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Holiday Gift Ideas from The Scholastic Store for the Little Ones!

One of the toughest things these days is to know which books to buy for the kids – this holiday season I’ve got some help from my friendly little elves at The Scholastic Store – with some top picks!

Clifford Cares by Norman Bridwell – (Ages 0-3; $6.99)
Clifford loves to care. He shows he cares–about his neighbors, his family, and his park–and everyone cares about Clifford! Perfect for the youngest puppy fans, this simple story is done in classic Clifford style and also has a padded cover!
I Am Small by Emma Dodd- (Ages 0-3; $8.99)
From the eyes of a baby penguin the world is a great big place. The sky so high, the ocean so deep, and the mountains so steep–all these things are magnificent from it’s point of view. But in the eyes of it’s mother–this little penguin is the biggest, most important thing in the world! This beautiful story is highlighted with foil on the cover and throughout.
Oh, What a Christmas! by Michael Garland – (Ages 3-8; $16.99)
Join Santa’s wild ride in this soon-to-be Christmas classic! When the harness to Santa’s sleigh breaks mid-flight, Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the reindeer gang fly off into the night…leaving Santa and all of his presents stranded! Who will guide Santa’s sleigh and save Christmas now?
Chuggington: Chug-Of-War by Scholastic (Ages 3-5; $12.99)
Which team will win? You decide! Nobody wants to go to the mine to do a messy job. There’s only one way to settle it–a chug-of-war! Kids will love using the magnets in this interactive book!  8 magnets PLUS magnetic book and play area!
My Rhinocerous by Jon Agee – (Ages 3-7; $16.95)
If you should ever get a rhinoceros for a pet, you’re in for a surprise. It won’t chase a ball. Or a stick. Or a frisbie. In fact, according to the experts, a rhinoceros does only two things: pop balloons and poke holes in kites. But don’t be discouraged. As you’ll discover in Jon Agee’s hilarious picture book, rhinoceroses can do more–so much more–than that!
Funny Farm by Mark Teague – (Ages 3-7; $16.99)
The cows, pigs, and sheep have been waiting for Cousin Edward to visit Hawthorne Farm. The fun is never ending as Edward tries his best to milk the cows, tend the sheep, feed the pigs, plant the garden, and much more. It is truly a day that Edward will never forget!

Can You See What I See? Toyland Express by Walter Wick – (Ages 5+; $13.99)
Kids will love this amazing new search-and-find adventure from the creative mind of renowned photographer and author Walter Wick – the creator of award-winning picture books, the author and photographer of the New York Times bestselling Can You See What I See? series, and the photographer of the bestselling I Spy series.

 

 

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I Am Small by Emma Dodd- (Ages 0-3; $8.99)
From the eyes of a baby penguin the world is a great big place. The sky so high, the ocean so deep, and the mountains so steep–all these things are magnificent from it’s point of view. But in the eyes of it’s mother–this little penguin is the biggest, most important thing in the world! This beautiful story is highlighted with foil on the cover and throughout.
Oh, What a Christmas! by Michael Garland – (Ages 3-8; $16.99)
Join Santa’s wild ride in this soon-to-be Christmas classic! When the harness to Santa’s sleigh breaks mid-flight, Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the reindeer gang fly off into the night…leaving Santa and all of his presents stranded! Who will guide Santa’s sleigh and save Christmas now?
Can You See What I See? Toyland Express by Walter Wick – (Ages 5+; $13.99)
Kids will love this amazing new search-and-find adventure from the creative mind of renowned photographer and author Walter Wick – the creator of award-winning picture books, the author and photographer of the New York Times bestsellingCan You See What I See? series, and the photographer of the bestselling I Spy series.

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. December 11th 2011.

You must comment telling us which of these book your kid would love to read is, please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

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Could the iPad really change how we read? I think so!

I wasn’t one of the many who posted specs day one and started to imagine the possibility of what this could mean. I’ll totally admit it I’m an apple fan boy, I think they’re made great products and changed the way many have used computers but I wasn’t sold just yet on the iPad they missed major things like video conferencing and some form of flash support.

Now a week plus after the release I’ve heard all the good and all the bad people have to say about the product (the good out weights the bad by a long shot).

My son loves our iPhones knows that the home button will turn off his game or movie/tv show (even though he still pushes it from time to time). He’s starting to learn the concept of interactive play with some of the games I’ve put in my prior iPhone/iPod Touch post [Link].

Now I’m starting to look and think about the iPad, the possibilities are limitless instead of kids carrying around backpacks ready to break their backs everyday. They need just one device loaded with rich content, and my example of just how it will it change how kids read? Take a look at this video clip…

Thats pretty awesome stuff could you imagine if all the children books became just a little more animated. Could you imagine a science text book that had interactions embedded into the content to show students how something worked? How about math books where the graphic calculator was built into the book?