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Best Reading Stocking Stuffers for Kids and Family

Make room for books and reading in kids' stockings this year!
on December 08, 2017

Editor's note: This post was originally published on December 23, 2013.

Stocking stuffers are a super way to add a little reading fun to the holiday excitement.  The long winter break following the holidays is the perfect time -- between sledding, trying out new toys, and caroling – for kids to cozy up with a new book or with one of these cool reading-related stocking stuffers.

Here are 8 smaller, easy-on-the-wallet, must-have gifts that bring books, reading, and literacy into the mix in ways that kids will love--just in time for the holidays!

•    Book Collections on DVD: Really! Kids love watching their favorite books come to life on the big screen. With dozens of favorite books to choose from, books on DVD are a great addition to stockings and will certainly become "go-to" favorites for all families.

•    Songs and Stories: Not full-fledged stories and not all songs, these classic favorites are paired with songs and a short version of the story on CDs.  They are super for building listening skills and for just about any time of the day.

•    Gift Cards: Perfectly perfect for stockings, gift cards can be purchased from just about anywhere and can be used to allow children to choose their very own books—either eBooks or hard copies!

•    Rory's Story Cubes: Created by The Creativity Hub, these little dice are complete with objects or drawings on each side that inspire creativity and story-telling.  These tiny treasures are perfect for stockings, and you never know what your creative kids will come up with with each roll of the dice!

•    Audio Books: Audio books are a perfect stocking stuffer. Especially for keeping kids occupied during lengthy holiday travel, books on CD are a wonderful way of bringing together families and celebrating books and literacy.

•    Hand Pointers:  Kids totally dig Hand Pointers. For one-to-one correspondence when learning to read or for playing school and using them as classroom pointers, these are fun for kids and perfect for stockings.

•    Early Literacy Learning Puzzles: Small enough for a stocking but big enough to help kids master those ever-important early literacy skills.

•    Learning Mats: Roll up one of these learning mats, tie it with a ribbon, and it's a perfect addition to any stocking! With so many choices for every age group, there's bound to be a learning mat for your child.  Eating and reading? Great combination.

What other small reading-related gifts would work as stocking stuffers?
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