8 Great Gifts to Inspire Reading

8 Great Gifts to Inspire Reading

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Updated on Nov 18, 2010

Want to put some gifts under the tree that will inspire your beginning reader? Here's a set of goodies that are so fun, your child will forget that he's learning how to read! From interactive books to phonics ball games to awesome word games, this list will have your early reader off and running!

The Mama's and Babies Book and Game Set

Share this book of sweet rhymes about baby animals and the mamas who love them, then crack open the accompanying memory match game and pair each parent with her child. Read more...

Too Pickley

This is a great book to get kids hooked on the power of a great story. Preschoolers will love the extremely expressive looks on this picky eater's face as he refuses every option in the cupboard, and parents will love that it has a happy ending! Read more...


Quick: think of a word that starts with "j"! Now a word that ends with "ch"!  Make phonics fun with this cool ball. Throw it, catch it, and pay attention to where your thumb lands. Whatever it rests on determines what you need to shout!  Read more...

Mary's Penny

Mary's Penny is a simple story that teaches children about the importance of imagination and following your dreams. With beautiful illustrations and warmly written words, this book will be a unique addition to your kindergartener's library. Read more...

The Best Candy in the Whole World

You can't beat a darn good story, and award-winning performance artist Bill Harley delivers in this collection of stories and songs. Read more...

Speckle the Spider

This tap dancing spider dreams of the big time. And kids will get a big kick out of joining his adventures as they get hands-on with the goodies packed inside this book! Read more...


A great vocabulary builder and spelling skill booster, Appletters is sure to please word game lovers young and old. Read more...

Guinea Pig Pet Shop Private Eye # 1: Hamster and Cheese

This mini comic book rings in at just 48 pages, making it digestible enough for kids still struggling with longer chapter books, and accessible enough for reluctant readers. Read more...

Are you and your child looking for more additional help in the reading department? Get great tips and advice on developing early literacy skills from our content partner Reading Rockets.

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