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Literacy Gift Guide Books Of course, the best gift you can give is the magic of a well-written book! Children are more likely to engage in stories where  they can “see themselves,” and they learn empathy when they read about children from different backgrounds. These  multicultural titles are chosen with the hopes of intriguing even the most reluctant readers.  Pre-school  Ages 0-4 

Early Literacy Grades K-2 

Early Elementary Grades 3-5 

Middle Grade Grades 6-8 

YA/High School Grades 9-12 

- ​The Peace Book​ ($4) - ​All the World​ ($4)     - ​Full, Full, Full of Love​ ($4)  - ​I Am Enough​ ($14)  - ​Girl of Mine​ ($3)    - ​Gathering the Sun​ ($5)  - ​Viva Frida​ ($2) 

- ​Last Stop on Market Street ($13)  - ​Stand Tall, Molly Lou  Melon​ ($5)    - ​Ready to Read: You Should  Meet Katherine Johnson​ ($5)  - ​Jaden Toussaint, The  Greatest​ ($6)    - ​In My Family/En Mi  Familia ​($6)  - ​Side by Side/Lado a Lado  ($6) 

- ​Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief​ ($6)  - ​Same Sun Here​ ($7)    - ​The Crossover​ ($14)  - ​Miles Morales: Spider-Man  (7)  - ​Little Leaders: Bold  Women in Black History  ($12)  - ​President of the Whole  Fifth Grade​ ($8)    - ​The Dreamer​ ($2)  - ​Danza!: Amalia Hernández  and Mexico's Folkloric Ballet  ($16)  - ​The First Rule of Punk​ ($7)  - ​The Smoking Mirror​ ($15) 

- ​Refugee​ ($8) - ​Every Day​ ($2)    - ​Piecing Me Together​ ($8)  - ​As Brave As You​ ($7)    - ​The Tequila Worm​ ($8)  - ​Summer of the Mariposas  ($13)  - ​North of Happy​ ($8) 

*Some of these books deal with tough themes. Parents may  want to preview these books  before you give them to their  children.    - ​Scythe​ ($9)    - ​One of Us is Lying​ ($14)  - ​Absolutely True Diary of a  Part Time Indian ​($10)   - ​Speak​ ($7)    - ​Monster​ ($4)  - ​The Hate U Give​ ($12)  - ​Children of Blood and Bone  ($14)    - ​Us, In Progress: Short Stories  About Young Latinos​ ($10)  - ​Gabi, A Girl in Pieces​ ($12)  - ​I Am Not Your Perfect  Mexican Daughter​ ($15) 

Little Literary Goodies  Looking for something small that will inspire your child to crack a book? Look no further.  - Personalized reading strategies bookmark​ (free!)  - Punchcard bookmark ​(free!)  - Pom Pom bookmark​ (DIY)  - Book matchbox set​ ($8)  - Shakespeare pencil set ​($19)  - personalized book stamp​ ($8-$13)   1


Literacy Apps, Accounts, + Packaging Transform your child’s time on a device into an educational experience by giving them apps that promote reading and  writing. If you want to make the app look like more of a traditional, tangible gift, we have a creative wrapping solution. Print  off the logo and a description of the app, cut the image and text, and adhere them to cardboard or pre-cut, self-adhesive  foam squares​ ($9). Then, package the apps in an e ​ moji goodie bag​ ($1.50). Once they rip open the gift, they will be even  more excited about the new game on their device!   Pre-school  Ages 0-4 

Early Literacy Grades K-2 

Early Elementary Grades 3-5 

Middle Grade Grades 6-8 

YA/High School Grades 9-12 

- ​Homer: Kids Learn to Read ($2+)  - ​Monkey Word School  Adventure ​($2)  - ​Wonster Words Play ​($1+)   - ​iWriteWords​ ($2)  - ​Reading Raven​ ($4) 

- ​Monkey Word School Adventure ​($2)  - ​Fry Words Game &  Flashcards​ (free!)  - ​Word Wagon  - ​Reading Rainbow   - ​Epic!​ (free!) 

- ​Mad Libs​ (free!)   - ​Epic!​ (free!)  - ​Biblionasium​ (free!)  - ​Happy Frog Reading​ (free!)  - ​Whooo’s Reading​ (free!)  - ​Highlights Magazine  Amazon Alexa Skill​ (free  with Amazon Echo) 

- ​LitPick​ (free!) - ​Smithsonian  TweenTribune​ (free!)  - ​Mr. Word Jr. Lite​ (free!)  - ​Book Creator​ ($5)  - ​Vocabador​ ($2) 

- ​Ready4 SAT​ (free!) - ​Wattpad​ (free!)  - ​Scrabble​ (free!)  - ​Shakespeare​ (free!)  - ​TeenInk​ (free!) 

