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Promote Reading With Book-Themed Toys

These toys -- coupled with the book they are from -- make wonderful gifts.
on October 02, 2014

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. 





Babar at the Art Museum Magnetic Characters 


Eric Carle Magnets 


Fancy Nancy Game 


Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site Plush


Goodnight Moon Story Props 


Harold and the Purple Crayon Game 


Horton Hears a Who Finger Puppet Set


Llama, Llama Red Pajama Doll 


Madeline Tea Set 


Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Travel Activity Set


Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Puppet 


Scaredy Squirrel Plush Puppet 


Where the Wild Things Are Floor Puzzle 


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