Personalized Leather Bookmark Father's Day Gift

15 Bookish Father’s Day Gifts for Dad Readers

Some dads are addicted to reading, and those guys want fun book-themed gifts for Father’s Day. We’ve rounded up a variety of fun, practical, and funny These literary gifts for Father’s Day are great for writers, librarians, literature teachers, English professors, and any dad who’s a big book nerd.

Father’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

1. Vintage Book Cover Coasters

Vintage Book Cover Coasters

This is the most stylish way to protect your coffee table from glass rings. This set of stone coasters features the covers of classic vintage books. Since each set is made to order, you can pick what books are included from 20 options or request they make a custom coaster of your dad’s favorite books. Available in sets of 4, 6, or 8.


2. Library Card Socks

A throwback to the old days when Dad had to keep track of his checked-out library books with a date stamped card. The cotton blend socks feature a vintage library card print in a subtle but fun design.


3. Book Tie

Book Tie Father's Day Gift

Ties are a classic Father’s Day gift and this one is perfect for book lovers. A subtle design, the print on this tie features open books. Great for wearing to work or formal occasions.


4. Neck Reading Light

For the dad who stays up too late reading, this book light doesn’t require clipping onto the book. Instead, you wear it around your neck and the LED lights are directed at the book pages. Works great for the times when mom wants to go to sleep while dad can’t put his book down.


5. Books Tie Clip

Books Tie Clip Father's Day Reader Gift

Another subtle way for Dad to show his love of reading. This tie clip features a stack of books. It’s the perfect way for a book worm to show their literary side at work or fancy dress events. Comes in a gift box ready for giving.




6. Bookmarks are for Quitters Mug

This funny mug is a must-have for bookworm dads. It says “Bookmarks are for quitters.” This 15 oz. ceramic mug is dishwasher safe. Include some of your father’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag he’ll really appreciate.


7. Personalized Leather Bookmark

Personalized Leather Bookmark Father's Day Gift

If your dad occasionally has to “quit” a book, this is the most stylish way to do it. Peace Finds Design makes these amazing leather bookmarks. Each one is fully customizable and made to order. Select from eight different color options and have it engraved with a name, favorite saying, personal message, initials, or even symbols.

Check out more unique bookmarks for readers.


8. My Weekend is All Booked T-Shirt

This fun t-shirt is perfect for fathers who are mostly introverts. This funny t-shirt says, “My Weekend is All Booked.” It’s great to wear on a lazy weekend spent reading books.


9. Custom Book Cufflinks

Custom Book Cufflinks Father's Day Gift

This unique gift will delight your book loving dad. From New Leaf creates these literary cufflinks with the cover of your dad’s favorite book. Just send them a picture of the cover and they recreate it as an awesome cufflink handmade from polymer clay.


10. Thumb Book Page Holder

This handy little reading accessory is perfect for the reader dad who likes to have on hand free while he reads. Maybe he’s sipping coffee, wine, or a nice whiskey. Or he likes to read while he eats. This book holder has a groove for your thumb and lets you hold a book open easily with minimal effort.


11. Romeo & Julienne Cutting Board

If your dad enjoys cooking or grilling, he’ll love this book-ish cutting board. Made from solid beech wood, it’s designed to to look like a book that says “Romeo & Julienne” on the spin. Store it on the shelf with your cookbooks.

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12. When I Think About Books I Touch My Shelf Whiskey Glass

If your dad enjoys a nice drink at the end of a long day while he reads a book, then this rocks glass is the perfect gift. It’s engraved with the funny message “When I think about books I touch myself.” Include a bottle of his favorite whisky and he’ll really appreciate the gift.


13. Polymer Clay Book Keychain

Polymer Clay Book Keychain Gift for Father's Day

This simple gift is a fun way for dad to show his love of books. Handcrafted by Magy makes these cool miniate hardcover books out of polymer clay and turns them into keychains.


14. Edgar Allan Poe Bobblehead

Dad’s dashboard will be empty no more with this cool tribute to author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. This resign figure feature Poe with his quill, books, and the classic raven.

Check out more gifts for Edgar Allan poe fans.


15. Custom Home Library Book Stamp

Help dad personalize his collection of books with this unique gift. This stamp is customized with your choice of design and your father’s name so he can instantly inscribe his books with “From the Library of…”


Still searching for the perfect literary gift? Try our megalist of gifts for readers. Consider these gardening gifts for Father’s Day, movie gifts for Father’s Day, and meditation and yoga gifts for Father’s Day.

How to Find Time to Read (Even When You're Busy)

How to Find Time to Read (Even When You’re Busy)

Reading is an activity worth making time for. Not only is it good for your brain, but it’s an enjoyable pastime. But even book lovers can struggle with finding time to read. Day to day life is busy, full of long workdays, endless errands, and chores. Squeezing some quality reading time into your day can be a challenge. Try these tips to find time to read–even when you’re really busy.

How to Find Time to Read (Even When You’re Busy)

How to Find Time to Read in Your Busy Schedule

Build Reading Time into Your Schedule

Sometimes the issue isn’t that there’s no extra time, it’s just that you can’t quite make the time to read. Maybe you forget that reading is an option when you’re easily distracted by binging the latest shows. If you make reading a part of your regular routine, it will not only be easier to remember to read, but also become a natural part of your day. Reading before bed is a common choice for many people. It’s a great way to wind down and it’s better to stay away from screens right before sleep.

If you’re having a hard time finding the time to fit reading into your daily schedule, check out our next tips for ideas on when you can read.

Pick Books You Actually Want to Read

You’re an adult.* You can read whatever you want. Forget the book clubs, the classics, or the boring trendy books that everyone is reading but you have no interest in. If you’re not excited about a book, you’re not going to want to take the time to read it. Even if you’ve started a book and you’re not enjoying it, ditch it. You don’t have to finish it. Your reading time is precious and you shouldn’t waste it.

If you’re reading a book you’re excited about, you will find yourself picking it up more. You may even grab your book instead of grabbing your remote control. And throw away any preconceived notions about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” read. Love YA? Fill your TBR pile with tons of YA. Prefer comics? Get some graphic novels. Want to be swept away? Grab some steamy romances. Who cares. Reading time is for you and you deserve to read whatever you want.

*If you’re a teen or kid, you may have assigned readings from school, but you should definitely use your free time to read whatever you want.

How to Find Time to Read (Even When You're Busy)

Step Outside Your Normal Routine

If you find it hard to break your daily habits like watching TV after work or scrolling through social media, sometimes you need to step outside that routine to find reading time. Consider going to a cafe, turning off your phone, and reading a book while you enjoy a cappuccino. The park is another excellent place for reading time. Find a bench, absorb some vitamin D, and read a few pages from your book. And, of course, the library is a free, quiet place that’s perfect for reading time.

Listen to Audiobooks While You Do Chores

I love audiobooks because they make it easy to read while doing other things. Yes, audiobooks count as reading! And they can add hours of reading time to your day. One of the best times to listen to audiobooks is while doing household chores. Your hands can wash the dishes while your mind is transported into the world of the story.

Audiobooks are incredibly accessible these days thanks to our smartphones. You can get a membership with a service like Audible to access a variety of novels and non-fiction audiobooks.

Also, check with your local library. Many of them offer access to the Libby app where you can check out ebooks and audiobooks for free.



Swap Social Media Scrolling for eBooks

Social media addiction is a common issue these days. Sometimes I pick up my phone and automatically open Twitter or Instagram without even thinking. Time on social media is usually time wasted, so if you swap that time for reading you will feel better and have extra reading time.

One of the best ways to achieve this is to delete social media apps from your phone and download an eBook app instead. All of the major eBook stores have their own apps or you can check out what eBook options your public library offers. Whenever you’re bored or killing time waiting in line, instead of opening social media open your eBook and read.

Use Your Commute as Reading Time

If you commute to your job, that’s extra time you can use for reading. If you take public transit to your office, then you get the option of reading a traditional book or an ebook. If you suffer from motion sickness, you can listen to an audiobook instead. If you’re driving to work, you can make the time stuck in traffic a little more fun with a book to pass the time.




Try Reading Short Stories

If you don’t have a lot of time to read or have a hard time committing to a full-length book. Consider reading short stories instead. You can get short story collections by an author you enjoy or try a themed anthology full of stories in your favorite genre. There are tons of podcasts that specialize in narrating short stories, so you can even enjoy them if you mainly listen to audiobooks.

Check Out Books from the Library

Libraries are incredible resources on their own, but checking out books can actually help you read more. I know that seems weird because you probably already have piles of books waiting to be read at your house. Checking a book out from the library gives you a deadline–you will have to return that book by a specific date which gives you the motivation to read it before then. If you prefer to read eBooks, you can check those out from the library, too.


If you’re a writer, you may need help finding time to write, too.

Cool Story Poe Mug - Gifts for English Teachers

15 Edgar Allan Poe Gifts for Fans & Readers

Edgar Allan Poe is a gothic and macabre writer and poet beloved by many modern days authors and readers. If you have a loved one who is obsessed with Poe, you know how their fascination can be a fixation. So when holidays and birthdays roll around, Edgar Allan Poe gifts are perfect to wow them! We’ve gathered some of the coolest, kookiest, and most interesting gift ideas for Edgar Allan Poe fans. Check them out:

15 Edgar Allen Poe Gifts

1. Edgar Allan Poe Lifesize Standee

This is the closest you’ll come to having Mr. Poe himself live and in person in your home or classroom. Any true Poe fanatic would be over the moon to receive this gift! This cardboard standee is 68″ high and features a black and white image of the famous author himself and his raven. It comes with a stand-up easel so you can display him anywhere.