 

Literary Family Field Trip Give  the  best  gift  a  parent  can  possibly  share:  your  time,  attention,  and  presence.  Take  your  children  on  a  “family field trip”  that  inspires  a  love  of  reading.  Research  shows  that  children  are  more  likely  to  enjoy  reading  when  their  parents  seek  out  books and model an interest in literature. The gift of time is also a cost-effective choice!   Pre-school  Ages 0-4 

Early Literacy Grades K-2 

- Build a blanket fort or purchase a “reading tent.”  Tell your child no screens  are allowed inside, and  dedicate one evening to a  “reading camping trip.”  Bring picture books and  snacks!  

- Give your child the wildly - Give your child a ​Barnes &  fun ​Book Worm Journal​,  Noble gift card​ and a bag  which allows kids to ​tear off  [​Fill this Bag with Books  ($14)] and allow your kids  the perforated corner of  the chance to choose their  each page to see the  own titles.   bookworm “eat” his way 

through the journal​.

Early Elementary Grades 3-5 

Middle Grade Grades 6-8 

YA/High School Grades 9-12 

- Schedule a family movie night as a reward for  everyone in the family  having read the original  novel. ​Wonder​, T ​ he Hunger  Games​, ​The Giver​ are good  places to start. 

- Have your high school student pick out his/her  favorite picture book from  their childhood. Take them  to a local literacy center and  read the book to a child in  need.  

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Literary Swag You know what they say… a little swag never hurt nobody. Inspire both reading and great style by giving your child a book  with some gear that promotes literacy. Encourage your child to read the book before they rep the goods!   Pre-school  Ages 0-4 

Early Literacy Grades K-2 

Early Elementary Grades 3-5 

Middle Grade Grades 6-8 

YA/High School Grades 9-12 

- ​The Very Hungry Caterpillar​ ($7) + ​ socks​ ($12)  - ​Etsy Literary onesies - ​Literary onesies​ ($20 each)  - ​Fox in Socks​ ($5) +​ pillow  ($8)  - ​Go Dog Go​ ($5) + ​shirt  ($25) 

- ​Where the Wild Things Are ($8) + ​tote bag​ ($20)  - ​Curious George​ ($8) +​ shirt  ($25)  - ​The Giving Tree​ ($7) +  poster​ ($14)   

- ​Wonder​ ($2) + ​tote bag ($20)  - ​Harry Potter & the  Sorcerer’s Stone​ ($9) + ​socks  ($12)  - ​Harry Potter™ Real  Talking Sorting Hat™​ ($30)  - ​Harry Potter wand​ ($30)     

- ​The Little Prince​ ($11) + socks​ ($12)  - ​Book sloth pencil bag​ ($12)  - ​Miss Peregrine’s Home  ($5) + ​ pencil pouch​ ($12)   

- ​The Hate U Give​ ($12) + bookmark​ ($2) or ​shirt​ ($20)  - ​The Great Gatsby​ ($2) +   socks​ ($12)  - ​personalized leather  journal​ ($15+)  - ​Zora Neale Hurston poster  ($25)  - ​I Like Big Books and I  Cannot Lie poster​ ($5) 

 

Magazine & Book Box Subscriptions Kids. Love. Mail. Adults may view mail as a nuisance, but kids love the feeling of getting something with their name on it  sent to their front door. Build excitement around reading by giving a magazine or book box subscription this year!    

Pre-school Ages 0-4 

Early Literacy Grades K-2 

Early Elementary Grades 3-5 

Middle Grade Grades 6-8 

YA/High School Grades 9-12 

- ​National Geographic Little Kids  - ​Hello Magazine  -​Babybug​ ($33/year) 

- ​High Five™ Magazine​/ High Five Bilingüe™  Magazine​ ($30)  - ​National Geographic Kids  ($15/year)  - ​Ranger Rick Jr. ​($25/yr.)  - ​Ladybug​ ($34/year)  - ​Click​ ($34/year)  - ​ChickaDEE​ ($34/year)    - ​Momos Book Club 

- ​Highlights™ Magazine ($30)  - ​Top Secret Adventures™  Book Club​ (first delivery -  $5)  - ​Ranger Rick​ ($25/yr.)  - ​Sports Illustrated Kids  ($10/6 issues)  - ​Ask​ ($34/year)  - ​Xyza News​ ($15/3 mo.)   

