story time books and reading accessories

You know all of the rewards that come from reading, but your little ones might not be sold on the idea yet. Fortunately, there are so many new books and activities that make learning to read easier and fun! We’ve collected a whole bunch of great learning-to-read books below. To make sure they’re comfy and cozy while they read, we included some DIY accessories they can use to make their reading area unique and welcoming. Perfect to cozy up with a big stack of their favorite books!

Musical Rhymes Book — VTech
Musical Rhymes Book — VTech

Lights and sounds lead as they read with the Musical Rhymes Book by VTech. Inside, they’ll find the lyrics to fun kids songs that play with the press of a button! Read and sing along to seven nursery rhymes with them or just watch their eyes light up at all the colors and sounds from the pages. There are over 20 melodies, songs, sounds and phrases they can play as they interact, think and learn!

Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Puppy — Fisher-Price
Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Puppy — Fisher-Price

Every great reading session needs a buddy to learn along with. The Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Buddy will quickly become their new best friend as it introduces them to more than 100 first words, colors, shapes, parts of the body and more. When your little smarty is ready to take learning to the next level, the Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Puppy will grow with them! Three levels of play: Explore, Encourage and Pretend, keep the fun goin’ as they grow. Touch the puppy’s hands, foot, heart, nose or ear. Count along, find colors or identify parts of the body. Sing along and learn phrases! There’s SO much to see and do and learning comes so easy!

PAW Patrol Story Reader Go! Electronic 8-Book Box Set — Nickelodeon
PAW Patrol Story Reader Go! Electronic 8-Book Box Set — Nickelodeon

A pawsome way to get them into reading is with their favorite characters from the hit show PAW Patrol! This eight-book set connects to the included controller for interactive storytelling, sounds and lights. Each book includes prompts that your kids can complete to rescue the PAW Patrol pups and keep the story movin’! There are four action buttons to press and they’ll be rewarded with sounds, encouraging phrases and even a light show! If you want to teach them how fun reading can be, the PAW Patrol Story Reader Go! Electronic 8-Book Box Set will get ’em mutts about reading!

Dino Friends Delightful Day Book — LeapFrog
Dino Friends Delightful Day Book — LeapFrog

16 interactive pages that teach the alphabet. Fun sounds, musical notes and melodies. The Dino Friends Delightful Day Book will have ’em ROOAARRin’ with delight as they’re introduced to the ABCs through a super cute prehistoric story. They can press buttons along the dinosaur’s scales that will teach them numbers 1-10, spin a rattle on its foot or turn the pages and touch images to learn their ABCs! They’ll have loads of fun developing their early learning skills with a dino-mite dino pal!

My First Scout Book — LeapFrog
My First Scout Book — LeapFrog

This one’s for the littlest littles to read during story time. The My First Scout Book is soft enough for them to handle and has textures they can feel to develop tactile awareness. As they explore pages with a shiny pond, crinkly flower, peek-a-boo flap and baby-safe mirror, they can hear a welcome song or four sing-along tunes all about numbers, letters, colors and shapes. They’ll learn, play seek and find, discover animals and have so much fun with a book designed to keep them learning and entertained.

Rainbow Kate Kindi Kids Snack Time Friends Doll — Moose
Rainbow Kate Kindi Kids Snack Time Friends Doll — Moose

A super sweet reading time buddy might get them in the mood to read their favorite books again and again. The Rainbow Kate Kindi Kids Snack Time Friends Doll comes with big, glittery eyes and rainbow hair that’s ready for whatever type of fun they have in store! She has her own snacks, too: a Shopkins cupcake that spins and a Shopkins slushie that sparkles. Keep her alongside the kiddos as they read and watch her head bob as they practice those reading skills.

Goldie Blox Glowing Unicorn Pillow Kit — Make It Real
Goldie Blox Glowing Unicorn Pillow Kit — Make It Real

They gotta get comfy when they’re settling in to a good book. A special pillow can make reading time even better, and the Goldie Blox Glowing Unicorn Pillow Kit is just perfect to create a magical scene for them to get swept up in. They can easily create a color changing pillow with LED lights and a whole lot of personality in just a few steps. Add stickers and tassles to give it a unique look, then snuggle up and get ready for reading fun!

Create by Me! Star Fleece Quilt — Melissa and Doug
Create by Me! Star Fleece Quilt — Melissa and Doug

Maybe they need a super comfy blanket for their reading time. They can make their own with the Create by Me! Star Fleece Quilt, a blanket they can knot together using the 40 fleece squares with fringe for easy tying. The finished quilt stretches four feet by five feet, more than enough room to get comfy under as they curl up to a few good books.

STMT DIY Journaling Set — Horizon Group USA
STMT DIY Journaling Set — Horizon Group USA

Okay, so they’ve read all their books, they’ve been swept up into different worlds and saved the day over and over again—maybe they’re feeling inspired to write their own! The STMT DIY Journaling Set includes everything to write their next big story and a whole lot of ways to make it as unique as they are! Inside, they’ll find 30 pages, colorful chipboard pieces, foil and glitter frames, suede tassel, glitter tape, magnetic bookmarks, printed pages, a glue stick and glue pen. When they have something they just have to write down, they’ll have a whole kit to bring even more life to their memories.

Hot Dots Jr. Let’s Master Grade 3 Reading Set with Hot Dot Pens — Educational Insights
Hot Dots Jr. Let’s Master Grade 3 Reading Set with Hot Dot Pens — Educational Insights

Third grade reading gets so easy with the Hot Dots Jr. Let’s Master Grade 3 Reading Set with Hot Dot Pens. They’ll learn a ton over the 100 included lessons, including reading comprehension, synonyms and antonyms, homophones, context clues, spelling, punctuation, grammar and so much more. Over 85 grade-level lessons gives them the tools they need to better understand what they read and convey their messages with clarity. When they’re ready to test their skills, they can use the Hot Dots Pen to answer questions. They’ll receive congratulatory messages for right answers and gentle redirections for incorrect responses. Leap ahead and learn with a toy designed to stimulate a child’s curious nature and teach ’em the fundamentals of reading.

LeapStart 2 Book Combo: Shine With Vocabulary and Celebrate the Seasons — LeapFrog
LeapStart 2 Book Combo: Shine With Vocabulary and Celebrate the Seasons — LeapFrog

Explore over 30 activities that teach vocabulary and communication skills with Disney Princesses Belle, Cinderella and Jasmine. When they’re all finished, they can learn all about the seasons in 30 more activities with Anna and Olaf! These books are great for preparing your kiddo for kindergarten and teach them more than just reading comprehension—but the world around them!