Palmetto Parent 2010 December Issue : Page 8

The 2010 Palmetto Parent Holiday Gift Guide stuf f The best Make the most of your holiday shopping with these winners from the 2010 National Parenting Publications Awards competition Expert judges, parents and child testers have again selected their picks for the most innovative and engaging products to help you find just the right gifts for this holiday season and throughout the year. Ground Force Drifter 8 Palmetto Parent www.palmettoparent.com December 2010

The Best Stuff

<font size=3>Top toys, games, books, music, software and more — it’s all here</font><br /> <br /> Make the most of your holiday shopping with these winners from the 2010 National Parenting Publications Awards competition<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>I. Toys</b><br /> While providing plenty of imaginative play, today’s toys provide “grown-up” technology in durable, kid- and eco-friendly versions. Dolls and plush animals continue to get new features — and new technology — to upgrade classics favorites.<br /> <br /> For Infants and Toddlers<br /> •Babipouce Activities, Corolle, $50; www.corolle.com; birth – age 3. <br /> •Flow ’N’ Fill Spout, Yookidoo by International Playthings, $16.99; www.intplay.com; ages 9 months and older. <br /> •Spring Roller, Chicco, $19.99; www.chiccousa.com; ages 6 months and older. <br /> <br /> For Preschoolers<br /> •Hot Dots Jr. – Ace the Talking Teaching Dog, Educational Insights Inc., $39.99; www.educationalinsights.com; ages 3 and older.<br /> •MobiGo Touch Learning System, VTech, $59.99; www.vtechkids.com; ages 3 and older. <br /> •Sing-a-ma-jigs!, Fisher-Price, $12.99; www.thesingamajigs.com; ages 3 and older. <br /> •The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Zoobies, $40; www.zoobies.com; ages 5 and older. <br /> <br /> For Ages 5 and older<br /> •Liv Dolls, Spin Master Ltd., $14.99 each; www.spinmaster.com; ages 5 and older. <br /> •Makedo, Makedo/Reeves International Inc., $15; www.makedo.com.au; ages 5 and older. <br /> •Real Construction Deluxe Tool Set, JAKKS Pacific Inc., $29.99; www.jakks.com; ages 5 and older. <br /> •Springfree Trampoline, Springfree Trampoline Inc., $1,599; www.springfreetrampoline.com; ages 6 and older. <br /> <br /> For Ages 8 and older<br /> •Ground Force Drifter, Razor USA LLC, $299.99; www.razor.com; ages 8 and older. <br /> •Perplexus, PlaSmart Inc., $24.99; www.plasmarttoys.com; ages 6 and older. <br /> •Potato Chip Science, Workman Publishing, $17.95; www.workman.com; ages 9 and older. <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>II. Board and card games</b><br /> Games provide a wealth of entertainment and can be a budget-friendly alternative to other activities. And as they have for generations, board games can bring families together for fun for all ages.<br /> <br /> For Preschoolers<br /> •The Amazing Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards, Ideopolis LLC, $19.95; www.alphabotz.com; ages 3 and older. <br /> <br /> For Ages 5 and older<br /> •Can You See What I See? Bingo Link, Gamewright, $15.99; www.gamewright.com; ages 6 and older. <br /> •Animal Mastermind Towers, Pressman Toy, $11.99; www.pressmantoy.com; ages 5 and older. <br /> <br /> For Ages 7 and older<br /> •Spot It! from BlueOrange Games, $11.99; www.blueorangegames.com; ages 8 and older. <br /> •Minotaurus, LEGO Systems Inc., $24.99; www.LEGO.com; ages 7 and older. <br /> <br /> For Ages 8 and older<br /> •Dweebies, Gamewright, $10.99; www.gamewright.com; ages 8 and older. <br /> •Scrabble Flash, Hasbro Games, $29.99; www.hasbrogames.com; ages 8 and older. <br /> •Q-bitz, MindWare, $24.95; www.mindware.com; ages 8 and older. <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>III. DVDs</b><br /> This year, three senior jurors worked closely with child jurors to winnow the best from a pool of excellent submissions. Judges found DVDs to be more sophisticated than in the past, with the use of computer-generated graphics and digital recording to inspire as well as entertain.