- ​Scope​ (group gift, sets of 10= $10/issue)  - ​Cobblestone​ ($34/year)  - ​Faces​ ($34/year)  - ​Cricket​ ($34/year)  - ​DIG into History  ($34/year)  - ​MUSE​ ($34/year) 

- ​Upfront​ ($36/year) - ​My Lit Box​ subscription  ($15/box)  - ​Book Voyage​ book box  subscription ($17+/box)  - ​Uppercase​ book box  subscription ($14+/box)  - ​Teen Ink​ ($50/year) 

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Literacy Crafts, Activities, & Toys  

Literary Non-Profits

Give your child the chance to show their creative genius! Reading is all the more engaging when children can relate the  book to their lived experiences. So, pair a book with a  corresponding toy or activity. Read the book and play or  perform the activity together so that you can guide your child  to a better understanding of what they read.  

Teach your children to pay it forward. Give them a donation to a literacy non-profit of their choice, sponsor  the education of a child in need, or set a date to take  your children to volunteer at a local literacy foundation.    Literary Charitable Organizations  - ​ALA International Book Donations  - ​Reading is Fundamental  - ​Unbound: Sponsor a Child’s Education  - ​Room to Read  - ​Malala Fund​ + ​Assembly submission  - Telling Room’s ​Young Writers & Readers   - ​826, National  - ​FirstBook 

Picture books + Activity/Gift -

If You Give a Moose a Muffin​ ($5) + muffin mix If You Give a Cat a Cupcake​ ($10) + cupcake mix  If You Give a Pig a Pancake​ ($5) + pancake mix  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie​ ($5) + M ​ exican wedding  cookies   Llama, Llama Red Pajamas​ ($11) + ​kids red pajamas​ ($15)  Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale​ ($15) + ​stuffed animal​ ($12)  Olivia​ ($8) + ​Oliva stuffed animal​ ($18)  The Day the Crayons Quit​ ($17) + j​ umbo crayons​ ($2)    The Keeping Quilt​ ($8) + ​quilt craft kit​ ($17)  Rosie Revere, Engineer​ ($14) or ​Iggy Peck, Architect​ ($16) +  Legos​ ($14) 

Games that Encourage Literacy Does your family love gathering around the game  board? Introduce a game that promotes reading and  word play!  

Books with People of Color + Activity/Gift -

The Word Collector​ ($15) + word collector journal Ada Twist, Scientist​ ($15) + ​primary science set​ ($20)   The Dot​ book ($4) + ​dot markers​ ($16)  Ish​ or ​Sky Color​ + watercolor paint set ($4) 

Bilingual Books + Activity/Gift -

Too Many Tamales / ¡Qué montón de Tamales!​ ($6.50) + tamales   What Can You Do with a Rebozo? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con  un rebozo?​ ($8) + ​rebozo​ ($18) Pintura de raton/Mouse Paint​ + Watercolor paint set ($4)  Family Pictures / Cuadros De Familia​ ($10) + ​disposable  cameras​ ($13)

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Harry Potter CLUE board game​ ($40) Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit​ ($50)  Scrabble Junior​ ($15)  Brain Games Kids - National Geographic​ ($20)  My First Bananagrams​ ($15)  Bananagrams​ ($15)  Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10 Second Challenge​ ($20)  WordAround​ ($13) 

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Literacy Gift Guide Printable      

Pre-school Ages 0-4 

Early Literacy Grades K-2 

Early Elementary Grades 3-5 

Middle Grade Grades 6-8 

YA/High School Grades 9-12 

Books

- ​The Peace Book​ ($4) - ​All the World​ ($4)     - ​Full, Full, Full of Love  ($4)  - ​I Am Enough​ ($14)  - ​Girl of Mine​ ($3)    - ​Gathering the Sun  ($5)  - ​Viva Frida​ ($2) 

- ​Last Stop on Market Street​ ($13)  - ​Stand Tall, Molly Lou  Melon​ ($5)    - ​Ready to Read: You  Should Meet Katherine  Johnson​ ($5)  - ​Jaden Toussaint, The  Greatest​ ($6)    - ​In My Family/En Mi  Familia ​($6)  - ​Side by Side/Lado a  Lado​ ($6) 

- ​Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief​ ($6)  - ​Same Sun Here​ ($7)    - ​The Crossover​ ($14)  - ​Miles Morales:  Spider-Man​ (7)  - ​Little Leaders: Bold  Women in Black  History​ ($12)  - ​President of the  Whole Fifth Grade​ ($8)    - ​The Dreamer​ ($2)  - ​Danza!: Amalia  Hernández and  Mexico's Folkloric  Ballet​ ($16)  - ​The First Rule of  Punk​ ($7)  - ​The Smoking Mirror  ($15) 

