Skip to content

16 Must-Have Gifts For Your Little Aspiring Novelist

Perfect gifts if you’ve got a full-fledged writer on your hands.

Daniel Fernandez · 2 months ago

  • art

Thanks for checking out our product recommendations! Just a heads-up, Camp may make some money if you shop from any of the external links on this page. Pricing and availability may have changed since this page was published.

Stop me if this sounds familiar: Your child spends most days lost in fantasy and you always seem to find them with a pen or pencil in hand scribbling away. They come up with amazing worlds where anything is possible, and they’re always sharing one of the many epic stories in their heads with you.

Well, friend, it sounds like you’ve got a full-fledged writer on your hands, and fortunately, we’ve compiled some must-haves for your little aspiring novelist!

Writing Tools

First things first, your little one's gonna need some tools to help them take the fantastic ideas they’ve got swirling around in their heads and put them to paper. Here are some fantastic resources that will make the writing process fun, colorful, and even scented!

1. Ooly Kaleidoscope Multi-Colored Pencils


Writing isn’t always the most exciting activity, but with a kaleidoscope of colors at your fingertips, it’s never dull.

2. Ooly Puffy Pens


Coming in a variety of colors, these pens are a colorful upgrade from your regular ballpoints.

3. Ooly Erasable Markers


Making spelling or grammatical mistakes just got a whole lot more acceptable, even when you’re not writing with a pencil. Plus, they’re colorful!

4. Merriam Webster: Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Vocabulary Builder Set

JGI/Jamie Grill / Getty Images

Do you ever find yourself with the right word on the tip of your tongue but it’s just not coming? That’s how a writer feels most of the time …  but our good pal Merriam Webster is here to help!

Daily Journals

You know what all great writers have in common? They all keep a journal. Well, most of them do, because having a journal is essential when you want to write down ideas, observations, bits of conversations, jokes ... or even just doodle! Here are some great journal options for your little one.

5. Kid Made Modern On-the-Go Vacation Journal Kit

Kid Made Modern

This journaling kit is the perfect entry point for any young writer. It’s designed to be filled out while on vacation, with prompts, blank pages, and special sections for souvenirs. This kit will open up a whole new world of journaling.

6. STMT D.I.Y. Journaling Set


This make-your-own-journal set is for those writers out there who like a little flair in their lives. The set comes with a 70-page journal, keychains, sticker sheets, and even magnetic bookmarks to help them stand out.

Inspiration Finders

Gotta give a shoutout to Pablo Picasso who said, “Inspiration exists but it needs to find you working.” Some days your little one may be struck with inspiration the moment they wake up. But on those days when the ideas just aren’t coming, these quirky recommendations are sure to get the creative juices flowing!

7. Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes

With a variety of icons on each of these tiny cubes to combine for story inspiration, all you have to do is give ’em a spin for a brand new adventure!

8. The Amazing Story Generator

Chronicle Books

This flipbook lets young writers combine up to three different elements and story ideas together so that the ideas never run out.

9. 642 Things To Write About: Creative Writing Prompts

Chronicle Books

The next time you hear the term “writer’s block,” this book will come to the rescue … 642 times!

10. The You Are Awesome Journal

Hachette Books

Not your typical journal, this is actually a collection of inspirational quotes from famous figures in history, and it will ask your little one questions to help them when they’re feeling stuck.

Work Can Be Fun!

All work and no play can make writing feel like a chore. In fact, it’s extremely important to make sure your little one is having as much fun as possible as they craft their next Pulitzer Prize-winning piece. Remind them to take a break every once in a while so the ideas in their imagination can swirl around and percolate as their story comes together. Here are some of our favorite distractions!

11. Goofy Mad Libs

Mad Libs

The whole point of Mad Libs is to get as creative, silly, and quirky as possible … so what are you waiting for?!

12. Would You Rather? Game Book

Jokes and Riddles

Most great stories come from the search for an answer to an important question, like: “Would you rather jump into a pool of chocolate pudding or jelly beans?” This book is full of fun, silly, and creative thought starters just like that.

13. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

Crazy Aaron’s

From cotton candy to pizza, these scented and stretchable putties are the perfect toy to have on hand to squish and squeeze!

Publish Your Book!

Woohoo! Your little one has done it. They’ve finished an epic tale, and they’re ready to share their work with the world. We’ve got just the materials for you to help them bring their books to life.

14. Lulu Jr. IlluStory Junior

Lulu Jr.

No need to hire a publisher or an artist for your book — with this book-making kit, all you have to do is write and illustrate your story and mail in the final copy in a pre-paid envelope, and you’ll receive your very own full-color printed book!

15. Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books

Creativity for Kids

If your child has more than one story the world needs to read — or you’ve got an entire family of little authors — this book-making kit features three blank hardcover books to fill.

16. Kid Made Modern Comic Book Making Kit

Kid Made Modern

For all of the little writers out there who also love to draw, this comic book-making kit is the perfect choice.

We hope this list of must-haves for your little aspiring novelist helps to get them started down this extremely rewarding and creative path.

Share your favorite products from this list and some of the stories your little ones come up with!