Another finish line, the one for holiday gift shopping, is in sight, and runners hoping to share their favorite activity with the younger members of the family have plenty of options. Books, fitness trackers and games make great presents that encourage running and physical activity.

Young children may not understand why mom or dad spend so much time running, and several picture books aim to help them relate. “Marathon Mouse” follows Preston, a mouse who dreams of running the New York City Marathon, as he works to make his dream come true. “My Favorite Run” is an ode to the joys of parents and children sharing a beloved activity, written from the perspective of a pre-schooler.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com

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