Made in the USA from recycled materials.


2. Cool Story Poe Tote Bag

Cool Story Poe Tote Bag

Whether they need to carry books to class or a laptop to work, this tote bag is one of the best Edgar Allan Poe gifts you can give. Practical, check. Poe themed, check. Cool AF, check. This 100% cotton tote bag features an illustration of Poe wearing sunglasses and a raven on his shoulder.




3. Edgar Allan Poe Saint Candle

Summon the spirit of Poe to inspire writing or add a spooky vibe to a night of reading. This 8.5″ prayer candle features a gorgeous illustration of the author along with a prayer on the back. This is a fun gift that any Poe fanatic will appreciate displaying in their home.


4. Poe Floating Quote Art

Poe Floating Quote Art

This piece is a lovely and romantic gift idea. BurntBranch makes gorgeous floating quotes, printed on transparency film and protected between two layers of glass in an elegant black frame. This piece features a quote from Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee”: “We loved with a love that was more than love.” A beautiful gift, it’s great to give a loved one for Valentine’s day, an anniversary, or even a birthday.

If you’re looking for a more platonic gift, the shop offers other Poe quotes.

Check out more Valentine’s Day gifts for book lovers.


5. Edgar Allan Poe Action Figure

Readers and literary geeks can’t be denied their own action figures! This figure from Accoutrements is of the great writer Poe himself. 5.25″ tall, this vinyl action figure is an accurate representation of the author, it even comes with its own raven. Looks great displayed on a bookcase or on a writer’s desk.


6. Annabel Lee Candle

Annabel Lee Candle Edgar Allan Poe Gifts

One of Poe’s most famous poems is the sweet but sad poem told from the point of view of a man who loves a woman who died. (Read it here.) Scently Delightful has made this lovely candle inspired by the poem. The scent is a blend of sea greens, sage, and sea salt, referencing back to the kingdom by the sea. The candle comes in a beautiful jar ready to give as a gift.


7. The Raven Scarf

One of Poe’s most famous writings is a poem called “The Raven” (read it here). This gorgeous scarf features the poem in full along with vintage illustrations from an early print edition. The soft beige shawl is the same color as an old book page and it will match well with many outfits. A beautiful gift for any women who love Poe’s poetry.


8. Poe Some Sugar On Me Sugar Bowl

Poe Some Sugar on Me Sugar Bowl

This is a unique and funny book for Poe fans that enjoy drinking tea or coffee. This sugar bowl made by Kenny Clay Co features the image of the famous poet with the text “Poe Some Sugar on Me.” This handmade ceramic bowl is made from upcycled vintage china. 2.5″ wide by 3.6″ high.


9. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

Many readers know Poe for his world-famous short stories, but he preferred poetry. For new fans of Poe’s work, this complete collection of poetry makes a wonderful gift. Readers will be entranced by his soulful and haunting words and verse. It includes classic poems like “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “The Bells.”


10. Poe Quote Tights

Poe Quote Tights - Edgar Allan Poe Gifts

This is one of the coolest Edgar Allan Poe gifts we’ve seen! MyTightsShop makes tons of interesting, specialty tights. This set features quotes from Poe’s work, along with gorgeous vintage illustrations. Available in beige, white, and silver. One size fits from small to x-large.


11. Poe Me Another Cup Mug

This funny coffee mug is perfect for literary fans and Edgar Allan Poe lovers. It features an illustration of the writer, with a raven perched on his head holding a teacup. It says: “Poe me another cup,” with a fun play on the writer’s name. Include some of the gift receiver’s favorite coffee or tea to create a nice gift bag.

This 11 oz. mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.


12. Edgar Allan Poe Nevermore Raven Tie

Edgar Allan Poe Nevermore Raven Tie

For the Poe loving gentleman in your life, this classic tie makes a great gift. This satin tie features an image of a raven with text from “Nevermore.” This tie is perfect to wear to special events or the office, it also looks great on English professors.

Check out more gifts for English teachers and professors.


13. Edgar Allan Poe Socks

Socks are often given as a practical gift, but this pair has a literary twist. Featuring an embroidery of the famous author Poe, these socks also have a raven perched on his shoulder saying “Nevermore!”

Made in the USA, these socks come in gray or crimson and feature Poe’s signature on the bottom of the sock.


14. Edgar Allan Poe Enamel Pin

Edgar Allan Poe Enamel Pin

If you’re looking for a tiny Poe gift to add to a gift bag or give as a stocking stuffer, check this out. This handmade enaml pin features the classic image of the author Edgar Allan Poe. Perfect for pinning to a jean jacket or a bag or purse.


15. The Raven Figure

The raven is one of the most well-known characters in Poe’s work and every fan deserves to have a bird of their own. And it talks! This raven figure is perfect to display on a desk or bookcase and when you press the button it says “Nevermore!” The raven comes with a copy of the classic poem, making it a fantastic gift for any Poe fanatics.


Want to see fun and creative gifts for writers and book lovers? Try our megalists of gifts for writers and gifts for readers.

Bam! Onomatopoeia Art Print Gifts for English Majors

20 Literary Gifts for English Majors

Being an English Major isn’t just a passing college fad. It is a way of life. The love of writing, the literary world, and all things books are an important part of any English Major’s identity (they sure aren’t in it for the money!). If you have a family member or friend in college, you know how important their bookish ways are. Because of this, there are tons of literary gifts for English Majors. These gift ideas range from fun and unique gifts to practical gifts that will help them get through their college stresses. Buy these presents for birthdays, graduation gifts, or Christmas. Check them out below.

Gifts for English Majors

1. Typewriter Sticky Notes

College students have a lot to remember. They need to remember classes, tests, and when papers are due. Here is a cute and fun way for your English Major to make notes of all those important things. These sticky notes come in a box that looks like a vintage typewriter. Pull them out the top like you’re pulling out a finished manuscript page. They’ll look great displayed on their desk.

Check out more typewriter gift ideas.


2. Dewey Decimal Literary Necktie

Dewey Decimal Literary Necktie

You’ll never find a gift like this in stores! Cyberoptix makes these beautiful neckties printed with the 800 series of Dewey Classification. Printed on a silky soft microfiber, it’s available in three different colors. Perfect to dress up and add some literary fun to any outfit.




3. Rockstar Authors Tote Bag

All English Majors need a good bag to tote their books and notes to class, but this one just rocks! This tote bag from Out of Print reimagines classic authors as punk rockers. See the wild sides of Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, and Maya Angelou.

100% cotton. Made in the USA.


4. Literary Themed Candles

Literary Themed Candles - Gifts for English Majors

From the Page makes literary-themed candles that are perfect for infusing any moment with fragrances inspired by classic literary works. These beautiful gifts are handmade with soy wax and fragrance oils and come in a jar. The Sleepy Hollow candle pictured above features fall scents like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla. Other scents like Ancient Library and Late Night Reading are great for any English major to enjoy.


5. Book Covers Jigsaw Puzzle

Puzzles are a fun way to relax and a perfect break from reading all those assigned books. This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle features the covers of classic books like Gone with the Wind, 1984, and Charlotte’s Web.

Challenging and fun, this puzzle is great to do alone or with the whole family. Made in the USA.


6. Book Nerd Pencils

Book Nerd Pencil Set Gift for English Majors

Make homework fun with these book nerd-y pencils. Features six book-related phrases like “Books are my happy place” and “Professional Bookworm.” These pencils make fun and practical gifts for English Majors.

Perfect for taking notes in class or outlining a novel, these pencils come in a set of six in a mix of colors. These pencils are perfectly priced and sized to give as a stocking stuffer or a back to school gift.


7. Midsummer Night’s Balm

If you’re looking for a small gift or something to brighten up an English Major’s day, check this out. William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Balm is a cherry flavored chapstick that will “put some puck in your pucker.” It’s a cute little gift with a pinch of literary fun.

Check out more gifts for Shakespeare fantatics.


8. Quotation Mark Earrings

Quotation Mark Earrings

Perfect for punctuation purists, these hand-drawn earrings from Peach Orchard Boutique are a lovely gift for English Majors. These black and white earrings are handmade, which gives them a cool and unique vibe. Sealed with resin, each earring has a stainless steel post and nickel-free aluminum barrel backs. Comes with a gift box, ready to give to your loved one.


9. Literary Rocks Glass

Literary Rocks Glass English Major Gift

Drinking is usually a big part of college life, but it’s more fun when you give it a wordy twist. These unique rocks glasses from Welltold feature covers and first pages from classic books. Put together a set with a few of their favorite classic literature titles.

Include a bottle of their favorite liquor, and the giftee will really appreciate this gift.


10. Bam! Onomatopoeia Art Print

Bam! Onomatopoeia Art Print Gifts for English Majors

This print is fantastic for any English nerds. A bright and bold piece of art in a comic book style, it says: “Bam! Onomatopoeia.” A colorful definition of the word, this print is available in a variety of sizes and perfect for framing. It looks great in any dorm room or office.


11. English Majors Get Lit T-Shirt

English Majors Get Lit Shirt Gift Idea

This shirt is the perfect gift for English Majors who like to party–or who consider a night at home reading a good book to be a good time. This shirt says “English Majors Get Lit” with a fun play on the phrase. This tee is perfect to wear to class or during late night cram sessions.

