Books and More

Stuffed elephant and pig with matching book

Go ahead, admit it, you’ve had something to eat or drink recently that was flavored with pumpkin spice. It’s become a part of the fall weather tradition around here in Michigan. As I sit here and drink my pumpkin spice coffee, I wanted to share some creative ideas on how you can pair up books with other unique gifts for birthday or holiday celebrations.

  • Name Books. Search Amazon for books that include the child’s name in the title. Children love hearing their name mentioned over and over again in a book. I just did this for a first birthday gift. I picked out three or four books with the character name “Lucy” in them for a sweet little girl.
  • Book and Stuffed Animal. Put together a book with a stuffed animal of the main character. We received this gift recently and especially loved the Ladybug Girl book collection.
  • Book and Toy. One of my favorite titles that encourages childrento be themselvesis called The main character is an elephant and the book is a great fit for preschool and elementary-age children. Pair it up with a puzzle for a creative bundle!
  • Themed Baskets. Pick out two or three fall books. Add them to a basket (Home Goods has great canvas baskets) along with some candy corn, hot cocoa, marshmallows and a mini-sized pumpkin. This can be switched up for any season and for any holiday. When our son was born, a friend filled a navy blue and white canvas tote with nautical themed gifts and books. It was a really fun gift to receive and I hope to give some out in return!
  • Fall Books. Check out my blog post from last year with ideas on fall books.

– Maria Dismondy, mother of three, reading specialist, fitness instructor and bestselling children’s author living in Southeast Michigan.

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