- ​Refugee​ ($8) - ​Every Day​ ($2)    - ​Piecing Me Together  ($8)  - ​As Brave As You​ ($7)    - ​The Tequila Worm  ($8)  - ​Summer of the  Mariposas​ ($13)  -​North of Happy​ ($8) 

*Some of these books deal with tough themes.  Parents may want to  preview these books  before you give them to  their children.    - ​Scythe​ ($9)    - ​One of Us is Lying​ ($14)  - ​Absolutely True Diary of  a Part Time Indian ​($10)   - ​Speak​ ($7)    - ​Monster​ ($4)  - ​The Hate U Give​ ($12)  - ​Children of Blood and  Bone​ ($14)    - ​Us, In Progress: Short  Stories About Young  Latinos​ ($10)  - ​Gabi, A Girl in Pieces  ($12)  - ​I Am Not Your Perfect  Mexican Daughter​ ($15) 

Literary Swag

- ​The Very Hungry Caterpillar​ ($7) + ​ socks  ($12)  - ​Etsy Literary onesies - ​Literary onesies​ ($20  each)  - ​Fox in Socks​ ($5) +  pillow​ ($8)  - ​Go Dog Go​ ($5) + s​ hirt  ($25) 

- ​Where the Wild Things Are ​($8) + ​tote bag​ ($20)  - ​Curious George​ ($8) +  shirt​ ($25)  - ​The Giving Tree​ ($7) +  poster​ ($14)   

- ​Wonder​ ($2) + ​tote bag​ ($20)  - ​Harry Potter & the  Sorcerer’s Stone​ ($9) +  socks​ ($12)  - ​Harry Potter™ Real  Talking Sorting Hat™  ($30)  - ​Harry Potter wand 

- ​The Little Prince​ ($11) +​ socks​ ($12)  - ​Book sloth pencil bag  ($12)  - ​Miss Peregrine’s  Home​ ($5) + ​ pencil  pouch​ ($12)   

- ​The Hate U Give​ ($12) + ​bookmark​ ($2) or  shirt​ ($20)  - ​The Great Gatsby​ ($2)  + ​ socks​ ($12)  - ​personalized leather  journal​ ($15+)  - ​Zora Neale Hurston  poster​ ($25)  - ​I Like Big Books and I  Cannot Lie poster​ ($5) 

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Literacy Apps + Packaging    Emoji goodie bag  foam squares       

- ​Homer: Kids Learn to Read​ ($2+)  - ​Monkey Word School  Adventure ​($2)  - ​Wonster Words Play  ($1+)   - ​iWriteWords​ ($2)  - ​Reading Raven​ ($4) 

- ​Monkey Word School Adventure ​($2)  - ​Fry Words Game &  Flashcards​ (free!)  - ​Word Wagon  - ​Reading Rainbow​ (free!)  - ​Epic!​ (free!) 

- ​Mad Libs​ (free!)   - ​Epic!​ (free!)  - ​Biblionasium​ (free!)  - ​Happy Frog Reading  (free!)  - ​Whooo’s Reading  (free!)  - ​Highlights Magazine  Amazon Alexa Skill  (free with Amazon  Echo) 

- ​LitPick​ (free!) - ​Smithsonian  TweenTribune​ (free!)  - ​Mr. Word Jr. Lite  (free!)  - ​Book Creator​ ($5)  - ​Vocabador​ ($2) 

- ​Ready4 SAT​ (free!) - ​Wattpad​ (free!)  - ​Scrabble​ (free!)  - ​Shakespeare​ (free!)  - ​TeenInk​ (free!) 

Literary Family Field Trip 

- Build a blanket fort or purchase a “reading  tent.” Tell your child no  screens are allowed  inside, and dedicate  one evening to a  “reading camping trip.”  Bring picture books  and snacks!  

- Go to a local library event and sign your child  up for their own  individual library card 

- Give your child a Barnes & Noble gift  card​ and a bag [​Fill this  Bag with Books ​($14)]  and allow your kids the  chance to choose their  own titles.  

- Take your child to an author talk at a local  college or cultural  center, and have the  author sign your copy  of his or her book.  

- Have your high school student pick out  his/her favorite  picture book from their  childhood. Take them  to a local literacy  center and read the  book to a child in need.  

