Fuel The Imagination Of A Child: 43+ Best Bookish Gifts

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Fuel the imagination of a child, best bookish gifts

Kids who love to read get to experience some of the most amazing adventures. From exploring time and space to character traits and emotions, bookworm kids have a head start in life.

As parents, you want to do everything you can to help, from reading to your child to supplying them with a variety of good books, right?

Sometimes though, we need to add to the books. (gasp yes, I admit that books are not everything!!) To fuel the imagination of a child we love, sometimes we need to add in a few things to bring the stories to life.

Whether you want to get them more interested in reading, or more interested in being active, I think I’ve found some options that will do both. Sparking kids imagination and creativity can be so much fun if we have a few ideas on where to start.

First, we want to talk about the tools bookworm kids will thank you for. Then we can explore some amazing items for specific types of kids who love to read.

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Fueling Kids Imagination: Gifts for Kids who Love to Read

Yes, we’ll start our bookish gifts list with real books, which are awesome gifts for kids who love to read. Help them load their files with great books full of imagination and creativity.

Actual Books in the Mail:

Bookroo’s Monthly Book Boxes for Ages 0-10

Bookroo is a monthly subscription of books that come straight to your house, handpicked and curated, unique and age-appropriate! (0-3, 4-6, 7-10)

Take a peek inside a box here.

We have enjoyed the books that we have received! Thank You Granny!!

Reading = Bonding, get 15% off today at bookroo.com. Picture with a dad reading to his kids.

Another Great type of Books by Mail program for bookworm kids, is this monthly Bible box:

HelloBible has a Subscription box for kids ages 3-10, that includes an Arch Book Bible Story, with fun crafts and activities that go along with the story and a parent guide with teaching suggestions. Looks really neat, I think!

Free Books for Bookworm Kids

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is really great! It is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland.

Bookworm Kids Imagination Tools

These are the supplies and tools to help kids imagination stay well fueled.

Kindle for Kids is a basic Kindle with lighted screen for reading in bed or outside. Just for books, it comes with a 1-year subscription to that incredible library of Kindle Freetime Unlimited. My son loves his Kindle Freetime!

Kindle Fire for Kids has the full Tablet experience, with games, movies, audiobooks, and books. I limit what we download to mostly educational content, but I love the available audiobooks (Dr Doolittle’s on there too!!!) on Freetime Unlimited.

A sturdy book bag for those great Library hauls!!

So Cute!


Kids may not understand this library card bag, since we’ve gone digital, huh?

Don’t forget a Book Log to track all the adventures!!

Personalized for your Bookworm Kids

And of course, a personalized book to start the adventure!! My son asks to read The Little Boy who Lost His Name at least once a week, thanks to his Aunt and Uncle’s generosity!

It is a very imaginative quest, a child who wakes up, and the sign on the bedroom door is blank. not remembering what should be on it, they have to hunt for letters. Once they have a collection, they return home, to find their name on the door.

Book Nooks for Bookworm kids

Growing up as one of those kids who loves to read all the time, everywhere, I have a confession to make. These reading benches give me feelings of jealousy!!! I would go sit on top of the monkey bars to read sometimes, that was ‘my spot’ to hide and read.

Growing the Faith of a Child With Great Books is so important, and I’m here to help you find just the books to fill their library bags and bookshelves with!

A Bookworm Kids Christmas

Growing Faith with Inspirational Kids Christmas books is a fun way to go! I’ve collected my favorites here just for you!

And recently, I found this Nativity workbook that is so much fun. I’ve downloaded my copy, and am counting down to December 1, so I can enjoy the activities with my 1st grader. It’s not a typical activity book, either. We get to write for the Bethlehem News, and some other really fun things!

This 12 Names of Jesus Advent Calendar looks so cool, I particularly like the combination of ornaments and devotionals!

A library of printables for Avid Christian readers

Gifts to Fuel Children’s Imagination by Interest

Now, as amazing as reading is, there are many types of kids who love to read. If you have bookworm kids who love a specific type of book, here are some other suggestions they may enjoy.

If you have kids who like specific activities but aren’t necessarily readers, try some of these activities, and maybe a few book suggestions along the way… maybe your children’s imagination will catch a spark or three 🙂

Note: there are several Lottie Dolls mentioned below. You can check out the Lottie website here for the full line of dolls and accessories, but I’m going to highlight a few specific dolls. I like the Lottie dolls because they are proportioned correctly, modestly dressed, and lend themselves to imagination and creativity. They can usually be found doing something adventurous!

Gifts for Kids who Love to Read and Explore

Not just a geography lesson, these adventures engage kids brains and get them involved beyond just a quick read (ask me how I know…25 years after the experience)

Love this game! I am excited to get mine out of the closet to play with my oldest next year!!!

Which Way USA brings back happy memories. I worked my way through this as a kid, and have a better grasp of our Great Nation and national treasures than I might otherwise have. It made a fun addition to our homeschooling curriculum for the bookworm kids in our household! And fully fueled this kids imagination!

We’ve been enjoying traveling around the world with these guys!

I still have my guidebooks from when I toured the world with Top Secret! You can’t help but learn a few things along the way, and having a fun monthly mission was great! Talk about bookish gifts that keep on giving 🙂

Bookish Gifts for Kids Who Love To Read About Adventures

I struggled to decide whether Ralph was a better fit for Adventures or Animals, because he’s just so much fun!! (scroll down to see suggestions for kids who love to read about animals!!)

Of course, you can’t have a better, more action-packed adventure anywhere else! It’s gotta be Adventures in Odyssey!!

