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Last minute Christmas gift ideas for children

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus
Penguin Group (October 2009)

Looking for last minute gifts for the kiddos? On a tight budget? Check out these ideas all for under $30:

Julie Andrews, along with help from her daughter Emma, wrote Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, which was released in October 2009. Together they have collected their favorite poems and share some of their own writing and experiences. According to publisher Little Brown Books for Young Readers, twenty one of the poems are read by Julie Andrews and Emma on an accompanying CD. This will make a great gift to any mother or mommy-to-be. Readers will relive their own memories together and have the chance to make new ones when reading this book together.

Winnie the Pooh fans, listen up. David Benedictus is bringing back our friends from the Hundred Acre Wood in his new book Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. This book was also released in October 2009 and is sure to make an excellent gift for small children and adults who grew up listening to Winnie the Pooh stories alike. The book’s publisher, Penguin Group, calls the book a “worthy sequel to The House at Pooh Corner and Winnie-the-Pooh.”

Corduroy by Don Freeman is always an excellent gift choice no matter the occasion. Barnes & Noble says this loveable bear “is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene over thirty years ago.” If you grew up with Corduroy, you know you want to share this treasure with your kiddos. There’s just not enough kudos to give out for this book. This book gets two thumbs up from me. It was definitely one of my personal faves growing up.

Goodnight Moon is the choice for children age 2 and under. Written by Margaret Wise Brown, this has been a childhood favorite since it’s release date in 1991. In this book a little bunny, as he lay in bed, says good night to things he sees in his room. It is a great bedtime story book in that the words and illustrations will soothe kiddos and help lull them to sleep. You can purchase this book for just over $8 online at Barnes & Noble.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a hit for children between the ages of 8 and 12. Barnes & Noble is offering a four book set for about $30. The series is about a boy named Greg Heffley, who in the first book (published in 2007) had just started a new school year in middle school. The synopsis at B&N says that the series began online at in 2004, which is today averaging 70,000 readers per day.

Need a gift for a girl? Try the American Girl Collection. This collection of books star historical characters: Rebecca Rubin (1914), Kaya (1764), Felicity Merriman (1774), Josefina Montoya (1824), Kirsten Lasson (1824), Addy Walker (1854), Samantha Parkington (1904), Kit Kittredge (1934), Molly McIntire (1944), and Julie Albright (1974). The Kit Kittredge books hit the big screen - Kit Kittredge: An American Girl - in 2008 starring Abigail Breslin as Kit.

Good luck finishing up your holiday shopping. Happy holidays to you and yours.

For Other Ideas:

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