Christmas is four days away. If you’re still looking for a gift idea for a child, head over to your nearest bookstore and purchase one of the excellent books on my latest list of holiday gift ideas.
Excellent Books for Kids
LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia
This is an excellent book for a Ninjago lover. My little ninja (age nine) thinks it’s awesome and wants it for Christmas. The LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia features pictures and information about various Ninjago characters. The book also includes an exclusive minifigure that your child can assemble.
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
The Hunt turns the vampire world upside. In this story, vampires are the dominate species and humans have to blend in so they don’t get attacked by vampires. The main character is a human boy who goes to school and pretends to be a vampire. My daughter (age twelve) and I love this book.
Legend by Marie Lu (review)
Legend takes place in the future (or alternate universe) when North America is divided between two warring nations: the Republic and the Colonies. The main characters in the story are two fifteen-year-old kids: Day and June. The book is a good book and hooks you from the start. My two oldest children (ages nine and twelve) love this book.
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
If your kids are fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, then they’ll love Riordan’s new Heroes of Olympus series. Percy Jackson and some of his friends are in the new series, but there’s also new characters. There are currently three books in the series: The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, and The Mark of Athena.
Fuzzwippers by Marilynn Halas (review)
These are wonderful books for preschoolers and new readers. The children book features hamster-like creatures called Fuzzwippers. The kid-friendly animals are from the land of Fuzzwippers. There are currently three books in the series: Hello, We’re The Fuzzwippers; Fuzzwippers Find Good Listeners; and Fuzzwippers Play Fair.
That’s Strange but True! The World’s Most Astonishing Facts and Records (review)
My kids (ages seven, nine, and twelve) love this book and think the TIME For Kids book is awesome. That’s Strange but True! will keep your children busy for hours. The book features 176 pages of unusual information about the animal kingdom, the human body, science peculiarities, and other topics.
Zoo 3D: An Incredible Animal Adventure (review)
This Time for Kids book features 80 pages of photographs and interesting information about animals. As you can tell by the title, the photographs are in 3D. Two 3D glasses are included.
Big Book of Why: Sports Edition (review)
This Sports Illustrated Kids title is a fun book for the little athlete in your family. The hardcover book features answers to many questions about sports. My son loves the book too even though he’s not big on sports.
Big Book of What? (review)
TIME for Kids Big Book of What? is a great book for children — especially if they are the curious type. The book is filled with answers to questions kids commonly ask about the world around them. The Big Book of What also includes over 250 colorful photos and diagrams.
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! by Megan Rothrock (review)
This is a fun book filled with brick-by-brick breakdowns of interesting projects. The examples in The LEGO Adventure Book are easy to follow and feature step-by-step illustrations.
The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide by Allan Bedford (review)
The LEGO Builder’s Guide is a book for kids and adults who are really into building with LEGO bricks. The book explains the essentials of design and construction with LEGO bricks. There are color illustrations and step-by-step instructions in the paperback book.
The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide by Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec (review)
This book is intended for people who love building LEGO Technic system. The book shows the in’s and out’s of building working models with motors, gears, bricks, pneumatics, and pulleys. The paperback book is full of detailed text and useful illustrations. The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide is perfect for dads and kids who own a LEGO Mindstorms NXT.