17 Toys for Kids Who Like to Read

A kid reading a book that lights up.

Reading is so important for kids as is reading to your smaller children from a very young age. Reading opens up new worlds for children, as it does for adults, and it is so important to encourage reading.

I was so excited when my granddaughter, who is now almost eight years old, started taking a huge interest in reading. She is now in chapter books and even has a few complete collections that she has already read. This makes this author Nana a very happy grandma and I buy her books often. I have also wondered what types of gifts would be good for her when she has enough books she has not yet read.

We have compiled a list of these toys for kids who like to read to help you out too. Check out this fun gift guide below.

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A Book Subscription

My First Reading Club - Monthly Book Subscription Box - Newborn - 2 Years

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A subscription box or club is a great idea to keep the books coming to add to your child’s collection while keeping them interested in reading through the excitement of getting regular new shipments of books. These types of subscriptions are a great gift idea for any book lover in your life and are available for kids as young as three and as old as young adults. By introducing older children to various different types of books with a variety of subjects, you will not only increase their reading skills and comprehension but their critical thinking skills as well.

Light It Up with a Book Light

Two kids reading a book on a rooftop.

A book light is great for a child, especially if they like to read in the car and you will be traveling at night. A reading light is also great for reading under the covers after lights out time has passed. There is even a Lego book light available for your kids who are obsessed with Lego bricks as well as reading.

Personalized Library Kit

Knock Knock Original Personal Library Kit & Gift for Book Lovers - Card Catalog Checkout Cards, Bookplates, Date Stamp & Inkpad

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This is a fun gift for older children who have started lending out some of their books so they can keep track of them in a fun and organized manner. Kids from about ten years old on up love these kits as do many adults.

Bookworm T-Shirt

There Was A Girl Who Loved Books Book Lover Daughter Girls T-Shirt

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You can get a book-related T-shirt from a variety of different stores and online stores that will thrill any child who loves to read. They make them in sizes to fit newborn babies all the way up to adults so you should be able to find one in your child’s size without any issues.

Sensory Toy

32 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys Set,Stress Relief Hand Toys for Adults Kids ADHD ADD Anxiety Autism, Perfect for Birthday Party Favors, School Classroom Rewards, Carnival Prizes, Pinata Goodie Bag Fillers

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This is a great gift idea for younger kids who have trouble focusing to be able to read well. It will help not only with their attention span but their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills and language skills as well and is available in bright colors that younger children really enjoy. These sensory fidget toys will help your young children learn to focus as well as help to relieve stress and anxiety in your child.

Sight Words Flash Cards

SpringFlower Sight Words Flash Cards with Pictures,Motions&Sentences, 220 Dolch Sight Words for Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade.Homeschool, Learn to Read, Phonics Learning,235 Pieces

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These flashcards will help your young children learn new words and reinforce ones that they already know while increasing their vocabulary and helping them to read better and even sooner than normal. They are great for preschoolers up to children in the third grade to help them with their reading skills. You can also get alphabet flashcards that make the perfect gift for a toddler to help them begin the process of learning the alphabet and preparing to read books in the future.

Zingo Sight WordsBoard Game

ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Award Winning Early Reading Game for Pre-K to 2nd Grade - Toy of the Year Finalist, A Fun and Educational Game Developed by Educators for Boys and Girls

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This type of board game is a great option for younger kids or a reluctant reader to help them with their sight words in a fun yet informative and educational manner. It is great for kids who are preschool age through second grade and will keep them busy while having fun and learning for hours on end.

Matching Word Board Games

Nueplay Postbox Matching Word Card Board Game Educational Learning Kids Toys Age 3 4 5 6+ Years Old Boys Girls Adult Gifts with Animals Recognition & Increases Memory Challenge

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Matching word board games for ages three to nine are great for word building and improving reading skills not to mention they are simply fun for kids to play with each other or with the adults in their lives. These types of games can help them improve their vocabulary and reading skills as well as their animal recognition skills and other objects. It can also enhance their imagination and their memory skills.

Interactive Books

LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book (Frustration Free Packaging), Green

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From Leap Frog style interactive books for young kids to more advanced versions for older kids, an interactive book is a great toy to use to help children improve their reading skills or to simply learn how to read. Kids can read along as the book is read for them or simply listen while viewing photos that correspond with the words being read to them. Also, if your child is a Star Wars fan or other specific themes or characters make them happy, you can purchase interactive books in an array of themes they will enjoy.

