The 2012 National Parenting Publications Awards results are in and we’ve awarded the year’s best products for children, providing busy parents with this year’s sure-bet holiday gift guide.
Parents always want to give their kids hours of listening, reading and playtime fun. These Gold-Award winning books, magazines, music, apps, software, video games and websites do just that.
By Michael Berick
Music that kids will love and parents won’t mind listening to.
0 to toddlers
Good Morning My Love, Vered Benhorin
Vered Music, 2012; $12; veredmusic.com
Ages 3 to 5
Backseat Driver, The Cat's PajamasHowlin Records, 2012; $15; howlinrecords.com Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie,Elizabeth MitchellSmithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2012; $11.98; folkways.si.edu
Ages 6 to 8
All About Bullies . . . Big and Small Cool Beans Music/East Coast Recording, 2011; $15; coolbeansmusic.com Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, Randy Kaplan MyKaZoo Music/Universal, 2012; $11.99; randykaplan.com Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz Hornblow Recordings,2012; $15; ozomatli.com Picasso, That's Who! (And So Can You!), HopeHarris Holcomb Rock Road, 2012; $15;hopeharris.com The Colored Pencil Factory, Astrograss Smoggy Borough Records, 2012; $15; astrograssmusic.com
Ages 9 and up
Make Believers, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Underground Playground, 2012; CD, $15; secretagent23skidoo.com
Anna and the Cupcakes, Bari Koral Family Rock Band Magenta Records, 2012; $11.98; barikoral.com French Learning Songs (Chansons pour enfants), Cha, Cha,Cha Whistlefritz, 2011; $14.99; whistlefritz.com High Dive and Other Things That Could Have Happened,Bill Harley Round River Productions, 2012; $15; billharley.com