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 Amazon.com. 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!