Princesses and Knights: Fantasy Fun With the Imagination of a Child

Kids who love to read about princesses, and knights and other fantastic adventures will enjoy many of the books in my posts about Christian Allegories and Adventures, and faithful Dragons!

And here’s a couple of ways to bring those books to life with these gifts for kids who love to read!

A Melissa and Doug 3D puzzle Castle set. Get the brain and imagination working!

A Lottie Princess/Snow Queen doll for princess-play fun!

Children’s Imagination That Solves Mystery Stories

As far as bookish gifts go, For tween girls who love to read mysteries, I would suggest the Meddlin’ Madeline series, the Camp Club Girls, and the Mandie books. All three series have good role models and real-life situations.

For upper Elementary through Middle school, boys and girls, Encyclopedia Brown is the way to go!

There’s more than meets the eye in these Adventures in Odyssey!

And for some hands-on gifts for kids who love tor read:

This secret decoder set is on my wishlist for my oldest son next year. He’s almost ready for it (ages 7+).

This 6pc invisible ink pen set went directly into my cart when I found them. We are going to have fun with schoolwork now!

Use Your Imagination, Kids! Try Sci-Fi Stories

Science Fiction is one of my favorite genres of story (Yes, I’m a Star Trek / Star Wars fan). I enjoy Christian Time Travel Stories and have found a few different Sci-Fi stories I can get behind. Including some Biblical time travel for kids!!

But Real Science is also Amazing. Here are a few favorites to get you started:

This one has a ton of easy science experiments to try!

This Lottie Doll is cool: A Boy in Astronaut Training!

I got this devotional for my son recently, and wow!! I’ve only read a couple so far, but I’m very impressed by it!!

A Lottie Star-Gager Doll complete with a telescope for exploring space.

Crayons, how to pray the scriptures for your Children

Gifts for Kids Who Love to Read About Cars, Trains, and Things That Go

Kids who love things that go will enjoy these books and activities! They’re great for firing up the imagination of a child!

Steam Train, Dream Train might just slow your little speedster down enough to relax for a moment and go to sleep accidentally… maybe 🙂

We got to play with something very this last Christmas, and it was Way Cool!! Glow in the Dark, flexible track, loads of fun!!!

If that doesn’t work, Thomas has a good chance.

Reading Fort, anyone???

Gifts For Kids Who Love to Read About History

I love history, which probably began when we were doing read-alouds as a kid. It’s always been my favorite subject. I’m not sure about you but the best part for me was feeling like I was right there in the middle of the action!

I just discovered this series through the Tyndale Rewards program (Free books in the mail!!!!).

These adventures in the Imagination Station definitely make me feel like I’m there, on the scene. and my 1st Grader loves it too!!

And here’s a few other favorite history exploring ideas for your kids imagination adventures:

A Lottie Fossil Hunter doll would be a fun way to make history come to life. Whether she’s on a Dino dig or another Archaeological Expedition, the imagination’s the limit!!

Adventures in Odyssey has lots of exploration of history. Wooten’s unique take is something to behold though!!

This book is a guided tour of historical landmarks that kids who love to read about history might also love to build!!!

Here’s a fun way to explore History, at least the history of the American Revolution, from a kid’s point of view.

There’s Always Animals To Encourage Children’s Imagination

I think animals are awesome. They make great companions, and as learning companions, nothing’s better! Here are a few ideas for you:

This is a very thought-provoking Bible storybook, that has started some incredible discussions with my son. I want the whole series!! Caravan Bear and his friends explore the countryside, and the Bible together. You can read more about this and some other fantastic Bible storybooks in this post here.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic, and this Butterfly kit is perfect for bringing stories to life for any kid who loves to read about animals!!

This Lottie Pony Club Doll comes with her own horse! Just right for a girl who loves horse books and wants to act out her favorite scenes!! (not that I would know anything about that from my own experience… 🙂 )

Clifford is a favorite around here. And this Young Scientists kit looks awesome. Beginner life science for preschool kids…

Let’s Go Feed Our Kids Imagination and Creativity!

I hope you discovered something amazing here today. I think there’s nothing better than bookworm kids. They get to have so much fun, and experience more adventures than anyone I know. But even kids who love to read need to have some non-book adventures. Stretch your children’s imagination today, and tell us how it went!

Comment below and let me know if your bookworm kids’ favorite activity is missing, and I’ll see what I can find to fit!

8 Comments on “Fuel The Imagination Of A Child: 43+ Best Bookish Gifts”

  1. I love this! I wish they had all this when my girls were little. We have such sweet memories of the time we spent with them reading before bedtime. I remember hearing about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program when we were in the Smoky Mountains last year. She is such an amazing lady. Thanks for this sweet post, Aryn … ?❤

    1. You are most welcome Donna! Story time is my favorite, whether it be bedtime or not. I’m grateful that I have kids who love to read as much as I do!

    1. Yay! I’m glad you like them! Bookworm kids are so much fun, but sometimes you’ll have to think outside of the box for gift purposes ?

  2. Love these gift ideas for kids who love to read!!! I was a total bookworm as a kid and would have loved these.

    1. Same here! We bookworm kids have to stick together, and look out for the next generation of kids who love to read!

  3. There are so many great ideas here! My kids loved all things Odyssey and Liberty’s Kids! Now that they’re a bit older they still have a love for books, but they read on their own and listen to audiobooks. A few family favorites to read together as they got older have been The Chronicles of Narnia, The Explorer Academy, and The Explorer. All great reads! Also, when they were older elementary they loved The Kingdom of Wrenly series!

    1. Ooh Cool! New book suggestions! We love Narnia, but haven’t heard of the Kingdom of Wrenly or the Explorer! Thanks Rebecca!

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