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Karina and Matthew share gift ideas in the form of book boxes packed with choice reads and thoughtful add-ons perfect for the reader or readers in your life.

This episode is sponsored by TBR, by Owlkids Books, publisher of A Likkle Miss Lou and other children’s books, and by Book Riot Insiders.

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For a Teacher, Librarian, of Fellow Bibliophile

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount

Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders: The Power of Human Migration and the Way That Walls and Bans Are No Match for Bravery and Hope by ICPBS

Mrs. Wright’s Classroom: Read It, Love It, Return It (rubber stamp)

Mrs. Allen Has Read This Book! Ask Her About It! (rubber stamp)

Library Card: Yellow Tote Bag (from Out of Print)

For a Baby (and their adult)

Mr. Boddington’s Studio: NYC ABCs (also have Chicago, San Francisco – out on November 26)

Llamaphones by Janik Coat

Library Card Baby Socks

Bookworm in Training Onesie by BoyGirlParty

For a Huggable Picture Book Reader

One Hug by Katrina Moore; illustrated by Julia Woolf

Hug Machine by Scott C

Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo

Tie dye hug tee (compression shirt)

Sky nook

Sloth hug stickers

For a Budding Birder and Nonfiction Reader

The Backyard Birdsong Book by Donald Kroodsma and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer

Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys by Mike Unwin, illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Pop Chart’s Birds of North America

Droll Yankees Onyx Clever Clean and Fill Mixed Seed Bird Feeder

For a Maker and Graphic Novel Reader

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Cuttable Cardboard Creations (Maker Fun Factory) by Mikal Keefer and Elisa Hansen

ALL of the cardboard boxes from our book mail

Printed duct tape from Duck Tape (specifically Galaxy or kittens with bowties design)

Cardboard Tool Kit from UncommonGoods

For a Star-Gazing Audio Book Reader (and for Matthew from Karina)

See You in the Cosmos audiobook by Jack Cheng

50 Things to See in the Sky by Sarah Barker

Star wheel

Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars by Richard Ho; illustrated by Katherine Roy

Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich

Side note: Tiera Fletcher, age 24,  is one of the lead engineers building the rocket that will take us to Mars.

For a Fiction Reader Interested In Life Through a Different Lens (and for Karina from Matthew)

Dough Boys by Paula Chase

Trouble Funk “Drop the Bomb” on vinyl

Set of drum sticks

UA HOVR™ SLK EVO x Pride sneakers (or the UA Curry 7)

Let us know what books or topics you’ve been sharing this week, or if you have a suggestion or book recommendation for an upcoming episode. Find us on email (, Twitter (@KarinaYanGlaser and @MatthewWinner), or Instagram (@KarinaIsReadingAndWriting and @MatthewCWinner).