Growing Reader

22 Holiday Gift Ideas for
6- to 8-Year-Old Readers

by Dena McMurdie

Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan

Kids in the 6- to 8-year-old age group are my favorite to shop for, and with so many beautiful picture books, chapter books, and book-inspired items for children this age, there’s no shortage of good gifts to give. Whether you want novelty items, books to expand your child’s horizons, or educational inspirations to feed their brains, there’s something on this list for everyone.

Here are some of the best books and bookish gifts to keep kids reading, learning, and happy this holiday season.

  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus T-Shirt

    Mo Willems is a staple for kids this age and they’ll be thrilled to have the funny and mischievous Pigeon on a t-shirt. You may have a difficult time convincing them to wear anything else.

  • Madeline T-Shirt

    Share your love of unforgettable picture books with your child or grandchild when you give them this Madeline t-shirt. Pair it with a copy of the book for a heartfelt gift you can enjoy together.

  • Nancy Drew Tote Bag

    Kids can never have too many tote bags. Whether it’s for library trips, school supplies, or just to hold odds and ends, sleuths and readers alike will appreciate this fun Nancy Drew themed bag.

  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle T-Shirt

    Give your child a t-shirt sporting the artwork from the cover of a well-loved chapter book. This book is a favorite in elementary school classrooms and the shirt will be well received by its readers.

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  • Charlotte's Web T-Shirt

    Charlotte’s Web is both a classic and a favorite read-aloud novel for teachers and parents. Kids will be thrilled to receive a shirt bearing the artwork from this beloved book.

  • This Is How We Roll Pouch

    Creative kids always need containers to keep their goodies in. From colored pencils to LEGO pieces, this humorous library-inspired pouch is perfect for keeping favorite objects organized and all together.

For more great holiday gift ideas, head on over to Out of Print!

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