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50 Fantastic Things to Do with Babies by Gryphon House

Explore, inquire, and experiment alongside your infant using the simple ideas in 50 Fantastic Things to Do with Babies! Using objects easily found in most homes, this collection of purposeful play experiences will help babies to develop key skills at their own pace and to make unhurried, important discoveries.

Why we like it: Easy to read. Provides cute and fun ideas on how to connect with your baby. Great for new moms.

Ages: Babies: 0-18 months

 

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Price: $16.95  

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A Good Birth by Avery

Obstetrician, bio ethicist, reproductive-health researcher and mother of four Dr. Anne Lyerly answers the question of what a good birth is from the mother’s point of view, and in so doing radically repositions our understanding of the birth experience and gives women the tools to secure the care they need.

Why we like it: Author has a brilliant and appealing writing style. Examines the process, ethics, emotions, and different viewpoints from those who have given birth. 

Expectant Moms and/or Parents

 

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www.annelyerly.com

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Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments by Workman Publishing Co.

Why treat your child with drugs when you can cure your child with nutrition? Grounded in cutting-edge science and filled with case studies that read like medical thrillers, this is a book for every parent whose child suffers from mood swings, stomachaches, ear infections, eczema, anxiety, tantrums, ADD/ADHD, picky eating, asthma, lack of growth, and a host of other physical, behavioral, and developmental problems.     

Why we like it: Unique point of view. Touches parents’ stories and frustrations. Provides tools to help parents circle back to their doctors with questions and challenges. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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From Bad Grades to a Great Life by Love and Logic

Unlocking the Mystery of Achievement for Your Child. Why struggle? Over the past three decades, thousands of parents and educators world-wide have discovered the power of Love and Logic. In this book you'll hear why character and personal responsibility form the foundation of lasting academic and occupational achievement. 

Why we like it: Powerful tool for parents. Full of wonderful advice about how to help children succeed in life in a multitude of areas, not just at school, but with their attitude and how they view their lives.

Ages: Early Elementary to Tweens & Teens, Special Needs

 

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www.loveandlogic.com

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In Stillness: Lullabies and Meditations for All Ages by Heidi Siegell

Turn bedtime into a magical event that parents and children alike can look forward to. Blending lullabies with creative guided imagery, this musical journey to relaxation deeply soothes the listener - especially children who struggle with sleep - with a mix of jazz, blues, new age and folk.

Why we like it: Perfect aid to help relax and calm children before/during bedtime. Soothes the mind and provides relaxation at the end of the day. Something parents can enjoy as well. The lullabies are sweet and peaceful, leading one to good night sleep. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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Jo Frost's Toddler Rules by Ballantine Books

From the beloved TV disciplinarian and bestselling author of Supernanny comes an amazingly simple five-step program of Toddler Rules to help parents tame tantrums, prevent bad behavior, and create long-term peace and stability in the home.

Why we like it: Provides practical answers, reasoning and solutions to common challenges. Great guide for parents and easy to understand. 

Ages: Expectant Moms and/or Parents

 

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Love and Logic® Magic for Early Childhood Practical Parenting From Birth to Six Years by Love and Logic®

Let Jim Fay and Charles Fay, Ph.D., help you start your child off on the right foot. The tools in Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood will give you the building blocks you need to create children who grow up to be responsible, successful teens and adults. 

Why we like it: Nicely written. Full of wonderful ideas that all parents could benefit from. Highly recommended to all parents of young children.

Ages: Expectant Moms and/or Parents

 

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www.loveandlogic.com

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Net Nanny by ContentWatch

Net Nanny is the world’s leading parental control and family protection application. Keep your family safe from inappropriate or unwanted content and other online dangers. Net Nanny protects your family on Macs, PCs, tablets and smart phones. Get piece of mind knowing your family is safe with Net Nanny.

Why we like it: This software is a must-have for parents. Easy to set up and allows multiple computer installations.

Ages: For Parents

 

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Parenting without Borders by Avery

Christine Gross-Loh challenges assumptions and combines the latest psychological and educational research with her own experiences raising children abroad to explore the most effective parenting practices from around the globe. 

Why we like it: Interesting and easy to read book for parents in which they are provided with different world perspectives on parenting. The topics range from sleeping, eating, self-esteem, and more.

Ages:  Expectant Moms and/or Parents

 

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Pregnancy: The Beginner's Guide by DK Publishing

A practical handbook for first-time parents, Pregnancy: The Beginner's Guide is packed with to-do lists, Top 10s, and helpful advice on a wide range of topics, from what to eat when pregnant and how to exercise, to what to buy.

Why we like it: Love the colorful layout. Provides sparse facts in a fun and lively way. Must-have for first time moms.

Ages: Expectant Moms and/or Parents 

 

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Small Talk: How to Develop Your Child's Language Skills from Birth to Age Four by The Experiment

Make it easy to give children the gift of speech with SMALL TALK. Parents will learn to recognize and work with the six stages of language learning, from Pre-Babble to Complete Sentences, and can use this fun and practical guide to encourage language development from birth to age four.

Why we like it: Fantastic tool for parents. The layout makes it easy to read and understand. Great approach for each stage of language learning.

Ages: Birth to Kindergarten 

 

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The Missing Pages of the Parent Handbook by Stella Maris Press, LLC

'The Missing Pages of the Parent Handbook' offers extraordinary parenting wisdom and hits upon points that other, more narrowly focused books often pass over. Rather than induce anxiety or hyperactive planning, this book humanizes and personalizes the trials and tribulations of parenthood by incorporating wisdom from many different parenting stories.

Why we like it:  A nice collection of short parenting stories, written by parents. Great book to help parents realize that they are not alone with their occasional feelings of inadequacy and being overwhelmed. 

Ages: Expectant Moms and/or Parents

 

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The Modern Princess: A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby's First Year by Don't Sweat It Media, Inc.

“Everything new moms need to know. From managing pregnancy mood swings to tips for returning to work, Ivana shares practical advice that’s sure to inspire confidence. Wise, witty and wonderful—a must-read for any mom-to-be!”—Managing Editor, Modern Mom. 

Why we like it: Approachable point of view. Practical points not covered in other books. Pregnancy can be very scary, especially for first time moms, so this book is very helpful to have on hand, plus it brings a couple of laughs.

Ages: Expectant Moms and/or Parents

 

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www.princessivana.com

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The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life by Workman Publishing Co.

In 228 ideas, tips, suggestions, and secrets, renowned photographer George Lange shows how to use any camera - including the one you carry all the time, on your phone - to shoot your life and the people you love with energy, creativity, surprise, and that wonderful feeling of being there.

Why we like it: Perfect for the everyday photographer. The images featured in the book are incredible and tips are helpful. Really inspirational. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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To Be Safe At Home, I Have a Plan by little BLUEPRINT

To Be Safe at Home, I Have a Plan is a groundbreaking children’s book that teaches safety in an entertaining and positive way. Developed with safety expert, Pattie Fitzgerald, and grounded in brain science, the book covers such topics as: fire, sharp objects and how to prepare for an emergency.

Why we like it: An impressive safety handbook that’s easy to grasp and presents topics in an effective manner. A must-have for children and parents to help prepare for emergencies. Has the option to personalize book.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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To Be Safe On the Go, I Have a Plan by little BLUEPRINT

To Be Safe on the Go, I Have a Plan is a groundbreaking children’s book that teaches safety away from home, whether at a park, or any public area. Developed with safety expert Pattie Fitzgerald and grounded in brain science, this book provides an entertaining and positive approach to safety.

Why we like it: Shares safety tips for children on-the-go. Encourages children to be constantly aware of their surroundings.  Has an option to personalize the book.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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To Keep My Body Safe, I Have a Plan by little BLUEPRINT

To Keep My Body Safe, I Have a Plan is a groundbreaking children’s book to teach safety, whether on a play date, at school, or anywhere a child might be without a caregiver. Developed with safety expert Pattie Fitzgerald and grounded in brain science, this book is essential for children.

Why we like it: Encourages children to come up with their own personal safety plans. Provides detailed and interesting  photos. Teaches children multiple strategies for remaining in a safe and healthy environment. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler by Travels with Baby Books

With 400+ pages of travel planning advice and insights, Travels with Baby helps new parents plan every trip they take during their child's first years, from the earliest weekend getaways to overseas adventures. Includes airline and cruise line comparison charts, hotel and resort recommendations, health and medical considerations and more. 

Why we like it: Covers every aspect of traveling with a child. It gives amazing advice for every mode of transportation, health and safety tips as well as comparison tables for flights and cruises. 

Ages: Expectant Moms and/or Parents

 

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Ultimate Potty Training Reward Chart by The Victoria Chart Company LLC

The Ultimate Potty Training Reward Chart provides a parent with a complete reward system to succeed at potty training.  This fun, eye-catching chart provides a central focus for a family to achieve great success.  The Ultimate Potty Training Reward Chart acknowledges successful steps with bright, eye-catching stickers. 

Why we like it: A unique tool to help with the challenges of potty training. Comes with a large amount of stickers to use on the chart and helpful hints for potty training. Print out the “I am now Potty Trained” certificate as a way to reward children for their accomplishment.

Ages: Toddlers to Kindergarten

 

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The Baby Book

Why we like it:  Who says babies don’t come with manuals? This easy read provides new parents with all the information they need and more.  Topics include pregnancy super foods, labor tips, first check ups, breastfeeding secrets and other information to guide parents through toddlerhood. The book covers a lot of ground but presented in a non-intimidating way. 

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years 

 

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Baby Sleep Advice

Why we like it: Sleep Consultant, Heidi Holvoet, helps parents “trouble shoot” sleep issues on her comprehensive website that tackles a myriad of common sleep problems in various stages of development. Easy to navigate, Baby-Sleep-Advice.com is packed with gentle yet effective no-nonsense advice and techniques that are realistic and successful. Also available are a variety of downloadable tools and resources for a nominal fee.

