DK Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Review

logoAre you a LEGO enthusiast? Do you remember your childhood LEGO minifigures? Maybe your a history buff? If any of the answers to those questions are “yes” I have just the books for you. DK has two fantastic books to fit your interests.


LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History shows the history and evolution of all the LEGO minifigures. Did you know that the first minifigure was created in 1978? The book showcases all of the minifigures from the 1970’s to 2013! Every minifigure created!

“Featuring more than 2,000 of the most significant, popular, and rare minifigures, this engaging reference guide explores minifigures chronologically by theme. Fans will learn little-known facts about their favorite minifigures in this first-ever publishing of the evolution of the famous LEGO minifigure.”

DK_books_casamoncadaMy son loved that it had many answers to the questions he had about his own minifigures. My son is a huge LEGO fan with a collection of minifigures that go with many of his sets. The book does come with three minifigures: Townsperson, Robber, and Stormtrooper. DK_book_casamoncadaEver wondered why minifigures are traditionally yellow? Do minifigures ever have noses? Want to know which are the rarest minifigures? All of these questions are answered in the 256-page hardcover book by DK.

To learn more about LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History visit the DK website.

9781465414182HSwitching gears a little, do you enjoy learning about history? Does reading about Neanderthals and homo sapiens fascinate you? Or do you prefer modern history? DK’s History Year by Year was produced in association with the Smithsonian Institute, featuring more than 1,500 images, this illustrated book brings the past to life.

“Beginning with prehistory and running up to the Arab Spring, budding historians will learn about the history of humans across the world. Spreads highlight major historical eras including the Renaissance and the French Revolution, while quotations from primary and secondary sources alongside insight from experts give proper historical context. Children will love the “child of the time” feature, telling the experience of children at important historical periods including Ancient Egypt, Viking England, the Industrial Revolution, and World War II.”

DK_books_casamoncada1I didn’t think my son would be interested in history but I was quite surprised to see that he wanted to learn about the pyramids, Christopher Columbus, and the Presidents. The book has a nice feature which helps kids relate to that time in history. What were children like in that era? What were they doing?

  • Growing Up in Sparta
  • A Roman Girl’s Life
  • Boy Monk
  • Young Apprentice
  • Life at Sea
  • Children of Ellis Island
  • Fleeing the Nazis
  • Working at the Cotton Mill

If you have a curious little monkey at home the book would be a great way to widen their understanding of history. My son is five years old and he had a ton of questions. The book held up his attention very well. He wanted to know more about the kids and the pyramids. He learned new words and gained a better understanding of our history. The book will be a great tool for his future studies as well.

To learn more about History Year by Year visit the DK website.

CasaMoncada_disclosurePictures taken by my hubby, Roy Moncada. Please do not copy without my permission. Property of


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