If you're looking for some special gifts for some special children, read on. Here's a batch of books that will entertain, enlighten and hold their value through the years. BOOKS FOR ALL AGES

HIAWATHA -- By Susan Jeffers. A beautiful rendition of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem of the young Indian boy who learns the secrets of the natural world around him. The detailed illustrations of American woodlands ensure that it will be read often; $11.95.

STOPPING BY THE WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING -- Robert Frost. Another poem that has been updated for modern times. The graceful illustrations create a tranquil mood; $10.95.

WHO SPEAKS FOR WOLF -- Paula Underwood Spencer. A learning tale of the Iroquois Indians. Graphic illustrations place the reader in the natural environment of Indians who learn to live at peace with their surroundings; $16.

RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF POETRY FOR CHILDREN -- Jack Prelutsky. 572 poems specially collected for children of all ages; $13.95. PICTURE BOOKS

CHRISTMAS -- Peter Spier. A book for the family to enjoy together. The illustrations follow a family preparing for and enjoying the season; $10.95.

THE VERY BUSY SPIDER -- Eric Carle. A "touch" book that invites the reader to feel the web the spider is weaving, and follow him till he finishes his beautiful creation; $14.95.

PATCHWORK TALES -- Ruth Phang and Susan Roth. An unusual book that will delight any child who knows about or is being introduced to quilts. In this story, a young girl studies her grandmother's quilt and learns the stories that accompany each square. At the back of the book there are instructions on how to teach a young child beginning quilting; $9.95.

THE GLORIOUS FLIGHT: ACROSS THE CHANNEL WITH LOUIS BLERIOT -- Alice and Martin Provensen. The winner of this year's Caldecott Medal and sure to please a child who has an interest in airplanes; $13.95.

FIRE! FIRE! -- Gail Gibbons. An excellent nonfiction book telling all about fires, how they can start, how to prevent them, plus types of equipment used to put them out; $9.95. POP-UP BOOKS

GOOD NIGHT MOON ROOM -- Margaret Wise Brown. The pop-up version of the classic by the same name; sure to be a favorite; $8.95.

LEONARDO DA VINCI -- Alice and Martin Provensen. An unusual pop-up book designed for older readers (ages 10 through 12). It cleverly dramatizes Leonardo's amazing inventions; $14.95.

YOUNG READERS (Seven through 10)

RAMONA FOREVER -- Beverly Cleary. The latest in the Ramona series and a must for any Ramona lover; $9.25. A companion work is The Ramona Quimby Diary, which is a cute way of enticing a youngster to start a journal; $7.95.

MOSES THE KITTEN -- James Herriot. His first book written for children. If you have an animal lover in your house, they'll love this delightful story. It's best read aloud, since the Yorkshire accent may be a bit difficult for young readers. $9.95.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD -- Updated by Trina Schart Hyman. Before you dismiss the idea of giving an "old" fairy tale as a gift, please remember that children love fairy tales and this book has won several awards; $13.95. OLDER READERS

THE NUTCRACKER -- E.T.A. Hoffman, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Inspired by the stage sets that Sendak created for a "Nutcracker" ballet, it captures the magical enchantment; $19.95.

DEAR MR. HENSHAW -- Beverly Cleary. The 1984 winner of the Newberry Award, and easy reading for children; $8.50.

THE SIGN OF THE BEAVER -- Elizabeth George Speare. The story of a white settler's son and an Indian, and how their lives become entwined; $9.95.

THE PAIN AND THE GREAT ONE -- Judy Blume. This popular author deals with sibling rivalry; $10.95.

THE SPELL OF THE SORCERER'S SKULL -- John Bellairs. His newest book and a solid bet to please a child who loves mysteries; $11.95.

WHISPER IN THE DARK -- Joan Aitken. A collection of spooky stories to scare even the most fearless of readers; $14.95.

THE ONE-EYED CAT -- Paula Fox. A sensitive story of a boy who is given an air gun by his uncle and told to use it only under supervision. Instead, the boy shoots at the shadows one night and puts out the eye of a cat. How the cat then becomes a part of his life makes for good reading; $11.95. SEASONAL BOOKS

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS -- Tomie de Paola. A pop-up story to use at Advent. As always, de Paola has done a beautiful job; $12.95.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET -- Valentine Davies. Updated and illustrated by Tomie de Paola. This charming story never loses its appeal; $15.95.

SILENT NIGHT -- Susan Jeffers. A lovely update; $12.95.

CHRISTMAS POEMS -- Myra Cohen Livingston, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Food for thought; $12.95.

BABUSHKA -- Charles Mikolaycak. The famous legend of the Russian housekeeper who was too busy cleaning to have time to meet the Three Wise Men; $14.95.

I LOVE HANUKKAH -- Marilyn Hirsch. The story of Hanukkah for children; $11.95. MISCELLANEOUS

There are the popular series books like "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis; "The Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder; and "The Chronicles of Prydain" by Lloyd Alexander.