Ages: Birth to toddler

 

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www.baby-sleep-advice.com

 

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Calm the Crying: The Secret Baby Language That Reveals the Hidden Meaning Behind an Infant's Cry

Why we like it: Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language and the Dunstan Classification of Infant Cries, understands baby on a totally different level. After years of deciphering, researching, and charting baby sounds, Dunstan can hear interpret baby’s cries and directly address what the baby needs and in her book, Calm the Crying, Dunstan shares her knowledge along with tips on calming a baby with new parents.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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www.calmthecrying.com

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The Essential Homebirth Guide by Jane E. Drichta, CPM & Jodilyn Owen, CPM

Why we like it: Comprehensive guide to those considering a home birth. Authors set realistic expectations and tackle every imaginable question parents may have. The Q&A format makes for an easy and organized read, and includes real birth stories from new mothers that inspire.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family, Expecting Parents

 

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www.simonandschuster.com

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Surviving Infancy - A Parent's Video Guide to Infant and Toddler Safety, Routine Illnesses, Emergencies & More!

Why we like it: This comprehensive two-DVD set features pediatric ER doctors addressing infant and toddler safety, routine illnesses, immunizations, common parenting challenges and pediatric emergencies. The set includes instruction in choking, first aid and CPR, and makes a great gift for new parents, grandparents and caregivers.

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Toddlers: 18 months - 3 years 

 

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www.survivinginfancy.com

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Practical Parenting Tips, by Vicki Lansky

Why we like it: Practical Parenting Tips is filled with great timesaving solutions for today’s modern parents. The humorous guide has over 1500 fun and practical gems of wisdom for parents that range from infancy and beyond.

  • Book covers a variety of bedtime confrontation to sibling rivalry
  • Plenty of common sense ideas are included
  • Carefully devised and organized to help children at their age development

Ages: Babies: 0-18 months 

 

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Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care

Why we like it: Raising Baby Green is the first, easy-to-read guide that advises parents on how to make healthy green choices for pregnancy, childbirth, and baby care--from feeding your baby the best food available to using medicines wisely.

  • Includes a resource guide of websites where more information on green lifestyle practices
  • Well-researched information is provided on health and environmental issues
  • Perfect for all individuals, not just parents, who want sound advice on a variety of topics such as cleaning supplies, gardening, clothing etc.

Ages: Babies: 0-18 months

 

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www.josseybass.com

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Connect With Your Teen: A Workbook to Improve Communication and Bring You Closer to Your Teen (or Pre-teen) By Candice Farrell by Nannybird Publishing

Connect With Your Teen offers parents and their children ages 9-18 the tools they both need to keep the lines of communication open during the challenging adolescent years. Each page serves as a simple and fun way that parents and teens can connect and remind each other they care.

Why we like it: Parents loved the tools offered in the book because they were simple and effective. Provides thorough questions and sparks up conversation between parent and child.

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years

 

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Executive Functioning Workbook by The K&M Center, Inc.

The K&M Executive Functioning Workbook increases the student’s ability to plan, start, and finish work autonomously. It exercises the neurological activity that creates Executive Functioning by identifying the student’s aims and challenges, building thinking skills, and practicing organizational strategies. The program establishes academic independence as the student determines goals and develops the habits that will achieve them.   

Why we like it: Very nicely illustrated book. Has interesting and colorful pictures as well as some links to helpful websites. This is a wonderful concept to help students develop much needed cognitive skills that'll help them throughout their school career, as well as later on in life in the workplace.

Ages:  Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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Flexible Thinking Program by The K&M Center, Inc.

The K&M Flexible Thinking Program provides metacognitive strategies along with fun exercises to help your student develop the ability to think of multiple options for any situation.  Flexible thinking allows a child greater choices and a greater sense of control, contributing to an increased sense of well-being.

Why we like it: Great tool to help individuals of all ages learn new and flexible ways to view tasks. The skills individuals develop from completing this program can be helpful in all areas of life. Consists of a number of activities to get your brain working.

Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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From Bad Grades to a Great Life by Love and Logic

Unlocking the Mystery of Achievement for Your Child. Why struggle? Over the past three decades, thousands of parents and educators world-wide have discovered the power of Love and Logic. In this book you'll hear why character and personal responsibility form the foundation of lasting academic and occupational achievement. 

Why we like it: Powerful tool for parents. Full of wonderful advice about how to help children succeed in life in a multitude of areas, not just at school, but with their attitude and how they view their lives.

Ages: Early Elementary to Tweens & Teens, Special Needs

 

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Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool by American Psychological Association

This book is a practical guide for parents, clinicians, school counselors who are trying to help children with AD/HD learn how to feel good, how to problem-solve, and how to take charge of their feelings while minimizing their upsets.

Why we like it: This book has some wonderful ideas for elementary school aged children to use when they are feeling overwhelmed by their emotions. There is also a nice section in the back for parents to assist their children with their emotional regulation. Illustrations are friendly.

Ages: 6 through 11 years

 

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My First Book series by Nursery Books

Delightful activity book geared toward Baby which offers a broad range of details age appropriate to captivate and engage your baby from birth throughout toddlerhood while promoting your baby's developmental growth milestones: Vision, Memory, Speech, and Social skills.  MY FIRST BOOK Series conceived from infants’ perspective supports senses and bonding.

Why we like it: Introduces babies to the wonderful journey of learning! Pages are appealing and capture baby’s attention.  

Ages: Birth to 18 months

 

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Six-Word Memoirs for Schools by HamiltonBuhl

This workbook guides students through the writing process and stimulates creativity with a series of written and graphic exercises. Celebrity posts from Taylor Swift and others help students along on this journey to learning to express who they are and the world around them in six words.  A teacher-managed website has been created where students can post their Six-Word Memoirs and share with other students around the world as well as in their own social networks. 

Why we like it: Effective in guiding students through the writing process. The use of graphic exercises helps a student gather their thoughts and ideas and organize them before starting the writing process. Stimulates creativity and is an effective tool to use for teachers with the new Common Core Standards.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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Small Talk: How to Develop Your Child's Language Skills from Birth to Age Four by The Experiment

Make it easy to give children the gift of speech with SMALL TALK. Parents will learn to recognize and work with the six stages of language learning, from Pre-Babble to Complete Sentences, and can use this fun and practical guide to encourage language development from birth to age four.

Why we like it: Fantastic tool for parents. The layout makes it easy to read and understand. Great approach for each stage of language learning.

Ages: Birth to Kindergarten 

 

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The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Touchstone Books / Simon & Schuster

“The Sensory Child Gets Organized” teaches parents how to tap into systems, routines, and visual aids to organize and empower their rigid, anxious, or distracted kids.  As a professional organizer and the parent of a sensory child, Carolyn Dalgliesh shares simple, effective solutions that will help sensory kids thrive!

Why we like it: Provides the reader with numerous, helpful suggestions to help get rigid, anxious or distracted children productive and organized. Author divides the book into very specific sections, which can be easily accessed by both parents and professionals to help children during all stages of their development, from childhood to adolescence.

Ages: 3-12 years

 

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Bullied

Why we like it: Mom and author Carrie Goldman takes on the topical subject of bullying in this relatable, easy read that offers practical advice on helping your child respond to “bullies” and discussion of how we as a society can combat this problem online and off. 

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years 

 

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The Baby Signing Bible: Baby Sign Language Made Easy by Laura Berg

Why we like it: Written by education expert and founder of My Smart Hands, Laura Berg’s comprehensive baby sign language book includes 400 American Sign Language signs.  The book gives parents step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate sign language into their lives.  Berg talks about the many uses of sign language and the benefits for babies, children, and kids with special needs. Incorporated are real stories from signing families and fun songs and games that encourage communication and play.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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www.mysmarthands.com

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DiddleDots by Susie Garlick 

Why we like it:  DiddleDots is a book filled with 100 tips to help ease the craziness of parenting. Written by a former teacher, DiddleDots teaches parents to organize their home like a classroom, teach what is expected, understand children's feelings and instill values. DiddleDots is written by Susie Garlick, a former teacher, mom of three, who is currently working toward a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling.

Ages: All ages

 

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First Words: A Parent's Step-By-Step Guide to Helping A Child With Speech and Language Delays

Why we like it:  NYS Licensed Speech Language Pathologist Barbara Offenbacher addresses language delays and the reasons behind them. She breaks down the often confusing terms and lays out the typical developmental steps of speech and language development so parents know what to look for and when.  Included are over 700 important vocabulary words children should know. This guide is not just for parents who believe their child may have a speech and language delay, but for parent who want to help develop their child's communication skills.  She also emphasizes the connection between speech delays and autism and encourages having children with these delays tested.

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years, Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years 

 

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Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently & Raise Super Kids

Why we like it: An at-home parent coaching program that offers 22, easy-to-follow, short lessons that help attain harmony within the family. The program comes with CDs, a handbook and inspirational cards. 

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years 

 

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www.gilabrown.com

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Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out by Jonathan and Lana Hewitt

Why we like it: With over 20 years of experience teaching life skills and martial arts to thousands of children and over 25 years of mindfulness and meditation study, Jonathan Hewitt has used research from modern psychology and neuroscience to develop a system to empower children with the skills they need to thrive in today’s often chaotic climate. Hewitt suggests strategies techniques using real-life examples to help your child find happiness and self-acceptance from within.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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Parenting for Peace by Marcy Axness, Ph.D.

