If you’re looking for gifts to encourage a struggling reader, this list is for you! These fun gift ideas will encourage reluctant readers and delight little bookworms alike!
A love for books and reading is a gift in itself. But it doesn’t come naturally to all kids. Some kids need a little encouragement and inspiration to find joy in reading books.
One of the best ways to inspire a young reader to enjoy books is to make reading fun instead of a chore. I know daily practice is key to improving a young reader’s skills. But treating reading like homework tends to zap the fun.
So here are some gifts that will encourage reluctant young readers to get their 20 minutes of reading a day – and maybe inspire them to keep reading just for fun!
Gifts That Make Reading FUN for Reluctant Readers – and Bookworms Too!
Little book lovers will also appreciate these fun bookish gifts and that add to the fun of reading.
Their Very Own Library Card
Sure, a library card is an inexpensive (FREE) gift. But it’s symbolism is priceless. I remember the sense of possibility and responsibility from my daughter when she got her first library card. She was now a ‘big kid’ who could check out her own books! I think she chose upwards of 20 books on her first round. Thankfully our library has crates we can borrow to transport books!
No Strings Attached Bookshop Gift Card
Gift cards are so impersonal! Yes, I know. But a gift card for books with no stipulations on the types or level of books the child picks is a surefire way to put books that excite them into their hands. The whole point of self selected reading is to empower young readers to practice their reading skills by reading for pleasure.
Once you’ve figured out your young reader’s favorite genres and types of books, a book subscription box will help keep the excitement going by ensuring fresh reading material on a regular basis.
The I Can Read subscription box is personalized based on your child’s reading level.
Kids magazines are often chock full of quality reading material for young readers. If books feel daunting, magazines might be just the thing to stimulate an enjoyment for reading.
My mom has gotten my kids magazine subscriptions over the years and they’ve always been a big hit. Some of our favorites are Highlight’s Puzzle Mania, Ask (about science and exploration), and National Geographic Kids.
Add some fun to bedtime reading with a fun booklight! These animal shaped book lights clip onto the book to stay in place and bend of a flexible neck to shine a light on the reading surface.
Create a cozy kid-sized reading nook with this darling kids’ tent where your little reading can curl up with a good book. There’s just something special about a secluded little spot for reading that even the youngest of readers can appreciate!
With or without a reading tent, a comfy seat will encourage little readers to stay put and read a little longer. This one comes pre-filled so no need to purchase separate bean bag filler.
Moving up to chapter books is an important milestone for young readers and should be celebrated. A fun bookmark to keep their spot in their new reading material is just the thing.
Experts agree that kids are far more likely to choose a book that is displayed with the cover, rather than the spine, facing outward. It makes sense – I mean just look at the beautiful and enticing artwork adorning the fronts of children’s books. A front-facing book display is a functional and encouraging way to store kids’ books at home.
Tracking the books they read is an easy way to give a reluctant reader a sense of accomplishment. And it can help them realize how fun reading is when they look back over their reading log and remember how much they liked the books they see on the list.
This reading journal, titled My Very Own Book Journal, includes a fill-in-as-you-go table of contents and space to write little notes about each book.
Bookish Board Games
Keep young readers excited about books with board games that feature their favorite characters. Board games don’t have to be reading focused or even require reading at all to keep kids interested in books.
Just like board games, activity books that feature beloved book characters can keep kids interested in their favorite book series. My kids love series with many books they can really deep dive into. To add to the fun, I always look for activity books to go along with the chapter books.
A robust vocabulary makes a world of difference in reading fluently. A fluent reader has greater comprehension and reading is so much more enjoyable for kids who have a deeper understanding of what they read.
A Word of the Day Book is a fun, low commitment tool for boosting vocabulary!
If giving your child their very own library card is an appealing gift idea, you could add on a sweet personalized book tote for carrying their library finds. If bookshops are more your style, you can use this same idea for a non-library specific bag.
EBooks are here to stay! And using an ereader expands your child’s access to quality reading material to almost limitless. Did you know you can send library borrowed ebooks to your Kindle? I do this for my kids all the time!
Teachers agree – audiobooks help reluctant and struggling readers increase their reading confidence, comprehension, fluency. They’re also fun! You can purchase audiobooks for kids on CD or as an Audible book they can stream from their device.
My kids have lots of fun with Epic! It is a subscription based (with a FREE option) educational site with ebooks, audiobooks, and videos. It even has ‘read to me’ books where a narrator reads the book as the ‘pages’ are turned. This is another way to give your little reader access to more reading material, ebooks, and audiobooks all together!