The Best Bookish Birthday Gifts for
5- and 6-Year-Olds

by Sharon Holbrook

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At five and six, kids are typically in the beginning stages of literacy and books at their level tend to be the easy reader type. That’s no fun for a birthday present, is it? No kid wants to spend all their book time working to sound out simple learn-to-read stories.

Instead, check out these unique ideas for bookish birthday gifts for 5- and 6-year-olds — beautiful choices that are meant to be curled up with together, a reminder that reading is a time for joy, togetherness, and discovery.

If you want to gift more than a book (though a book is always sufficient), consider items that pair with the subject of the book — maybe an apron with a cookbook, or a watch with a book about time. Remember, though, that at this age, the best companion to a gift book is your presence, turning every book into an experience you can share and remember together.


Share what other books you love gifting to 5- and 6-year-olds in the comments below!