"Anything can happen anywhere.Anywhere was an island.Anything was a bear." One windy morning on a wild and quiet Hebridean island, a bear appeared where there should not have been a bear. The gentle giant played happily in streams, danced in the wind, and would not harm a living thing. But even friendly bears don't belong on Scottish islands. Will he ever find his way home? This touching tale, recounted in Louise Greig's gentle verse, and brought to life by Vanya Nand his way home? This touching tale, recounted in Louise Greig's gentle verse, and brought to life by Vanya Nastanlieva's enchanting illustrations, is inspired by a true story that has since become legend in the Scottish Hebrides.… read more
So you're ready to buy a laptop for your child—but which laptop is best for kids? It depends on what you're looking for. From rugged but affordable laptops to more expensive personal computers for kids, these are the best options out there.
Have an L.O.L. Surprise! superfan in your life? We bet you do! The tiny big-eyed dolls have become one of the hottest toys of the holiday season. In fact, the range of merchandise featuring the mini figures goes far beyond the basic ball. From the new L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise set to L.O.L. Surprise! Pets to sparkly accessories and trendy fashions, we've uncovered the coolest items any L.O.L.-loving kid will totally flip for. Many of our picks are available from favorite retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target — but you better act quick because these toys are flying off the shelves. It's no mystery who will win Christmas this year by wrapping up these fun surprises for the kiddos!
Most kids love video games — and most parents wish their kids would spend more time learning. Why not the best of both worlds? These educational video games for kids of all ages will help your little ones build usable skills like math, history, language, problem-solving and more!
Pokémon video games are a classic favorite for kids and parents alike. The games center around fictional creatures that can be trained for battle and evolve into bigger, better versions. Pokémon games feature only mild cartoon violence, are rated E for everyone and are compatible with Nintendo gaming consoles and Android or iOS devices.
The only thing that comes close to competing with grandma's kisses or big bear hugs from grandpa is still being small enough to climb into their laps for a cuddle and a story. This selection of sweet picture books available on Amazon celebrates the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren by teaching little ones just how much they are loved. Below, our favorite books for grandparents to read to their grandchildren.
If it's time to purchase your child a phone, you need to know your options. Whether you're getting a beginner phone for your elementary-aged kid or upgrading to a more high-tech phone for your teen or tween, here are the best options.
Looking for a durable, comfortable gaming headset at a great price? Look no further! We've combed through all the options from favorite retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target to bring you the best-reviewed gaming headphone and mic sets out there. From Turtle Beach to Logitech to Razer, these sporty and stylish headsets have amazing sound quality, feel comfy after hours of game play and, best of all, cost under $100. Shop our top picks below.
Subscription boxes are the perfect gift for the fun-loving kiddos in your life. With options including everything from science to cooking, kids will love receiving their very own monthly packages filled with fun activities and toys. Don't know which subscription to choose? Read on to discover 12 of our favorites.
So, your baby wants a fur baby, but they're just not ready for the real deal? Don't fret — get them a FurReal Pet! These imaginative, interactive plush animals continue their reign as one of the top-selling Christmas toys for kids in 2018. These fuzzy favorites were tops last year, and with their superior range of options, sound-and-movement combinations and adorable features, we predict they'll charm you — and Santa too! The FurReal pack includes cuties like StarLily the Unicorn, Ricky the Trick-Lovin' Pet, Ivory the Playful Tiger and many more. Amazon and Walmart both have FurReal Pets in stock at the moment, but some of the best-sellers are getting shopped-and-adopted fast. We say maybe don't wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, especially since you can get such sweet deals on these FurReal Pets now.
Scratch "cuddly pets" off your Christmas toy list and snag one of these hilariously ferocious monsters instead. Grumblies are the fuming counterparts to Skyrocket Toys' sweet Pomsies. Each character has its own personality and design, plus over 40 fierce sounds and reactions. Tremor, Hydro, Bolt and Scorch will be your kid's best friend — until the fiery creature reaches full-on meltdown mode, of course. A Grumblies' short-fuse is something every parent and child knows a little bit about. These hot-headed and mischievous electronic plush toys are a major toy trend for kids this Christmas, so you might not want to wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Buy one (or the whole group!) and get early savings from Amazon and Walmart now.
