remember, your Fluent Reader Freddie also loves to be read aloud to! Some of these books are more challenging than others, and you could always try to make one a family read aloud. Even though this is a list of winter books for kids, you may enjoy reading them aloud as well 😉

    Remember, kids can comprehend, or understand, books that are much higher than what they can read on their own. So, if you have a Transitional Reader Taylor, there’s no reason why she can’t read some of these books together with you!

    Winter background scene of snow with a young boy with text, "winter book ideas for Fluent Reader Freddie" for children's books winter.
    Wondering if you have a Fluent Reader Freddie? Click here to take the quiz!

    Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

    This is a picture book that I included in the fluent reader section to remind everyone that picture books are for ALL readers! This story shows how Wilson Bentley sees snow through his camera lens. The side panels explain facts about Wilson’s story and add depth to this book. This is not a picture book for beginning readers!

    Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

    This story has a fairy tale feel to it, but it is designed for older readers. This would also make a great read aloud for younger readers!

    Odd is a young Viking boy who flees to the woods. When Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear… his life begins to change.

    The eagle, bear, and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giant. Your child will love to read about Odd’s adventures as he tries to reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants, and release the gods.

    The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el

    This chapter book would make an excellent family read aloud. While there are some pictures for support in this book, the text is small and the vocabulary is challenging.

    Duane is a young polar bear who makes friends with anyone he meets! Join the artic adventures of these sweet animals in The Very, Very Far North.

    Magic Tree House: Merlin Mission Winter of the Ice Wizard by Mary Pope Osborne

    The Magic Tree House series is a classic for any young reader! These books are great to hook second or third-grade readers into since there are so many stories in this series.

    The Winter According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

    See the winter world through a hamster’s eyes in this story! This is another family-friendly read aloud, and I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t love Humphrey!

    Best Winter Books for Resistant Readers

    Winter background scene of snow with a young girl with text, "winter book ideas for Reluctant Reader Rosies" for winter books and movies.
    Find out if you have a reluctant reader at home. Click here to take the quiz!

    Reluctant Reader Rosies are some of the hardest readers to please! For these readers, we are trying to get them to fall in love with a book or series, and some of my best tricks for this is to pick books that are movies. After you finish the book, you can watch the movie and compare the book vs. the movie. For more books vs. movie suggestions, click here.

    Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater

    Your child will love this story of how penguins come to live with Mr. Popper. We previewed the movie trailer in our last book club, and the movie looks totally different from the book! Which one will your child like better?

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

    This is the second book in this classic series. Follow the adventures of four siblings who step through their magical wardrobe to Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter.

    Another great way to encourage reluctant readers is to introduce graphic novels. These are a couple of my little interns’ winter-ish favorites:

    Bird and Squirrel on Ice by James Burks

    Bird and Squirrel crash land during a blizzard in the South Pole. They meet a penguin and have some interesting adventures together! It’s silly but very much loved by my little interns!

    The Flying Beaver Brothers & The Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton III

    Penguins threaten to freeze Beaver Island, forcing Ace and Bub into action! Your child will laugh out loud reading this story!

    Why You Should Rotate Your Books

    Similar to a toy rotation, book rotations keep things fresh! We started this system out of necessity since we just don’t have enough room for all of our books, but it works for everyone.

    Think about it…

    When you have a new book sitting on your nightstand, aren’t you more excited to start? Isn’t that why we go to the library? To get new and exciting books?

    This isn’t just for your winter books for kids. If you have a lot of different holiday books- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, etc.- you could rotate those out. Or, you can rotate by season- winter, spring, summer, or fall.

    This image of staggered books with the "Rotate Your Books" words across it reminds parents to rotate their winter books for kids.

    No time to organize and rotate your child’s books?

    Simply take a stack and put them in a box. Wait a month or two, then bring them out and take another box away. It keeps books fresh and fun!

    Which winter books for kids are you checking out?

    Add these to your next library picks, or let me know in the comments which books you love! Did I miss any winter books for kids? Let me know your favorite picks in the comments!

    If you want more book suggestions for your reader type, be sure to take the quiz and they’ll be sent straight to your inbox!

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  • 20+ perfect gift ideas for the book lover (for kids and you too!)

    Are you looking for the perfect gift ideas for the book lover?! Check out these 20+ ideas for your kids, your family, and for you, busy mom! This gift guide for book lovers covers kids to adults, so you’ll get great ideas for everyone on your list. Most of this list I have personally tried or owned so you can rest assured I know what to get someone who likes to read 😉

    Gift Guide for Book Lovers with a picture of a book and purples and pinks with bokeh lights in the background signaling 20+ gift ideas for the book lover

    This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information.

    Gifts for Kids who Love to Read

    Even if your child doesn’t LOVE to read (yet!), these gifts may encourage them to pick up a book. Books make amazing stocking stuffers! If you want suggestions for books on their reading level to gift, then be sure to download my Making Sense of Book Levels Cheat Sheet which has lots of book suggestions!

    Toniebox Starter Set

    I cannot wait to gift this to my little bookworm this Christmas! This new audio system is designed for little listeners. Simply pop a Tonie on top of the Toniebox and start listening to a new story. They have a partnership with Disney and Sesame Street so you can get Tonies for all of your child’s favorite characters.

