Young children are masters at play. Long before they are able to connect letter shapes to letter sounds they can create stories with toys. Why not use that natural desire to play and connect to their toys to promote literacy in your home? Children desire deep connections, and reading about their favorite toy or playing with something from their favorite book is a fantastic way to extend reading into play.
These toys -- coupled with the book they are from -- make wonderful gifts. When you wrap them up together you are also wrapping up something so much more important -- the message that reading is a gift!
Here are 13 wonderful toys based on great children's books.