Literacy Crafts & Recipes 

- ​Bedtime story shadow puppets​ (free!) 

- ​Mini Blank Books for storie​s ($10) 

- ​Create Your Own Book​ ($10-$15);  Illustory Book Making  Kit​ ($30) 

Brown Girl Dreaming ($8) + ​gumbo recipe 

The Book of the Unknown Americans  ($2) + ​Mexican  buñuelos recipe 

Magazine & Book Box Subscriptions     

- ​National Geographic Little Kids  - ​Hello Magazine  -​Babybug​ ($33/year) 

- ​High Five™ Magazine​/ High Five Bilingüe™  Magazine​ ($30)  - ​National Geographic  Kids​ ($15/year)  - ​Ranger Rick Jr.  ($25/yr.)  - ​Ladybug​ ($34/year)  - ​Click​ ($34/year)  - ​ChickaDEE​ ($34/year)    - ​Momos Book Club 

- ​Highlights™ Magazine​ ($30)  - ​Top Secret  Adventures™ Book  Club​ (first delivery -  $5)  - ​Ranger Rick​ ($25/yr.)  - ​Sports Illustrated  Kids​ ($10/6 issues)  - ​Ask​ ($34/year)  - ​Xyza News​ ($15/3  mo.)   

- ​Scope​ (group gift, sets of 10= $10/issue)  - ​Cobblestone  ($34/year)  - ​Faces​ ($34/year)  - ​Cricket​ ($34/year)  - ​DIG into History  ($34/year)  - ​MUSE​ ($34/year) 

- ​Upfront​ ($36/year) - ​My Lit Box  subscription ($15/box)  - ​Book Voyage​ book  box subscription  ($17+/box)  - ​Uppercase​ book box  subscription  ($14+/box)  - ​Teen Ink​ ($50/year) 

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Literacy Crafts, Activities, & Toys  

Literary Non-Profits

Give your child the chance to show their creative genius! Reading is all the more engaging when children can relate the  book to their lived experiences. So, pair a book with a  corresponding toy or activity. Read the book and play or  perform the activity together so that you can guide your child  to a better understanding of what they read.  

Teach your children to pay it forward. Give them a donation to a literacy non-profit of their choice, sponsor  the education of a child in need, or set a date to take  your children to volunteer at a local literacy foundation.    Literary Charitable Organizations  - ​ALA International Book Donations  - ​Reading is Fundamental  - ​Unbound: Sponsor a Child’s Education  - ​Room to Read  - ​Malala Fund​ + ​Assembly submission  - Telling Room’s ​Young Writers & Readers   - ​826, National  - ​FirstBook 

Picture books + Activity/Gift -

If You Give a Moose a Muffin​ ($5) + muffin mix If You Give a Cat a Cupcake​ ($10) + cupcake mix  If You Give a Pig a Pancake​ ($5) + pancake mix  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie​ ($5) + M ​ exican wedding  cookies   Llama, Llama Red Pajamas​ ($11) + ​kids red pajamas​ ($15)  Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale​ ($15) + ​stuffed animal​ ($12)  Olivia​ ($8) + ​Oliva stuffed animal​ ($18)  The Day the Crayons Quit​ ($17) + j​ umbo crayons​ ($2)    The Keeping Quilt​ ($8) + ​quilt craft kit​ ($17)  Rosie Revere, Engineer​ ($14) or ​Iggy Peck, Architect​ ($16) +  Legos​ ($14) 

Games that Encourage Literacy Does your family love gathering around the game  board? Introduce a game that promotes reading and  word play!  

Books with People of Color + Activity/Gift -

The Word Collector​ ($15) + word collector journal Ada Twist, Scientist​ ($15) + ​primary science set​ ($20)   The Dot​ book ($4) + ​dot markers​ ($16)  Ish​ or ​Sky Color​ + watercolor paint set ($4) 

Bilingual Books + Activity/Gift -

Too Many Tamales / ¡Qué montón de Tamales!​ ($6.50) + tamales   What Can You Do with a Rebozo? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con  un rebozo?​ ($8) + ​rebozo​ ($18) Pintura de raton/Mouse Paint​ + Watercolor paint set ($4)  Family Pictures / Cuadros De Familia​ ($10) + ​disposable  cameras​ ($13)

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Harry Potter CLUE board game​ ($40) Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit​ ($50)  Scrabble Junior​ ($15)  Brain Games Kids - National Geographic​ ($20)  My First Bananagrams​ ($15)  Bananagrams​ ($15)  Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10 Second Challenge​ ($20)  WordAround​ ($13) 

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