Books are one of our favorite things to wrap up and send off to loved ones — especially the littlest ones. Babies and toddlers are sponges, and even though they can’t read on their own yet, it’s never too soon to promote literacy and pre-reading skills by giving books as gifts. As a bonus, it's a present both kids and their parents love!
There's something extra special about books when they're put together into a perfect set, and even our youngest book lovers can see this. So check out these great book sets, and stock up so you always have an easy birthday gift at the ready! (Looking for boxed sets for older kids? Check out these great picks.) Also be sure to check out our full collection of birthday gifts for all ages here.
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Everyone loves Clifford, and what's cuter than a pint-sized version of him for extra little readers? This set offers both entertainment kids love (think Clifford Barks and Clifford's Noisy Day) and key early learning lessons parents will appreciate (think Clifford's Animal Sounds and Clifford's Opposites). What's extra amazing about this bundle is that you get seven books for just $25 — pretty great, right? Prepare to receive the title of "best gifter ever."
What makes this brilliantly illustrated collection so lovable is that we can all see our kids in the portraits of a hungry bird, a grumpy bird, a sleepy bird, and a bird with an owie (and our little ones can see themselves in them, too!). Not only does this set make a great gift for nightly read-alouds, but it will also be a collectible kids can cherish for years.
Chunky mini board books are perfect for little hands, and giving this set of eight first-concept board books will help the toddler in your life become familiar with numbers, letters, colors, shapes, and more. Here are more essential board books for your baby's library!
Whenever kids — even the very little ones! — feel like a true participant in an activity, they become more engaged in it. We love this collection because it achieves just that: Not only can toddlers carry each of the four books using the handles (and feel like a "big kid"), but every book is interactive with touch-and-feels, tabs, and lift-the-flaps to teach core concepts like colors, numbers, opposites, and shapes. (If you love these, you'll also adore Write & Wipe books!)
Children love Eric Carle’s books because his artwork is bright and bold, and his stories are incredibly compelling. This Eric Carle boxed set includes beloved classics, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and A House for Hermit Crab — and is yet another great library collection piece.
6. Guess How Much I Love You: Little Library
When you give this set to a child in your life, you're giving them an important message: That you love them, through thick and thin, and that you'll always be there for them. This endearing slipcase of four sweet stories follows the tale of the curious Little Nutbrown Hare, with each book covering a different season of the year (after all, love is a year-round deal!) — meaning it'll be a perennial hit in any household.
7. Chicka Chicka Box Box!
"A told B and B told C, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.'" With a tropical splash of fun and eye-catching illustrations, this set of two books (Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3) are staples for any home library, and will be incredibly helpful as toddlers grow to learn their numbers and letters.
For the first time, author Anna Dewdney's bestselling board books about a sweet, lovable llama are available in a 4-pack box. Gift this set to the little animal lovers in your life, and watch them smile and giggle as the books take them through morning, playtime, and bedtime in rhyming prose.
Young train enthusiasts will love this Thomas and Friends set that comes in a carrying case with a Velcro close. Inside they'll find four choo-choo-worthy books: Go, Train, Go!; Stop, Train, Stop!; A Crack in the Track!; and Blue Train, Green Train.
10. It's a Busload of Pigeon Books!
This set will be all you need to make kids laugh. These books by Mo Willems (the author of the Elephant and Piggie books) include Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, and others in the wildly popular pigeon series. On a bookshelf, the illustrations stand out — making this an incredibly memorable, yet easy, gift to give.
The best gifts are those that keep giving, and in the case of this set, toddlers get nonstop inspiration! These mini board books spotlight great scientists throughout history, from Carolyn Porco to Isaac Newton, who had an impact on innovation. The copy on the thick pages is short and simple, with bright and cute illustrations to help educate budding explorers.
Parents and kids will delight in old, funny favorites like The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, and Green Eggs and Ham in this collection of five classics that help kick off a lifelong love of reading.