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8 Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Children

2. The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

These books are indispensable children’s literature and should be in every home. They are the story of the Ingalls family through young Laura’s eyes as they traveled west and made America. It is a story of self-reliance, hard work, faith, values and goodness. The hardships suffered by this American family are a reminder of how this country was built.

3. The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown

Skip the silly Goodnight Moon by the same author and get this lyrical story of a small island, faith, nature, and the march of time.

4. Land of Pilgrims’ Pride by Callista Gingrich

Ellis the Elephant tells the story of the original 13 colonies. There are lots of “history” books about America for kids, many written by Lynne Cheney, but Land of Pilgrim’s Pride is one of the latest.

5. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

This is the true story of Philippe Petit’s staggering caper to walk between the towers of the World Trade Center on a tightrope. It is a story of courage, daring, fearlessness and ultimately, sad memory.

6. Epossumondas by Coleen Salley

For a delightful comic romp about a diaper wearing possum, try this one by Cajun-infused Coleen Salley. Epossumondas follows his Auntie’s directions a bit too closely, producing wet dogs and ruined pies.