5 Gifts For Your Budding Bookworm That Aren't Books

5 Gifts For Your Budding Bookworm That Aren't Books

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Sarah Rae Smith
Dec 5, 2011

Growing up, you could always find me avoiding chores with my nose buried in a book. Books make great gifts, but book-related accessories are were often holiday gifts from friends and family, but there's a few accessories and add ons that would have made things more fun.

Here are a few gifts to consider in addition to or instead of a book for the reader in your family.

1. Reading Artwork: Artwork to encourage reading is a great reminder of the value your home places on books. Check out this past roundup of book and reading themed art for ideas. Shown above is a print by Dazey Chic ($20).

2. Books With Hiding Spots: Most of us have seen the tutorials (here's a good one) for hollowing out the inside of a book to make a secret stash spot. It doesn't matter if they keep an army man or their favorite Hello Kitty doll inside, anything secret is cool when you're under the age of 16. If crafting isn't your think you can purchase one (the one above ($25) comes from Beautiful Old Things.

3. Bookmarks: I've always been a big fan of bookmarks. Not only do they serve a practical purpose of marking your spot when you have to step away from your book, they also make you feel like an official reader - like a sheriff with a badge. You can make one for your child or pick one up at a bookstore or online. Shown above is a Harry Potter bookmark ($1.60) by Bethy Designs (there are also Hermione and Ron ones, too).

4. Comics/Graphic Novels: Although you might think that comics just refers to superheroes, the world of comics and graphic novels is much larger than that. Most major comic shops will have a section just for kids and they're a great way to get hesitant or uninterested kids reading. Pictured above is Peanutbutter & Jeremy's Best Book Ever by James Kochalka.

5. Something Electronic: There are many ways to keep kids reading these days and the price on eReaders and Tablets has come down some. Kindles, Nooks, iPads are all options. If you aren't into letting them have their own, try downloading a library for them on yours.

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