The best toys of 2010: The presents kids really want


Ellen Metrick


Today's toys provide "grown-up" technology in durable, kid- and eco-friendly versions with less packaging and more natural elements. Dolls and plush animals continue to provide nurturing play, even as whimsical sounds and soft glows add new life to these classic favorites.

Here is the best of the best of this year's toys, as selected by the National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA). Learn more.

Or for some local flavor, check out our thoroughly unscientific and not at all comprehensive survey of what Chicago Parent readers' kids are asking for this holiday season.

For infants and toddlers

For preschoolers

For ages 5 and up

For ages 8 and up


DVDs to die for


Books and magazines


Video games


Best Music



nappaAs the season of giving approaches, the 2010 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) program is here to help. In its 20th anniversary year of setting the gold standard for children's educational and entertainment products, NAPPA shares this year's top picks for toys, books, software, music, DVDs, CDs and video games.


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