Favorite teachers deserve a little something special this time of year. It could be a gift for their desk or classroom that adds a bit of flair, or even just a relaxing item they can enjoy at home. Planners, calendars and journals are always useful, as are cute and funny gifts that make them giggle. Teachers' gifts are a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for someone — including a coach, babysitter, day care staff member or nanny — who goes out of their way to care for and brighten your child's day. Check out some of top choices for teacher Christmas gifts from Amazon, Anthropologie, Uncommon Goods and more.
Acquiring all the products needed to care for your children can be expensive and overwhelming. But you can make the experience a lot less stressful for yourself and your family with quality tools and toys that can be used for all your children.
Montana Highway Patrolman Max Smith sees an elk caught up in barbed wire. As he struggles to release the elk, he notices the eight...-point rack. A Monarch! A sight he has never seen before! Max is thrilled. He notices a second elk nearby. It is a cow-elk, the monarch's loyal partner, his mate of many years. An extraordinary story is under way. For the monarch and his mate adopt a camel calf that has been abandoned by its mother under curious circumstances. And together, this unlikely trio makes its way from northern Montana into Idaho and sought, to the safety of Yellowstone National Park. While the long journey does not end in safety, it introduces us to a remarkable trio. And it provides us with a opportunity to travel with them, observing tem, the landscape around them, the dangers and the pleasures, all through their eyes. It is understandable that Max would want to follow them. In doing so , he involves not only the Montana Highway Patrol but his family as well in the fun. The episodes with Barton Striekelosky and his circus of performing camels add to the hilarity. Here is enough humor and comedy to tickle anyone’s fancy. And a touching and remarkable journey. read more
Children will be entertained and delighted while learning their ABCs with the Kid's Alphabet Fun Rhyming Picture Book. Bright, col...orful illustrations of kids playing on upper and lower case letters, and clever rhymes to read will make it easy for beginners to learn. read more
Excerpt from La Belle Nivernaise: The Story of an Old Boat and Her CrewThis is the eighth of the month, the day when poor people p...ay their rents, the day when landlords who are tired of waiting any longer turn Want out of doors. On this day you see removal.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more
Deuce, a girl who lived in an underground enclave until circumstances forced her to the surface, has found a new home in the commu...nity of Salvation. Yet again, the community is surrounded by monsters that threaten the safety of all its inhabitants. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn’t run. Knives in hand and companions at her side, Deuce must prepare to protect others lives’ as well as her own. There hasn’t been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. This time, though, more than the fate of a single enclave or an outpost hangs in the balance, and Deuce carries the survival of all humanity on her shoulders.La comunidad de Salvación ha sido el hogar adoptivo de Trébol, una chica que vivía en un enclave subterráneo y que se vio obligada a subir a la superficie. En Salvación encontró un refugio que, aparentemente, le brindaría la seguridad que nunca había tenido. Sin embargo, esta comunidad está en peligro, pues el sitio está rodeado de Engendros. Las probabilidades de sobrevivir se reducen a cada momento y solamente un golpe de suerte podrá evitar la catástrofe. Con cuchillos en mano y sus compañeros al lado, Trébol está dispuesta a salvar a los suyos. read more
Jamie has been watching the wee white seal that lives on the beach. At night the wee seal cuddles up to its mother. In the morning... she goes out to sea and leaves it alone like a strange white stone on the sand.One day tourists come and crowd the wee seal but Jamie knows just what to do to protect it until its mother comes back...Janis Mackay's lyrical prose tells the story of the tender relationship between the wild baby seal and the young boy who watches over it, while Gabby Grant's soft illustrations brilliantly evoke the landscape of the Orkney Islands.(Ages 3-6) read more
