Better Together: Gifts To Give as Companions To Children's Books

I love giving books to children as gifts and even if they later come to love and appreciate the book, it isn't the most exciting gift to open and I've seen a few little faces struggling to hide their disappointment. My new strategy is to give a related toy or gift as a companion so you get to give the instant gratification gift and the delayed gratification one.

There are toys that are licensed to be marketed alongside books, but I think it's more fun to find something yourself. Here are ten ideas to tuck away or to get you thinking in this direction:

TOP ROW:

1. Book: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
Gift: The Endeavor Set Magnetic Blocks by Tegu

2. Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Gift: Alphabet Puzzle by Janod

3. Book: Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Gift: Stuffed Flamingo by Wildlife Artists

4. Book: This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek
Gift: The New York City Car Set

5. Book: Animal Orchestra by Ilo Orleans, illustrated by Tibor Gergely
Gift: Band in a Box by Schoenhut

BOTTOM ROW:

6. Book: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Gift: Road Construction Set by Plan Toys

7. Book: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Gift: Felt Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwich by Ella N Harry (if sold, search for "felt sandwich" on Etsy)

8. Book: Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Gift: Finger Paints by Britto

9. Book: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Gift: Bashful Honey Bunny by Jellycat

10. Book: Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle
Gift: Wee Handmade Seahorses by Wee Gallery

(Images: as linked; composites by Carrie McBride)

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