Shopping List


For infants and toddlers

Baby Einstein: 10th Anniversary Special Edition Baby Mozart, The Baby Einstein Co., 2008; 28 min.; $19.99;

Little Laureate’s My World Colors, Little Laureate, 2008; 30 min.; $24.99;

For preschoolers and up

Abby in Wonderland, Genius Products, 2008; 42 min.; $14.93;

Elmo's World: Summer Vacation, Genius Products, 2008; 51 min.; $12.93;

The Biscuit Brothers: Go Make Music! Vol. 2, 
Biscuit Biz, 2007; 144 min.; $14.99;

For ages 5 and up

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Have You Never Been Yellow?, Apple-Eye Productions, 2007; 
60 min.; $19.99;

Jane and the Dragon: A Dragon’s Tale, Shout! Factory, 2008; 120 min.; $13.99;

My Friends Tigger& Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, 2007; 44 min.; $19.99;

Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics, Scholastic/New Video, 2008; about 15 hours; $99.95;

VeggieTales: Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue, Big Idea, 2008; 50 min.; $14.99;

For ages 8 and up

Ballet Shoes, KOCH Entertainment, 2008; 85 min.; $24.98;

Nim’s Island, Fox Home Entertainment, 2008; 96 min.; $29.98;

Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Series, KOCH Entertainment, 2008; 23 hours; $99.98; www.koch

Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby, The Jim Henson Co., 2008; 80 min.; $19.97;

For ages 12 and up

Viva Cuba, Film Movement, 2007; 80 min.; $19.98;


For infants and toddlers

Because You Are My Baby, by Sherry North, illustrated by Marcellus Hall; Abrams Books, 2008; $15.95;

Eebee’s Laundry Time Adventures, Every Baby Co., 2008; $14.95;

Say Daddy!, by Michael Shoulders, illustrated by Teri Weidner; Sleeping Bear, 2008; $15.95;

Ten Tiny Babies, by Karen Katz; Simon& Schuster, 2008; $14.99;

Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, by Richard Van Camp; Orca Book Publishers, 2007; $9.95;

For preschoolers and up

Alphabet Animals: A Slide-and-Peek Adventure, by Suse MacDonald; Simon& Schuster, 2008; $12.99;

Crocs!, by David T. Greenberg, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger; Little, Brown, 2008; $15.99;

Dr. Ted, by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre; Simon& Schuster, 2008; $14.99;

A Kitten Tale, by Eric Rohmann; Random House/Knopf, 2008; $15.99;

Monkey with a Tool Belt, by Chris Monroe; Carolrhoda, 2008; $16.95;

Trucktown: Smash! Crash!, by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by David Gordon, Loren Long and David Shannon; Simon& Schuster, 2008; $16.99;

For ages 6 and up

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things, by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Schwartz& Wade/Random House, 2008; $15.99; www.random

Arthur of Albion, by John Matthews, illustrated by Pavel Tatarnikov; Barefoot Books, 2008; $24.99;

As Luck Would Have It, by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Daniel San Souci; August House, 2008; $16.95;

Maybe a Bear Ate It!, by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley; Orchard/Scholastic, 2008; $15.99;

Wabi Sabi, by Mark Reibstein, illustrated by Ed Young; Little, Brown, 2008; $16.99;

For ages 9 and up

Cicada Summer, by Andrea Beaty; Amulet/Abrams, 2008; $15.95;

Defiance, by Valerie Hobbs; Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005; $16;

Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass; Little, Brown, 2008; $15.99;

52 Days by Camel: My Sahara Adventure, by Lawrie Raskin and Debora Pearson, photographs by Lawrie Raskin; Annick Press, 2008; $26.95/$14.95 (paperback);

George Washington Carver, by Tonya Bolden; Abrams Books, 2008; $18.95;

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming, by Lynne Cherry and photojournalist Gary Braasch; Dawn Publications, 2008; $17.95;

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes, by Peggy Gifford, illustrated by Valorie Fisher; Schwartz& Wade/Random House, 2008; $15.99;

Science on the Loose: Amazing Activities and Science Facts You’ll Never Believe, by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Claudia Dávila; Maple Tree Press, 2008; $22.95/$10.95 (paperback); www.mapletree

For ages 12 and up

A Thousand Never Evers, by Shana Burg; Delacorte/Random House, 2008; $15.99;

Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life, by Linda Silvertsen and Tosh Silvertsen; Simon& Schuster, 2008; $10.99;

ghostgirl, by Tonya Hurley; Little, Brown, 2008; $17.99;

My One Hundred Adventures, by Polly Horvath; Schwartz& Wade/ Random House, 2008; $16.99;

Susanna Hits Hollywood, by Mary Hogan; Delacorte/Random House, 2008; $8.99;