    I love that this is screen-free and you don’t have to have WiFi after the initial setup. This is a great way for your child to hear fluent reading. You can also record your family singing and load their favorite music. Amazon claims this is for kids ages 3+.

    Library Kit for Pretend Play

    I’m sad I didn’t have this kit as a child! A co-teacher and I tried to make our own library system for our classroom one year… let’s just say it didn’t exactly work 😉 Make all of your little librarian’s dreams come true this year with this library play kit!

    Slumberkins Book & Snuggler

    I absolutely LOVE Slumberkins products. They are amazing for Social-Emotional Learning and have creative ways to discuss your child’s feelings. I gifted one to my little intern to discuss family changes with the new baby coming. They have so many different stuffed animal options and books to go along with the different feelings. I also love the affirmation cards they include with the books!

    Mark My Time Bookmark

    Need to squeeze in those 20 minutes of reading? Have your child use this timer bookmark to keep track of their reading time. We did have to set a few “rules” in our home since the beeping and playing with the timer can sometimes be more fun than actual reading. We set it and forget it and it seems to work well now!

    Library Tote Bag

    How fun would it be to wrap your child’s favorite books in this tote? Then use it for all of your upcoming library trips!

    Bookish Pajamas

    Pair these pajamas with their matching book and you have an adorable gift!

    Adventures with Books: DIY Book Club

    Give the gift of reading to your child! This DIY Book Club was designed to grow your reader through research-based activities. My main objectives when developing this program were to increase your child’s reading comprehension, reading skills, and their love of reading!

    You can read all about the Winter DIY Book Club picks and give that gift of reading here.

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    Icon pictures to illustrate the benefits of DIY book club including a book, printer, active child, vocabulary list, email, and video play button

    Reading Nook Gift Ideas for the Book Lover

    You know one of my favorite things to talk about in making reading fun is a reading nook! These are great gift ideas for the book lover, or soon-to-be book lover when you create this cozy space for reading!

    Sight Word Blanket

    Cuddle up with this blanket for movie night and then read a few words before you start! This is a fun, snuggly way to practice those sight words.

    Reading Tent

    This tent can be transformed into a reading tent by simply adding bins of your child’s favorite books! Again, if you’re looking for books on their level, check out my Making Sense of Book Levels Cheat Sheet to fill that reading tent with quality books!

    Creative Fort

    Not into tents? Let your kids build a fort! Then, throw that sight word blanket over the top!

    Neck Reading Light

    I can’t wait to gift these in my big interns’ stockings this year! I also may want one of these myself 😉 This neck reading light takes Flashlight Friday reading to the next level!

    Bean Bags that Hide Stuffed Animals!

    I wish I came up with this brilliant idea! We have two of these magical bean bags that can hide all of the stuffed animals! They then become useful bean bags that you can put in that cozy reading nook.

    Family Bookish Gifts

    Not everyone in my family is a book lover (*gasp!) but every year I try to win over my accountant with a family bookish gift. So even if you don’t need bookish gifts for everyone in your family, you may consider the following to try to convince them how awesome books are 😉

    Book Puzzle

    I am not a huge puzzle fan, but this one filled with classic children’s book covers just may win me over!

    Audible

    Audible is my go-to for long soccer drives. We love to pick slightly harder chapter books to listen to on longer car rides. I would say if you have older kids, skip the Toniebox and get a family audible subscription. It will lead to lots of great discussions about books you listen to together.

    Reading Nook with Book Shelves

    Add a comfy cushion and let your child curl up on top of the books while you have family reading time! Fill those shelves with quality books!

    A to Z Shabby Chic Bookends

    Fill these bookends with great book suggestions from my Making Sense of Book Reading Levels Cheat Sheet!

    Book Stamp

    Keep track of your family’s books with one of these adorable book stamps. Be sure to stamp your family name in each book before you let anyone borrow books!

    Gift Ideas for the Book Lover… that’s YOU!

    Do you, busy mom, love to read? You may want to add some of these to your own gift list this year! I love these gifts for bookworms.

    Ember Mug

    Do you ever drink your coffee or tea hot? Or do you forget about it in the microwave for the third time since you are pulled in a million different directions? Treat yourself this holiday season, busy mom! I have the white Ember mug, but I just absolutely LOVE this rose gold color. You can control the heat with an app and my coffee and tea stay warm until the very last sip!

    Bookish Wine Glass

    Would you rather unwind with a glass of wine instead of tea? I love the saying on this glass! Now if only my little interns would read it and follow the directions…

    Bookmarks are for Quitters T-Shirt

    Can you ever have enough t-shirts? I love the saying too!

    Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket

    Trust me when I tell you these blankets are worth every penny! They are so comfy and soft and you will never want to leave your couch. I have a cream striped one and I’m always curled up with my book in it!

    Shhh I’m Reading Socks

    Can you ever have too many socks? These may be on my own Christmas wish list 😉

    My Reading Life: A Book Journal

    I am terrible at tracking books I read, and this little book journal could definitely help!

    What’s YOUR Favorite Book Lover Gifts?

    I would love to hear your favorite gift idea from this gift guide for book lovers! Did you add anything to your wish list? Did you get any great ideas for your kids? Let me know in the comments!

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