FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Meggie's father, Mo, reads aloud from Inkheart and an evil ruler,Capricorn, escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in the middle of their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.
Homework can be a stressful affair for everyone involved. Juggling after-school activities, meal prep and housework, it often takes a village to get reading assignments, flashcards and worksheets completed at a decent hour. We've yet to find out how to make schoolwork magically disappear altogether, but we can tip parents off on how to make the situation more manageable. Here's how to create a quiet, supervised and streamlined area where kids can study at home.
Once all the holiday parties have died down and parents are back to work, the winter doldrums start to set in. Just because it's cold outside, that doesn't mean outdoor activities are out of the question. On the contrary, playing in the snow is one of the best ways to burn off (or chill out) all that pent-up energy. Plus, besides skating and sledding, there are all sorts of creative toys, games and even productive — snow chores, anyone? — things to do in the great, winter outdoors for kids and they're all available on Amazon now.
It's about that time: Ice, ice baby! There's a chill in the air, the winter months are upon us and ice skating rinks across the country are opening their gates. This, of course, keeps kids busy outside with friends while parents are bustling around buying holiday gifts, readying the house for guests and more. Ice skating is not only a great sport but also one of the best outdoor activities and winter weather pastimes for families. Whether your kid is a beginner or a star athlete, a boy or a girl, a figure skater or a hockey player, or just having fun with friends at the local frozen pond, here are the coolest ice skate styles from Amazon, Target, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters that any kid will covet.
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.
Going back to school after a super summer vacation is no fun. But going back-to-school shopping? Now that's fun! What kid doesn't love picking out new backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, crayons and more? We've rounded up some of our favorite back-to-school supplies, all available at Walmart. Shop them below.
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.
We all want our kids to read more, but finding the right e-reader for them can be tricky. We've broken down the specs on all the best e-readers on the market to let you know which device will have your kid devouring the most e-books.
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!
When school's out for summer and your kids are home during those long, hot days, sometimes a cool treat is just what you both need. But why not make an activity out of that afternoon snack and get your kiddos involved in the kitchen? From popsicles to hand pies, here's our top kitchen gadget picks for making summer treats with your kids.
Create gorgeous geometric art with Klutz's meticulously-designed gears and book of draw-right-on-'em pages. Translucent gears and ...rubber feet on the frame were engineered for maximum ease of use. Updated project ideas and a six-color quick-switch pen inspire stunning rainbow-bright spirals. Now packaged with tons of workspace and storage - perfectly sized for a zillion and one spirals. read more
Let Your Rockin' Self Unroll!From whacked-out wallets to wild wearables (and more!), go from sticky to stylin' with these super-hi...p duct tape projects. Updated with lots of new ideas and colorful tapes to inspire, you can add extra pizzazz to your room and wicked creativity to your life! read more
"This touching tale of kindness and friendship is coupled with beautiful illustrations that encourage the reader to pause and enjo...y the story through the pictures as well as the text. This is a wonderful read aloud that can spark conversations about how to be a friend and not judging others before getting to know them." ― School Library ConnectionNick the Knight can't wait to fight Breakhorn the Dragon, but Breakhorn just doesn't feel like it. He keeps making up excuses to put off the fight but brave little Nick won't give up.An inspiring picture book about big dreams and an unexpected friendship. For knights ages 4 years and older. read more
In this action-packed story, the X-tails enter the Monster Ramp Contest, which brings them face to face with the best skateboarder...s in the world. Winning is a long shot, especially with Mischief the Wolf up to his mischievous ways. To make matters even tougher for the X-tails, the reigning skateboard champ is there- Streak the Panther. Will the contest be a classic showdown of amazing tricks and spectacular wipe outs, or will things get turned upside down? Hold onto your seat during this zoober-exciting adventure, which will leave you laughing and cheering! With a message about sharing, this is a wonderful story for children of all ages! read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Raccoon and his young friends of Buttercup Meadow go to great lengths to make sure they wil...l always have a library from which to borrow books after Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. An ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula's All-America...n Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the system. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisone...d in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Prince Aleksander, would be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. Deryn Sharp... is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way--taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor author, is no stranger to adventure. He has flown of...f the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall to near disaster, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw. He has led a team of sled dogs toward the Alaskan Mountain Range in an Iditarod -- the grueling, 1,180-mile dogsled race -- hallucinating from lack of sleep, but he determined to finish. Here, in vivid detail, Paulsen recounts several of the remarkable experiences that shaped his life and inspired his award-winning writing. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Although Stargirl is shunned by many at school for her unique presence, Leo Borlock, a fell...ow classmate, finds her inspiring and soon finds himself head-over-heels in love. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. What do you get when you combine a word and a number? A wumber! Paying tribute to William S...teig's C D B!, book cre8ors Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have wri10 and illustr8ed this s2pendous book that is perfect 4 readers in kindergar10 and up. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Living in a town where fairy tales are real and a monster is rumored to be hiding, young Tw...ig witnesses astounding changes in her efforts to break a witch's curse on her family. A first middle-grade novel by the award-winning author of Here on Earth. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Poppleton the pig makes a friend, reads a library book about adventure, and helps a sick fr...iend get better. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The adventures of various nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters are retold in backward se...quence with each tale interrelated to the other. Includes Goldilocks, Jack and the beanstalk, Jack and Jill, the frog prince, Cinderella, and the gingerbread man. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating head...mistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A violent event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman y...ear in high school. Unable to discuss her trauma with anyone, Melinda sinks further into depression and becomes selectively mute. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Bismark the Buffalo is grumpy and unlovable until his friends teach him how to laugh and sh...ow him that wearing colorful underwear can be great fun. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Animalia is a vast puzzle, built with entrancing pictures that unfold into layers and layer...s of objects--all matched to each page's corresponding letter. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A proud but decrepit lion learns a lesson about friendship from the vultures he despises.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Shows how creatures throughout the animal world--including humans--deal with the products o...f digestion. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. One hunter walks through the forest observed first by two elephants, then by three giraffes..., etc. read more
An orphan reflects on the lessons he was taught by the wise old man who raised him in this lyrical novel that reads like poetry fr...om three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen. Deep in the woods, in a rustic cabin, lives an old man and the boy he's raised as his own. This sage old man has taught the boy the power of nature and how to live in it, and more importantly, to respect it. In Fishbone's Song, this boy reminisces about the magic of the man who raised him and the tales that he used to tell--all true, but different each time. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. An oversize picture book that shows animals, both large and small, at actual size.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for ...Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants--rather than the BFG--she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her! read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Reluctant to take chances in the world of romance, volunteer firefighter Taylor McAden expe...riences a dramatic change of heart after a near-fatal automobile accident leads to a fateful encounter with Denise Holden. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When an earthquake hits the isolated island in northern California where his family had bee...n camping, twelve-year-old Jonathan Palmer must find a way to keep himself, his partially-paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive until help arrives. read more