Bookish Gifts for Children

If you have a child who is too old to be a toddler but too young to be a teen, then this list is for you! Below are ten book themed gifts for children. (You can find all of my bookish gift guides here.)

(Amazon links are affiliate links, the other links are simply for your convenience.)

1. When in Doubt Go to the Library T-Shirt

This is a great shirt for all ages really. You can find it at Out of Print.

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2. Book Print

What could be better than some bookish art to add color to the walls of their bedroom? My favorite is from Etsy and has an Emily Dickinson quote that says “To travel far, there is no better ship than a book.”

3. By the Book, a Novel Stacking Game

How cute is this game?? I’ve never played it, but if it’s as fun as it looks, it’ll be lots of entertainment! You can find it on Amazon.

4. Very Hungry Caterpillar Tote

I think discovering Out of Print was one of the best finds this year, for me at least. This Hungry Caterpillar tote would be perfect for carrying books to and from school or the library. (And to be honest, I want one too!)

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5. Bookshelf

I wanted to feature those whimsical teacup shaped bookshelves that keep showing up on Pinterest, but they are apparently made by an Etsy artist and are out of stock. So here is a fun Mickey Mouse bookshelf I found on Amazon! They also have Minnie Mouse and Frozen versions as well. (I imagine ordering a bookshelf on Amazon is nicer than getting it at the store, because you don’t have to haul it home, it just shows up at your door. :P)

6. Book sling

If you don’t want to purchase or put together a bookshelf, you can always opt for a book sling (like this one from Amazon). I like these because they display the books pretty well, and are great for picture books because there’s not a height restriction. Plus, they’d tuck easily into the corner of a living room or bedroom, for easy access to even more awesome books. 🙂

7. Bookworm bookmark

This one is for you crocheters out there – a DIY bookworm bookmark. You can find the free pattern here.

8. Bookmarks to color

A friend got me some bookmarks to color for my birthday this year, and I love them. Not only are the practical (you can never have too many bookmarks), but they’re a fun art project as well. The ones on sale at Target right now are ocean themed, but if that isn’t your child’s favorite, you can also search Etsy for lots of great options!

9. Legos

I know Scooby-Doo started out as a TV show and then became a book series, but since I loved (and still read) the books, I think it would be great to give Scooby-Doo legos (like these from Amazon). Pair them with a couple of the books and you have a great gift set!

10. Hungry Caterpillar Bookends

I’m sort of sorry I keep featuring Hungry Caterpillar items, but at the same time, not really. These bookends are sooooooo cute. Perfect for any child’s set of books!

What’s your favorite item from this list? Have you given or received any fantastic bookish gifts for children?

❤️ Annette

Bookish christmas gift guides

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Book Review: The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Molly had a crush on Dylan for years while she was growing up. But he was ever only interested in her sister. After Dylan and Molly’s sister break up, Dylan moves out of town, leaving Molly with a ring and a promise of an adventure. Over a decade later, Molly has had the epitome of bad weeks and decides she’s had enough. She tracks down Dylan and asks him to follow through on his promise for an adventure.

What I Liked

  • It’s sort of Christmas themed. Which is a big plus for me!
  • This book was more fade-to-black than Susan Mallery’s typical romances. That’s not to say it was squeaky clean, nor is it to say that I rate books solely on their adult content. I just found that this author (and many others) tends to focus on the plot more when she can’t use adult content as a filler.
  • The characters aren’t perfect. Neither of the two main characters (Dylan and Molly) are cookie-cutter. It was fun to discover their quirks, and it was also great to see them struggle with their inadequacies. It made the story more realistic.
  • The story wasn’t insta-lovey. The characters have history, and I got to see the characters grow in their feelings for each other. They didn’t just start out with an instant attraction.
  • Overall, this was just a super cute story, with lots of little revelations along the way that hooked me and kept me reading.

What I Didn’t Like

  • It wasn’t on-the-edge-of-my-seat-oh-my-gosh sort of exciting, but it was exactly what I was looking for in a holiday romance. Just keep that in mind if you’re looking for something a little bit more adventurous.

In Conclusion

If you want a cute holiday romance (and are okay with PG-13 content) then this book is for you!

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

Bookish Gifts for Toddlers

Welcome to my first post about bookish gifts! Today I’m featuring gifts for toddlers. I have three nephews under the age of five, so most of these gifts were picked with them in mind. Most of these gifts are not books, but can easily be given with one.

(Amazon links are affiliate links, the other ones are just for your convenience. 🙂)

1. Hungry Caterpillar SocksThese are both adorable and practical! I know my nephews love the Hungry Caterpillar story because it’s repetitive enough for them to “read” by themselves! You can find these socks at Out of Print.

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2. Hunger Caterpillar Plushie (See my post about the plushie here)
Something to snuggle during storytime. Plus, if you crochet, it’s a relatively inexpensive gift.
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3. I Spy Book with I Spy Jar

This is another fun DIY gift. You basically put rice and a bunch of little toys in a clear bottle or jar to make a fun, shakeable, I Spy game. I think this would be fun to give with an I Spy book. A couple of my favorite tutorials for this can be found here and here. You can also just by one on Amazon.

4. Book Bag or Backpack

Your favorite toddler will definitely need something to carry their favorite books around, especially for frequent trips to the library! Here is a tutorial to make one of your own.

5. Lowly Worm Plushie

This is another crochet stuffed animal to snuggle with or play with while reading Richard Scarry. You can read my post about it here.