Why we like it: Parenting for Peace empowers parents to create peaceful environments from pre-pregnancy through birth through later years to help raise a generation that is built for peace. Exercises in every chapter help parents get back to basics in order to move toward peaceful interdependence. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions and Solving Family Problems by Kenneth Barish

Why we like it: Child psychologist Kenneth Barish offers parents a new perspective on their children’s emotions.  The focus of the book is how to bring joy to children’s lives by teaching them to feel good about themselves and having compassion for others. Also covered is how to repair damaged family relationships.  A great resource for all families.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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Survival Mom

Why we like it: This book will take you step-by-step through preparation for everything from small inconveniences like a few days without power to full-blown emergencies. Everything you need to know to care for your family during a crisis.

Topics covered are:   

• preparing the home for a natural disaster 

• alternative sources of energy in a power’s-out situation 

• everything you need to know about food storage 

• personal protection (do I really need to learn how to shoot a gun?)   

 Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go Of Your 13-18 Year Olds

Why we like it: An easy, humorous read tackling myriad teen topics, including teen risk-taking, problems you can let go of, how your relationship affects your teen's safety, how to mange “The Snub,” and what makes a “normal” adolescent. 

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9-18 years 

 

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From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills

Why we like it: From Rattles to Writing is a comprehensive parent’s guide that breaks down the writing development of young children. It focuses on hand skills, sensory motor development, visual motor perception and social interaction and communication The book is divided into different stages and offers concrete strategies that help parents in aiding their child at their level.

  • Offers interactive “play” activities to help kids develop their skills
  • Features clear directions on how to interact with the child at each step of development
  • User-friendly written

Ages: Babies: 0-18 months, Toddlers: 18 months-2 years, Preschool & Kindergarten: 3-5 years

 

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125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos

Why we like it: Brain games are crucial for a young, developing child as their brain grows at a phenomenal rate. This fun-filled collection features a slew of games that are engaging and educational.

  • The book features detailed research on child development
  • It also includes 133 different illustrations to choose from. Each accompanied with an annotation related to brainpower

Ages: Great for parents of toddlers between the ages of 12-36 months

 

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Price:  $16.95  

www.gryphonhouse.com

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Flip It! Transforming Challenging Behavior

Why we like it: FLIP IT® was written to helps parents engage in behavior modification and communication training on their own rather than seeking therapy first. The easy-to follow book provides a step-by-step behavioral intervention plan for parents to try as a first step to helping their children succeed.

  • Includes various interactive opportunities where parents can help children to express their feelings
  • Plenty of practical strategies that parents can implement to gain self-control in various situations

Ages: Preschool & Kindergarten: 3-5 years, Early Elementary: 6-8 years 

 

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www.kaplanco.com

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Food For Thoughtful Parenting

Why we like it: Food for Thoughtful Parenting offers a creative collection of advice for happier parenting served up with a refreshing combination of humor, creativity, and insight. The 60 tried-and-true parenting ideas are concisely explained, well illustrated, and put together in a single parent-friendly volume.

  • Small, guilt-free book that is easy to read
  • Text, colors, and graphics allow reader to stay focused on content
  • Has an array of catchy labels that are grouped in thematic lists for easy future reference

For Parents

 

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www.foodforthoughtfulparenting.com

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YOUR CHILD’S WRITING LIFE: How to Inspire Your Child’s Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age by Pam Allyn 

Why we like it: This book empowers parents by helping them to understand the benefits of encouraging children to write, and how to go about giving them the tools they need for success. Allyn believes in making writing, as much as reading, a part of life at home. Furthermore, the book addresses writers block as well as creative writing as a fundamental part of self-discovery and a skill essential to success later in life.

  • Offers an age-by-age breakdown with relatable scenarios
  • Perfect for parents who have multiple children 

Ages: Fun for the entire family

 

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Handbook: SAY WHAT YOU SEE for Parents and Teachers: More hugs. More respect. Elegantly simple. 

Why we like it: Who said children don’t come with handbooks? This quick, how-to read offers practical tips for communicating effectively, setting boundaries and using acknowledgments instead of constant praise. *Realistic tips that make sense.  *Gives a fresh perspective on positive parenting.

For Parents

 

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www.languageoflistening.com

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Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

Why we like it: Smart Parenting for Smart Kids can be not only be applied to its identified audience of “smart” children, but to all children in general. The book highlights practical strategies that can be implemented to help all children develop positive social and emotional skills. 

  • Includes well-researched ideas that are user-friendly
  • Tackles specific issues that will help children to succeed in life

For Parents

 

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www.josseybass.com

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THE THRIVING CHILD by Erica Reid 

Why we like it: Every child wants their child to thrive, both physically and emotionally. However, it can be a bit of a challenge if your child has multiple allergies and serious asthma. The THRIVING CHILD is a book that channels author Erica Reed’s journey while offering readers hope for parents who may face similar challenges.

  • Topics include: installing a child’s diet, healthy living, nurturing your child’s creativity and raising your child with respect and discipline
  • An array of recipe ideas can be found in the book

Ages: Fun for the entire family

 

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Letting Go with Love and Confidence : Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens in the 21st Century by Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D. and Susan Fitzgerald

Why we like it: Parenting teens is different today, with all the distractions of technology and daily life. Learn to raise your teen while encouraging independence, self-sufficiency, confidence and resilience. *Strong, practical advice that's easy to digest. * Insightful and encouraging.

For Parents

 

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www.us.penguingroup.com

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SUCCESSFULLY PARENTING TEENS: 7 Skills that Manage the Perils of Sex, Drugs, Media, Peers & Entitlement, JB Family Publishing

Why we like it: In today’s society, influences other than parents now have an overwhelming power over adolescent health and behavior. This eye-opening book unravels these concerns and shows parents how to counteract them. This easy to read, concise manual will supply parents with the tools needed to divert distractions from modern culture and media, deviant friends and unhealthy relationships, early sexual activity, and entitled attitudes.

  • Includes informative tables to aid parents 
  • Written by a child psychologist and physician couple

Ages: Teens: 13-years+

 

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Executive Functioning Workbook by The K&M Center, Inc.

The K&M Executive Functioning Workbook increases the student’s ability to plan, start, and finish work autonomously. It exercises the neurological activity that creates Executive Functioning by identifying the student’s aims and challenges, building thinking skills, and practicing organizational strategies. The program establishes academic independence as the student determines goals and develops the habits that will achieve them.   

Why we like it: Very nicely illustrated book. Has interesting and colorful pictures as well as some links to helpful websites. This is a wonderful concept to help students develop much needed cognitive skills that'll help them throughout their school career, as well as later on in life in the workplace.

Ages:  Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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Flexible Thinking Program by The K&M Center, Inc.

The K&M Flexible Thinking Program provides metacognitive strategies along with fun exercises to help your student develop the ability to think of multiple options for any situation.  Flexible thinking allows a child greater choices and a greater sense of control, contributing to an increased sense of well-being.

Why we like it: Great tool to help individuals of all ages learn new and flexible ways to view tasks. The skills individuals develop from completing this program can be helpful in all areas of life. Consists of a number of activities to get your brain working.

Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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From Bad Grades to a Great Life by Love and Logic

Unlocking the Mystery of Achievement for Your Child. Why struggle? Over the past three decades, thousands of parents and educators world-wide have discovered the power of Love and Logic. In this book you'll hear why character and personal responsibility form the foundation of lasting academic and occupational achievement. 

Why we like it: Powerful tool for parents. Full of wonderful advice about how to help children succeed in life in a multitude of areas, not just at school, but with their attitude and how they view their lives.

Ages: Early Elementary to Tweens & Teens, Special Needs

 

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www.loveandlogic.com

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In Stillness: Lullabies and Meditations for All Ages by Heidi Siegell

Turn bedtime into a magical event that parents and children alike can look forward to. Blending lullabies with creative guided imagery, this musical journey to relaxation deeply soothes the listener - especially children who struggle with sleep - with a mix of jazz, blues, new age and folk.

Why we like it: Perfect aid to help relax and calm children before/during bedtime. Soothes the mind and provides relaxation at the end of the day. Something parents can enjoy as well. The lullabies are sweet and peaceful, leading one to good night sleep. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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Past Winners

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Autism as Context Blindness by Peter Vermeulen, PhD.

Why we like it: Inspired by the ideas of Uta Frith, internationally known psychologist in the field of autism, Vermeulen’s book explains the difficulty autistic people have understanding context and features examples that are often humorous. Highly recommended for professionals within the autism community.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family Special Needs 

 

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ifocus System

Why we like it:  ifocus is a scientifically designed educational system that aims to improve attention and focus in kids ages 6 and up. The package includes an engaging computer game for children, as well as tips for parents to better understand their child and improve their child's executive functioning skills.

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 and up

 

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www.focuseducation.com

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Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders; An Essential Guide for Parents and Professionals by Caren Haines 

Why we like it: This book is written from the perspective of a mother and her journey with her autistic son, who, as she later discovered, was having “silent seizures.” The author, Caren Haines, with the help of behavioral child neurologist Nancy Minshew, MD, defines autism, the seizure-autism connection, tips for recognizing seizures and how to understand children’s behavior. The author reveals the possibility that other medical issues other than Autism can be present and in some cases, that children are misdiagnosed with Autism.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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Walter's Flying Bus

Why we like it: This heart felt eBook is inspired by the children who live in a special needs orphanage in Uganda. The eBook tells the story of Walter and his friends and an abandoned bus that transports them to find forever homes. Narrated in English, Spanish and Luganda (A primary language of Uganda), the app also includes documentaries on each of the children from the story. 100 per cent of after-tax profits from app sales go to efforts helping orphans with special needs, including advocacy, care, and adoption assistance grants.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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www.waltersflyingbus.com

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You Are a Social Detective! Explaining Social Thinking to Kids

Why we like it: You Are A Social Detective is an entertaining comic book that explains the often-vague concepts of “social thinking” and offers different ways to teach kids to develop their own social detective skills. The book is perfect for parents, teachers and therapists who work with children dealing with autism spectrum disorders.