Available in the sizes small through 3XL in the colors black, gray, and peach.


12. Be Right Back Bookmark

Be Right Back Bookmark

English majors are always reading a ton of books: novels for class, textbooks for others, and then the book they’re reading on the side for fun. This cute bookmark is perfect for that book they can’t wait to finish. They can mark their page with the message “Be Right Back.”

Include this as a gift with a book from their “want to read” list to make a gift they’ll really appreciate.

Check out more fun bookmarks for readers.


13. Grammar Mug

One thing all English Majors have in common is a bit of obsession with grammar. This mug is a fun embodiment of it, saying “Grammar: The Different Between Knowing Your Crap and Knowing You’re Crap.” They’ll enjoy drinking some late night java in this mug while finishing up papers the day before they’re due.

This 11 oz. mug is dishwasher and microwave safe. Include some of their favorite coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to create a nice care package.


14. Book Cover Composition Notebooks

College students need notebooks, whether to take a ton of notes in class or draft their next paper. But for your loved ones, plain notebooks just won’t do. Luckily, Out of Print makes these awesome composition notebooks with vintage book covers on them. Choose from Pride & Prejudice, Alice & Wonderland, Atlas Shrugged, and The Great Gatsby. The hardcover will keep their writing safe and look great it class.

See more gifts for Jane Austen fans.


15. Book Socks

Socks are one of the most practical gifts you can gift, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun! These knee-high socks are any bookworm’s dream. They feature knitted books falling into a “to be read pile” as high as most booklover’s.

Fits women with shoe sizes 6-10.


16. Library Due Date Card Coaster Set

If you want gifts for English Majors that are cool and useful, check this out. These coasters made by Cheltenham Road are perfect for people whose happy place is the library. They feature vintage library check out cards from classic books. The coasters are handmade from wood, the images sealed with a waterproof resin. These are great in an office, living room, or home library.


17. Ernest Hemingway Engraved Quote Pen

An English Major can always use a good pen and this one is a great gift for those who love to write. This gorgeous roller ball ink pen is engraved with Ernest Hemingway’s signature and his famous quote: “In order to write about life, first you must live it.”

Perfect for taking notes or outlining a novel, this refillable pen will get used for years to come.

Want more ideas for writing tool gifts? Check out these quirky pen gifts for writers.


18. Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld is a cartoonist who makes funny cartoons for The Guardian and many other publications. Baking with Kafka collects his best literary cartoons. Full of pop culture refrences and hillariously honest quips about writers, every English Major will appreciate Gauld’s dry humor and brilliant takes on the literary world.


19. Go Away I’m Reading Sign

Every English Major is a bookworm at heart, so their favorite thing to do is cozy up with a good book. This box sign says what they’re thinking: “Go Away I’m Reading.” This sign is the perfect decoration for a dorm room and looks great on a bookshelf.


20. Bookshelf Infinity Scarf

Accessories make great gifts because they’re practical but can also be really fun. This infinity scarf is the epitome of that. Made of lightweight chiffon, this scarf features a gorgeous bookshelf print. Looks great with a casual outfit or dressing up for a night on the town.


Want to see fun and creative gifts for writers and book lovers? Try our megalists of gifts for writers and gifts for readers.


Comfy Socks for Book Lovers Gifts for Mom

25 Mother’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers & Readers

Mother’s Day is a great day to show your mom a little appreciation. You can take her out to dinner, send her a nice card, or get her a thoughtful gift. If you’re feeling stumped, there’s plenty of fun and clever gift ideas for readers and bookworms that make perfect Mother’s Day gifts. We’ve rounded up some of the best Mother’s Day gifts for book lovers and readers.

Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

1. Sterling Silver Book Necklace

Sterling Silver Book Necklace Mother's Day Gift

Jewelry is a classic gift for Mother’s Day, but this gives it a bit of a bookish twist. This necklace is designed to look like a vintage hardcover book. The classic design makes it perfect to wear casually or for a special occasion. Gorgeous and thoughtful, Mom will love it.

The charm and chain are sterling silver. You can choose between a variety of chain lengths.


2. Recycled Book Roses

Recycled Book Roses Mother's Day Gift

Flowers are a classic Mother’s Day gift, but real flowers die and eventually are thrown away. These recycled book page flowers last forever and make a beautiful gift for any book lover. My Cotton Branch makes gorgeous paper roses from a variety of books and comics. You can make the gift even more meaningful by selecting pages from one of Mom’s favorite books like Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice. Make the gift even sweeter by selecting one of the children’s books, to remind mom of the times she read to you in bed when you were a child.




3. Comfy Socks for Book Lovers

Comfy Socks for Book Lovers Gifts for Mom

There’s nothing cozier than a hot drink, comfy PJs, and some soft socks. For a reader, this gift is practical and fun. What makes them fun is the message hidden on the bottom: “If you can read this, please bring me a book.” Your hardworking Mom will appreciate this gift that reminds her to take some time to kick back, relax, and read. Available in five colors.


4. Bookmarks are for Quitters T-shirt

This is the perfect gift for moms who read an entire book in a day. They don’t even need a bookmark, because “Bookmarks are for Quitters.” We recommend adding a book or a sweet treat to this gift.

This playful t-shirt is available in white, blue, gray, yellow, and pink.


5. Personalized Bookmark

Personalized Bookmark for Mom - Mother's Day Gift

If your mom is the type of reader who does need a bookmark because she enjoys longer books or marking her favorite passages, then this is the gift for her. This gorgeous bookmark is personalized for your mom. It can be engraved with the names of all her children and features a minimalist heart. If you pay a little extra, you can have a special message engraved on the back as well.

The bookmark is handmade from stainless steel, creating a lasting and meaningful gift for your mother.

Check out more fun bookmarks for readers.


6. Kindle Oasis E-reader

If your mom reads a lot and she doesn’t already have an e-reader, this is the year to get her one. We recommend the Kindle Oasis because it’s waterproof, making it perfect to read at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath (more on that later). It also comes in a gorgeous Champagne Gold color, perfect for the stylish Mom.

With a 7″ display, it’s like reading a regular book except easier on the wrists since it’s so light. It also stores hundreds of ebooks and you can instantly buy new ones direct from the Kindle store, or take advantage of a Kindle Unlimited Subscription (which makes a great gift for Mom as well!).


7. Book Cases for E-Readers

If your mother already has an e-reader, a fantastic literary-themed Mother’s Day gift is to get a case that looks like a book. Not only will it protect the e-reader from damage, but it looks just like a vintage book! We highly recommend KleverCase, which makes cases for Kindles, iPads, and even iPhones. They make cases that look like specific books, like the Alice in Wonderland book above, or just generic leather books. The choices are endless and your mom will really appreciate the bookish case.


8. Literary Bath Salts

Literary Bath Salts - Mother's Day Gifts for Readers

It’s nice to let mom pamper herself on Mother’s Day and these literary-themed bath salts are the perfect excuse for her to take a little “me time.” The Soap Librarian makes a variety of bookish soaps and bath salts based on famous books like The Great Gatsby and Pride & Prejudice. Check out their bar soaps as well–they’re shaped like books!


9. Bamboo Bath Tray

Now that Mom has everything she needs to take some “me time,” make sure she can really enjoy her bath. This bamboo bath tray has everything she needs to relax and enjoy a good book. With extending sides that fit any bathtub, this caddy includes an adjustable reading rack to hold an e-reader or book, as well as a notch for a glass of wine. There’s even a notch to keep your cell phone or a candle safely in place.


10. Vintage Books Scented Candle

Vintage Books Scented Candle Literary Gifts for Mom

Speaking of candles, a bookish candle makes a fun Mother’s Day gift for any book lover. The Cheeky Nose makes a variety of scrumptious and fun candles based on a variety of themes–including books! Their “Vintage Books” scent is a favorite of ours, with that musty old book smell that brings back memories of stepping into used book shops or reading your grandparent’s books. Every book lover will really enjoy this candle.


11. Library Card Earrings

Library Card Earrings for Mother's Day

If your mom is a librarian or just has nostalgic memories of date stamps on library cards, she’ll love these earrings. Made by Liza and Lulus, these cute earrings are a pair of miniature library cards, complete with a history of check-out stamps. Made from recycled wood, they have sterling silver french wire hooks.

Check out more bookish gifts for librarians.


12. Book Shelf Infinity Scarf

This scarf makes a stylish fashion statement! Featuring a print of books on a shelf, any book loving mama will appreciate this gorgeous scarf. This chiffon scarf is lightweight, perfect to wear year round.


13. Custom Book Page Throw Blanket

Custom Book Page Throw Blanket Mother's Day Gift Idea

If your mom loves cuddling up with a good book, this amazing throw blanket will keep her toasty warm. What is unique about this blanket is it is fully customizable–you choose the text that is displayed on this “book page.” That means you can pick a page from your mother’s favorite book or even write a story for her. She’ll appreciate all the thought that went into this personalized gift.


14. Heart Shape Book Page Holder

This is such a cute way to show mom you love her. Tilisma makes these beautiful wooden book page holders. You slide them onto your thumb and they help hold book pages open for a more comfortable, one-handed reading experience. The heart shaped design shows your love.