Ollie the osprey loves to swoop into the water and catch fish. But once he's caught them, he's useless at throwing them! And if he... can't throw a delicious fish to Isla, she'll never become his friend. Rory the otter says he can help Ollie get better at throwing fish. Full of fun sounds, this is a brilliant story, by interactive storyteller Emily Dodd, about doing what you love, with gentle illustrations of a host of loveable Scottish birds and animals in the picturesque Scottish Highlands. read more
"The Giant Panda Party is based on the popular Edinburgh Zoo pair, Sunshine and Sweetie. In this fun story from Gill Arbuthnott an...d Joanne Nethercott, Sweetie organizes a birthday surprise for Sunshine.... It’s a lovely excuse to describe the characteristics of these animals and in particular the sounds they make." ―Lothian LifeSunshine, the giant panda, is grumpy. His birthday is coming and he's sure no one will remember. But his best friend Sweetie has a plan. She sneaks around the zoo at night, asking all the other animals whether they can sing. The lion roars, the python hisses and the chimps say oo oo ooo! But which zoo animal has the best singing voice? Will grumpy Sunshine get a giant birthday surprise? Gill Arbuthnott's hilarious story of animal hijinks and Joanne Nethercott's endearing and lively illustrations combine for an entertaining romp set in Edinburgh Zoo! From the team who brought you Lost at the Zoo.(Ages 3-6) read more
Get ready for excitement and surprises as Wee Granny (Scotland's very own Mary Poppins!) and her magic tartan bag set off on anoth...er adventure. Wee Granny is going on holiday with Emily and Harry to Arran but they've missed the ferry. Don't worry; Wee Granny's got just the thing in her magic bag -- a rowing boat! But shiver me timbers, on their journey Wee Granny and the children meet Captain Shoogle and his pirate crew. Does Wee Granny have anything in her magic bag to help the pirates find their buried treasure? You'll never guess what unbelievable thing she'll pull out next! The third book in the hugely popular Wee Granny's Magic Bag series is a hilarious tartan-Jolly Rodger mash-up with plenty of fun for pirates and landlubbers alike. Turn each page to reveal a brilliant mix of colourful illustrations and an exciting story full of surprises! read more
Poor Lewis hates being a puffin. His brother Harris is great at catching fish, flying and doing puffin things, but Lewis just does...n't fit in. He longs for a different life, far away from the crashing waves and tall cliffs of the Firth of Forth. But what else can a puffin do? Then, 'Eureka!' Lewis finds the answer, and heads off to the circus to become a clown. He meets many incredible creatures: Carla Koala, Zorro the Highwire Cat, the Flying Blue Monkeys and Daredevil Pat. But when his act goes terribly wrong, can Lewis overcome his fears, find some confidence and save the day? A charming and hilarious rhyming picture book about a young misfit puffin who learns that it's okay to be different. The story is brought to life with colorful, characterful illustrations by Gabby Grant. read more
Harris the puffin is lonely and at a loose end. He sets out traveling, looking for adventure and meets a lost baby seal. Harris br...avely helps his new young companion, but they run into trouble. Then a happy crowd of Scottish sea life pitches in: an eiderduck, a dolphin, otters and some fish. And there are more new friends to come... Lynne Rickards' rollicking rhymes are matched by the verve and character of Gabby Grant's loveable illustrations. Set in Scotland on the Isle of May. From the team who brought you Lewis Clowns Around. read more
This is a humorous story about one boy’s determination in the face of adversity. Young Gregor MacDonald is thrilled when he receiv...es a set of bagpipes for his birthday. Now he can be just like Granddad. However, each time he starts to play, an awful noise comes out―“honk-eeyyoww!” And each time, he hears the same angry cry: “You can’t play here!” Poor Gregor goes from house to loch, to barn and to hillside, disturbing people until he finds acceptance in the most unlikely place. (Ages 3–6) read more
It's time for Fergus the young otter to leave home. During his journey along the riverbank he meets all sorts of new creatures, bo...th friend and foe -- a robin, a butterfly, some dogs who chase him and, strangest of all, a prickly hedgehog. But will he find a new, safe place to make a home and friends of his own kind? This is a sweet story which will delight any animal-loving child. read more