  • Perfect for the practical person to read through
  • Full of helpful information to pass along to children and students

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9-15 years

 

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www.socialthinking.com

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The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum 

Why we like it: Sending your son or daughter off to college is never easy, especially if he or she has an autism spectrum disorder. This valuable resource serves as a beacon of hope, providing college-bound students and their families with the information they need to succeed.

  • Smart, practical advice that is helpful to all parents of college-aged children
  • Covers everything you need to know and then some

For Parents

 

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Flip It! Transforming Challenging Behavior

Why we like it: FLIP IT® was written to helps parents engage in behavior modification and communication training on their own rather than seeking therapy first. The easy-to follow book provides a step-by-step behavioral intervention plan for parents to try as a first step to helping their children succeed.

  • Includes various interactive opportunities where parents can help children to express their feelings
  • Plenty of practical strategies that parents can implement to gain self-control in various situations

Ages: Preschool & Kindergarten: 3-5 years, Early Elementary: 6-8 years 

  

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Social Rules for Kids The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed

Why we like it: Parents can help kids sharpen their social skills and learn to navigate the social world with this invaluable resource. Reading this book as a pair opens the doors to communication with their child and allows them to personalize a social plan that addresses 100 social rules for home, school and the community. Using simple, easy-to-follow rules, this book aims to make students’ lives easier by outlining specific ways to interact with others.

All Ages

 

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Tools for Children

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Are You Ready? Game Show® by Lakeshore Learning Materials

Is your child ready for the next grade? Find out—with our super-exciting game shows! Kids have a blast answering questions and winning cool rewards…and you’ll love the online assessment pinpointing the skills your child needs to practice. You’ll even receive free printable activities to ensure a successful school year!

Why we like it: Great for parents to test child’s knowledge of math and language skills. Provides tools to support their educational growth. The bright colors and “game show’ card stand are very enticing!

Ages: For grades K - 5

 

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www.lakeshorelearning.com

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Boss No More by American Psychological Association

In this book, Lucas attempts to manage all playground activities and influence his friends and classmates to do what he wants, simply by bossing kids around, which leads to disagreement and conflict.

Why we like it: This book is nicely illustrated. Concisely delivers a meaningful message to children. Great book to share in schools.

Ages: Ages 4 to 8

 

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Camelio by Vivitar

Vivitar’s Camelio is a full android tablet that allows up to 5 users to customize the device while expressing their own unique personality. It is available with a wide range of licensed Personality Packs, including a bumper case and a special AppCard that creates a coordinated themed user interface.

Why we like it: This is a great and simple tablet for children to use. Perfect size and also sturdy. Kids can choose from a variety of personality packs to dress up their device. Preloaded with a nice selection of apps and controls for parents.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.cameliotablet.com

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Colors, Shapes, & Counting DVD by Rock 'N Learn

Here is the perfect way to get your child ready for school. Young learners enjoy all of the kindergarten readiness activities, including learning to count objects by color, shape, or a combination of both. Even gifted children will be challenged by the advanced colors (maroon, turquoise) and shapes (polygons, ellipses).

Why we like it: Provides information in an entertaining way. Kids quickly pick up their colors and shapes.

Ages:  Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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www.rocknlearn.com

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Design-A-Saurs by SmartLab Toys

Welcome to the world of Design-A-Saurs — a world filled with the strangest creatures that never lived! Young paleontologists build models of five legendary dinos —T. rex, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, and Pachycephalosaurus. Then, they can take it one step further and mix and match parts to create wild and wacky new dinosaurs that no one’s ever seen!

Why we like it: Kids have a great deal of fun putting together different dinos and learning about these incredible creatures along the way.

Ages 6 years and up 

 

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Early Birdy Gets the Worm by Meadowbrook Press

Bruce Lansky’s engaging book, Early Birdy Gets the Worm, is meant to be read to, with, and by children. How can preschoolers and children who are still learning to read possibly read stories to adults? Simple: The book contain no words, so children can “read” the pictures and use that visual information to tell the story.   

Why we like it: Illustrations are delightful. Encourages creativity by having to imagine your own story. Opens up your imagination!

Preschool through Early Elementary 

 

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Emotional ABCs by Emotional ABCs

Emotional ABC's teaches children basic emotional skills. The DVD/Activity kit shows children how to work through their emotions and make better choices. Designed with therapists, psychologists, and teachers, Emotional ABC's models simple, easy-to-learn techniques to give children tools for lifetime success. Learn more at www.EmotionalABCs.com

Why we like it: Multimodal approach - includes books, a DVD, CD, and cards. Features activities for kids to engage in, including drawing, circling, and crossword puzzles. “Moody” the mascot is very cute and periodically appears throughout materials. Helps young children identify and manage their emotions. 

Ages: 4 years and up 

 

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www.emotionalabcs.com

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Flash Cards by Little Pim

Start building your child’s vocabulary! Our flash cards introduce up to 90 words and phrases for mealtime, playtime and other daily activities. Used in combination with our videos, these flashcards are the perfect way to get little ones hooked on learning a foreign language.

Why we like it: The perfect aid for kids to learn a new language! Great for traveling and to take on-the-go. Videos that go along with the cards engage children and provide fun interaction.

Ages: Birth to 6 years 

 

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www.littlepim.com

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Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons by Meadowbrook Press

A Successful Reading-Fluency Program Parents and Teachers Can Use to Dramatically Improve Reading Skills and Scores.

Why we like it: The poems themselves are by far the best part of the book. When read aloud, they are funny and well written. Any age group would love the silliness of these poems!

Ages: Early Elementary to Tweens & Teens 

 

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www.meadowbrookpress.com

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Green Toys™ Shape Sorter by Green Toys

The My First Green Toys Shape Sorter puts an eco-friendly spin on a classic play pattern. Made in the USA from food-safe, 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Shape Sorter helps develop recognition of shapes and colors while also encouraging eye-hand coordination, problem solving, and fine and gross motor skill development.

Why we like it: Improves coordination and development. Made of eco-friendly, safe materials. Challenging and captures the imagination as a ball, cage, and aesthetic object.

Ages: Birth to Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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Kurio 4s by Techno Source

Sleek, stylish, pocket-sized and portable, the Kurio Touch 4s is a 4-inch Wi-Fi enabled Android 4.2 (Jellybean) handheld device designed with kids in mind.  Kids can record videos, take photos, listen to favorite music, message their friends, play the apps and games they love, and, thanks to Kurio’s powerful parental controls, safely surf the web.

Why we like it: Features a genius Internet filtering system that is constantly updated. Preloaded with apps, you can hit the ground running and know that they have been pre-screened for appropriateness. 

Ages: 3 years and up

 

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Kurio 7s by Techno Source

A follow up to the best-selling Kurio 7 Android family tablet, Kurio 7s is a next-generation 7-inch Wi-Fi enabled Android 4.2 (Jellybean) device with stunning sleek design.  Parents, kids and teens can e-mail, search the web, read e-books, play games, take photos and record video, watch movies, listen to music and more.  Thanks to Kurio’s powerful parental controls, parents can rest assured their kids are safe online.   

Why we like it: Front facing stereo speakers allow for audible clarity. The Internet filtering system is a huge plus. Parents can also set time limits for kids on the tablet. Durable design is appropriate for kids.

Ages:  3 years and up

 

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www.kurioworld.com

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Music Together: All Around the Kitchen Singalong Storybooks by Music Together, LLC

Dance “All Around the Kitchen” with a singing rooster, pots and pans, potatoes and pancakes—and see peanut butter and jelly fall in love! This storybook inspires singing, pre-literacy learning, and imaginative play. Free song download included.

Why we like it: Gives fun ideas for activities to play with your child relating to the song/story to inspire creativity and musical expression. Entire theme was adorable!

Ages: Babies to Kindergarten

 

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Music Together: May All Children Singalong Storybooks by Music Together, LLC

Children from all walks of life share a simple, heartfelt wish for peace. This storybook inspires singing, pre-literacy learning, and imaginative play. Includes activity suggestions and free song download.

Why we like it: Promotes a wonderful message for young readers. Illustrations are sweet and inspiring.

Ages: Babies to Kindergarten

 

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Music Together: Ridin' in the Car Singalong Storybooks by Music Together, LLC

Zoom, zoom! Let’s pick up some animal friends and go “Ridin’ in the Car.” This storybook inspires singing, pre-literacy learning, and imaginative play. Includes activity suggestions and free song download. 

Why we like it: A fun, creative and useful tool for sharing and encouraging music and reading with your children. 

Ages: Babies to Kindergarten

 

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Music Together: Sandpiper Singalong Storybooks by Music Together, LLC

Run in the sand and play in the waves with a little “Sandpiper” and his flock. This storybook inspires singing, pre-literacy learning, and imaginative play. Includes activity suggestions and free song download.

Why we like it: An effective book for inspiring music with your little one. Follow along with the free song that accompanies.

Ages: Babies to Kindergarten

 

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www.musictogether.com

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nabi Jr. by Fuhu, Inc.

A full-featured learning tablet built for kids. This educational entertainment system is the ultimate learning tablet designed as a tool, not a toy. A tool for learning, discovering and growing! Powered by NVIDIA's Tegra® processor, has Wi-Fi, Android apps, 180° rotating camera and a rechargeable battery for hours of fun.

Why we like it: Appealing design that’s very kid-friendly. Includes a variety of fun and educational apps.