15. Custom Library Book Stamp

Custom Library Book Stamp Mom Gift

Most book lovers worry about lending out their favorite books in case they never see them again, but you can ease your mom’s concern with this gift. This custom book stamp says “From the Library Of” and can be personalized with your mother’s name. This unique gift is perfect for Mother’s Day.


16. Reading Figure Sculpture

This beautiful art piece is begging to be displayed on your mother’s bookshelf. Artist Danya B has designed this lovely figure sitting and reading a book. This statue is made from cast iron, but is surprisingly lightweight. It also works well as a bookend–you can even order two!


17. Punny Book Shaped Coasters

Punny Book Shaped Coasters Mother's Day Gift for Readers

These solid wood coasters are a unique and fun gift idea for book-loving moms. Each features a “punny” version of a classic book cover, with a drink related twist. “Gone with the Wind” becomes “Gone with the Wine” and “Pride and Prejudice” becomes “Pride and Beverages.” There are 16 options available which you can buy in customized sets (2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 coasters) or as a whole group


18. Bookshelf Mug for Readers

If your mom is a bibliophile who enjoys a warm drink while she reads, this is a must-have gift for her! This 11 oz mug features an illustration of bookshelves, featuring a variety of classic books, a sleeping cat, and even a bird that has escaped its cage. Include some of their favorite coffee or tea to make an awesome gift bag (and check out the next item for some tea ideas!)


19. Literary Themed Tea for Mom

Literary Themed Tea for Mom

If your mom enjoys drinking tea, she’ll really like these literary-themed teas. Rosie Lea Tea UK has 60 different author tins to choose from, each feature the author’s name and a famous quote. Each tin comes with their delicious Orange Crush Fruit Infusion tea, a deliciously fruity tea that’s great hot or iced. You can choose from loose-leaf, breakfast tea bags, or strawberry tea bags.


20. Pillow eBook Reader Holder

If your mother likes to read in bed and uses an e-reader or tablet, this gift will give her a hands-free reading experience. This pillow comfortably sits in your lap while providing a stand to hold a tablet or e-reader. It also features pockets to store reading accessories. When you’re done, it folds up to function as a normal pillow or you can use the handle to carry it around.


21. Literary Foil Art Prints

Literary Foil Art Prints for Mom

Annya Kai Art Foils makes beautiful art prints using real gold foils. She has an entire portfolio of prints featuring literary quotes. The prints are not only beautiful but inspiring and a great Mother’s Day gift. Each print is made to order so you can choose the background color and either gold or silver foil accents.


22. Book Lover’s Reading Journal

This reading journal is a perfect way for mom to track the books she reads. The review pages have spaces to record details like title and author of the book, as well as the dates spent reading the book, a rating, and notes on the book. There are also other worksheet pages like one to record your “biblio style” of favorite authors, books, and genres and pages to record favorite quotes from books.


23. These Are My Reading Glasses Funny Wine Glasses

These Are My Reading Glasses Funny Wine Glasses Mother's Day Gift

For the mom who has a sense of humor and loves wine! This pair of stemless wine glasses say “These are my reading glasses.” Include a bottle of mom’s favorite wine and she’ll really enjoy this gift.


24. Books to Read Tray

Books to Read Tray Mother's Day Gift

Every book lover has a “to be read” pile, but this is a unique way for mom to display her books. Gifts with a Cherry on Top makes these shabby chic wooden trays that say “Books to Read” on the side. Perfect for displaying on a shelf or coffee table. The trays are made to order and come in three different sizes with a choice of 13 different colors to match mom’s home decor.


25. Blind Date with a Book Box

Blind Date with a Book Box

If you feel really stumped on a great Mother’s Day gift idea, here is one that is sure to delight. Wicked Chicken Designs makes these “Blind Date with a Book” gift boxes. You tell them what kind of book genre your mom likes to read and what kind of coffee/tea she likes. They will pick out a book and include a ton of other fun small gifts.


Still, haven’t found the perfect gift for mom? Check out more of our gifts for readers and book lovers. Our gifts for readers megalist has 50 fantastic gift ideas for bookworms. Also explore Mother’s Day gardening gifts, Mother’s Day gifts for movie lovers, and meditation and yoga gifts for mom.

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20 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Readers & Book Lovers

Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers & Book Lovers

Valentine’s Day is always a tricky holiday to shop for. Gifts need to be meaningful and romantic, plus there are expectations of flowers and chocolates. Luckily, when you’re shopping for a book lover, there are plenty of meaningful gifts that will delight them. We’ve rounded up some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for readers and bookworms. These gifts are romantic, practical, and fun. They’re all sure to woo your beloved on Valentine’s day. Check them out below. (If the person you’re shopping for is also a writer, they might enough these Valentine’s Day gift ideas for writers, too.)

Literary Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bookworms

1. Love Story Tea Books

If your beloved is addicted to tea, this is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for them. Basilur makes these beautiful “tea books.” They’re book-shaped tea tins with gorgeous vibrant covers that feature a variety of teas to meet your book lover’s taste. Each flavor is its own “Volume” in the collection.

We especially recommend their “Love Story” variety for Valentine’s Day, which has three different volumes with beautiful floral covers.




2. Chocolate Covered Book Oreos

Chocolate Covered Book Oreo Cookies

Chocolates are a classic Valentine’s Day gift, but these beauties will really delight a book lover. Handmade by Rosebud Chocolates, these Oreos are hand-dipped in regular or white chocolate and feature a gold book. These chocolates make great Valentine’s Day gifts for readers and writers alike.


3. “As You Wish” Princess Bride Inspired Soy Candle

"As You Wish" Princess Bride Inspired Soy Candle - Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers

From the Page specializes in making literary-inspired candles. Their “As You Wish” candle is the perfect romantic gift for Valentine’s Day. Inspired by the love story from A Prince Bride, the romantic scent is Love Spell, with citrus, cherry blossom, hydrangea, apple, and peach aromas. Made with soy wax, the candle is eco-friendly and the jar is reusable once the candle is spent. This is a sweet gift for any reader who loves A Princess Bride.


4. What I Love About You Fill In The Love Journal

Readers love books, so what could they love more than a personalized book that you fill out all about them? Before you give the book to them, sit down and fill out the book. It will prompt you to record lovely memories from your relationship and the little quirks you find so adorable in your special someone. Then you’ll present them with the perfect keepsake, sure to bring a few tears to their eyes.


5. Book Roses

Recycled Book Roses - Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers

Roses are another classic Valentine’s Day gift, but rather than getting expensive roses that will die, these cool roses last forever. Handmade by Maviny at My Cotton Branch, she recycles pages from books to make these gorgeous paper flowers. Her’s is unique in that you can select the book the pages come from, including some children’s books that great lovely colorful flowers. Other options include text from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, The Twilight books or the beloved Harry Potter. There are even more books to choose from, so click the button below to see all of the options. Since the roses are handmade to order, you can even request a custom book made from your own paper.


6. “Talk Dewey to Me” Socks

This is the perfect gift for book nerds and librarians that adds a little spice to Valentine’s Day. The socks are embroidered with dewey decimal numbers and feature the phrase “Talk Dewey to me” on the side. This is a romantic, book nerdy way to start something a little naughty on Valentine’s Day.

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7. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

There’s nothing a reader loves more at the end of a day then relaxing and enjoying a good book. Now they can combine that with a warm bath to create perfect bliss. This bamboo bathtub tray is adjustable to fit any tub side. It has a metal frame to securely hold a book or e-reader while they soak. There’s also a “cup holder” to secure a glass of wine. This is a fantastic option if you’re searching for Valentine’s Day gifts for readers.

Include some of their favorite bubble bath or a nice bath bomb and a bottle of wine to make a gift basket they’ll want to use ASAP.


8. Personalized Library Borrowers Card Poster

Personalized Library Borrowers Card Poster - Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers

This is one of the coolest personalized gifts for readers I’ve seen. Boka Print specializes in customized prints and this vintage library inspired design is perfect for bookworms. Designed to look like an old library book borrower’s card, it can be personalized with your names and a “Title” for your relationship. The dates can be from significant days in your relationship, like first date, first kiss, engagement, marriage, birth of children, or even inside jokes. This romantic, personal gift will be sure to touch your book lover and makes a gorgeous display piece. Since they’re made to order, the print is available in a variety of sizes.


9. Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

Romantic poetry is a classic Valentine’s Day gift. Obviously, it’s best if you write it yourself, but if you’re not a poetic type, this book of love poems by Pablo Neruda is perfect. These poems are charged with erotic sensuality and beautiful passion, written on the island of Capri about his love Matilde Urrutia.

To make the gift more meaningful and romantic, write a sweet message in the front of the book. Also, get a new bookmark, read through the poems in the book and select one that reflects how you feel about your beloved. Then, when you give them the book you can read the poem out loud to them or have them read it. Make sure to have tissues nearby!


10. Great Gatsby Cufflinks

Great Gatsby Cufflinks Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers

If your special someone is a guy, then these The Great Gatsbey cufflinks are a fantastic gift idea. Made from the text of the book, one cufflink says “Gatsby” while the other says “Old Sport”–the nickname Gatsby calls Nick throughout the book. These are a subtle accessory, perfect for any book lover or fan of the novel. DSPDavey also makes a pair that says “Gatsby” and “Daisy” here.


