Gift Guide for Book Lovers

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Book Lovers

I adore books!  I love the feel of one in my hands, how they can transport me to a new place or a new way of thinking, enjoying different writing styles, and I last but not least I love how they pique my interest and make me desire to learn new things.  I’ve always enjoyed reading but since having my daughter learn to read I’ve found a new love for it.  Together my daughter and I have enjoyed scouring old book sales to look for the classics (e.g. Heidi, The Secret Garden), old children’s encyclopedias (e.g. Childcraft and Little Golden Encyclopedia), and old series’ that we can delve into together (Betsy Tracy, The Bobbsey Twins).  We’re building our home library of living books one book at a time and I couldn’t enjoy it more.

Because books are always on my mind lately, I thought a gift guide for book lovers would be fitting.  Do you love books as much as I do or know someone who is?  If so, I hope this gift guide will help you in your search for the perfect gift!

Library Embosser

1. Want to leave your mark on your books in a classy way?  Look no further than this personalized library embosser on Amazon ($32.99).

 

Book Darts

Book Darts Bookmark

2. Book Darts are where it’s at!  If you want to mark your place or several passages you liked in a book without worrying about creasing the pages or hurting the binding you’ll want to grab a tin or two of these.  They’re metal, fit snuggly, and make retrieving past material a breeze.  I’ve tried a few and the Book Darts brand is worth the few extra pennies.  For under $11 on Amazon you get 125 darts.

 

Book Thong

3. Book Thongs.  Oh, how I dislike the name but it is descriptive and I love these too much not to include them.  The thin string fits well in between the pages without much bulk and the pretty beads on the end make me feel fancy. 🙂  You can make this gift yourself or buy the handmade one pictured above from a crafter on Amazon for under $9 shipped.

Page Anchors

4. Page Anchors are a great way to read hands free.  They’re great for cook books too!  You can buy the one above on Amazon for $150.

 

Weighted Bookmark

5. A less snazzy but more economical way to hold a page open is with these leather weighted book marks.  They retail on Amazon for $25 shipped.

 

Page Holder

6.  This is one that is on my personal wish list.  I would love to have this Page Holder to help me hold the pages open so I can read one handed.  This is $26.95 on Amazon.

 

PagePal

7. Oooh, I also love this one!  It’s called the PagePal and has a cute little saying engraved on it.  “A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”  Maybe I need both, one for upstairs reading and one for downstairs. 🙂  This one retails on Amazon for $14 shipped.

 

Book Seat

8.  The Book Seat is a flexible book holder and travel pillow in one!  Note: not intended to be used for both purposes at the same time. 🙂  The Book Seat is filled with Polystyrene beads enabling it to sit into any position.  This should help make reading even more relaxing.  There is a clear perspex page holder that enables you to read Hands-Free!  The Book Seat retails on Amazon for under $40 shipped.  I just love that it also doubles as a travel pillow.

Personal Library Set

9.  This Personal Library Kit is great for those who lend books out to friends a lot.  I’m thinking it would be great for my kids who love to make believe and would love to use this to pretend to be a librarian.  For only $16 shipped (through Amazon) I think it’s a great deal!

Card Catalog

Card Catalog Cards

10. Card catalogs may be a thing of the past but with this Card Catalog Reproduction Set you can relive the good old days…or at least feel a little nostalgic while explaining card catalogs to your kids.  “Enclosed in a keepsake replica card catalog box with tabbed dividers, each card features a different beloved work of literature straight from the storied collection of the Library of Congress.”  This set is currently $15.72 on Amazon.

 

Book Sleeve

11. A Book Sleeve is a must have to those who like to go about their day and bring their books along.  No more accidental pen marks or crushed pages as your book bounces along inside the bottom of your purse or bookbag.  I would have loved to have had this for my Bible in college and my daughter will love this for her books now.  They come in different sizes and a wide variety of different patterns on Amazon.  The one pictured above is 8×10 inches and is $11 shipped.

 

Book Journal for Kids

12.  A Book Reading Log for Kids is a great way to keep track of the books they read.  I would love to get one of these for my daughter now that she’s devouring chapter books.  When both of my kids were reading picture books this would have been too much of a hassle to keep up with because we read so many books a day but now this will be a nice way to look back and remember what we’ve read.  It’s $11 shipped from Amazon.

 

The Book Lover's Journal

Book Lover's Journal

13.  A Book Lover’s Journal is a reading log and journal for adults.  I love the thought provoking questions it asks and the room for notes.  I often forget things from past books (and TV shows for that matter) so it would be nice to have a record of my thoughts on a book that I can refer back to before I recommend a certain book to a person.  This hardcover spiral book retails for less than $13 shipped from Amazon.

 

Book Scented Candle

14.  It could be argued that any candle would make a great companion for a reader but this one that is scented to remind you of a library has to be a great gift! “The main theme is an older leather bound book accord mixed with a woody desk character of cedar and sandalwood. Hints of balsamic and vanilla finish the complex scent.”  This Book candle will burn from 60-80 hours and will only set you back $30 shipped from Amazon.

 

Amazon Gift Card

15.  Last but certainly not least….gift cards to buy more books!  I love old books so Amazon, ebay, and ThriftBooks are my favorite gift cards to receive.

I hope this list was helpful!  If you’re a book lover and know of anything I left off the list please let me know in the comments below.

Audiobooks for Road Trips with Kids

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Everyone loves a good story, right?  Also, everyone loves road trips with kids, right?  Yea, that last answer you gave sounded less enthusiastic that the first.  Audiobooks make road trips more than tolerable but even enjoyable!

Here are the audiobooks my kids would enjoy on a road trip and I hope yours will too!  If you’ve never tried Audible by Amazon you should look into it.  Their free trial gives you 2 free audiobooks that you get to keep even if you cancel your subscription right away.

Boxcar Children Audiobook

The first book I’d recommend is the beginning of The Boxcar Children Collection.  This series is a rich, easy read that my kids are hooked on.  My kids are 4 and 6 and they both enjoy these stories.  We haven’t enjoyed the audiobooks yet because we haven’t traveled since we’ve discovered this series but we’re already on book 38 of the series. 

This audiobook series includes 3 books for one price ($33.60) but you’ll get the whole set free plus another book if you sign up for the free trial.  I like how they’ve lumped the first three books together into one set.

Little House Audiobook

The Little House series is another great one that we’ve only had the pleasure of reading and not listening too.  It has great reviews on Amazon though so I’m sure the reader does a fabulous job.

Pippi Longstocking Audiobook

Pippi Longstocking has been a favorite of young girls for decades now and this audiobook will help introduce it to more children.

Mary Poppins Audiobook

What kids wouldn’t love a story about a nanny who could clean up their toys, dance with them on rooftops and hop into sidewalk drawings with them?  Mary Poppins is a classic and my kids adore her.

Peter Pan Audiobook

Peter Pan is another story that ignites a child’s imagination and takes them far away from home.  This is another one I think all young kids would enjoy.

A Bear Called Paddington

The bear from darkest Peru will surely warm heart young and old.  🙂  A Bear Called Paddington is another great classic book for young kids.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delightful tale of fantasy.  I can still remember feeling my heart race as I first read this book and eagerly anticipated Charlie opening his chocolate to find the golden ticket.

I love watching my kids read books that I did as a kid and see their excitement as the characters take shape and they see themselves in the character’s shoes.  Discovering new books together is great too so please, let me know any audiobooks that your children enjoy.