Ages: 3 to 6 years

 

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Perspectives by SimplyFun

It's all about Perspective!! Move the brightly colored Game Tiles around on the board to create one or more patterns from your “Perspective”. Solve your Pattern Cards even when it is not your turn but pay close attention and be quick so you do not miss a winning opportunity!

Why we like it: This is an excellent game to exercise the brain (and your eyes)! A product that the entire family can enjoy together. Helps sharpen quick thinking skills, while having a ton of fun.

Ages: 8 and older

 

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www.simplyfun.com

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Polly and Her Pigtails by Monkey Puzzle Books

Polly and Her Pigtails is the first book released in the Age of Storytelling Book Series. Set in the 1930s and still relevant today, Polly and Her Pigtails teaches children about self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discovery, and the ability to transform their own lives!

Why we like it: Sweet story to share during bedtime. Has a special meaning behind it which makes it all the more special.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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Ready, Set, Count! by ALEX Toys

Finger puppets make learning numbers as easy as 1-2-3! Learn numbers, counting and easy math concepts with 8 different craft activities: a giraffe ruler, paper counting chain, and a pizza. Ready, Set, Count! includes over 170 stickers, paper shapes and activity sheets. Create an early love of numbers and counting.

Why we like it: Encourages counting and includes fun activities for doing crafts/artwork with numbers. Love the variety! The set has a good number of very different activities so child never gets bored.

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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Scribble & Doodle -- On The Go by ALEX Toys

On-the-Go Scribble & Doodle is a creative way to teach colors and simple words! This 10×10″ hard cover spiral book contains 50 pre-printed pages and 2 pages of stickers related to travel. Take it with you on your next road trip to keep your little one entertained.

Why we like it: This activity can be very open ended. Part of a drawing is provided, but the rest is up to the imagination! The spiral binding makes it easier for children to flip through drawings. 

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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www.alextoys.com

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Solar System Adventure by SmartLab Toys

Launch young astronomers on a learning adventure with a light-up solar system model. Includes a rolling replica of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity and a fact-filled poster of the solar system.  

Why we like it: An ideal set for learning astronomy. Really fun to put together. Hands-on way to teach kids about the solar system.

Ages: Fun for ages 8+.

 

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www.smartlabtoys.com

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Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! by DK Publishing

With fun flaps that open to reveal colorful pictures of Sophie la girafe and her friends, Peekaboo! Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! invites children to their favorite game of peekaboo with their favorite toy.

Why we like it: Features different animals, adds the element of peek-a-boo, and includes a tactile aspect to engage babies. Makes a great addition to child’s growing book collection.

Ages: Birth - 2 years 

 

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Superflex® Takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables by Social Thinking Publishing

Superflex®, our Social Thinking® superhero, teaches elementary-school students how they can use strategies to conquer their not-quite-so-flexible social thinking, characterized by the Team of Unthinkables. Through the humorous comic books, students are encouraged to think about thinking and what they can do to self-regulate their own wayward thoughts and behaviors.

Why we like it: This is a great book in helping children on the autism spectrum, and all children for that matter. Teaches a child to look beyond themselves and improve their awareness of others.

Ages: Early Elementary to Tweens & Teens

 

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The Incredible Flexible You by Social Thinking® Publishing

The Incredible, Flexible You is a new Social Thinking curriculum that combines a social learning framework used in schools across the U.S. with dramatic play and music activities that reinforce the lessons and make learning fun. Instructional lesson plans, complete with playful activities, educational plan goals, and learn-at-home family letters give educators and parents the knowledge and tools they need to help young children get a jump on social learning and develop better social skills.

Why we like it: A wonderful collection of materials to be used by teachers in creating a social skills curriculum for preschoolers and early elementary school aged children. An effective program to teach such skills.

Ages: Preschool to Early Elementary

 

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The Mouse and the Meadow by Dawn Publications

A young mouse quickly comes of age as he sets out to explore his meadow. There he meets many remarkable creatures along the way. Others would have him for lunch! Fortunately, help arrives just in time.

Why we like it: Nice read for young children. Perfect for bedtime storytelling. Sweet message about growing up.

Ages: Ages 4 to 10 years

 

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www.dawnpub.com

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The Tidy Books Children's Bookcase by Tidy Books

The Tidy Books Kid’s Bookcase gets kids reading, right from the crucial early years.  The original, award winning design makes it easy for kids to see and choose books independently, building their love of books. Made from quality, sustainable wood, stores 85 books, it is an investment for the family. 

Why we like it: Look and feel of the bookcase is outstanding. Nicely displays books for kids to choose from.

Ages: 1 to 8 years

 

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www.tidy-books.com

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XO Tablet by Vivitar

Explore your dreams with the XO Tablet by Vivitar. This durable tablet makes learning fun and creative with full-fledged Android device parents can also enjoy. Designed and developed with One Laptop per Child, XO comes pre-loaded with $200 in free apps, games, e-books and more by nationally recognized educational experts. 

Why we like it: Apps are preloaded and organized into specific categories that correspond to a profession. This tablet is meant to inspire children to explore their dreams.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.xotablet.com

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Brain Beats

Why we like it: This addictive mnemonic CD features 12 brilliantly catchy songs to help kids memorize the state capitals, the Presidents, the Bill of Rights, and more! Play it in the car or crank it up at home. Before you know it, you and your kids will be belting out everything from the first 84 digits of Pi to how to say “hello,” “goodbye” and “thank you” in multiple languages. 

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs 

 

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www.marblesthebrainstore.com

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Brain Quest:  For Threes

Why we like it: The folks at Brain Quest have hit it out of the park again with their latest curriculum-based question-and-answer games that involve interaction, communication and quick thinking. Three new versions for the younger set include Brain Quest: My First, Brain Quest: For Threes, and Brain Quest: Kindergarten.

Ages: Preschool: 3 - 4 years 

 

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www.workman.com

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Brain Quest:  Kindergarten

Why we like it: The folks at Brain Quest have hit it out of the park again with their latest curriculum-based question-and-answer games that involve interaction, communication and quick thinking. Three new versions for the younger set include Brain Quest: My First, Brain Quest: For Threes, and Brain Quest: Kindergarten.

Ages: Kindergarten: 5 - 6 years 

 

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www.workman.com

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Brain Quest:  My First

Why we like it: The folks at Brain Quest have hit it out of the park again with their latest curriculum-based question-and-answer games that involve interaction, communication and quick thinking. Three new versions for the younger set include Brain Quest: My First, Brain Quest: For Threes, and Brain Quest: Kindergarten.

Ages: Toddlers: 2 -3 years 

 

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www.workman.com

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Give Your Preschooler a Headstart with BOOK TALKS: Questions and Activities to Go Along with Popular Children's Books

Get a head start and foster your preschooler’s comprehension skills with this handbook that encourages conversations about classic children’s stories such as Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? and The Napping House. Before, during and after topics of discussion are laid out in this learning tool that stimulates thinking but also helps kids analyze life situations.

Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years, Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years 

 

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Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently & Raise Super Kids

Why we like it: An at-home parent coaching program that offers 22, easy-to-follow, short lessons that help attain harmony within the family. The program comes with CDs, a handbook and inspirational cards. 

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years 

 

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www.gilabrown.com

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Hello, Everybody! Music Together Singalong Storybook

Why we like it:  Based on the “Hello Song” made popular by the nationally known music program, Music Together, the complementing book is beautifully illustrated and follows a family on a fun-filled outing.  The book encourages singing, conversation and imaginative play, resulting in quality family time. The Music Together program offers developmentally appropriate, research-based  classes for children and grown ups all around the world. 

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years, Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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www.musictogether.com

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ifocus System

Why we like it:  ifocus is a scientifically designed educational system that aims to improve attention and focus in kids ages 6 and up. The package includes an engaging computer game for children, as well as tips for parents to better understand their child and improve their child's executive functioning skills.

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 and up

 

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www.focuseducation.com

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In My House - Upbeat songs about kids' everyday activities

Why we like it:  In My House is a collection of songs written and performed by Piña and Michael Madera, co-founders of Singalingo. Each song teaches children useful words that they can use throughout their day. The songs – 14 originals and three classics -- are modern and relevant. Just pop it in and get instant participation. Packaging is eco friendly – comes in a paperboard jacket and printed with non-toxic soy-based inks.

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years, Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Fun for the Entire Family  

 

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www.singalingo.com

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Let’s Get Started Gardening Kit by Mommy&me

Why we like it:  Promoting “together time,” this kit has all the tools you need to start a garden of any size. Kit includes matching aprons, gloves, kids’ tools, stickers and stakes and an activity booklet. Seeds not included.

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family Special Needs 

 

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Little Musician Basic by BrillKids Inc.

Why we like it: With no prior music knowledge and just 5 minutes a day, foster your child's appreciation for music and build a strong foundation for learning. The basic kit includes the Little Musician software (Windows compatible), a license key for installations on up to two computers, a ready-made curriculum with 12 months worth of lessons, and two informational booklets.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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www.brillkids.com

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One Little Owl (Music Together Singalong Storybook)

Why we like it:  Based on the “One Little Owl” song made popular by the nationally known music program, Music Together, the complementing book is beautifully illustrated and playfully tells the story of owls sitting in an old oak tree and one-by-one, come tumbling down.  The book encourages singing, conversation and imaginative play, resulting in quality family time. The Music Together program offers developmentally appropriate, research-based classes for children and grown ups all around the world.

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years, Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years  

 

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www.musictogether.com

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She Sells Sea Shells (Music Together Singalong Storybook)

Why we like it: Based on the This charming Singalong Storybook is based on the popular tongue twister and tells the story of a little girl who travels by boat with special friends to bring gifts of seashells to nearby vacationers. The melody of the song is mesmerizing, and catchy. The book’s pictures are engaging and story line intriguing.  The book encourages singing, conversation and imaginative play, resulting in quality family time. The Music Together program offers developmentally appropriate, research-based classes for children and grown ups all around the world.

