10 Perfect Pairs: Gifts to Accompany Children's Books

Spring birthday party invitations for my son are beginning to pour in and my inner librarian has been brainstorming creative and fun ways to give book gifts to kids. Of course books are an excellent gift all on their own, but sometimes a child engages more with a book when they have a toy or prop to accompany it. With that in mind, here are 10 ideas for combo book-gift presents for the kid in your life:

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crewes
Gift: Wooden Railway by Nuchi

Book: Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone, illustrated by Christine Davenier
Gift: Multicolored Ruffle Tutu

Book: Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
Gift: Tug Boat by Green Toys


Book: Stuart Little by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams
Gift: Wood Toy Sailboat by Tweet Toys


Book: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Gift: 33-Piece Free Play Kit by Makedo + a cardboard box


Book: Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Gift: CrocPile by Areaware

Book: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Gift: Kids Wool Beret


Book: Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Scott Magoon
Gift: Chopstick Kids

(Image credits: Carrie McBride)