If you are looking for the best educational gifts for kids who love to read, we’ve got you covered. We’ve paired some of the most beloved children’s books and brainiest toys to make what we consider the best gifts for little bookworms. Our selection of books and toys are tried and true parent and teacher favorites that will inspire and delight your Mighty Little Beings!
Books + Brains for Little Ice Cream Lovers
Pip and Posy: The New Friend by Alex Scheffler is about choosing kindness and being your best self, regardless of how you feel. After reading this sweet story, children can reenact it using this Melissa and Doug Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter. Toddlers will love this toy! It’s also a great toy for ages 3+ to practice addition with play money! To find an incredibly cute clock to match the theme of your Books + Brains gift, visit Modern Moose.
Books + Brains for Little Builders
What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers is a sweet father-daughter rhyming adventure that will delight little ones who love to build and use tools. We found that the Top Race tool kit was perfect for ages 1 and 2, while, K’nex and Magna-Tiles were great for ages 2.5+ and the Brio Builder Construction Set was a great age 3+ toy. Any building set that allows children to design and build make excellent educational gifts for kids.
Books + Brains for Little Animal Lovers
A Sick Day for Amos Lee is an unforgettable story about a zookeeper who gets sick and stays home from work only to be surprised when all of his animal friends from the zoo visit him. I also cannot say enough about Goodnight Gorilla. It was the first book both of my children fell in love with as babies. Mudpuppy puzzles make wonderful educational gifts for kids and this At the Zoo one is perfect for ages 2-4.
Books + Brains for Little Pizza Lovers
Books + Brains for Little Train Lovers
Books + Brains for Little Risk Takers
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall is a must-have in your child’s book collection. It offers a powerful life-lesson about being brave and taking risks, even when we don’t feel 100% ready. It is a delight to read with adorable dialogue and bright pops of orange that grab your attention on every page. Chutes and Ladders is a classic game, best for ages 3.5 and older, that provides excellent number chart practice. Playmobil toys have always been a huge hit in our home and offer a variety of fun pool-themed set.