<br /> <br /> For Toddlers<br /> •“Big Bird, Little Bird,” Sleeveless, 2010; 35 min.; $14.99; www.sarahickman.com; ages birth – 5. <br /> <br /> For Preschoolers<br /> •“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus … And More Stories by Mo Willems,” Scholastic Media/New Video, 2010; 49 min.; $14.95; www.newkideo.com; ages 2 – 5. <br /> •“Look Out World Here I Come! New York,” Look Out World LLC, 2010; 30 min.; $19.95; www.lookoutworldhereicome.com; ages 2 – 5. <br /> •“Meet the Sight Words DVD Boxed Set,” Preschool Prep Company, 2009; 108 min.; $39.97; www.preschoolprepco.com; ages 2 – 5. <br /> •“Wimzie’s House – A World of Enchantment,” Mill Creek Entertainment, 2010; 4 hrs. 10 min.; $9.98; www.millcreekent.com; ages 2 – 5. <br /> <br /> For Ages 5 and older<br /> •“The Wheels on the Bus Sing-Along Travel Kit,” Scholastic Media/New Video, 2010; 2 hrs. 12 min.; $24.95; www.newkideo.com; ages 5 – 8. <br /> <br /> For Ages 8 – 12<br /> •“The Secret of Moonacre,” E1 Entertainment, 2010; 103 min.; $24.95; www.E1homevideo.com; ages 8 – 12. <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>IV. Books and magazines</b><br /> Judges saw a remarkable range of entries in the children’s books category this year, with titles to bring new life to read-aloud times and quiet enjoyment to avid readers. Learn more about these Gold winners and discover the list of NAPPA Honors books at www.NAPPA.Parenthood.com.<br /> <br /> For Infants and Toddlers<br /> •“Dancing Feet,” by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown; Random House Children’s Books, 2010; $16.99; www.randomhouse.com/kids. <br /> • “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” adapted by Kim Mitzo Thompson and Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand, illustrated by Patrick Girouard; Twin Sisters Productions, 2010; $10.99; www.twinsisters.com. <br /> • “One Pup’s Up,” by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by Henry Cole; Simon & Schuster Children’s, 2010; $16.99; http://kids.simonandschuster.com. <br /> • “Up, Up, Up!” by Susan Reed and Rachel Oldfield; Barefoot Books, 2010; $16.99; www.barefootbooks.com. <br /> <br /> For Preschoolers and Older<br /> • “Beautiful Oops!” by Barney Saltzberg; Workman Publishing, 2010; $11.95; www.workman.com. <br /> • “Chirp Magazine,” Owl Kids; $29.99 for 1-year subscription; $45 for 2-year subscription; www.owlkids.com. <br /> • “Heads,” by Matthew van Fleet; Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2010; $16.99; http://kids.simonandschuster.com. <br /> • “The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Songs for Little Folks,” by Peter Yarrow, illustrated by Terry Widener; Sterling Children’s Books, 2010; $16.95; www.sterlingpublishing.com/kids. <br /> • “Swim! Swim!” by Lerch; Scholastic, 2010; $16.99; www.scholastic.com. <br /> <br /> For Ages 6 and older<br /> • “Amazing Airplanes,” by Gaby Goldsack, illustrated by Lee Montgomery and Anthony Williams; Silver Dolphin Books, 2010; $14.95; www.silverdolphinbooks.com. <br /> • “Farm,” by Elisha Cooper; Orchard Books, 2010; $17.99; www.scholastic.com. <br /> • “My Name is Not Isabella,” by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin; Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2010; $16.99; www.Sourcebooks.com. <br /> • “Who Will Plant a Tree?,” by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Tom Leonard; Sleeping Bear Press, 2010; $15.95; www.sleepingbearpress.com. <br /> <br /> For Ages 9 and older<br /> • “American Girl Magazine,” American Girl; $22.96 for 1-year subscription (6 issues); www.americangirlmagazine.com. <br /> • “Birmingham Sunday,” by Larry Dane Brimner; Boyds Mills Press, 2010; $17.95; www.boydsmillspress.com.