11. Romantic Folded Book Art

Romantic Folded Book Art

This is a unique and sweet literary gift for your loved one. Folded Books the Eco Way specializes in this cool kind of book art. It involves folding pages to create an image or text that can be displayed on a table or shelf. We like “Blow Me a Kiss” because of the sweet image with hearts, but you can also order a custom book with your anniversary date, initials, or another special message.


12. Stack of Books Jewelry Box

If you plan on giving your loved one jewelry for Valentine’s day, this bookish gift is the perfect companion. What looks like a stack of vintage books is actually a jewelry box. The top hinges open to store jewelry, love letters, or other keepsakes. Looks great on a desk, dresser, or bookshelf.


13. Literary Bath Bombs

Mr. Darcy Literary Bath Bombs

Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics handmakes a variety of delicious-smelling soaps, lotions, and bath bombs. These unique scents are perfect for self-care and pampering. We especially like the literary-themed items, like their mini bath bombs. Some of the book related options include Romeo, Mr. Darcy, Julius Caesar, and Time Traveller. Check the soap section for the colorful Alice in Wonderland soap.


14. Heart Metal Bookmark

Heart Metal Bookmark Gift Valentine's Day

A reader can never have enough bookmarks, but this one comes straight from the heart! Hand formed by Fine Metal Dust, these compact and cute bookmarks feature a heart shape that lovingly marks the page in a book. Available in antiqued copper or brass.

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15. Ernest Hemingway Love Quote Art Print

Ernest Hemingway Love Quote Art Print

This romantic art print of a classic Ernest Hemingway quote is perfect to hang in a bedroom, office, or home library wall. The quote says: “We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.” The quote is printed on high quality 100% cotton matte fine art paper ready for framing.


16. Love Story Literary Bauble Necklace

Love Story Literary Bauble Necklace

Here’s a cool jewelry option for Valentine’s Day with a literary twist. Mummy Bird Pretties makes these glass necklaces that feature pieces from recycled love stories. Give your beloved some classic literary love.


17. Wuthering Heights Love Quote Necklace

Wuthering Heights Love Quote Necklace

This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Emily Bronte fans and lovers of classic literature. This bar necklace made by Jezebel Charms features this quote from Wuthering Heights: “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same.” The brass pendant comes on a gold plated chain in a gift box ready for giving.


18. Personalized Penguin Book Cover

Personalized Penguin Book Cover

This is a beautiful way to commemorate your love for the book nerd in your life. These custom Penguin Book cover can feature any message you like, from an inside joke to a romantic musing. For the author field, you can display your names and the date can be an anniversary, first date, or another special moment from your relationship. Perfect to print and frame for display anywhere in your home.


19. Longitude Latitude Leather Bookmark

Longitude Latitude Leather Bookmark

Every couple has a special place, whether it’s where you first met, the restaurant of your first date, or the church where you got married. Now you can memorialize that special place on a gorgeous bookmark. Love That Leather makes these lovely leather bookmarks that are imprinted with the coordinates of any place you to. A romantic and personal gift for any booklover.


20. Book Locket

Book Locket Necklace for Valentine's Day

Lockets are a traditional romantic gift for a lover, but this one has its own literary twist. This locket is in the shape of a book and can be personalized with an initial. Inside you can put a picture or even a romantic note. This is a beautiful piece of jewelry any book lover would adore.


Still hunting for the perfect romantic gift? Check out these Valentine’s Day gifts for writers, Valentine’s Day gifts for movie lovers, yoga and meditation Valentine’s Day Gifts, and romantic gifts for gardeners. If you loved one enjoys hot sauce, check out these Sriracha Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Want to see fun and creative gifts for writers and book lovers? Try our megalists of gifts for writers and gifts for readers.

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The Best Books for 8th Graders

The Best Books for 8th Graders

The Best Books for 8th Graders

A love of reading is important to encourage at any age, but especially when kids grow into teenagers. Those early teen years are a whirlwind of new experiences and also new gadgets that can distract from reading. Eighth graders, usually ages 13 and 14 years old in the United States, have tons of fun and interesting books that are great for their reading level. A lot of teens at this age are ready to read books written for adult audiences, but many will be more interest in young adult and teen-focused books. For this article, we’re recommending some of the best books for 8th graders in a variety of genres. These books are perfect for Christmas presents or Birthday gifts and are a fantastic way to keep your teen reading.

Classic Books for 8th Graders

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

This classic book by Maya Angelou is often found on required reading lists, but many students leave school without the opportunity to read this book. This memoir is actually the first in five volumes of her auto-biography and covers the years of her youth, perfect for 8th graders to relate to. It follows her life as she lives with her grandmother in Arkansas as a child and later lives in California where is her life is changed by an unplanned pregnancy.

Angelou’s unfiltered memoir not only gives readers insight into the early years of her life that helped shape her into the poet she is today but also reveals many realities of African American life in the United States. Her story is one filled with tragedy and triumphs that can inspire and inform young teenage readers.




To Kill a Mockingbird

This is another book that is commonly challenged in classrooms, but is essential for young readers. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee tells the story of a young girl coming of age in the Deep South during the Great Depression as her father defends a black man on trial for the rape of a white woman. The novel is often praised for its handling of serious issues like racial inequality and rape, especially for presenting them in a way that is appropriate for young teen readers.

Based on some of her own experiences growing up as a 10-year-old in Alabama, Lee captures the prejudices and inequality of the time through a story that helps educate readers about these issues. It also covers themes like courage, compassion, class, and gender roles in a coming of age story that 8th-grade readers can relate to. If your child won’t be reading To Kill a Mockingbird in school, this is a great book to give as a gift or use for summer reading.


Of Mice and Men

Another classic to consider when searching for books for 8th graders, is this novel by John Steinbeck. While he’s most well known for The Grapes of Wrath, this novel is shorter and easier to keep the attention of 13 and 14 year olds. It’s also common in 8th grade classrooms and like the previous two books, often challenged and banned as well.

Based on John Steinbeck’s experiences working with migrant farm workers, Of Mice and Men follows two workers in California: George an intelligent man who dreams of owning his own land someday and Lennie a strong, mentally disabled man. The novel covers themes like dreams, loneliness and relationships, powerlessness, oppression and abuse, and fate. It also provides insight into the Great Depression and lives of migrant workers.


The Outsiders

SE Hinton is an author who transformed the YA genre with her gritty, darker stories of teens. The Outsiders is the most well known of her books and is often assigned reading in middle school classrooms. This book is of significant interest to teens because Hinton was a teen herself when she wrote it and the book was published when she was 18. While this book is great for any 8th grade readers, it’s especially good for boys who aren’t into reading or feel like they can’t relate to YA stories.

This coming-of-age story follows several teen boys who are in two rival gangs, one rich and one poor. The novel touches on themes of social class, honor, relationships, and coming of age. It also deals with violence, friendships, romantic relationships, and other issues relevant to young teens. This is another book that is often challenged and kept out of the classroom, but we highly recommend it for 8th grade and high school readers.


And Then There Were None

If you’re looking for a book that isn’t surrounded by controversy and is a little more fun to read, this classic mystery by Agatha Christie is a great choice. Many readers praise this as one of the best mysteries ever written and it’s a great introduction to the mystery genre for young teens. The premise is ten strangers are invited to an island under false pretenses. In addition to two servants, these guests are accused of murder and left alone, trapped on the island to pay for their crimes. They then start to die one by one.

If you’re looking for mystery books for 8th graders to read, And Then There Were None is an excellent choice. If your child enjoys this, it may open the door for them to read other Agatha Christie mysteries or YA mysteries.


Scifi & Fantasy Books for 8th Graders

Numbers

If you’re looking to get your 8th grader hooked on reading, one of the best ways to do that is to introduce them to a page turny series. Luckily, there are lots of science fiction and fantasy series written for 13 and 14 year olds. This book by Rachel Ward is the first in a series of science fiction psycho-thrillers with a touch of romance.

The main character is a 15-year-old girl named Jem who has the strange gift where she can see the date when a person is going to die when they make eye contact with her. That’s enough to make any person’s life complicated, but Jem is an orphan in foster care who doesn’t form close relationships until she meets Spider. Then everything gets out of control when she realizes he’s going to die in a couple of days and there will be a terrorist attack at the London Eye. This fast-paced thriller is fun and engaging for any 8th grader to read.


Sabriel

If your child is more interested in fantasy, they need to check out this trilogy by Garth Nix. This classic fantasy is an age appropriate alternative to Game of Thrones with a little extra magic thrown in. The story is about a young woman named Sabriel who has always lived away from the Old Kingdom and the Free Magic used within. That all changes when her father goes missing and she must adventure with two magical beings into the Old Kingdom and soon discovers her own destiny.

This trilogy is great for fantasy fans and as a female-led alternative to Harry Potter. While it’s often targeted at young women, it’s a classic story that readers of either gender can enjoy.


Cinder

This is the first book in the The Lunar Chronicles Series, by New York Times Best Selling author Marissa Meyer, and it’s another fantastic choice if you’re trying to get your 8th grader into reading. This sci-fi retelling of the classic Cinderella tale features a main character who is a cyborg and a mechanic who finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle when she meets Prince Kai. Suddenly the fate of Earth hinges on Cinder as she uncovers the secrets of her past.

This YA book appeals to fans of YA romance, fairy tales, and science fiction, with a perfect blend of the genres that is an addictive page-turner. This is a great option if you’re looking for books for an 8th-grade reading level.


