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A Little Bit of Dirt
Citro, Asia
Dandelion Bubbles, Rain Drums, Seed Bomb Lollipops and more!

Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sunprints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature. The engaging activities encourage the use of the senses and imagination and are perfect for all ages. Discover more about the natural world waiting just outside your door!

Item No. 9781943147045
$16.99
Adele & Simon- To Be Autographed
McClintock, Barbara

 Staff Pick

When Simon's older sister, Adèle, picks him up from school, he has his hat and gloves and scarf and sweater, his coat and knapsack and books and crayons, and a drawing of a cat he made that morning. Adèle makes Simon promise to try not to lose anything. But as they make their way home, distractions cause Simon to leave something behind at every stop. What will they tell their mother?

Detailed pen-and-ink drawings - filled with soft watercolors - make a game of this unforgettable tour through the streets and scenes of early-twentieth-century Paris. Illustrated endpapers extend the fun by replicating a 1907 Baedeker map of Paris.

When Simon's older sister, Adèle, picks him up from school, he has his hat and gloves and scarf and sweater, his coat and knapsack and books and crayons, and a drawing of a cat he made that morning. Adèle makes Simon promise to try not to lose anything. But as they make their way home, distractions cause Simon to leave something behind at every stop. What will they tell their mother?

Detailed pen-and-ink drawings - filled with soft watercolors - make a game of this unforgettable tour through the streets and scenes of early-twentieth-century Paris. Illustrated endpapers extend the fun by replicating a 1907 Baedeker map of Paris.

Adèle & Simon is a 2006 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Item No. 9780374380441
$18.99
Adele & Simon in America- To Be Autographed

 Staff Pick


Adèle and her younger brother, Simon, have just arrived in New York City to visit their Aunt Cécile and prepare for a grand train trip around America. "Please try not to lose anything on our trip," Adèle tells her brother with a sigh. But how can Simon remember to keep an eye on his belongings when there are so many wonderful distractions and astounding sights to take in? The endearing team from

Adèle & Simon
returns in a crosscontinental adventure that reflects the vitality of early twentieth-century America, from the Boston Public Garden to San Francisco's Chinatown. Stunning pen-and-ink-andwatercolor illustrations are filled with innumerable hidden treasures, and endpapers featuring a period map of America extend the fun.

Item No. 9780374399245
$16.95
Atlas of Adventures Activity Fun Pack

Get busy with this activity book packed with stickers, maps, global wildlife, cultural activities, and exciting adventures from around the world. Color in every continent and put together your own adventure as you decide whether you'd prefer to stay in a treehouse, an igloo, or a lighthouse, and whether you'd rather travel by camel, tuk tuk, or hot air balloon. Pull out the huge double-sided poster to see the country flags of the world, or flip it to find a world map, ready for you to customize over 50 stickers.

Item No. 9781847807335
$9.99
Avian Friends Puzzle
Galison

Gennine D. Zlatkis illustrated 20 colorful birds for this Avian Friends 1000 Piece Puzzle. The pieces are packaged in an easy-to-giftwrap sturdy rectangular box and includes a poem by Jennifer Bartlett.

  • 1000 pieces packaged in a dust-free plastic bag
  • Finished puzzle measures 20 x 27"
  • Puzzle made with 90% or more post-consumer waste recycled paper
  • Box contains 100% PCW recycled paper
Item No. 9780735333413
$16.99
Bananagrams Game

Staff Pick

The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper or board. Fast and Fun! Great for Travel! Players race against each other to build crossword grids!
Item No. 0856739001159
$17.99
Big Messy Art Book
Kohl, Maryann
Adventurous art beyond your wildest imagination!
Item No. 9780876592069
$14.95
Bugs & Birds Double Sided 100 pc Puzzle

No matter if you prefer birds or bugs, everyone can agree that the Mudpuppy Bugs and Birds Double-Sided Puzzle is a great family activity to enjoy together. Ideal for ages 6+, the 100-piece puzzle measures 22” x 16.5” and features colorful illustrations of a wide variety of vibrant birds on one side and interesting bugs on the other. One side of the puzzle is glossy and the other is matte for easy sorting. The 12.5” x 9” x 2” storage box is an ideal place to keep pieces safe, together and free from damage. Also makes a great gift!

