Some kids would cry at the thought of getting a book under the tree. Not with these books! I can tell you from personal experience having a son that I(Santa) have given him these books for the past many years and they have been amazing. While the matchbox track sits in pieces in the closet, the remote control car is a shade of itself, and some of the other "must have" toys are now occupying shelf space at the local Goodwill store, these books have stood the test of time. Vacation car rides, school projects, friend sleep -overs, quiet time in the room--all have been in the company of these books.
I don't work for Sports Illustrated. Old St Nick has never granted that wish. I must say, though, that the kids books they produce are magnificent! All of the SI Kids books are hard cover and very durable. The photography, as you can imagine, is spectacular, and even if your child doesn't read, they would love the book. The text is very accessible, and SI has found a real winner in the "Top 10" format it utilizes. They also do a "Greatest" series for the major sports, and a very fun "Book of Who and Why" series. It's also a great way to introduce them to the history of sports and some of the greats and pioneers of the game.
I would recommend these books to any kid 3 to 99, but mostly for the elementary and tweeners! These books have been laying out at my house and I have had to drag MY friends away from them sometimes! So, if you don't want to see another expensive gift like the Wii die a lonely death in your basement, get some of these books. They will be the gift that keep on giving!
Here's what I suggest. Click on cover for more details.