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Last Minute Gifts for Kids – Holiday Book Gift Guide

Still scrambling to find last minute gifts for kids? Well, you’ve landed in the right place because this holiday season National Geographic Kids Books have something for every curious kid — from big, beautiful and WOW-worthy titles to stocking stuffers that are, well, STUFFED with fun facts, cool hacks and photos galore. Books make great gifts and you can find these in stock at Amazon right now — great for last minute shoppers like you!

Read on for all the last minute gift ideas and see book descriptions below. I’ve even included links to make your shopping a little easier. These six gift-worthy books are sure to be a big hit and keep the kids in your life engaged long after the batteries have run out on this season’s “it” toy. 

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Last Minute Gifts for Kids That Love Animals

Book gifts for kids that love animals

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime with the Ultimate Book of African Animals? Readers are transported to the plains of the Serengeti, the sands of the Sahara and the shaded nooks of the rainforest. This gorgeous book is a big, beautiful guide to animals that roar, race and “totally rule,” this gift-worthy book is overflowing with facts, stats and photos of animals of all behaviors, shapes and sizes — including the tiny bombardier beetle, the sneaky desert viper, mischievous monkeys, elusive Ethiopian wolves, as well as fan favorites like lions, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, hippos, gorillas, rhinos, and so many more! This book makes a great gift for kids ages 8 to 12.

Last Minute Gifts for Kids That Want to be a Secret Agent in Training

book gift ideas for kids that like spy stories

From mastering escape and evasion techniques, to crafting the perfect disguise, building a gadget on the fly or decoding secret intel, Top Secret: Spies, Codes, Capers, Gadgets and Classified Cases Revealed takes recruits beyond the page and into the shadow world of espionage and all things clandestine, where “all is not what it seems,” in this great book that includes hands-on how-to’s, including a step-by-step to setting up your won spy network and detailed info on how to make your own disguises, create fingerprint kits, engineer a deck of cards with a secret compartment, design rearview spy glasses, and mix up some invisible in for writing secret messages. Fascinating profiles of history-making spies are included, like, “The Limping Lady” — World War II’s most dangerous spy — and an interview with Lindsay Moram, a real-life agent of espionage for the CIA. There are cold cases and hidden places, cool disguises and wicked surprises, menacing mysteries, undiscovered histories, and so much more in this great book for the curious kid ages 8 to 12.


Last Minute Gifts for Kids Who Love to Get Outside and Explore

book gift ideas for kids that love the outdoors

Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals and Shells is a great choice for the curious kid! This new addition to the wildly popular Little Kids First Big Book series introduces a fascinating variety of Earth’s rocks, minerals, gemstones, fossils, and shells — from granite to gold, marble to malachite, and conchs to clams. Discover how rocks are formed, the three kinds of rocks, and the difference between rocks and minerals. Learn how rocks and minerals are used in art, architecture, industry, and science. Then journey to the oceans to explore seashells and the amazing animals that once inhabited them. Packed with more than 200 stunning photos, including closeups of each specimen, this colorful book showcases breathtaking natural sites such as the Giant’s Causeway and human-built structures like the Great Wall of China. Filled with fun facts, the Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals, and Shells is designed for interactive learning and a great book gift for kids ages 4 to 8.

Stocking Stuffers Gift Ideas for Kids

Brain Candy 3 –  Elephants have thick skin, but just how thick? Turns out it’s 50 times thicker than human skin and can add as much as 2,000 pounds (900kg) to the weight of this massive animal! Earth’s smaller animals offer some sweet surprises, too. Hop on a honeybee to discover just how hardworking these fast-flying insects are. They beat their wings 200 times a second as they fly about. And no wonder they’re so busy–they need to pollinate two million flowers to make just one pound (.45 kg) of honey. If you like seeing far-out facts in a new light, the third book in the series takes a deep (and delicious) dive into numbers, fun facts, and cool trivia on all kinds of topics. It’s a novel approach to feeding kids smart snackable bites about the world and is sure to be an addictive addition to bookshelves and backpacks.  A great treat for kids ages 8 to 12.

book gift ideas for kids that are curious

101 Life Hacks: Genius Ways to Simplify Your World – Try these cool hacks! Turn ordinary into awesome with this fun book, jam-packed with science-inspired ideas kids can use to simplify, prettify, and eco-fy their lives at home, school, and on the go. Get tips and tricks for upcycling and reusing old stuff, as well as hands-on activities, fun facts, and insights from professional-grade life hackers who use their problem-solving skills to change the world.  Make cool lantern lights for your room, discover a tried-and-true brain freeze cure, learn how to boost your memory power, and more. By the end, you’ll be able to hack your way through all kinds of problems, from a messy backpack to stage fright, a drippy ice pop to smelly shoes!  Great hacks for kids ages 8 to 12.

Book gift ideas for kids that love hacks

Go Wild! Sea Turtles – Welcome to the wild world sea turtles! In this intro to the species, youngsters discover where on Earth these animals live, what they eat, how big they grow, and how they communicate. Cool photos of all the different kinds of sea turtles relatives and just-hatched turtle babies bring the creatures into full focus. After learning the basics, young readers will discover why sea turtles need our help and what people around the world are doing to help save them. Filled with fun facts, games, and an activity focused on making a difference in the sea turtle world, this book will inspire kids to care about these amazing animals. The perfect gift for little turtle lovers ages 4 to 8.

Book gift ideas for kids that love turtles

Hope the above book suggestions help you find the best last minute gifts for kids! Shop on and happy holidays!


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