6. Blue Truck and Blue Truck

I can’t take credit for this one – my mom gave this to my nephew a couple of years ago. She bought the super cute truck pictured below and gave it with a copy of the board book Little Blue Truck. My nephew especially loved the truck because its shape made it easy to play with.

7. Polar Bear Nursery Print

Really, any nursery print I think would be a great idea. My favorite is this print of a polar bear reading a book, which I found on Etsy. There are a lot of great options out there if this particular one doesn’t strike your fancy.

8. Dr. Suess Matching Game

I loved playing matching games when I was younger. So why not pick up one that’s book themed? Pictured below is a Dr. Suess one from Amazon, but you can also find ones that are Curious George, Eric Carle, or Richard Scarry themed.

9. Curious George T-Shirt

Curious George (or “Monkey George” to my nephews) is another popular book character for toddlers. I love this t-shirt, which is another great find from Out of Print.

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Alphabet Blocks
Exposing them to the alphabet at a young age will hopefully help them foster a love for reading and writing different words.

There are a lot of great options out there! I’m still finding great adorable stuff. What else would you add to this list?

❤️ Annette

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A Week of Bookish Gift Guides

If you’re still doing some Christmas shopping, I have some good news! This week I will be posting gift guides (one a day) for all the book lovers in your family. Below is the list of anticipated posts – I will try to turn them into links when the actual posts come out. I hope you enjoy them – I definitely enjoyed putting them together!

The list contains mostly items, not just books, because I think it’s fun to mix things up. Plus, there are quite a lot of great book themed items out there! Most of these aren’t holiday specific, so you can use the gift guides for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, and more.

Bookish Gifts for Toddlers

Bookish Gifts for Children

Bookish Gifts for Teens

Bookish Gifts for Women

Bookish Gifts for Men

Gifts for Writers

DIY Bookish Gifts

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Bookish Christmas Decorations

Happy holidays! I love this entire season, so you’ll be seeing many posts from me about Christmas. (Christmas is what I celebrate, but if you celebrate something else [or nothing at all] I hope you have a great December as well!)

Without further ado, here are some awesome bookish Christmas decorations I found, mostly via Pinterest. Because none of the images are mine, you will only find links to the original posts below. Go check them out! 🙂

  • Book Page Decopauged Christmas Ornament
    • This is one of many super cute bookish Christmas ornaments. The original creator made this with a map, but it could easily be done with book pages!
  • Book of Christmas Cards
    • I think this is a fantastic way to store your Christmas cards, in a way you can see them year after year!
  • Wreath Made with Book Pages
    • I’m not sure if this would be simpler or harder than it looks. It’s both complex and simple looking.
  • Christmas Card with Book Pages
    • I love how they used strips of print to make a Christmas tree on the card. Simple, yet beautiful.
  • Book Place Setting
    • This is perfect for a fancy holiday dinner. It only links to a Pinterest pin, since I can’t find the original source. 😦 Let me know if you know who it belongs to!
  • Star Garland
    • This links to an Etsy listing, in case you don’t want to make it on your own. 🙂 They can be made with maps or book pages or sheet music. How fun!
  • Christmas Tree Made of Books
    • Perfect for a library or any other bookish setting.
  • Book Advent Calendar
    • I love this idea – to open and read a Christmas book each day of advent. I loved all the Christmas books we had as a child and I would have loved the surprise that comes with this tradition.
  • Poinsettia Made with Book Pages
    • This is so cute! She uses it on cards, but I think you could also use it as a decoration or even for gift wrapping.
    • Here’s another version of a book page poinsettia.

Which one is your favorite? Did I miss any great bookish Christmas decorations? Let me know in the comments below!

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December 2017 TBR

I’ve got 21 more books to read to reach my goal of reading 100 books in 2017. Yikes! So here are the many books I plan to read this month. (Less pictures this time, since there’s so many!)

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Christmas on 4th Streetby Susan Mallery

The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery

Twice Upon a Marigold by Ferris

AI Love You by Anamatsu (volumes 1 and 2)

Graviationby Maki Murakami

Collision Course by Gordan Korman

S.O.S. by Gordan Korman

Sugar and Spice by Lisa Papademitiou

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Shimmer by Noel

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Woodsmall

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Asi Es Josephina by Pleasant

Warcross by Marie Lu

Windfall by Jennifer Smith

Secretly Hers by Jamie Beck

Unexpectedly Hers by Jamie Beck

Joyfully His by Jamie Beck

Not Exactly Lying by Melody Summers

What’s on your December TBR? Is your December going to be filled with lots of time to read (vacation time, yay!) or little time to read (finals and travel)?

❤ Annette

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Month in Review – November 2017

As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, I got a dog this month. So it was a pretty slow reading month. Hopefully I can read about a book a day in December, because I really want to reach my goal of 100 books this year! Here’s my (short) summary of my bookish activity for the month. As per usual, I will be linking up to bookdate.blogspot.com.

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Total Books Read: 4

And one of them was a picture book so…

Books Read

(The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Cesar’s Way by Cesar Milan and Melissa Jo Peltier

Lucky Dog Lessons by Brandon McMillan

Al Mar Al Mar Osito Polar by Hans de Beer

Made to be His by Allison Gata

Book Formats

Paperback – 1

Ebook – 3

Book Genres

Romance – 1

Non-Fiction – 2

Picture – 1

New to Me Authors

Hans de Beer

Cesar Milan and Melissa Jo Peltier

Brandon McMillan

Allison Gatta

Top Book for September

Lucky Dog Lessons by Brandon McMillan

 

What awesome bookish things did you accomplish this month?

❤️ Annette