ISSUE 46  |  All in the Family

Gift Guide: For the Young Bookworm

November 21, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

What to get for the kid who loves books–other than, well, more books? Get those, yes. But we’ve also rounded up some accessories that stand a good chance of pleasing the petit bibliophile. 

N.B.: To make sure you’ve got everyone on your list covered, shop all our Gift Guides to date.

Above: Puffin Bloom, a collaboration between Rifle Paper Co. and Penguin Books, is a line of pretty hardcover books complete with gold foil, illustrated endpapers, and matching bookmarks. Titles available: Little WomenA Little PrincessHeidi, and Anne of Green Gables; $16 each at Rifle Paper Co.

Above: The Library Card Pouch is made in the US of 100 percent cotton canvas, and at 9 inches wide by 6 inches tall, it’s perfect for keeping kids’ desk accessories corralled. The best part? Every product sold sends a book to a child in need through partner organization Books for Africa. Shown in natural; $12 from Out of Print.

Above: Kids love to claim things as their own; give them customized bookplates with designs from vintage childrens’ books from the 1920s. Made by Oiseaux Vintage Paperie, who describes herself as an “artist-illustrator-designer-vintage book lover.” She’s also a mother of two, based in LA. (I can vouch for these bookplates; I ordered a set for my baby sister a few Christmases past, and they’re beautiful.) Shown here in Under the Sea and White Lilies; $16.95 for a set of 24. 

Above: The Personal Library Kit lets your kids add library pockets inside their books, stamp them with due dates, and track their volumes on a checkout card so they can loan books to friends while playing librarian; $11.15 on Amazon.  

Above: A gift that’s half for you and half for your child: The Ion Lamp is made in the US and comes with a black or white porcelain base and a red, black, or tan twisted cord (the on/off toggle switch means your child can kill the light in no time when she hears you coming); $99 from Schoolhouse Electric. 

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