Maze Runner

Well known because of the blockbuster movie series, The Maze Runner started as a best selling YA book series by James Dashner. While it’s often compared to The Hunger Games and Divergent, the series offers a new twist on teen battling for their lives. Thomas wakes up in the Glade with no memory of what came before. The Glade is inhabited by other teen boys, all arrived the same way coming up a metal elevator with no memory. They’re surrounded by stone walls that make up the ever changing maze surrounding The Glade. That’s their only exit and no one has made it through alive. Then a girl arrives with a message and they realize their only option is to go through the maze.

The Maze Runner series is great for 8th-grade girls or boys, but boys who may be turned off by the romance elements in other YA sci-fi books will appreciate this series which focuses more on other story elements. The series is full of dystopian settings and the story evolves and deepens with each new book as the answers to mysteries are revealed.


History & Historical Fiction for 8th Graders

The Diary of a Young Girl

This is another book that is often assigned in schools, but if it’s not a part of your child’s curriculum you should get them a copy. Anne Frank was just like any other 13 year old girl, until her family had to go into hiding because the Nazis were taking Jews to concetration camps during World War II. During her time in hiding, Anne kept a journal of her day-to-day life, dreaming of being able to go outside and wishing she could be a writer. Unfortunately her family was discovered and most of them perished in concentration camps, including young Anne.

When her father returned to Amsterdam after the war, he discovered his daughter’s diary and had it published in 1947. In addition to being a beautiful memorial to his daughter, the diary is a candid window into the lives of a family in hiding from persecution. 8th-grade readers will easily relate to Anne’s vivid voice and the universal coming of age experiences she had during those years. This is a great way to help young readers connect personally with the tragedy intolerance and war causes for innocent civilians like the Frank family.


The Port Chicago 50

All of history books for 8th graders focus on events well trodden in history textbooks, but this one by Steve Sheinkin covers a story most middle schoolers (and even adults!) aren’t familiar with. In 1944 an explosion at Port Chicago, California killed more than 300 sailors. As a result, 244 men refused to return to work, protesting the unsafe conditions. When it was over, fifty of the men faced charges of mutiny.

This book covers all of the events, presented in an easy to read narrative. It highlights an important event in military history while also taking a nuanced look at civil rights and the treatment of black men and women in our armed forces during World War II. If your 8th grader enjoys this book, they may also want to read Bomb by the same author.


A Night Divided

Twelve year old Gerta wakes up one morning in 1961 to discover the Berlin Wall has been built over night, not only dividing the city, but her family as well. While she, her mother, and one of her brothers is stuck on the eastern side of the wall (controlled by the Soviets), her father and other brother are on the western side of the wall, where he had been searching for work. Soon Greta and her family realize they’re prisoners in their own city and her father wants her and her brother to tunnel under the wall and join him on the other side.

This fast-paced story provides an entertaining read for any young reader, while also giving an insight into the real-life experience of this historic time period in Germany. This book is a great choice for readers who aren’t interested in reading about history, as the fictional story will sweep them up in the experience and doesn’t feel anything like a textbook.


Wolf by Wolf

This book by Ryan Graudin is a genre blender, combining World War II alternative history with the thrill of a spy novel, the magic of speculative fiction, and the relatability of a coming of age story. In Wolf by Wolf, it’s 1956 and Ya-el has escaped the concentration camp she was imprisoned in, but now she’s a shapeshifter with an important mission. She has to assume the identity of a motorcycle champion to compete in the Axis tour. Her goal is to win and get a chance to meet the reclusive Hitler and assasinate him.

This story is great for 8th graders, especially those who are interested in Man in the High Castle and other World War II related fiction. It’s also great for fans of werewolf tales and urban fantasy.


YA Books for 8th Graders

The Fixer

If your 8th grader prefers reading books set in the real world, they will enjoy the books in this section. This novel by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fun thriller that explores the secrets of Washington DC. Tess is sent to live with her older sister Ivy who is secretly DC’s “fixer,” someone who makes scandals disapear. Once Tess starts school, she finds herself in the roll of fixer for Hardwicke Academy. Soon both sisters find themselves wrapped up in the same conspiracy and realize what is really on the line.

This book is like House of Cards or Scandel but written for the 8th grade age set. This is a great read for any teens interested in politics or political scandals.


Pretty Little Liars

A lot of YA books for 8th graders have been turned into TV series or movies. This can actually be helpful in encouraging a teen to start reading if they’re not already a book worm. The Pretty Little Liars series has been made into a hugely popular series, but the original books by Sara Shepard were bestsellers in their own right. Plus these books are addictive, so they’re great to start a reading habit.

The story is about five beautiful girls who are friends, when their leader disappears, leaving the other four teens behind and full of secrets. Three years later they all start receiving threatening notes from a mysterious person. Now all of their secrets–big and small–could be revealed. The series includes 16 books, plus three companions novels, with plenty for your 8th grader to read.


The Princess Diaries

This is another series that was made into a movie, with a bit of a fairytale twist. These books by Meg Cabot follow the story of Mia, an awkward Freshman who is struggling with normal teen stuff when it is revealed her father is the crown prince of Genovia. That means Mia is a Princess and she’s got even bigger worries now!

The Princess Diaries series currently has 16 books in it, so there’s plenty to read. There’s also the two Disney movies to enjoy. This is a great series to give to 8th grade girls.


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20 Coolest Literary Gifts for Shakespeare Lovers

20 Best Gifts for Shakespeare LoversEveryone knows Shakespeare. Whether you’ve read his plays in high school or memorized every word of his sonnets with delight, the works of William Shakespeare have had an immense influence on the worlds of literature and drama. For Shakespeare fans, there is nothing better in this world than the Bard. And if you need to buy a gift for a Shakespeare fanatic, then you’re actually pretty lucky. There are tons of Shakespeare gifts available, including jewelry and t-shirt, as well as even more bizarre, odd, and funny gifts. We’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for Shakespeare lovers. Whether you’re looking for a classic gift or something completely original, you’ll find it on this list.

Gifts for Shakespeare Lovers

1. William Shakespeare Action Figure

Just like Jane Austen, this literary hero has been turned into his own action figure. Standing at 5 1/4″ tall, this hard vinyl figure comes with a book and quill, so you can relive the excitement of Shakespeare penning some of his best-known plays. This action figure is perfect for displaying on a desk or bookshelf. For ages 12 and up.




2. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

This is a must have Shakespeare gift for any fan! If the fanatic you’re shopping for doesn’t own his complete works, you must buy this for them ASAP! Edited by two Shakespearean scholars, this book includes all of his works, modernized and corrected. When looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers, this book should be at the top of your list.


3. Romeo and Juliet Book Scarf

Romeo and Juliet Book Scarf

One of the most tragic and beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, the tale of the star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet is often a favorite among his fans. This infinity scarf is hand printed with a romantic exchange between the lovers on oatmeal colored fabric. If your fan isn’t into R+J, LiteratiClub offers Hamlet scarves as well.


4. Shakespearean Coffee Mug

Give your loved one the gift of enjoying a little Shakespeare with their coffee and tea each morning. These large coffee mugs hold 12 oz. of your favorite beverage and feature Shakespearean quotes on the outside. There are three options available: insults, love quotes, and dirty quotes. Pick the one that fits the personality of the gift receiver. Include a package of their favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll appreciate every morning.


5. Shakespeare Socks

Socks are a classic gift, often given at Christmas. Take your sock game to the next level with these Shakespearean socks. These socks feature a portrait of William, plus lines from his famous works.


6. Hamlet Necktie

Hamlet Necktie

This Shakespeare gift is a unique handmade item that is incredibly classy. Handprinted by Cyberoptix, this tie features the title page from the 1604 edition of “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare. This gives the tie a classic, vintage look that’s great for the office, church, or just dressing up for a night on the town. The seller offers 5 colors options, so you can get the perfect tie for your love one.


7. Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs

Some of the most creative gifts for Shakespeare lovers are the ones that offer a fun twist on the style of the Bard. Pop Sonnets takes 100 famous pop songs and reimagines them as Shakespearean sonnets. The book is divided into sections like “Sonnets of Love” featuring Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley and Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera or “Ballads of Heros” with classics like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air by Will Smith and “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. This is the perfect gift for music fans that love Shakespeare and iambic pantameter.


8. She is Fierce Shakespeare Quote T-Shirt

One of the most popular Shakespeare quotes comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” This shirt is perfect for any fierce Shakespeare gal (or guy). Made from 100% cotton, this shirt is available in men, women, and youth sizes. Also available as a hoodie.


9. William Shakespeare Cookie Cutter

William Shakespeare Cookie Cutter

If the person you’re shopping for loves to bake, then we have the perfect gift for you. This custom cookie cutter is 4″ in size and makes a perfect cookie in the likeness of Shakespeare’s head. 3D printed with ABS plastic, the cutter includes details like facial features and hair. The cookies are great for decorating or just enjoying warm out of the oven.


10. The Play’s the Thing Board Game

William Shakespeare fanatics and newbies alike will enjoy this fun game. Each player is an unemployed actor in Elizabethan England. To win you want to assemble all the cards need to perform a scene from Julius Caesar, Hamlet, or Romeo and Juliet. This a great game for theater lovers and real world actors–especially because they can act out the scene once they have all the cards. Definitely, consider this if you’re looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers who enjoy tabletop games.

