MotherReader has a great gift guide for children: Pairing children’s books with toys

MotherReader has some fabulous posts on ways to give a book–pairing specific children’s books (many of them picture books) with toys or crafts. I LOVE her picture book choices; so many of them are among my favorites, and are both well written and well illustrated. I also love her suggestions, tying in the theme or character of a book into a toy. Her suggestions are thoughtful and fun, such as “Pair classic A Bargain For Frances with a paint-your-own tea set.” And there are links both to the books and to the toys, all or most available at This is truly a list to check out.

I found it inspiring; I’d like to put my own list together some day. She calls it “21 Ways to Give a Book”, with 21 suggestions in each post. She has three great posts: here, here, and here. Check them out!

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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