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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:31 am, Sat Nov 2, 2013.

(StatePoint) Books are a great gift, no matter who is on your holiday shopping list. But matching the right book with the right person isn’t always easy.

With thousands of new books issued each year, this handy gift guide can help you make everyone happy this holiday season:

Music Lovers

Produced in association with the Smithsonian and including images from The National Music Museum in South Dakota, “Music: The Definitive Visual History,” guides readers through the progression of music since its prehistoric beginnings, discussing not just Western classical music, but music from around the world.

Telling the story of musical developments era by era, linking musical theory, technology, and human genius into the narrative, this book profiles the lives of groundbreaking musicians from Mozart to Elvis, takes an in-depth look at the history and function of various instruments, and includes listening suggestions for each music style.

History Buffs

A wide-ranging tale spanning 5,000 years of the oceans' history, “The Conquest of the Ocean” tells the stories of those who sailed seas for trade, to conquer new lands and to explore the unknown.

From the early Polynesians to the first circumnavigations by the Portuguese and the British, these tales of epic sea voyages involve great feats of seamanship, navigation, endurance and ingenuity. Readers can explore the lives and maritime adventures, many with first-person narratives, of such land seekers and globe charters as Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, and Vitus Bering.

Sports Fans

Fully updated with the latest statistics and world records, “The Sports Book” is packed with comprehensive full-color illustrations and details about more than 200 different sports, including baseball, hockey, jujitsu, cross-country skiing, water polo and gymnastics.

Travelers

Experience the best of France’s greatest city with “DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Paris.” This newly updated travel guide will lead readers straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, whether they are planning visits to the Louvre and other city museums, a climb up the Eiffel Tower or just want to go shopping.

Kids

The “LEGO Play Book” has all-new ways to encourage kids to think, build and play creatively. Featuring more than 200 different LEGO builds, this fun guide encourages readers to use their imagination and play in new ways, creating amazing LEGO models of their very own. Featuring a mixture of simple, medium and complex models, the book teaches builders tips and tricks to get the most out of their blocks.

Gamers

Readers can learn all they ever wanted to know about their favorite Angry Birds “Star Wars” characters with “DK's Ultimate Sticker Collection: Angry Birds Star Wars!” Meet Red Skywalker, Lard Vader, C-3PYolk, Ham Solo, and many more angry birds and hungry pigs in their fun and sticky form. With over 1,000 reusable Angry Birds “Star Wars” stickers, hours of fun await in a galaxy far, far away....

More gift ideas can be found at DK.com.

Giving the invaluable gift of reading this holiday is a terrific way to open the minds of those we love the most.

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