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years, Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years 

 

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 www.musictogether.com

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Sight Words Level 2 DVD

Why we like it: Brad, Susan, and friends are at it again, discovering more sight words. As with the previous DVD in the series, new words are presented in context making it easier for children to understand. Educational and entertaining. Keeps young viewers attentive. Bonus features help with spelling. DVD runs 55 minutes.

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years 

 

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www.rocknlearn.com

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The Magic Clothesline

Why we like it: A sweet book that helps children deal with separation when their parents go on business trips. The book touches upon sibling friendship and family bonds. Wonderfully written with beautiful illustrations.

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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Touchy Feely

Why we like it:  Exercise your senses with Touchy Feely, a game by Marbles the Brain Store. Players draw an object card and then reach into the nylon “Tube of Touch” to find it by using their sense of touch. Not as easy as you may think, but loads of fun nevertheless. Play solo or challenge an opponent.

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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www.marblesthebrainstore.com

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Zai Wojia/In My House

Why we like it: Zai Wojia / In My House is a collection of songs sung in Chinese exposing children to useful words in the language. The CD includes 14 original songs and three classics engaging and entertaining children in fun ways despite being in a different language. Written by Piña and Michael Madera, co-founders of Singalingo, and performed by American-born singer and Chinese speaker Sarah-Eve Dill, the songs are about every day activities that kids can relate to, such as getting dressed, washing hands, setting the table, eating meals, bath time and bedtime. Familiar activity songs include the Itsy, Bitsy Spider and Little Monkey (jumping on the bed). The CD is made in the US and comes in a paperboard jacket and printed with non-toxic soy-based inks.

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years, Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.singalingo.com

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DreamBox Learning Math

Why we like it: DreamBox Learning Math is an excellent website for building basic math skills. The short, engaging lessons correlate with the Common Core Standards and build on one another. Students can successfully learn independently as the Intermediate Learning Environment design encourages and motivates students to apply critical thinking to their lessons.

  • Lessons provide immediate feedback after completion
  • Offers customized learning plans that place students in the right area of curriculum based on current skill level
  • New version features 100 more lessons including in-depth fractions coverage for third and fourth grades, and added virtual manipulatives for K-5

Ages: Early Elementary: 6-8 years

 

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Price: $12.95 per month   
www.dreambox.com

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The GIft of Spanish

Why we like it: Make learning a new language fun with The Gift of Spanish. With its memorable vocabulary songs, children gain exposure to 2,500 common Spanish words and at least 500 uncommon words. Children will also harbor a enthusiasm for Spanish as they practice pre-school concepts like numbers, alphabet, opposites, body parts, telling time, days of the week, months of the year and "magic words" like please and thank you.

  • A great way for families to learn Spanish together
  • Includes songs that both kids and parents love
  • Creates enthusiasm for Spanish and wider language learning

Ages: Preschool & Kindergarten: 3-5 years

 

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Price: $124.99  

www.thegiftofspanish.com

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Pre K Scholars Kindergarten Readiness Kit DVD

Why we like it: Pre-K Scholars Kindergarten Readiness Kit is a comprehensive, fun and interactive 22-week phonics based program that meets or exceeds state standards for kindergarten readiness all on one DVD.  Upon completion, a child will have been exposed to phonics, early reading, math, handwriting, science, language arts and fine motor skill development.

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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Price: $39.99 

www.prekscholars.com

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Little Reader Deluxe

Why we like it: Little Reader Deluxe is a complete kit that has everything needed to teach baby to read - both in front of and away from the computer! Fully customizable lessons progress from single words, couplets, phrases, sentences, all the way to complete stories. Also includes lessons using the Pattern Phonics system. 

  • 1 year English curriculum content
  • Create hundreds of phonic word combinations with Pattern Phonics Flip Cards!
  • Comes with a storybook series (25 storybooks)

Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years

 

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Price: $250.00   

www.brillkids.com

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Zenergy Starter Kit 

Why we like it: Zenergy is a yoga program with a multi-class DVD (and a teacher’s resource CD) that features superheroes teaching the poses and empowering kids to stay strong in adverse situations.

  • Children learn yoga in a creative, kid-friendly way
  • Engages children with games and themes and encourages them to use their imagination

Ages: Preschool & Kindergarten: 3-5 years

 

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www.zenergy.tv

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Tools for Tweens and Teens

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Camelio by Vivitar

Vivitar’s Camelio is a full android tablet that allows up to 5 users to customize the device while expressing their own unique personality. It is available with a wide range of licensed Personality Packs, including a bumper case and a special AppCard that creates a coordinated themed user interface.

Why we like it: This is a great and simple tablet for children to use. Perfect size and also sturdy. Kids can choose from a variety of personality packs to dress up their device. Preloaded with a nice selection of apps and controls for parents.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.cameliotablet.com

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Help Your Kids with Math by DK

Using uniquely accessible illustrated stress-free approach, Help Your Kids with Math looks at every aspect of math, from simple sums to simultaneous equations, and explains each facet in easily understandable language so that adults and kids can master the subject together.

Why we like it: Gives a step-by-step and visual approach to math with colorful diagrams and charts. Provides a clear outline of major math concepts starting with adding all the way to probability. Real life examples provide each student with a deeper understanding of the content.

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years

 

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www.barnesandnoble.com

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Instructures by Ideal

Instructures from Ideal® is a construction game that is both fun and challenging. Teams race to build the structures shown on the cards by using only verbal instructions from the team's foreman. Strengthen problem solving and communication skills.

Why we like it: The game is fun for all! Makes a great birthday gift. Encourages great family bonding time. You won’t want it to end!

Ages: Tweens & Teens

 

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www.poof-slinky.com

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Kurio 4s by Techno Source

Sleek, stylish, pocket-sized and portable, the Kurio Touch 4s is a 4-inch Wi-Fi enabled Android 4.2 (Jellybean) handheld device designed with kids in mind.  Kids can record videos, take photos, listen to favorite music, message their friends, play the apps and games they love, and, thanks to Kurio’s powerful parental controls, safely surf the web.

Why we like it: Features a genius Internet filtering system that is constantly updated. Preloaded with apps, you can hit the ground running and know that they have been pre-screened for appropriateness. 

Ages: 3 years and up

 

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www.kurioworld.com

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Kurio 7s by Techno Source

A follow up to the best-selling Kurio 7 Android family tablet, Kurio 7s is a next-generation 7-inch Wi-Fi enabled Android 4.2 (Jellybean) device with stunning sleek design.  Parents, kids and teens can e-mail, search the web, read e-books, play games, take photos and record video, watch movies, listen to music and more.  Thanks to Kurio’s powerful parental controls, parents can rest assured their kids are safe online.   

Why we like it: Front facing stereo speakers allow for audible clarity. The Internet filtering system is a huge plus. Parents can also set time limits for kids on the tablet. Durable design is appropriate for kids.

Ages:  3 years and up

 

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www.kurioworld.com

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Mind Benders by DK

Flex your mental muscles with Mind Benders — an interactive book of brainteasers, optical illusions, word and number games, logic puzzles, physical tricks, mazes, and more.

Why we like it: Provides an impressive variety of games and activities. Illustrations are captivating and really cool. With the flip of each page, you’ll learn something incredible and very interesting! 

Ages: Early Elementary to Tweens & Teens

 

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Superflex® Takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables by Social Thinking Publishing

Superflex®, our Social Thinking® superhero, teaches elementary-school students how they can use strategies to conquer their not-quite-so-flexible social thinking, characterized by the Team of Unthinkables. Through the humorous comic books, students are encouraged to think about thinking and what they can do to self-regulate their own wayward thoughts and behaviors.

Why we like it: This is a great book in helping children on the autism spectrum, and all children for that matter. Teaches a child to look beyond themselves and improve their awareness of others.

Ages: Early Elementary to Tweens & Teens

 

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www.socialthinking.com

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XO Tablet by Vivitar

Explore your dreams with the XO Tablet by Vivitar. This durable tablet makes learning fun and creative with full-fledged Android device parents can also enjoy. Designed and developed with One Laptop per Child, XO comes pre-loaded with $200 in free apps, games, e-books and more by nationally recognized educational experts. 

Why we like it: Apps are preloaded and organized into specific categories that correspond to a profession. This tablet is meant to inspire children to explore their dreams.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.xotablet.com

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Brain Beats

Why we like it: This addictive mnemonic CD features 12 brilliantly catchy songs to help kids memorize the state capitals, the Presidents, the Bill of Rights, and more! Play it in the car or crank it up at home. Before you know it, you and your kids will be belting out everything from the first 84 digits of Pi to how to say “hello,” “goodbye” and “thank you” in multiple languages. 

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs 

 

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www.marblesthebrainstore.com

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Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently & Raise Super Kids

Why we like it: An at-home parent coaching program that offers 22, easy-to-follow, short lessons that help attain harmony within the family. The program comes with CDs, a handbook and inspirational cards. 

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years 

 

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www.gilabrown.com

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Touchy Feely

Why we like it:  Exercise your senses with Touchy Feely, a game by Marbles the Brain Store. Players draw an object card and then reach into the nylon “Tube of Touch” to find it by using their sense of touch. Not as easy as you may think, but loads of fun nevertheless. Play solo or challenge an opponent.

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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www.marblesthebrainstore.com

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www.teenlife.com

Why we like it:  It’s never too early to start prepping for college. TeenLife Media is a resource for parents, educators, and teenagers nationwide who are seeking summer programs, community service opportunities, academic experiences and more for college-bound students in grades 7-12. Choose from thousands of experiences and enrichment programs that will help bring out the best in your teen. Sign up for their newsletters or download their publications on college admissions and summer programs for free.