All Mudpuppy products adhere to CPSIA, ASTM, and CE Safety Regulations. Environmentally conscious, the puzzle greyboard contains 90% recycled paper, the packaging contains 70% recycled paper and it is printed with no glare, nontoxic inks.

Item No. 9780735363748
$16.99
Butterflies of the World Sticker Activity Book
Cosneau, Olivia
Butterflies, with their transformation from hungry caterpillar to beautiful flying flower, are among the most fascinating animals for children. Observing butterflies and moths introduces them to a wide range of colors and patterns, to the concept of camouflage, and to a colorful habitat of flowers and other plants.

Butterflies of the World introduces different types of butterflies and moths through a range of interactive activities and stickers. This activity book will keep children entertained for hours through fun activities, such as sticking on the missing wing of a comet moth or coloring in the wings of a Large Blue butterfly. In the process children learn how caterpillars turn into butterflies, what they eat, how they trick predators, and other interesting facts. A quiz at the end of the book tests their knowledge.

Item No. 9781616894658
$7.99
Doug Unplugged PB
Yaccarino, Dan

It's easy being a robot, if you play by all the rules--but when Doug gets curious, he decides to unplug and forge his own path. And he discovers a whole world of what's possible. Soon to be the basis of an animated series from DreamWorks and Apple TV!

Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. And so Doug . . . unplugs. What follows is an exciting day of adventure and discovery. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening--and above all, by interacting with a new friend.

Dan Yaccarino's funny story of robot rebellion is a great reminder that sometimes the best way to learn about the world is to go out and be in it.

Praise for Doug Unplugged

A gentle robotic rebellion. --USA Today

A sweet tale . . . Yaccarino [is] especially good at slipping in the small, nourishing details that are savored upon repeated readings. --The New York Times

Item No. 9780375859212
$7.99
Enchanted Hour: Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud
Gurdon, Meghan Cox

A Wall Street Journal writer's conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction.

A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children, whatever their class, nationality or family background. But it's not just about bedtime stories for little kids: Reading aloud consoles, uplifts and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too.

Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it's an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures.

Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most.

Item No. 9780062562814
$26.99
Eric Carle's Around the Farm Game Tin
  • Baby Animals need your help!
  • Based on Eric Carle's best-selling around the farm book
  • Players search for baby animal cards to match their parent cards
  • A charming early memory game about bringing animal families together; 2 to 4 players, ages 3 and up
Item No. 794764012835
$13.95
Fairy Houses All Year
Walsh, Liza Gardner

Staff Pick

Fairy Houses All Year celebrates the year-round pleasures of fairy house building. Through the use of seasonal varieties, kids and families can engage in this natural and creative endeavor through all seasons. Activities and materials found in each season are highlighted throughout the book. For example, fall fairy houses feature vibrant colored leaves, pumpkins, and late blooming flowers. Winter fairy houses are built using snow, ice, old birds' nests, or the dried husks of milkweed and seed pods. In spring, fairy houses become abundant with early blooms, bare branches, and lots of mud! Summer fairy houses are perhaps the most decorative because choices for the summer fairy house are boundless. Filled with color photos, snippets of fairy lore, helpful advice and instructions, and lots of information about nature, Fairy Houses All Year is the ideal handbook for crafting fairy homes no matter the season.
Item No. 9781608935802
$16.95
Fort Building Time
Lloyd, Megan Wagner

Grab your blankets and pillows! From the creators of Finding Wild, a new picture book that follows the changing of the seasons and is as cozy as a fort.

Winter, spring, summer, fall. Each season brings new materials to make the perfect fort. From leaves to snow, from mud to sand, there is a different fort throughout the year. As a group of friends explore and build through the seasons, they find that every fort they make is a perfect fort.

From the team behind Finding Wild, which Publishers Weekly called "a sparkling debut" and a "whimsical meditation on the idea of wildness," Megan Wagner Lloyd and Abigail Halpin are together again for a portrayal of a classic childhood endeavor that is perfect all year long.

