Whether your family members are into fiction or fantasy, history or biographies, there are book offerings for everyone this holiday season.

Whether your family members are into fiction or fantasy, history or biographies, there are book offerings for everyone this holiday season.


For the little ones


For the tiniest “readers” on your list, the ones who literally love to sink their teeth into a good readcomes the board bookSnowflake Baby Elise Broach, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld (Little, Brown and Co., $7.99) a must-have for teething toddlers.


Baby’s day out is full of sledding and snowball fun, with flaps to lift and rhyming text on every page of the story.


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, a picture book by artist Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown and Co., $16.99) centers on a baby chipmunk who marvels at the wonders of the universe.


Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature (Houghton Mifflin Harcout, $16.99) is another lovely picture book that will help toddlers and preschoolers alike recognize the beauty and complexity in their everyday surroundings. It’s written by Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman and wonderfully illustrated by Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes.


Bound to be fun


Andrews McMeel Publishing’s pocket posh line has an array of attractive mini books that make great stocking stuffers. Kid titles include mazes, sudoku, jumble, crosswords and hangman; For parents: travel tips and a wine guide. To see more, go to www.andrewsmcmeel.com and click “puzzles and games.”


It’s elementary


Science-minded youngsters (and adults) will enjoy Elements Vault (Workman, $39.95). It includes actual physical samples of elements including pure gold, silicon, boron (what silly putty is made from!), europium, and zirconium, for a totally tangible science experience. Author Theodore Gray also includes 23 important historical and supplementary documents related to the elements and the field of chemistry. Readers can pull out an archival copy of Einstein’s famous letter to Roosevelt explaining the potential of uranium for use in nuclear weapons, a genuine advertisement for lithium-laced 7UP soda, and Mendeleev’s original notes on the periodic table, among other documents.


Time For Kids – That's Incredible! The World's Most Unbelievable Facts and Records! (Time For Kids, $19.95) is a real attention-grabber for youngsters. The book filled with interesting facts and photos and illustrations about the marvels of the world.


Divided into 15 chapters, topics include record-breaking sports items; animals and plants, such as the oldest living things on earth and unusual creatures like 40-foot-long giant squids; technology and inventions and more.


Teen lit


Mystery readers, romance enthusiasts and fans of the teen vampire genre will enjoy Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Abe Books, $18.99) – the only Young Adult book to make Amazon’s Top 20 Best Books of 2011 list. It’s a tale of forbidden love set in a magical world where a mysterious girl is at the heart of an ancient war.


Tell-alls


From music journalist Ronin Ro and St. Martin’s Press comes Prince: Inside the Music and The Masks ($26.99) which examines the 30-year career of one of pop music’s most flamboyant, charismatic, enigmatic and unique figures.


Also from St. Martin’s Press, 40 Years of Queen is chock-full of photos, interesting facts and interviews about the ’70s mega group, Queen. Includes fascinating background information on the individual band members, especially the notoriously flamboyant frontman, Freddie Mercury. Makes a great coffee table book!


More coffee table fodder


Running Press has released several colorful and comprehensive biographies in time for gift-giving. Subjects include Judy Garland, Lucille Ball and The Eagles. Check them out at www.us.macmillan.com.


Fun and funny


Janet Evanovich fans might enjoy the comic novel, When Elves Attack (Harper Collins, $16.99). In it, author Tim Dorsey serves up some zany holiday fun via a delightfully deranged serial killer. This book is full of suspense and more than a few chuckles.


Get real


Real Beverly Hills housewife Lisa Vanderpump does the Martha Stewart thing with Simply Divine (Running Press, $27). The book includes entertaining tips, cocktail ideas and recipes that include classics like Beef Wellington and some lighter, hipper fare such as Lobster, Crab & Mango Salad.


For animal lovers


Sergeant Rex, The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog (Atria Books, $26) is the true-life story of a marine’s 2004 deployment to Iraq with his military working dog, Rex. It is the touching and affecting story of two “soldiers” who overcome fear on a daily basis in their mission to seek out hidden weapons and keep their fellow troops safe.


Heads up, sports fans!


Long-suffering Bruins fans will relish Killer B’s: The Incredible Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins (Triumph Books, $29.95). The book relives each moment of last year’s Bruins hockey season with game summaries and stats.


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