Hettie the Highland cow is very mucky. Calum and Kirsty think it's time for a wash but Hettie isn't keen. Quick -- hide! But poor ...Hettie finds she can't hide in the flock of sheep, or behind the prickly gorse bush, or with the deer in the forest -- she's too big! When she gets tangled up in the washing line, her hide and seek is over. But a bath might not be so bad after all� In the third story starring the mischievous Highland cow, Hettie's attempts to avoid a bath lead to a hilarious game of hide and seek. This lively and funny story is brought to life by Jo Allan's characterful illustrations. read more
"What do you mean, we are the keys?" Kate asked incredulously."From time to time, certain people are born whose fate it is to aid ...or thwart the attempts of Chaos to destroy time. You and David are two such people. Look."As he spoke, the room turned misty around them ...Kate and David are eleven-years-old and best of friends, playing football and doing their museum project together. But in Edinburgh, where they live, time is coming unstuck and the past is breaking loose. Old Mr Flowerdew needs their help in the war between the Lords of Chaos and the Guardians of Time, centered on the mysterious Millennium Clock at the Royal Museum.Can Kate use her grandmother's golden necklace to restrain the power of Chaos, and will David be able to help the Guardians, even if it means losing his mother all over again?Ages 8 to 12 years. read more
Sleeping Beauty is perhaps one of the most well-known and best-loved of all fairy tales. Beautifully illustrated in soft watercolo...rs. Thanks to an unfortunately tasty-looking radioactive garden slug, eleven-year-old Murdo McLeod is now the world's worst superhero. His two powers are pretty unique: the first is sliding up walls. Quite slowly. The second is secreting slippery slime from his skin. (Yes, just as disgusting as it sounds.) In a Scotland full of awesome superheroes, Slugboy has a lot to prove. No one wants help fighting bad guys from someone with a horrible habit of (quite literally) messing things up. He's so underrated, in fact, that when an evil mastermind devises a plan to capture all the other superheroes, Slugboy isn't even on his list. Now, Slugboy has to use his not-so-super and oh-so-gross abilities to free the other superheroes and save the world. Let's hope he doesn't slip up. read more
Cameron is a capercaillie and capercaillies LOVE to dance -- well, all except Cameron! Cameron is the worst dancer in the Scottish... Highland -- but his new friend, Hazel the squirrel, thinks she can help... Together they travel through the forest, jumping up and down, ducking under branches and kicking pinecones. Then when the dancing begins, Hazel tells Cameron to JUMP, DUCK and KICK. Maybe he can dance after all! Full of fun sounds and actions, this is a brilliant story about learning to believe in yourself by Emily Dodd, with gentle illustrations of a host of loveable Scottish animals by Katie Pamment." read more
Hettie the Highland cow is always hungry. She eats grass, thistles, hedges and even Granny Macleod's washing! When Callum and Kirs...ty visit her, they give her treats to eat -- porridge, sandwiches, shortbread and ice cream! When the children arrive with a huge cake, Hettie starts to look worried. She's not feeling so hungry any more... Watch Hettie grow as she eats her way through many Scottish favorites, until she and the children finally learn their lesson. This sweet, funny story is brought to life by Jo Allan's vivacious illustrations. read more
An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book. The drama of this unbelievable but true story is enhanced by Ted Rand’s stunning illustrations....In June 1783, three-year-old Sarah Whitcher wanders into the woods and disappears. For three long days, friends and neighbors search fruitlessly for her. Then a stranger leads the desperate family to a pine tree beneath which the child lies. Sarah tells her rescuers of the “big black dog” that kept her warm every night—but the bear tracks encircling her tell a different tale. “A treat for ‘pioneer story’ buffs.”—School Library Journal read more
A fictionalized retelling of the true story of three-year-old Sarah Whitcher, who, in 1783, became lost in the woods of New Hampsh...ire and was protected by a bear until her rescue four days later. read more
“Strange as it may seem, as he came in to land at Edinburgh Airport last year, the captain of the London flight reported sighting ...a dragon...”A year on, and life has calmed down for Neil and Clara MacLean. A quiet meal in the Sultan’s palace restaurant. What could go wrong? But they hadn't counted on the mirror! How is it connected to the missing Sultan’s crown, and what secrets does the mysterious Black Tower hold? Winged horses, snow witches, magic mirrors―how did they get here and where are they going?From an Edinburgh literally cloaked in tartan, through the forbidding Highland hills, Neil and Clara set out with old and new friends on a perilous journey full of danger, daring―and a reluctant broomstick.Books in the "Dragonfire" series: Dragonfire The Wings of Ruksh The Underground City Firestar Witch Silver Dragon Seeker read more