Item No. 9780399556555
$16.99
Hello Nature Activity Cards

Staff Pick

Can you identify a tree from its seed? How is a frog different from a toad? And where can you find the Big Dipper?

Explore the natural world around you using these new activity cards based on the book Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti. Take them with you while walking in the woods, holidaying on the beach, or just poking around your own back yard.

With thirty fun activities to try, from stone skimming and pond dipping to making feather quill pens and boats from nutshells, there is fun for all the family.

Item No. 9781786271853
$12.99
Make Buildings: A Doodle Design Activity Book

Imagine amazing buildings and fantastical houses with this architecture-themed drawing book. Design everything from a castle fit for a queen, to an underground house for a family of moles! Following the lead of some of the world’s greatest architects, children are encouraged to think outside the box when looking for inspiration.

This fun doodle activity book will help children to think creatively about architecture, and will gently introduce some simple architectural terms and ideas.

Item No. 9781610674102
$11.99
Make Your Own Soap Jellies
Put a little wiggle into your shower routine! Everything you need to make up to 12 jellies comes in the box, including a custom mold with 6 fun shapes. Add color tablets and glitter to make each jiggling jelly your own.
Item No. 9781338321500
$21.99
Nature Play Workshop
Madigan, Karen
With this fun and practical guide to outdoor play, be inspired to unplug and spark a nature connection vital for children's healthy growth and development.

*Winner of the 2020 National Outdoor Book Award in the Children's Category*

Children and families are plugged into electronics and often disconnected from direct experiences in nature. This beautifully photographed, highly visual resource offers tangible approaches to nature-based learning and play for children. Parents and teachers discover the benefits of outdoor learning and simple ways to facilitate unplugged nature connection in every season.

Inspired by nature preschools, forest kindergartens, and forest school models the world over, this guide also includes "Voices from the Field" with advice from experienced nature-based educators. This insightful reference balances nature play experiences with hands-on projects using natural materials and is an ideal jumping off point for immersive nature play.

Examples of nature-based child experiences outlined in the book include:

  • Wildlife observation and tracking
  • Nature sounds, songs, and poetry
  • Gardening and cooking with wild edibles
  • Printmaking, charcoal drawing, dyeing, and shadow play
  • Journaling inspired by nature
  • With Nature Play Workshop for Families, any child, anywhere, can spark a nature connection.

    "Voices from the Field" includes more ideas and tips contributed by leading educators, including:

  • Sally Anderson, Sol Forest School, Tijeras, New Mexico
  • Yash Bhagwanji, Florida Atlantic University
  • Lauren Brown, Asheville Farmstead School
  • Peter Dargatz, Woodside Elementary School, Sussex, Wisconsin
  • Monica French, Wild Haven Forest Preschool and Childcare, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Patricia Leon, Miami Nature Playschool
  • Sheila William Ridge, Shirley G. Moore Lab School, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
  • Beth Savitz, Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Maria Soboleski, New Mexico School for the Deaf
  • Paige Vonder Haar, Bunnell House Early Childhood Lab School, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Susie Wirth, Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Foundation
  • Item No. 9781631598685
    $22.99
    Never Get Bored Book

    This treasure trove of boredom-busting ideas will keep children entertained for hours on end, whatever the weather. Stage a shadow puppet show, make musical instruments, fly a kite and lots more, then stimulate your brain with riddles, word games and memory puzzles. With specially selected links to websites with even more fun things to do. 128 pages.

    Item No. 9780794542924
    $14.99
    On a Magical Do-Nothing Day
    Alemagna, Beatrice

    Staff Pick

    Give the gift of a magical do-nothing day! This picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling because it speaks to boredom from being stuck inside and staring at your computer, phone, or video game. There's so much to notice in the world, if we can un-plug long enough.

    This picture book with startlingly beautiful words and pictures will spur imagination and a break from boredom or screen time.

    Now a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year!

    All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game. My mom says it's a waste of time, but without my game, nothing is fun! On the other hand, maybe I'm wrong about that...

