Books are the best gifts to wrap up for your littlest loved ones, because it’s never too soon to promote their literacy and pre-reading skills. After all, toddlers are sponges, and the read-aloud time they're exposed to now is crucial for their future reading success!
However, sometimes it can take a while to cherry-pick the perfect collection of books for a growing reader (you may be left wondering: Which books will go together? What's the cheapest way to get a variety of books from one series?), and we know you're already swamped with holiday prep.
That's why you'll love these thoughtfully curated book sets, which take the work of finding the right mix of books off your to-do list. Stock up on these convenient collections ahead of time so you're ready for a stress-free holiday season, and grab extras for your friends' and siblings' kids (they'll appreciate that your gift gives their kids the foundation for early reading success!).
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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 (like Clifford's Animal Sounds and Clifford's Opposites). With this bundle, you get seven books for just $25.
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 your toddler's hands, and giving this set of eight first-concept board books will help the little one 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.
9. It's a Busload of Pigeon Books!
This set will be all you need to make the kids in your life laugh. The books by Mo Willems (who's also 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.
Your little one will find the dinos in this series oh-so-relatable, and you'll chuckle at how they remind you of your child! This set of adorable board books includes How Do Dinosuars Clean Their Rooms?, How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?, How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?, and How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? to help your child's reading, social, and counting skills flourish.