<br /> • “Do Something!” by Nancy Lublin, Manessa Martir and Julia Steers; Workman Publishing, 2010; $13.95; www.workman.com. <br /> • “The Dreamer” by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis; Scholastic, 2010; $17.99; www.scholastic.com. <br /> • “The Popularity Papers,” by Amy Ignatow; Abrams/Amulet Books, 2010; $15.99; www.amuletbooks.com.<br /> • “The Social Times Magazine,” Autism Asperger Publishing Company; $51 for a year’s subscription (nine issues), 10 student copies of each issue included; www.asperger.net. <br /> <br /> For Ages 12 and older<br /> • “The Cardturner,” by Louis Sachar; Random House Children’s Books, 2010; $17.99; www.randomhouse.com/teens.<br /> • “Fat Boy Chronicles,” by Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan; Sleeping Bear Press, 2010; $9.95; www.sleepingbearpress.com. <br /> • “A Girl Named Mister,” by Nikki Grimes; Zondervan, 2010; $15.99; www.zondervan.com.<br /> • “Poetry Speaks Who I Am,” edited by Elise Paschen; Sourcebooks, 2010; $19.99; www.sourcebooks.com. <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>V. Storytelling and spoken-word</b><br /> While storytelling has provided entertainment, education and oral history for generations, families can now enjoy this age-old pastime on the road or at home – or anywhere with a CD player.<br /> <br /> For Younger Children<br /> •“Guess How Much I Miss You,” written by Julia Lobo, illustrated by Rebecca Elliott, Publications International Ltd., 2010; $19.99; www.pubint.com; ages 18 months – 3 years. <br /> •“Perfectly Arugula,” written by Sarah Dillard, Sterling Children’s Books, 2009; $14.95 for book; free with Listen-Along Storybook; www.listenalongstorybook.com; ages 3 and older. <br /> <br /> For School-Age Children<br /> •“The Lost Bicycle,” Cory Hills, Reach Out Kansas Inc., 2010; $12.97; www.coryhills.com, www.reachoutkansas.org; ages 5 – 12. <br /> •“Frindle,” written by Andrew Clements and read by Keith Nobbs, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2009; $14.99; audio.simonandschuster.com; ages 8 – 12. <br /> <br /> For Tweens & Teens<br /> •“Sisters Red,” written by Jackson Pearce and read by Erin Moon, Michal Friedman and Suzanne Toren, Hachette Audio, 2010; $22.98; www.jacksonpearce.com, www.hachetteaudio.com; ages 12 and older. <br /> <br /> For Family Listening<br /> •“Tales2Go,” Tales2Go LLC, 2010; $24.99 annual subscription; www.tales2go.com; ages 3 – 11. <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>VI. Music</b><br /> Music that appeals to children and their families marks NAPPA’s list of hits this year. Both independent artists and established performers deliver family-friendly hits that include new takes on traditional songs, original works and outstanding musicianship.