On a simpler level, Usbourne Books has a new series to back-up its first series of games books for various machines which it launched last year. Six of the books would make excellent presents for young children.
The first is The information Revolution. It contains information about all kinds of devices, including computers, which can be used to communicate from one part of this planet to another, and even into outer space. It looks into the future and examines the introduction of cable communication devices within cities, so that you could see people as well as talk to them on the telephone and do your shopping at home using a computer. Much of what is discussed in this colourful book may seem like science fiction but most of it is available now.