7 Best Gifts for Book Lovers

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Finding the best gift for a book lover can be tricky. A good book may be the safest choice, but there is always a chance that well-read person in your life may have already read it. If you do not want to ruin the surprise, ditch book gift idea and go for any of these:

1. Framed art prints
A framed literature-themed art print or poster featuring a famous writer’s quote makes a great addition to a bookworm’s room or reading nook.

2. Book-themed scented candles
Most, if not all, avid readers love the smell of books. Thankfully, there is a growing selection of literary candles out there with scents reminiscent of old books and libraries.

3. Quirky and unique bookends
The bibliophile in your life will never have enough books. So you cannot go wrong with beautiful, quirky, or uniquely designed bookends. From superhero-themed bookends to funny designs, you can take you pick from a wide array of interesting bookends that will make a bookworm happy.

4. Not your ordinary bookmarks
If in need of a bookmark, a lot of book lovers out there can use just about anything they can get their hands on. And you will not catch most of them making dog ears on their beloved books. You cannot go wrong with a bookmark that meets both aesthetics and practicality.

5. Literary tea blends
The Literary Tea Collection by First Edition Tea Co. offers a selection of tea blends like Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and The Great Gatsby. You can also check out the organic teas and book-themed tins at NovelTeas.

6. Personal library kit
The Knock Knock® Personal Library Kit is something for every bibliophile who does not want to lose any of his or her precious collection.

7. Bookish coffee mugs
Who can say no to a coffee mug that reflects a bookworm’s passion for literature? And the great thing picking a literary mug is that there are plenty of designs and options you can choose from.

How to Encourage Children to Read

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Children tend to pick up some of the habits of the adults around them. And they can be quite an observant lot. If you want to develop a child’s passion for reading, telling them to pick up a book and read may not always work. Here are a few ideas on how you can inspire the kids around you to develop a love for books and reading.

Give them books
If you are an adult figure in a child’s life, whether as a parent or a friend of the family, start introducing them to books at an early age. Choose age-appropriate books as gifts for special occasions. Or you can take your pick of literary-inspired items.

Read them stories
Reading them a story from a book is a great way to introduce them to the fun of reading. And one of the best things about reading or storytelling is that it usually does not take a lot of time. There are many fascinating children’s books out there that you can read out loud in just a few minutes.

Take them to a book trip or adventure
Taking kids to a library, bookstore, or book cafes introduces them to the world of books. It gives them a chance to see a lot of books and mingle with people who are passionate about literature and reading. They can browse through the children’s sections of libraries and bookshops as they explore and discover more things to read.

Make it fun
Reading is not something you have to force on children. If you want them to develop a lasting love for reading, the best thing you can do is to help make it a pleasant experience for them. And that means not forcing them to read if they do not want to. You can take a more subtle approach by surrounding them with books and letting them explore the joys of reading on their own.