ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best Baby Gifts to Raise a Reader

Updated on October 30, 2014

A new baby--what gift shall I give the new parents?

The arrival of a new baby in your circle of friends or family is a very special event. While it's fun to buy the cute little outfits, blankets and toys as gifts, my favorite gift for a new baby is a book. And it's so easy to add a matching plush character from the book, making your gift extra special. You can buy these as sets (more expensive) or buy them separately yourself to create your gift (less expensive and more fun!)

In working as a children's librarian, I would sometimes get this question from a parent: "When should I start reading to my child?" Pairing a picture book with a colorful plush toy or puppet as a baby gift is an easy way to get the PARENTS interested in reading the book and interacting with the baby through the story.

Put together your own gift set! - A picture book AND a matching plush character or puppet

Just to get you started, I'll use the picture book character Skippyjon Jones as an example. I recently stocked up on the books and plush characters at Kohl's through their Kohl's Cares for Kids program at only $5 per item. These are such a bargain and are top quality. Kohl's donates 100% of the proceeds to support kids' health and education programs in communities across the nation.

Some of the other picture books and characters featured through the Kohl's Cares program are: Dr. Seuss, with the Cat in the Hat, Horton and the Lorax; Clifford the Big Red Dog; The Velveteen Rabbit; Winnie the Pooh, with Eeyore and Tigger; Eric Carle and the grouchy ladybug.....and so, so many more! Even after the Kohl's promotion is over, you can often find these items online at reasonable prices.

Skippyjon Jones
Skippyjon Jones

Put together a gift pack with a copy of this book and either/or the Skippyjon Jones hand puppet and the plush bee.

Skippyjon Jones 14" Hand Puppet by Merry Makers
Skippyjon Jones 14" Hand Puppet by Merry Makers

Perfect to use with any of the Skippyjon Jones books.


Storysacks from Amazon - Story Extenders

This is a gift that the family can enjoy with their child over the years. Storysacks usually include the book (which sets the theme), an audio version of the book, a puppet of the lead character, plus various other story extenders, all easily stored away in a large colorful cloth bag, secured with a drawstring. Well worth the price!

Princess and the Dragon Storysack

Princess and the Dragon Storysack
Princess and the Dragon Storysack

Such a fun and quirky fairy tale! Everything is packed up in a large, colorful cotton bag--includes the book, a cd of the book, a game, character masks and top-quality hand puppets of the Princess and the Dragon. .


How to Read Out Loud With Your Preschooler - ScholasticParents

Baby Board Books from Amazon - ....because babies experience books by putting them in their mouths!

Boynton's Greatest Hits Volume 1: Blue Hat, Green Hat; A to Z; Moo, Baa, La La La!; Doggies (Boynton Board Books)
Boynton's Greatest Hits Volume 1: Blue Hat, Green Hat; A to Z; Moo, Baa, La La La!; Doggies (Boynton Board Books)

If you don't know Sandra Boynton's hilarious brand of silliness, you need to get this set NOW! Four board books boxed for gift-giving.


Don't underestimate your baby!

You may think because they're not talking yet, there's no point in reading to them. But by reading to them, you're giving them an invaluable headstart in early literacy, plus they love having you close and hearing your voice as you read and explain the story to them.

The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

Four classic Dr. Seuss titles, packaged in a cute blue box with handle.


Comments on Best Baby Gifts to Raise a Reader?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Rosanna Grace profile image

      Rosanna Grace 

      5 years ago

      What a lovely lens. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I think it is lots more fun to give books at a baby shower instead of something that is the same as everyone else (bibs and rattles).


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)