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December 8, 2013

If you're like me, you're scurrying around looking for the perfect gift for a child in your life. Below are some helpful gift suggestion lists I've come across. Maybe you'll find just what you were looking for!

A treasure trove of resources from Jen Robinson's Growing Bookworms Newsletter. Be sure to look through the links she shared on Twitter. Lots and lots of book suggestions!

Parents' Choice offers children's media and toy reviews, which are sortable by age, price, and award. You may want to take a peek at their awards for Toys, Mobile Apps and Magazines.

Common Sense Media offers up a Holiday Gift Guide with over 100 holiday gift ideas "hand-selected to inspire, educate, and entertain kids of all ages and stages." I got several good ideas from the list, but don't tell my girls!

For the adults on your list, how about a banned book bracelet or a Shakespeare pill box? Those are just two of the ideas from this fun list of 10 unique gifts for book lovers.

And don't forget our very own 2013 Books as Gifts Buying Guide. Lots of things go away quickly. But stories and books have sticking power and can be shared time and time again. Try a new story, revisit an old favorite. How about a story of fact or perhaps a fantasy? Stories can be read alone, together, aloud or quietly. Pick up a book for yourself and your favorite child this season.

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