<br /> <br /> Lullabies<br /> •“Music Together Lullabies,” various artists, Music Together LLC, 2009; $14.95; www.musictogether.com; ages birth – 6. <br /> •“Party Like a Twinkle Star,” Charity and the JAMband, 2010; $17.98 double CD; www.jamjamjam.com; ages birth – 9. <br /> •“Sing Me Goodnight,” Lisa Redfern, Hurricane Music, 2010; $15; www.lisaredfern.com; all ages. <br /> •“Sing Me to Sleep – Indie Lullabies,” Various Artists, American Laundromat Records, 2010; $13.95; www.alr-music.com; all ages. <br /> <br /> For Toddlers and older<br /> •“A Mighty Good Day,” Hullabaloo, Hullabaloo Music, 2010; $12; www.hullabalooband.com; ages birth – 6. <br /> •“Rock and Roll Garden,” Bari Koral Family Rock Band, Loopytunes, 2010; $10.99; www.barikoral.com; ages 1 – 5. <br /> •“The Wild World of Wildlife,” Birdie Mendoza, Birdie’s Playhouse, 2010; $10.99; www.birdiesplayhouse.com; ages birth – 5. <br /> <br /> For Ages 4 and older<br /> •“A Cow Says Moock,” Alastair Moock, Moockshake Music, 2010; $15; www.moockmusic.com; ages 2 – 10. <br /> •“Eat a Bowl of Cherries”, Rhythm Child, The Rhythm Child Network, 2009; $15; www.rhythmchild.net; ages birth – 6. <br /> •“Funky Fresh and Sugar Free,” Sugar Free Allstars, Wiser Music, 2010; $12.97; www.sugarfreeallstars.com; ages 3 – 10. <br /> •“Jungle Gym,” Justin Roberts, Carpet Square Records, 2010; $16; www.justinrobertsmusic.com; ages 3 – 9. <br /> •“The Kids Are All Id,” Randy Kaplan, Randy Kaplan Music, 2010; $12.99-$17.99; www.randykaplan.com; ages 4 and older. <br /> •“Ranky Tanky,” Rani Arbo, Mayhem Music, 2010; $15; www.raniarbo.com; ages 3 and older.<br /> •“Swimming in Noodles,” Jim Cosgrove, Hiccup Productions Inc., 2010; $13; www.jimcosgrove.com; ages 3 – 8. <br /> •“Take It Outside,” The Okee Dokee Brothers, Okee Dokee Music, 2010; $15; www.okeedokee.org; ages 3 – 9. <br /> <br /> For Ages 9 and older<br /> •“Sunny Day,” Elizabeth Mitchell, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2010; $11.98; www.folkways.si.edu; ages 9 and older. <br /> •“We’re Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar,” various artists, Rainbow Morning Music, 2010; $14.95; www.Barrylou.com; ages 9 and older. <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>VII. Software, video games and Web sites</b><br /> Dominating the video game headlines this year is Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect. It eliminates the controller to open up fully immersive digital play. Judges found the early titles to be solid offerings and just a glimpse of what will be available in the near future. And in other gaming, online content for all ages and for families is becoming more available, with some sites offering free play. <br /> <br /> For Preschool and older<br /> •Tag Reading System, LeapFrog Enterprises, 2008; $39.99; www.leapfrog.com; ages 4 – 8. <br /> <br /> For Early Elementary Students<br /> •Herotopia, Herotainment, LLC, 2010; free (or upgrade with membership, $5.95/month); www.herotopia.com; ages 6 – 12.<br /> •Leapster Explorer, LeapFrog Enterprises, 2010; $69.99; www.leapfrog.com; ages 4 – 8.<br /> <br /> For Upper Elementary Students<br /> •Kinect for Xbox 360, Microsoft, 2010; $149.99; www.xbox.com; ages 6 and older.<br /> •Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Square Enix Inc., 2010; $39.99; www.kingdomhearts.com; ages 10 and older.<br /> •The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World, Wiglington and Wenks Worldwide Pte Ltd., 2009; free (or upgrade with membership, $5.99/month); www.wiglingtonandwenks.com; ages 7 –14.<br /> <br /> For Tweens and Teens<br /> •Echo Smartpen, Livescribe, 2010; $169.95 for 4GB, $199.95 for 8GB; www.livescribe.com; ages 12 and older.<br /> •Global Agenda, Hi-Rez Studios Inc., 2010; $39.99; www.globalagendagame.com; ages 13 and older.<br /> <br /> Family Resources<br /> •KidZui K2 Browser, KidZui: The Internet for Kids, 2010; free (or upgrade with subscription, $8/month or $40/annual); www.kidzui.com; ages 3 – 12.<br /> <br /> <i><br /> For complete details and information on this year’s NAPPA Children’s Resources winners, visit www.NAPPA.Parenthood.com.<br />

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