Cloth Books

MUBEN Soft Toys Baby Cloth Books, Touch and Feel Crinkle Books for Babies, Infants & Toddler, Early Development Interactive Car Stroller Toys Gifts for Boys & Girls

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For babies and toddlers, a nice soft, plush, cloth book may be just the perfect gift to ignite their imaginations and zest for learning as well as start them off on the correct path to becoming avid readers. They are safe and non-toxic as well as washable and can be taken virtually anywhere to keep your child busy while having fun, being occupied, and learning new skills. A cloth children’s book can help your child develop a good reading habit at a young age.

Matching Letter Games

Learning Games for Kids Ages 3-8, Matching Letter Game for Kids Toys Ages 3-8 Educational Toys for 3-8 Year Olds Boys Girls Alphabet Puzzle Birthday Easter Gifts for 3-8 Year Old Boys Girls (Blue)

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A matching letter game can help your child with reading skills and increase their memory while helping them develop great hand-eye coordination. There are versions for younger children and even for your older child as they learn to love reading and words along with developing new skills.

Themed Playing Cards

Little Likes Kids - Camping Outdoors Go Fish Card Game - Classic Family Game for Kids Toddlers Preschool - Diverse, Multicultural Matching Pairs Game

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Themed playing cards, such as this set that features outdoor camping, are a great way for children to learn more about the theme that is featured along with increasing their reading skills and comprehension. This type of game will help younger kids increase their memory skills, help with cognitive brain development, and help them to learn in a fun and exciting way. It also provides family time since everyone in your family can play games with these cards while helping your younger children develop a love for words.

Reading Tablets

Fire 7 Kids Tablet, 7" Display, ages 3-7, 16 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case

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Reading tablets are a very fun way for kids to learn how to read and to improve the reading skills they may also have. Many of the tablets on the market today already have several memory, reading, writing, and math-related games downloaded on them and you have the option to download more games that will help your child become more educated. There are versions of reading tablets for young children as well as your older children. Even teens and young adults enjoy reading books and learning while using an electronic tablet or electronic toy.

Picture Books

This is a kid playing with a picture book.

A picture book is great for little ones who are just learning about books and reading words. A young kid can learn to read words while comparing the words to the picture that is featured on each page of this amazing educational toy that can quickly become their favorite book to read and enjoy. You can find these books online, at many different stores and at a toy store and some even come with a corresponding stuffed animal that reads the books to the kids.

Matching Letter and Puzzle Games

XREXS See and Spell Learning Toys, Matching Letter Puzzles Games, Sight Words Flash Cards Games Alphabet Educational Learning Toy for Kids Preschool Kindergarten

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Matching letter and puzzle games can help with hand eye coordination for your baby or toddler while they learn different letters of the alphabet and different words to increase their vocabulary.

Bath Books

Baby Bath Books,Nontoxic Fabric Soft Baby Cloth Books,Early Education Toys,Waterproof Baby Books for Toddler, Infants Perfect Shower Toys,Kids Bath Toys Best Gift(Pack of 12)

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Start your toddlers out with a love for reading by introducing them to their first books in the bathtub. Not only did I purchase these fun books for my kids when they were little, I always make sure my youngest grandchildren have a set for their bath time as well. It allows a parent one on one time with their children as well as gets them interesting in reading and they will learn new words at the same time. This children’s toy can also start your toddler or even baby off into loving and embracing imaginative play.

Flashing Cube Electronic Learning and Memory Game

Flashing Cube Electronic Memory & Brain Game | 4-in-1 Handheld Game for Kids | STEM Toy for Kids Boys and Girls | Fun Gift Toy for Kids Ages 6-12 Years Old

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This is a great option to get for a gift or simply just to purchase for your older children. It is a fun learning toy that will help them improve their word-building and reading skills as well as keep them entertained for hours. It will also help them improve their hand eye coordination and improve brain skills. It can be taken pretty much anywhere which means they can enjoy playing with it in the car on a trip or at home in their bedroom.

FAQs About Toys for Kids Who Love to Read:

Why is reading important for kids?

Reading books out loud to young children, toddlers as well as babies, will stimulate their imagination and increases their understanding of the world. It will help them to develop their language skills along with their listening skills as well as prepares them to understand the written word. You should still try to read out loud to your children even after they begin to read on their own.

What are some benefits of reading?

There are a ton of benefits of reading for children as well as adults because it can positively impact your life by increasing empathy, building your vocabulary, strengthening the brain, in even helping you sleep better. Reading can also alleviate depression, increase the length of your lifespan, reduce stress, prevent cognitive decline as you age, and can even help children and adults who have attention deficit disorder by helping you to focus better.

Is reading is still an important activity today?

Reading will always be a very important activity for everyone. It stimulates the brain in children and encourages them to expand their minds as well as fosters creative thinking and more well-rounded development of older children and young adults. Pretty much every successful person in the world is an avid reader because knowledge is important and there is no better way to get it than reading.

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