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The 15 Best Children's Books to Give this Holiday

The 15 Best Children's Books to Give this Holiday

The 15 Best Children's Books to Give this Holiday

Looking for the perfect holiday gifts for the kids in your life? Look no further! From slime to dinosaurs and more, we've got just the right stuff for curious kids. Browse our picks below.

1. Explanatorium of Nature

From fish to forests, mammals to mountains, and seeds to salamanders, this extraordinary new encyclopedia is the perfect tool for curious minds to find out how things work and why they exist.

2. 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything

This myth-busting visual encyclopedia will amaze kids with 13 things they need to know about every topic they love, plus one "half fact" that dispels a common misconception or half-truth.

3. DK Children's Encyclopedia

This new reference book for kids encompasses all that DK is about: age-appropriate, jargon-free text accompanied by detailed images on a variety of topics, all in one place.

4. Star Wars™ Coding Projects

Star Wars Coding Projects is a step-by-step visual guide to designing and coding in Scratch, and the setting is as big as a kid's imagination! Their favorite Star Wars characters will guide them through fun projects, animations, and games as they learn how to create and code.

5. Optical Illusions 2

With the dynamic, interactive Optical Illusions, each time readers turn the page, lift the flaps, or pull the tabs, they'll be confronted with an even more amazing optical illusion!

6. Maker Lab

Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.

7. 3D Printing Projects

This user-friendly family guide to 3D printing is packed with exciting ideas for how to design and print your own toys, gadgets, and models, and doesn't require any specialist software.

8. Virtual Reality

This action-packed book explores virtual reality, explaining what VR is and how it works. It also includes an app download for five exclusive VR experiences and a cardboard viewer with stickers to make it your own!

9. Dinosaur A to Z

This catalog of more than 150 dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, from the Abelisaurus to the Zizhongosaurus, perfect for children as young as five.

10. The Slime Book

Kids will be mesmerized by more than thirty simple, safe, homemade slime recipes, from basic slime to edible, textured, glow-in-the-dark, and color-changing slime.

11. The Arts: A Visual Encyclopedia

This visual and comprehensive encyclopedia lets kids trace the development of painting, from prehistoric cave drawings to the Mona Lisa; read the story of music, from classical and jazz to rock and roll; and put on their dancing shoes for some ballroom, ballet, modern dance, and more.

12. Coding Games in Scratch

Written for children ages 8–12 with little to no coding experience, this straightforward visual guide teaches kids how to build single and multiplayer platform games, create puzzles and memory games, race through mazes, add animation, and more.

13. Raspberry Pi Workbook

Perfect for kids who are new to programming, this highly visual workbook is a fun introduction to Raspberry Pi, an affordable credit-card-sized computer that can help boost kids' computer skills in a new and innovative way, will teach them how to code using Scratch, Python, and Sonic Pi.

14. Coding Projects in Scratch

This straightforward, visual guide shows young learners how to build their own computer projects using Scratch. Kids can animate their favorite characters, build games to play with friends, create silly sound effects, and more.

15. Coding Projects in Python

Perfect for kids ages 10 and over who are ready to take a second step after Scratch, Coding Projects in Python teaches kids how to build amazing graphics, fun games, and useful apps using Python, an easy yet powerful free programming language available for download.

 

 

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