The game offers four levels of play for different knowledge levels. 2-6 players. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

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11. Macbeth Quote Cuff Bracelet

Macbeth Quote Cuff Bracelet

This stylish gift is a brass cuff bracelet. It features a quote from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, using the text from the 1750 edition. The scene is the three witches standing around a cauldron casting spells. The result is a beautiful black bracelet with brass text. This is a great piece for casual or dressy outfits and a must-have for Macbeth fans. Made to order, each bracelet is unique.


12. Shakespeare Magnetic Poetry Kit

Perfect for refrigerators or school lockers, this is a gift that will inspire writerly Shakespeare fans. This Magnetic Poetry set omes iwht over 200 themed word tiles themed after Shakespeare’s greatest works. This kit works great on its own or paired with any other Magnetic Poetry Kits. Imagine how creative you could get when combining Shakespeare with Yiddish or Freud.


13. William Shakespeare: An Adult Coloring Book

Shakespeare has made his mark on a lot of things: theater, literature, and now adult coloring books. Illustrated by Odessa Begay, this coloring book includes gorgeous illustrations inspired by Shakespeare’s work. This book is a creative stress reliever that brings you into the world of Shakespeare’s stories.

Don’t forget to get some adult coloring supplies to go with your gift.


14. William Shakespeare Magnetic Dress-up Doll

Let your creativity play with this unique Shakespeare gift. This magnetic dress-up version of the bard lets you apply a variety of outfits and accessories using magnets. Each prop and outfit is inspired by one of Shakespeare’s plays. Makes a great gift for young Shakespeare fans.


15. Shakespearean Insult Bandages

This is the perfect gag gift for Shakespeare fans and also makes a fantastic stocking stuffer! The bandages come with an illustration of the Bard and some of the most famous insults from his plays. Each tin has 15 bandages, each with a unique insult. These bandaids will add some fun to your boo-boo or can be given as a slight to your enemies.


16. Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas

If you’re searching for gifts for Shakespeare lovers who also enjoy a well crafted cocktail, then we’ve got the perfect present for you! Shakespeare, Not Stirred is a collection of cocktails inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. These include twists on classic cocktails and other fun libations. Enjoy a “Richard’s Gimme-Let” or “Lady Macbeth’s G-Spot” at your next party. To take your entertaining up a notch, the book also includes tasty hors d’oeuvres based on his characters and plays. Cheers to Shakespeare!


17. Dashboard Genius Shakespeare

Take the inspiration of Shakespeare’s work on your next road trip. This fun and springy dashboard Shakespeare bust is a great Shakespeare gift, perfect for a gift basket or a stocking stuffer. Place him on your dashboard and he’ll help you ponder, “To be, or not to be?” Have the Bard ride shot-gun and always keep you company.


18. William Shakespeare Deluxe Air Freshener

If you’re putting together a gift bag for your Shakespeare fan, this air freshener goes perfectly with the dashboard bobblehead. Featuring the dignified image of Shakespeare, this air freshener smells like what the manufacturer describes as “Shakespearmint.” At 4″ tall, this air freshener will look great hanging from the rearview mirror of your loved one’s car.


19. Shakespearean Lip Balm Set

If you’re looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers that are practical and fun, check this out. This gift set comes with three Shakespeare-themed chapsticks. Each tube is decorated as either mint flavored Shakespeare, apple flavored Hamlet, and orange flavored Macbeth. This lip balm comes in a decorative box, great for gift giving. It’s the perfect size to be a literary stocking stuffer.


20. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy

What happens when you take the literary stylings of William Shakespeare and combine it with one of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time? Magic! This collection takes the original Star Wars Trilogy and reinterprets it as if written by Shakespeare. What results is a unique, funny, and enjoyable retelling of the classicc space opera. This set includes the originally trilogy: Verily, A New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return. This mash-up is the perfect gift for geeky Shakespeare fans.


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15 Board Games for Book Lovers

15 Board Games for Book LoversBookworms occasionally like to leave their cozy reading nook and hang out with friends. We kid, but often times readers are also big fans of board games and tabletop games. In fact, they especially love board games for book lovers. These are games with a literary angle, either based on famous works or utilizing the nerdy knowledge that book lovers often possess. These make great gifts for readers or even a good gift for yourself. Check out all the literary board games below.

Literary Board Games for Book Lovers

1. Bring Your Own Book

Book lovers never have a shortage of books on hand, which is the only other thing you need to play this fun party game. To play, grab your favorite book and select a card from the deck. The card will give you a prompt like “dating advice” or “a line in a ransom note.” You then search your chosen book for the best line that works. Think Apples to Apple or Cards Against Humanity, but with books instead!

This game never gets old since the books are always changing. You can even make it themed, having guests bring romance novels, outdated textbooks, cookbooks, or whatever interesting combination you want to play with.

Age Range: 12 years and up

Number of Players: 3 or more

Playing Time: 20 minutes




2. Literati Challenge Game

This is another party game that bookworms (and writers) love. You’re given five words and 90 seconds to write a story using all of those words. The challenge comes in the fact that you might not know the words you were given, so you have to bluff in your story to earn points. The result is laugh-out-loud funny stories that will create a memorable night of gameplay.

This is the kind of game that only appeals to certain types of people who are into creative thinking and challenging vocabulary. Most book lovers and writers fall into that category, so they’ll love this hilarious party game.

Age Range: 15 years and up

Number of Players: 2 or more players


3. 221B Baker Street Deluxe Edition Board Game

Perfect for mystery lovers and fans of the game Clue, this mystery board game features legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The game comes with 200 cases for you to solve as you travel London (on the board) searching for clues.

This game is a great way to bring to life your love of mystery novels by solving your own case from the safety of your living room. Reviewers love playing it in teams, so this can make a great party game for mystery fans. This version of the game includes all of the expansion packs so you save money on buying extra cases.

Age Range: 12 years and up

Number of Players: 2 – 6 players


4. Liebrary

Similar to Balderdash, this is another game beloved to book lovers and writers alike. To play the game, the players are give a book title and a plot summary and then asked to write a first line for the book. Then the other players try to pick the correct first line to earn points. It involves a lot of creativity and a little bluffing to earn points and win the game.

The game design on this one is also top-notch. The box looks like a vintage hardback book and the card games look like library card catalog cards. Book lovers and literature nerds will love everything about this game. It’s a great party game or even fun for just a few friends hanging out together.

Age Range: 12 years and up


5. Game of Thrones Risk

Game of Thrones has become hugely popular thanks to the hit HBO show, but fans of the book and the TV show alike will enjoy this special version of the classic game Risk. This board game is as epic as the book series, with two different custom maps (Westeros & Essos), 3 ways to play (Skirmish, Dominion, or World at War) and over 600 unique game pieces. If you’re a fan of the game of Risk and the series Game of Thrones, this is a game you must add to your collection.

Risk is the kind of game that is liked by certain types of people, but others may find it boring. Luckily there are tons of other Game of Thrones board games available if Risk isn’t your type of game.

Age Range: 18 years and up

Number of Players: 2 – 7 players


6. Choose Your Own Adventure Game

This unique game captures the fun of a classic Choose Your Own Adventure book in a tabletop game. A cooperative adventure, this game captures the prose and style of Choose Your Own Adventure novels. Perfect for a party or playing in small groups. A variety of stories are available as their own board game, so you’ll never get bored.

Age Range: 10 years and older

Number of Players: 1+ players

Playing Time: 1 hour


7. Marrying Mr. Darcy Board Game

Jane Austenites are head over heels for this Pride & Prejudice card game. Utilizing characters from Jane Austen’s beloved novel, you step into the story by playing as one of the female characters. You want to earn the most points by collecting character cards for different attributes like Wit, Beauty, and Reputation. The amount of points you have for each attribute determines which suitor you will match with and a roll of the dice determines whether or not they will propose.

While this game can be played by anyone, even those who haven’t read Pride & Prejudice, big Jane Austen fans will really appreciate the references to the book. If you really get into the game, there are also expansion packs available to add on to the fun.

Number of Players: 2 to 6 players

Playing Time: 60 minutes

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8. Scrabble Linen Book Vintage Edition Board Game

When I think of board games for book lovers, Scrabble always comes to mind. Readers love words, and games that let them flex their vocabulary are extra fun. This version of Scrabble doesn’t have a special literary theme. Instead, the game has literally been turned into a book. Instead of the normal cardboard box that Scrabble normally comes in, this special edition comes in a beautiful white linen vintage style book box. Stored inside is the vintage 1948 version of the classic Scrabble board game. When you’re done playing, it all goes back in the box which can be displayed on the shelf with your other books.

Scrabble is a great game, loved by readers and writers alike because it allows them to utilize their vocabulary skills. This version makes an excellent gift that any book lover will enjoy.

Age Range: 8 years and up

Number of Players: 2 to 4 players

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9. Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: A Cooperative Deck Building Game

Thanks to the popularity of the Harry Potter book and movie series, there are tons of Potter-themed board games available. This one is a must-play for die-hard Harry Potter fans. Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative deck building game that actually features 7 sequential games that progressively become more difficult. Reviews for this game are outstanding, though the gameplay is a bit too complicated to explain here (especially with 7 different games).

If you enjoy co-op tabletop games like Forbidden Island or deck building games like Dominion and are also a Harry Potter fan, you should get this game immediately. You can also hack it to play as a one player game if you want to take on the challenge solo.

