Orange Marmalade’s 2016 Non-electronic Gift Guide: Little Literary Lovers Edition

If you’ve got any young bookworms on your giving list, I’ve got some book-themed ideas today.

Of course, books themselves are the best idea of all! Scroll through my blog to find a gem, or ask the knowledgeable folk at your local independent bookstore for suggestions — they love matching the right book to the right reader!


Speaking of independent booksellers, my daughter works for what I think is the largest indie bookstore in the Twin Cities, Magers & Quinn. They offer an Utterly Exciting Book-of-the-Month Club which you can purchase as either a 6-month or 12-month subscription. Imagine the sparkle of receiving a new book in the mail, every month!

Here’s what you get in the 1st collection for ages 0-5:


Here’s the 2nd collection for ages 6-8:


And here’s the 3rd collection for ages 9-12:


Purchase by calling the store or inquire in the store if you live in the area.


Need some book-ends to shore up all those lovely titles? This set will gladden the heart of any Elephant and Piggie fan.


Another fine way to get kids reading is with a magazine subscription. The time-tested Highlights

just a few of Cricket's many magazines

just a few of Cricket’s many magazines

…and Cricket both have magazines dedicated to a variety of age groups and interests.


Sport your favorite children’s book character with Out of Print’s huge line-up of bookish t-shirts. Frog and Toad, Harold and his Purple Crayon, Mike Mulligan, and lots more are here including t-shirts for adult-size bookworms.


Need a reading break? New York Puzzle Company has smashing Harry Potter puzzles


…charming Peter Rabbit puzzles, and puzzles featuring other literary characters.


Or, a book-lovers’ lollapalooza puzzle — this 1000-piece White Mountain puzzle crammed with vintage picture books.


Maybe a game? Here’s a sweet matching game for Flora afficionados…


… a thrilling mystery at Hogwarts to solve,


and some Ivy & Bean paper dolls for a rainy day.


Now you’ve worked up an appetite. Serve some tea with this darling Madeline tea set.


Or sip some cocoa from this fabulous Moomin mug!


Time to say thank you for the lovely presents? Make it fun with these Very Hungry Caterpillar note cards.


Then snuggle up with the bunny from Goodnight Moon.