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs 

 

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www.teenlife.com

 

Educational Crafts and Kits

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Animal Parade A to Z Puzzle by BeginAgain

Where does a vulture ride a unicorn? Only in BeginAgain's Animal Parade! Made from eco-friendly rubber wood with non-toxic stains, this 26-piece puzzle features one animal for every letter. Uppercase on one side and lowercase on the other teaches alphabet letters while developing fine motor and problem-solving skills. Ages 3+. 

Why we like it: An educational and exciting puzzle for kids. Engaging and colorful, it draws their interest right away! Made of natural and safe materials for eco and safety conscious parents. 

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten

 

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www.beginagaintoys.com

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Crafty Creatures by DK Publishing

Packed with more than 30 inspiring ideas, from fat felt cats, to dangly octopuses and zany pom-pom pals, Crafty Creatures and author Jane Bull help you create your own world of colorful, cuddly animals, as well as phone pouches, purses, jewelry, and more!

Why we like it: Everything is laid out against colorful pages or patterned backgrounds. Easy to follow with step-by-step illustrations. Projects are fun to keep or gift!

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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Design-A-Saurs by SmartLab Toys

Welcome to the world of Design-A-Saurs — a world filled with the strangest creatures that never lived! Young paleontologists build models of five legendary dinos —T. rex, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, and Pachycephalosaurus. Then, they can take it one step further and mix and match parts to create wild and wacky new dinosaurs that no one’s ever seen!

Why we like it: Kids have a great deal of fun putting together different dinos and learning about these incredible creatures along the way.

Ages 6 years and up 

 

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www.smartlabtoys.com

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First Impressions Children's Easel - Wooden Easel w/ Storage Bins by Jerry's Artarama

An inspiring multi-use kids art easel with storage bins that will grow with your child! Solid hardwood kids easel is sturdy and stable. Adjusts from 46 to 54 high. Chalk board side and dry erase side each measure 23-1/4x23-1/4. Six 150ml lidded paint cups fit into the front easel tray.

Why we like it: Simple set up. Aesthetically pleasing. Encourages creativity and inspires children to create fantastic artwork!

Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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www.jerrysartarama.com

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First Impressions Complete Art Studio Sets for Kids by Jerry's Artarama

Art sets for kids - Fun arrays of art supplies for artists age 7 and up!  First Impressions art sets are sure to get lots of use and your young artist will be able to create everything from sketches and drawings to cartoons and paintings! Top Choice! 

Why we like it: Includes a variety of supplies needed to create different types of artwork. Children can explore their inner Picasso!

Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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www.jerrysartarama.com

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Imaginista™ Paint 'n Lace Jewelry by The Orb Factory

Cut and assemble 2 yards of lace, add pretty paint colors and make dozens of totally unique accessories.  Imaginista™ Paint 'n Lace Jewelry allows tweens to create professional looking accessories that are totally on trend!

Why we like it: Love these DIY accessories! Sparks creativity resulting in unique jewelry pieces. It’s a fun activity for sleepovers or anytime friends get together. Perfect kit for the fashionable! 

Ages: Early Elementary to Tweens & Teens

 

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Made By Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff by Workman Publishing Co.

Made By Dad combines the rough-edged, handmade ethos of a Boy Scout manual, a sly sense of humor, and a bottomless pit of imagination to deliver a unique book of crafts that shows dads how to turn simple household materials into hilarious, wacky, and unexpected projects.

Why we like it: Provides an array of unique and clever ideas for a great time. Parents love that kids can create crafts with everyday household items. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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Mommy and Me Craft by DK Publishing

The perfect way to introduce kids to the wonderful world of crafting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and more, Mommy and Me Craft is full of fun craft ideas for the whole family.

Why we like it: Great for inspiring and instructing kids to make fun projects. The instructions are clear and certainly step-by-step. Photos make following along easy. Includes a special section that is devoted to projects made from recycled materials. Kids will love taking everyday items and turning them into something fun.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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My First Chemistry Kit by Scientific Explorer

Introduce young kids to the wonders of chemistry with 14 experiments based on the Great Explorations in Math & Science (GEMS) program developed at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Kids learn to use a microscope, make powders disappear and reappear, turn liquids to solids, make things fizz and foam. 

Why we like it: Promotes learning STEM concepts. For the young scientist, this is the perfect starter kit. Experiments are hands-on and entertaining.

Ages:  Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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PlushCraft™ Heart Pillow by The Orb Factory

Follow a simple numbered legend and use the stylus to punch glittering fabric – no sewing required!  This fabric-by-number kit contains special glittering fabric pieces, meaning your rainbow design is certain to shine.

Why we like it: Offers many hours of enjoyment for both young and older kids. The heart design and rainbow pattern are incredibly adorable. Pillow is useable, which is great!

Ages:  Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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Sticky Mosaics® I Heart Horses by The Orb Factory

It's time to Horse around!  Follow a simple numbered legend and add over 2100 sparkling jewels and tiles. Includes 4 sparkling projects.

Why we like it: Makes an excellent birthday gift .The concept is easy enough to follow and the task is engaging while the finished product can be displayed in the child’s room as a piece of art. A big plus of this set is the sparkly gems which make it unique and special

Ages:  Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children by Gryphon House

Forget stuffy, structured craft activities; your child needs time to create! With ideas for fostering a child’s creativity, advice for choosing the right art project, and suggestions for minimizing the mess, Time to Create will have children of all ages embarking on art explorations in no time!

Why we like it: Encourages self-expression and imagination. Children will create fantastic works of art. Provides helpful tips to get them started.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.gryphonhouse.com

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Past Winners

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Fashion Designer's Handbook and Fashion Kit

Why we like it:  A fun activity for the older, fashion-inspired set.   The accompanying book provides instruction on designing and sewing of clothes going from easy to more difficult. 

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years 

 

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www.workman.com

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My First Bird Book and Feeder by Sharon Lovejoy

Why we like it: Teach children about bird watching with this beautifully illustrated guide and bird feeder for a hands-on experience.   The book covers 34 backyard birds in detail, with information on each bird’s diet, behavior, range, nests, habitat, and calls. How-to instructions include creating a bird journal or whipping up a batch of bird food.

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years 

 

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www.workman.com

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Recycled Robots by Robert Malone

Why we like it: Families can create 10 moving robots with supplies provided in the kit or household items. They encourage family together-time, inspire creativity and introduce children to the science of inventing, designing, and engineering. 

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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  www.workman.com

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Tots Sticker Pictures™

Why we like it: This is an easy no-mess craft that toddlers can enjoy while fostering their artistic skills. Just peel and stick onto sticker boards and enjoy! Though geared for the tiniest of hands, older siblings will also love to participate.

Includes six themed sticker boards and over 100 stickers.

Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years 

 

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The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family by Ken Denmead

Why we like it: From the editor of Wired.com’s GeekDad blog comes the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Geek Dad. Fuel a curious young mind by tackling some do-it-yourself projects that inspire children to proudly think like a geek.

  • Encourages family time
  • Fosters creativity and a love for learning

Ages: Fun for the entire family

 

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The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists: The Coolest Experiments and Projects for Science Fairs and Family Fun, by Ken Denmead

Why we like it: Pull out your lab coats for this one! The GeekDad’s Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists was pinned by the editor of Wired.com’s popular GeekDad blog. The guide features an array of science experiments and various projects that will get both the Parent and Child Geeks revved up about science.

  • Features step by step easy to follow instructions
  • It also includes an index that lists all the experiments (along with their cost, difficulty, and duration) for quick and easy reference on the go.

Ages: Fun for the entire family

 

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Price: $18.00 

www.us.penguingroup.com

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101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make

Why we like it: Children can make clever presents for family and friends the old-fashioned way – with their hands! Great layout, easy-to-read instructions and a huge collection of age-appropriate projects for hours of fun. *There's something for everyone … even the little ones can create. * Fantastic gift ideas for grandparents and teachers. *Even the craft-challenged parents will enjoy this book.

Ages: For the entire family

 

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The Budding Scientist

Why we like it: The Budding Scientist is a delightful book that delves into the joy of scientific discovery. It features 50 fun activities, such as exploring ice crystals and making invisible ink, that you and your child can use to discover the world while creating memorable moments together such as exploring.

  • Will satisfy your child’s natural curiosity
  • Includes easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find materials

Ages: Fun for the entire family

 

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Price: $9.95   

www.gryphonhouse.com

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Websites and Apps

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23 Snaps

23snaps is a free private social network for families that allows parents to save photos, videos, stories and updates of their children to a beautiful online journal and privately share those updates with family and close friends. They can even order photo books and prints of their favorite moments.

Why we like it: Effective way to share family photos with a private audience. Visually pleasing and very easy to use.

Fun for the Entire Family

 

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Price: Free  

www.23snaps.com

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Agnitus

Agnitus is an adaptive learning program for children, ages 2-6, with over 100's of games & interactive books, each one progressing at a child's individual learning pace.  Agnitus also provides assessment report cards and real time progress monitoring which allows parents to monitor the child’s accomplishments and areas of struggle. 

Why we like it: Child receives positive reinforcement from the “toys” collected and playtime given in between exercises. Kids feel like they’re playing even though they’re learning. Encourages self-teaching, self-correcting, and self-motivation.

Ages:  Toddlers to Early Elementary

 

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Champs of Numeria by Evanced Games

Developed to test players’ math mettle, Champs of Numeria allows children to customize difficulty levels to compete against the computer, peers and adults on a level playing field. This Connect Four-style game motivates young champs to count dots and identify the correct numbers to win in the world of Numeria.

Why we like it: Hones mathematic skills while teaching kids to think strategically. Appealing avatars make playtime fun.