Age Range: 11 years and up

Number of Players: 2 to 4 players


10. Art of Conversation Literary Card Game

If you’re looking for board games for book lovers and willing to count cards as a board game, you’ve gotta check out this game. These cards put a literary spin on the Art of Conversation game. The purpose of the original game is to inspire conversations among groups of people, whether it’s family, friends, or business associates. This version of the game focuses on questions about books, allowing players to share their experiences reading various types of books and to gush about their favorites.

This card game is great for book clubs or just book nerds together at a party. The questions cover all types of book, from literature and poetry to other genres like science fiction and mystery. Every reader will enjoy this game. It’s also adaptable for all ages, so children and adults can play together and share the love of reading.

Number of Players: 2 or more players


11. Dick: A Card Game Based on Moby Dick

Here’s another book-themed card game you may enjoy. Dick takes the concept of Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples and combines it with the famous Herman Mellville novel Moby Dick. To play, you pick a question card and the other players select one of the 375 answer cards which are taken word for word from the text of the book. What follows is hilarious rounds of selecting the best answer. While fans of the book will really appreciate this game, anyone will enjoy this fun twist on the classic party game CAH.

As you may guess by the name of the game, there’s a lot of, ahem, puns in this game. So it’s not for kids, but great for adult gatherings. Reviewers do say that it’s not as low-brow as Cards Against Humanity, so academics and lit nerds will enjoy it.

Number of Players: 4 or more players


12. Booktastic! Modern Literature Edition

This is the only board game for book lovers I’ve seen that models the gameplay after one of the most fun parts of being a bookworm–buying more books! To play the game, you move your pieces around a board of a small town, occasionally stopping in the bookshop to buy more books. To earn money, you have to answer trivia questions in 3 categories–including casual reader questions so even non-book-nerds can enjoy the game.

This version of the game focuses on modern best-selling fiction, with titles up through 2004. Bookstastic is not currently being manufactured, so getting copies of this game is becoming progressively harder. If you’re interested in this game, buy a copy now!

Number of Players: 2 to 4 players


13. Bards Dispense Profanity: Shakespeare Card Game

Here’s another literary take on Cards Against Humanity. This one focuses on the works of William Shakespeare. Game play is the same as Dick and CAH: you draw a card and the other players put down answers that are lines from 24 of Shakespeare’s plays. The reviews for this game indicate it is hilarious and fun, no matter how familiar you are with the original texts.

Again, this game is an adult party game so it’s not meant for kids. Since Shakespeare is so widely read in schools, this is a game even non-readers will enjoy. It’s great for parties of literature snobs and laymen.

Number of Players: 4 or more players


14. Classic Paperbacks Puzzle

This isn’t technically a board game, but this puzzle will delight literature nerds. This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle features many classic paperback book covers from the 1960s and 70s by artist Richard Baker. Many readers will recognize famous covers for The Great Gatsby, A Clockwork Orange, Breakfast of Champions and more.

The completed puzzle measures 25″ x 20″.


15. The Lord of the Rings: Board Game

This is the ultimate game for fans of JRR Tolkien’s beloved trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Based on the book, you play as a hobbit journeying through the classic landscapes of the book in the quest to destroy the One Ring. The game features beautiful graphics and details that will delight superfans.

While this game is great for fans, it is not one for casual gamers as the rules are complex and take a little while to learn. If you’re looking for a party game or something non-fans will be interested in playing, look elsewhere.

Age Range: 12 and up

Number of Players: 2 to 5 players

Playing Time: 60 – 90 minutes


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10 Fun and Bookish Gifts for Librarians

8 Fun and Bookish Gifts for Librarians

If you have any friends or family members who are librarians, you know how much they love their job. So when it comes time to buy a gift for them, you can’t go wrong selecting a present related to books, libraries, or even the Dewey Decimal system. It’s still easy to get stumped when trying to come up with something fun and creative that your favorite librarian doesn’t already own. No worries, as we’ve compiled this awesome list of gifts for librarians.

These gift ideas for librarians are great to give you inspiration when shopping for Birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, or even librarian retirement gifts. These gifts range from practical to funny to creative and unique. You’re sure to find something for your favorite librarian here. A lot of these gifts are great for book lovers who spend their fair share of time at the library. Check out the suggestions below.

Gifts for Librarians

1. Handmade Stack of Books Necklace

Handmade Stack of Books Necklace

If you’re looking for original librarian gift ideas that you won’t find in stores, this is a great option. These handmade necklaces feature a stack of vintage library books. They’re made from polymer clay and hand-fashioned by the artist, so each necklace is completely unique. You can even make a custom request for specific colors or book covers.

This necklace is a gift that any librarian would appreciate and gladly wear to work or for special occasions. Book lovers and avid readers will love it too!



2. Dewey Decimal Scarf

Dewey Decimal Scarf

If you’re looking for fashionable gifts for librarians, check this out. This gorgeous silkscreen pashmina is handmade and features a lovely print of 800 series of Dewey Classification. The print is from a 1876 book by Melvil Dewey, and this system later became the Dewey Decimal System that is still used in the US today. Librarians will love this little piece of library science history, especially since they can wear it out work or even out for an evening event. This scarf is also super soft and luxurious to wear.

Available as black on sand, black on blush, black on silver, black on cream, black on latte, pale gray on black, or pale gray on charcoal. For a paper-like look, order sand, cream, or latte.


3. I Work At A Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks

Sometimes you need a little humor to get you through a long day of work. Any librarian will enjoy this book, which is a collection of the most bizarre things that only happen in a library. They’ll chuckle as they read the story about the missing wetsuit or the unexpected scent of cooking crabcakes. Gina Sheridan recounts these and more in her book about the weirdest questions and quandries she’s experienced at her circulation desk.

Any librarian will enjoy a good laugh when they read this book and may be inspired to share a few of their own weird experiences in the stacks. Include a fun bookmark and this will become an unforgettable gift.


4. Library Card Tote Bag

This is a gift that’s fun and practical. Library cards and stamped due dates are a thing of the past in most libraries, but they still have a special place in most librarian’s and book lover’s hearts. Out of Print makes a bunch of cool book-themed gifts, including these library card tote bags. They’re perfect for carrying a load of borrowed books or anything else they may need to get them through the work day. And their co-workers will be so jealous when they strut into work with this bad boy.

Available in four colors: natural, yellow, gray, and blue. 100% cotton. Made in the USA.


5. Rainy Day Reads Soy Candle

Rainy Day Reads Gifts for Librarians

Old Book scented candles are a very popular gift for readers. But librarians have the pleasure of being surrounded by the “old book smell” all day, so when they get home they don’t want to unwind to a candle with the same scent. Luckily Frostbeard Studio has other bookish candle scents to choose from.

This one is Rainy Day Reads, which is meant to smell like–you guessed it–a rainy day, the kind of day where you curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea and read a good book. The scent blend includes fresh Rain, ginger, and lavender. This is perfect after a long day of work to relax and enjoy some pleasure reading.


6. Color and Activity Book for Librarians

This gift is great for librarians who enjoy unwinding with an adult coloring book at the end of a long day in the stacks. Made specifically for anyone who has worked in a library, this is more than just an adult coloring book. It’s filled with fun activities and jokes that any librarian or clerk will appreciate. Coloring in this activity book is a great way to unwind in the evening.

This is a fun gift to include with other more relaxing adult coloring books. Make sure to add some coloring supplies to create a great gift bag.


7. This is How I Roll T-Shirt

There’s a lot of funny librarian t-shirts available, but this one seems to be a big favorite. The shirt says “This is how I roll” with an illustration of a book cart. This a great shirt to wear on the weekends when librarians let loose and show their fun side (just kidding! We know librarians are fun at work too 🙂 )

This is also a great gift for any bookworms who spend a lot of time at the library browsing the stacks.

This shirt is available in men and women’s fit styles and sizes, plus five different color options. 100% cotton.


8. Librarian – The Original Search Engine Mug

Give your librarian friend their dues with this funny mug. Back before we all carried smartphones, people had to go to the library to find the answer to their solutions and quandries. And usually the first stop was the circulation desk to ask the librarian for help to find the answer. It’s almost like a super power. And even to this day, with Siri ready to attempt to answer your question, there are still librarians waiting to help you find the answer or the perfect book.

Give props to your knowledgeable librarian friend or family member with this awesome mug. Include some of their favorite tea or coffee to make a gift bag they’ll really enjoy.


9. “Talk Dewey to Me” Socks

This gift is practical, fun, and a little bit naughty. These book themed socks say “Talk Dewey to Me” on the sides and feature embroidered Dewey Decimal numbers all over. These socks are comfy and fun, perfect for a day at the library or curled up at home with some good books.

If you’re searching for gifts for librarians, these socks are great for an occasion and make perfect stocking stuffers.


10. Knock Knock Personal Library Kit

Now your favorite librarian can experience the joys of their job at their own home. Harkening back to how libraries worked when there were card catalogs and rubber stamps to mark the due date, this library kit comes with checkout cards, a rubber date stamp and ink pad, as well as one of those tiny pencils we all remember so fondly. There’s even pockets to stick inside the book cover to label with their name.

This gift is perfect for those librarians who are constantly loaning out their own books and need a way to keep track of them.


Still stumped on what to get your librarian friend or family member? Librarians love books, so there’s still plenty more gift ideas. Check out these unique bookmarks for readers or our megalist of gift ideas for readers and book lovers for more ideas.