The Postcard, by Tony Abbott; Little, Brown, 2008; $15.99;

Pop-ups and kitsAlphabet, by Matthew Van Fleet; Simon& Schuster, 2008; $19.99;

Create Your Own Books, Creativity for Kids, 2005; $17.99;

Dress Up Your Own Paper Pups, Chicken Socks/Klutz, 2008; $12.95;

Everybody Eats Lunch, by Cricket Azima, illustrated by Titus V. Thomas; The Creative Kitchen/Glitterati, 2008; $16;

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni; Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2008; $19.99;

In Your Face 3-D: The Best 3-D Book Ever!, by David E. Klutho; Sports Illustrated Books, 2008; $19.95;

Kit’s World: A Girl’s-Eye View of the Great Depression, American Girl Publishing, 2008; $24.95;


Highlights High Five, Highlights for Children; $26/year;

KidSpirit, KidSpirit Magazine; $25/year;

Kiki, B-books; $7.95/issue, $26/year;

Storytelling& spoken-word

For younger children

Music Tales, Musicians Out of the Box, 2006; $14.99;

U Tell A Tale: Stories Told Through-U, Cygnus Storytelling/National Institute on Media and the Family, 2008; $15;

For elementary students

Tell Me A Story 2: Animal Magic,written by Amy Friedman, read by various artists; D& F Productions, 2007; $18.95;

Tipingee, Brer Rabbit and the Mouse that Barked: Tales of Love and Laughter, LuAnn Adams, 2007; $15;

For tweens and teens

Trouble (Audiobook), written by Gary D. Schmidt and read by Jason Culp; Scholastic Media, 2008; $34.95 (nine CDs);

Women of Vision, Susan Danoff, 2008; $15;



Down at the Sea Hotel, Various artists, The Secret Mountain, 2007; $12.98 CD, $16.95 Book/CD;

Putumayo Kids African Dreamland, Various artists, Putumayo Kids, 2008; $14.98;

Stardust, Cher& Gene Klosner, Audible Chocolate Productions, 2007; $24.95 double CD;

For toddlers and up

Best Pals—Kathy& Janet Lennon Sing Their Favorite Childhood Songs, Kathy and Janet Lennon, KatJan, 2006; $17;

It’s A Gymboree Party!, Parachute Express, Trio Lane Records, 2007; $15;

Tall as a Tree, Hullabaloo, Hullabaloo Music, 2008; $12;

For preschoolers and up

Family Tree, Frances England, Paper Bird Records, 2008; $14;

Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, Brady Rymer, Bumblin’ Bee Records, 2008; $15.99;

I'm Growing, Gunnar Madsen, Gee, Spot! Records, 2008; $14.98;

Pop Fly, Justin Roberts, Carpet Square Records, 2008; $15;; 
ages 3 to 8

Snacktime!, Barenaked Ladies, Desperation Records/Nettwerk, 2008; $13.99; www.barenaked

Very Derryberry, Debi Derryberry, Very Derryberry Productions, 2007; $12.99;

For ages 4 and up

Big Round World, Trout Fishing in America, Trout Records, 2008; $14.98;

Experience… 101, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Appleseed Recordings, 2007; $15;

Yes to Running, Bill Harley, Round River Records, 2008; $17.99 double CD;

Software, video games And Web sites

For preschoolers and up

Bob the Builder Can-Do Zoo, Brighter Minds Media, 2008; $19.95; Requires: Windows 2000, XP or Vista, or Macintosh OS X 10.3.9 or newer

Tag Reading System and the Little Engine That Could, LeapFrog Enterprises, 2008; $49.99 (Tag Reading System) and $13.99 (Tag-enabled book);

For early elementary

Club Penguin, Disney Internet Group, 2005; $5.95/month; Requires: Web browser and Flash

KidJamz Studio, VTech Electronics, 2008; $59.99;

Word Girl PBS Web Site, Scholastic Media, 2007; free; Requires: Web browser with Flash

For tweens and up

Animation-ish, Fablevision, 2008; $59.95; Requires: Web browser

Boom Blox, Electronic Arts, 2008; $49.99; Requires: Wii console

Deca Sports, Hudson Entertainment, 2008; $29.99; Requires: Wii console

The Greens, WBGH Interactive Kids Group, 2007; free; Requires: Web browser with Flash

Whyville, Numedeon, 1999; free; Requires: Web browser with Flash

Family resources

KidZui: The Internet for Kids, Clifford Boro, 2008; free;; for ages 3 to 12. Requires: High-speed Internet connection and Adobe Flash Player 9+

Parents Activity Center, Scholastic, 2008; free;; for parents and kids ages 5 to 12. Requires: Web browser with Flash

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