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.

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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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Lowly Worm Crochet Stuffed Animal

As I mentioned in last week’s post, for Christmas one year I crocheted a stuffed animal for each of my nephews. With each stuffed animal I also included the associated book. For my two-year-old nephew, I crocheted Lowly Worm! He was one of my favorite character’s from Richard Scarry’s books. (Fun fact: Patrick Pig is the first book I remember reading by myself.)

I used the pattern found here. It takes a G crochet hook and worsted weight yarn in black, white, red, green, blue, and brown. I didn’t make the hat for him, but the pattern does include instructions for one. This project is crocheted in the round and I think he turned out super cute!

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Getting unwrapped
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In front of the tree

Do you have a favorite crocheted book character? I’d love to learn about them!

Hungry Caterpillar Crochet Stuffed Animal

Last year for Christmas I crocheted a book character for each of my nephews. I then gave them the character and the corresponding book. Below are pictures of the Very Hungry Caterpillar I crocheted, based on the one from Eric Carle’s book of the same name. I got the pattern for free on Ravely here.

To make this caterpillar you will need worsted wight yarn in green, yellow, red, and brown. I think all of my colors are Red Heart, but the green has lost its wrapper, so I’m not quite sure. 🙂 You’ll also need stuffing and a size F crochet needle. As well as scissors and a tapestry needle, of course.

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Caterpillar in progress!
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Under the tree!
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Close-up! No safety eyes, which makes it safer for the toddlers.
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I spy Christmas cookies in the background
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Crawling away…

Let me know if you have any questions or comments! I hope you enjoy seeing bookish crafts. 🙂

❤ Annette