Ages: 4 years and up

 

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Critter Cruise - A SlyvanPlay Network App by Fingerprint

Critter Cruise is a zany road trip around the U.S. and Canada with 32 stops at landmarks and roadside attractions. Kids ages 6-9 test their math and language skills as they travel iconic routes and fill up their gas tank by correctly answering questions. Content aligns with Common Core curriculum.

Why we like it: Have fun exploring North America with this app. Kids learn and play throughout the way. Has the option to customize a character. Exciting way for kids to learn about historic landmarks.

Ages 6 to 9 years or 1st - 4th grade 

 

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Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read app by Sandviks HOP Inc.

Based on the award-winning Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read system, kids can learn to read on the go with his new digital reading program.  Enjoy songs, games and interactive entertainment in a style that has never been seen before in an educational app. At the end of every lesson there is a story that kids will be able to read to their parents.

Why we like it: A tried and true program that has evolved over the years. A solid brand that parents can trust. 

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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www.hookedonphonics.com

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If I Ran the Horse Show (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media

Come along with the Cat in the Hat in this interactive book app as he takes Sally and Nick to the Super-Tremendous-Studependous Horse Show to teach them about all things horsey! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Kids will love learning about everything from the difference between fillies, foals, yearlings, mares, colts, dams, sires, and stallions; to horse anatomy from nose to tail; to the work of a farrier, Western vs English riding; and much, much more—including fun facts about 13 of the most popular horse breeds! 

Why we like it: Provides great interaction and fun animation. Children will learn new words through pictures. Perfect for the child that loves horses and riding... they'll even learn about this beautiful animal's anatomy! 

Ages: 5 to 10 years

 

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My, Oh My-A Butterfly! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media

Join the Cat in the Hat as he teaches Dick and Sally all about butterflies! Explore pictures and diagrams, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Includes highlighted narration, tappable words and pictures, whimsical animations and the ability to record your own narration and share it with others. 

Why we like it: Have fun learning about these incredible little critters! Engages children in endless play.

Ages: 5 to 10 years

 

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Net Nanny by ContentWatch

Net Nanny is the world’s leading parental control and family protection application. Keep your family safe from inappropriate or unwanted content and other online dangers. Net Nanny protects your family on Macs, PCs, tablets and smart phones. Get piece of mind knowing your family is safe with Net Nanny.

Why we like it: This software is a must-have for parents. Easy to set up and allows multiple computer installations.

Ages: For Parents

 

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SwopBoard by SwopBoard

SwopBoard is an online community marketplace that lets you buy and sell within your trusted school and neighborhood communities. With every sale, you can donate up to 100% of the proceeds to your school (minimum 10%).

Why we like it: Proceeds of the sale are donated to the school of your choice. A safe place to buy/sell goods that benefits a great cause.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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That's Baloney! by Evanced Games

That’s Baloney! makes students, teachers and parents hungry for knowledge. The challenging trivia game includes questions calibrated with Common Core and state educational standards. Children grades 2-6 must choose if one of the 2,500+ thought-provoking quiz statements (in five diverse categories) is true or a load of “baloney!” 

Why we like it: Makes learning very fun and funny! Questions are challenging and enaging.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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www.evancedkids.com

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TIME FOR KIDS Family Edition by TIME Inc.

TIME For Kids Family Edition brings news stories to life on iPad®, NOOK™, Kindle Fire™ and Android™ devices via Google Play™, with colorful maps, videos, entertaining photos and graphics. The app features interactive news stories, seasonal articles of interest, kid-friendly recipes, country studies, world maps, video and high-quality photos.

Why we like it: The stories make children want to read out loud. The content is excellent. Focuses on Common Core Standards. The stories were age appropriate and very well written and presented. Videos and slide shows start up without a delay. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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Ameba Children's Streaming TV

Why we like it:  Ameba TV gives parents peace of mind when searching for online entertainment for their children. It's the perfect resource for parents who want to engage their children with valuable content. Choose from a vast selection of quality, educational and music-themed shows as new videos are being added each day. 

Ages: 3 and up

 

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NQ Family Guardian 

Why we like it:  Parents can breathe a little easier by enlisting the help of NQ Family Guardian,  a mobile safety and monitoring app suite that enables parents to set limits within their child’s smartphone, while also monitoring location and communicating with them at all times. Stand out features include Geo-Fences, the ability to set up a safe zone to for your child and receive notifications when your child goes beyond the zone; and the Panic Alarm, allowing your child to send you an alert message with exact location if he or she is in trouble. Great tool to keep busy working families connected. For Android only.

 

Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years. Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years

 

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Star Walk for iPad

Why we like it: Locate and identify more than 20,000 objects in the night sky with this interactive astronomy guide by Vito Technology. Its 360-degree, touch control star map displays constellations, stars, planets, satellites, and galaxies currently overhead from anywhere on Earth. Not only educational, but also mind-blowing and entertaining!

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model 

Why we like it: “Reach for the stars” takes on a different meaning with this fun astronomy app from Vito Technology, which is educational, entertaining and boasts 3D graphics that are out of this world. Have fun searching for our neighboring planets, moons, satellites, and stars, and instantly share the images with friends. With this app, you’re in total control of the Universe…it’s literally in your hands!

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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www.vitotechnology.com

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www.teenlife.com

Why we like it:  It’s never too early to start prepping for college. TeenLife Media is a resource for parents, educators, and teenagers nationwide who are seeking summer programs, community service opportunities, academic experiences and more for college-bound students in grades 7-12. Choose from thousands of experiences and enrichment programs that will help bring out the best in your teen. Sign up for their newsletters or download their publications on college admissions and summer programs for free.

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs 

 

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www.teenlife.com

 

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Walter's Flying Bus

Why we like it: This heart felt eBook is inspired by the children who live in a special needs orphanage in Uganda. The eBook tells the story of Walter and his friends and an abandoned bus that transports them to find forever homes. Narrated in English, Spanish and Luganda (A primary language of Uganda), the app also includes documentaries on each of the children from the story. 100 per cent of after-tax profits from app sales go to efforts helping orphans with special needs, including advocacy, care, and adoption assistance grants.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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www.waltersflyingbus.com

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Cookbooks

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Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments by Workman Publishing Co.

Why treat your child with drugs when you can cure your child with nutrition? Grounded in cutting-edge science and filled with case studies that read like medical thrillers, this is a book for every parent whose child suffers from mood swings, stomachaches, ear infections, eczema, anxiety, tantrums, ADD/ADHD, picky eating, asthma, lack of growth, and a host of other physical, behavioral, and developmental problems.     

Why we like it: Unique point of view. Touches parents’ stories and frustrations. Provides tools to help parents circle back to their doctors with questions and challenges. 

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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Feeding Your Baby Day by Day by DK Publishing

With more than 200 fuss-free recipes, step-by-step instructions, and family friendly menu planners, Feeding Your Baby Day by Day makes starting solids child's play.

Why we like it: Easy to follow recipes. Book explains baby led weaning in addition to traditional methods of first feeding.

Ages: Expectant Moms and/or Parents 

 

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Super Baby Food by FJ Roberts Publishing

Ruth Yaron provides a complete guide to what, when and how to feed your baby and toddler. This edition is filled with sound guidance for organic baby food preparation plus the latest advice from the experts.  It overflows with over 350 recipes and online resources, all in a pleasing format. 

Why we like it: This book is a go-to resource for all things about feeding babies/toddlers and preparing their food.  The chapters are well organized and the sections are clearly labeled, which is important with a book of this length. 

Ages: Birth to 2 years

 

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www.superbabystore.com

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The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals by Avery

Popular blogger “Food Allergy Mama,” presents easy, fast, allergen-free meals that the entire family will enjoy.

Why we like it: Busy families struggle to get healthy meals on the table and those with food allergies have an extra challenge. This cookbook helps to increase the food options for these families in a way that is practical, easy, healthy, and delicious. 

Ages: Expectant Moms and/or Parents

 

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www.foodallergymama.com

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The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket by Workman Publishing Co.

Introducing the lifesaving cookbook for every mother with kids at home — the book that solves the 20 most common cooking dilemmas by offering five solutions for each one. Enjoy recipes, tips, techniques, attitude, and wisdom for staying happy in the kitchen - while proudly keeping it homemade.

Why we like it: The book has great simple recipes for the entire family to enjoy. It’s simple and easy to follow and very basic. Provides advice on how to include your kids in the cooking process.

Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.themom100.com

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The Mom 100 Cookbook   100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket

Why we like it: A great basic “starters” cookbook for inspiration on some easy-to-make, kid-friendly meals. Katie Workman, founding editor in chief of Cookstr.com and mother of two school-aged kids, tackles 20 most common cooking dilemmas and provides solutions for each. Recipes are tasty and best of all, economical.

Ages: For the Entire Family

 

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The Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Why we like it: Mother, wife, cook, photographer and creator of YummyMummyKitchen.com, Marina Delio has cooked up this beautifully illustrated cookbook that features healthy and easy-to-follow recipes, helpful hints and mom tips throughout. Delio emphasizes that “meal time can not only be easy and stress-free, but a time to relish, create, bond with family, and to feel good about themselves.”

 Ages: Fun for the Entire Family 

 

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  www.yummymummykitchen.com

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OMG Pancakes! 75 Cool Creations Your Kids Will Love, by Jim Belosic 

Why we like it: From the creator of the blog “Jim’s Pancakes”, which has over 2 million views, this easy to read book features 4-color photos of Jim’s creative pancake designs and includes step-by-step recipes and techniques to make cool pancake sculptures with your kids at home. 

  • Offers detailed instructions for creating pancakes in shapes and colors to please the eye and delight children
  • Make pancake time fun for kids!

For Parents

 

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www.us.penguingroup.com

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