Jump-start your holiday shopping with winners from the 2009
National Parenting Publications Awards competition.
With 19 years of experience selecting the top children's products,
NAPPA's team of expert judges-with help from parent and child
testers-offer their top picks, setting the gold standard in
children's learning and entertainment. The experts have selected
the best from more than 1,000 products to help you find the right
gifts for holiday fun and throughout the year.
You'll find more sure-bets for kids among the NAPPA Honors winners
highlighted at www.NAPPA.Parenthood.com. You can also download
shopping lists from each category of NAPPA Gold Award winners.
Learn more about the judges and get more details about the products
included on the shopping list at ChicagoParent.com.
by Ellen Metrick
For virtually every category and age group, toy companies have
used their ingenuity to make good toys even better. This year's
winners reflect an evolution from traditional playthings to
impressive, exciting tools for broadening knowledge, honing
high-tech skills and experiencing both challenge and delight.
by Helen Foster James
Writers and artists continue to jump higher in a noble effort to
entertain and educate our children. Lots of serious titles this
year-about social issues, war-torn countries, milestones in
history, fatal illness, etc. But don't worry, there's plenty of
silliness, too, with a plethora of animal tales and the funniest
introduction to toilet-training one could imagine.
For a complete list of our books and magazines, pick up a copy
of Chicago Parent.
by Peggy Brown
As families get back to basics, games are among the best basic
entertainment around. Board games bring friends and loved ones
face-to-face better than TV, movies and video games do-and the
price is right, even in tough times. Put game night on the
schedule, zap some popcorn and play; games make you learn and
laugh. They can be the glue that pieces family time back
The quest continues to find a satisfying mix of new voices and
experienced professional children's artists who have the "Wow!
Among the DVD winners, you'll find some familiar DVDs along with
some wonderful surprises.
And finally, no 21st-century shopping wish list is complete
without the hottest software titles.
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