It is 1745, and young Jeannie Main is a tough fisher lass in Nairn in northeast Scotland, where she lives a simple, quiet life―unt...il a gypsy warns her of a greater fate than she ever dreamed. Jeannie Main, a poor working girl, would decide the fate of two kings. As she tries to come to terms with her destiny, Jeannie is plunged into adventure and danger that could determine the future of her country. One final test remains―risking her life by riding the Kelpie, the most feared monster in all of Scotland. Quest for a Kelpie is a fast-moving, thrilling story that takes place at a crucial moment in Scotland's history. This exciting fiction was the winner of the first BBC “Quest for a Kelpie” prize. (Ages 9-12) read more
Not too long ago the children of Aberdeen struck a blow against the tyranny of their oppressors -- an army of giant robot chickens.... But the chickens were not defeated and now the city's warring factions have formed a council hoping to keep their chicken overlords at bay. But there's a new robot chicken on the block, the Chickenator! When the new chicken starts to target council members, pecking them up one by one, Rayna suspects fowl play. How are the chickens tracking council members down so precisely? Could there be a spy in the council? Meanwhile, Jesse tries to hatch a plan to crack the chickens and set the human captives, including his older brother, free. Who will have the last cluck? This is a spectacular sequel to the riotous pun-filled Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens, winner of a 2015 Scottish Children's Book Award. read more
Faced with a cold Saturday afternoon and being stuck at the Institute for Animal Research, Robbie is angry and frustrated at yet a...nother weekend ruined by his father’s job. Then a disturbing encounter in the animal house thrusts him into a perilous journey through the stunning but inhospitable landscape of a Highland winter—alone, except for two enigmatic traveling companions. Robbie’s world implodes as he tries to make sense of a hostile environment, his old life slowly unravels, and a shocking realization emerges. Hox is winner of the Kelpies Prize for 2007. (Ages 9-12) read more
"Well, I didn't ask to be a pigeon! . . . I wanted to be an eagle, didn't I? . . . Why couldn't we have been eagles instead of pig...eons? What a life! Nothing but cooo, cooo and peck, peck, all the time." ". . . This is the High Street not the Highlands! We're no here to cause a sensation, and . . . if it weren't for your stupidity, we wouldn't be here in the first place!" Stroppy pigeons in Edinburgh's Old Town. It's not a normal part of daily life -- but things are never going to be the same again. Clara and Neil have always known the MacArthurs, the little people who live under Arthur's Seat, in Holyrood Park, but they are not quite prepared for what else is living under the hill. Feuding faery lords, missing whisky, magic carpets, firestones and ancient spells . . . where will it end? And how did it all start? Set against the backdrop of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Military Tattoo this is a fast-paced comic adventure, full of magic, mayhem and mystery -- and a dragon. read more
Bring home your favorite lovable bear from Masha and the Bear. This Bear’s House vinyl bag allows kids to recreate all their favor...ite scenes from the show, and even includes a Bear figure. With the easy-to-use folding design and handle, you can take Bear anywhere! Collect all of the Masha and the Bear figures for even more adventures (each sold separately). Get into a fun and wild adventure with Masha and the Bear! read more
Baby Bear wants to be a big bear. That means going out and discovering the world. On his first journey, he meets all sorts of crit...ters―and soon decides that his next journey will be more fun if Mama comes along. Real live bears are the main characters in this dynamic tale of adventure and discovery! Photographs by nationally renowned wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela pair with text by award-winning author Marion Dane Bauer for a lively story that fascinates children and adults alike. This Mom’s Choice Award winner for Most Outstanding Children’s Book creates a compelling blend between reality and imagination. read more