    While reading On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, one gets the sense that the illustrator became lost in her drawings, and as a reader, you'll want to do the same. Perfect for fans of picture books by Julie Morstad, Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen, and Tomi Ungerer.

    "Hands down, Beatrice Alemagna is my favorite contemporary illustrator, said the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street, Christian Robinson.

    On a Magical Do-Nothing Day has been recognized with a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Don't miss this picture book that beautifully encourages unplugged exploration.

    Item No. 9780062657602
    $17.99
    Outfoxed: A Cooperative Whodunit Game

    Mrs. Plumpert’s prized pot pie has gone missing and it’s now a chicken chase to crack the case! Move around the board to gather clues and then use the special evidence scanner to rule out suspects. You’ll have to work together quickly because the guilty fox is high-tailing it towards the exit! Will you halt the hungry hooligan before it flies the coop… or will you be Outfoxed? 2-4 players, ages 5+

    Item No. 418
    $18.95
    Pierre the Maze Detective
    Kamigaki, Hiro
    Pierre the Maze Detective has a new case. Mr X has stolen the Maze Stone, which has the power to turn the whole of Opera City into a maze. Can you help Pierre and his friend Carmen find their way through the mazes - and stop Mr X before it's too late? This beautifully illustrated book features 15 full-spread illustrations of intricate, magical mazes. Take a trip through a fantastic world of underground cities, hot-air balloons, tree-top towns and haunted houses. Trace your way through each maze, spot the clues and solve the extra mystery challenges along the way. Hours of puzzle fun, for all maze detectives aged 8+. A page of answers with the routes through the mazes and other solutions is included at the end of the book.
    Item No. 9781780675633
    $19.99
    Pierre the Maze Detective: Castle in the Sky
    Ic4design

     Staff Pick

    A thrilling new maze challenge adventure for Pierre the Maze Detective and all detectives aged 8+. Follow Pierre and Carmen to Canal City for hours of puzzle fun in this crazy and colorful activity book!

    The waterways and streets of Canal City are brimming with people as crowds gather on the eve of the Maze Egg carnival. But the legendary Maze Egg is gone, and Pierre and Carmen find themselves on the case. Can you help them return the Maze Egg to its rightful home before it's too late? Make your way through each beautifully illustrated maze, finding the hidden objects that Pierre and Carmen need to solve the mystery and save the day!

    - A new adventure for Pierre and Carmen, taking them to the mysterious and visually stunning castle in the sky
    - Join the adventure as you travel through masquerade balls, tree trunk villages and extravagant observatories
    - Featuring new full-spread mazes and search-and-find challenges in IC4DESIGN's popular and instantly recognisable trademark style
    - Suitable for all detectives aged 8+

    Other Pierre The Maze Detective titles:

    Pierre The Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone
    Pierre The Maze Detective and the Great Coloring Adventure
    Pierre The Maze Detective: Jigsaw Puzzle
    Pierre The Maze Detective: The Sticker Book
    Pierre The Maze Detective: The Mystery of the Empire Maze

    Item No. 9781786277404
    $19.99
    Play, Make, Create
    Cherry, Meri
    Packed with joyful and educational art experiences for kids, Play, Make, Create offers fun and engaging imaginative activities focused on the fun and reward of creating, not just producing a final project.

    Founded in a process-based philosophy, this unique book includes more than 40 activities set up as invitations, or thoughtfully designed prompts to explore, create, and play. Author Meri Cherry has more than 20 years of teaching experience, and her blog (mericherry.com) has set the standard for meaningful and enriching process art experiences that are both manageable for parents, and appealing and fun for kids.

    Play, Make, Create begins with a guide for parents, teachers, and facilitators that discusses how to set up materials in an inviting way, how to present an activity and talk to kids about art, and how to stock the right materials for ongoing creativity. Also included are best-practice tips for clean-up, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.

    The book offers four types of creative invitations: Invitations to Explore (easy ideas for fun and play), Invitations to Create (open-ended, craft-based activities), Invitations to Play (sensory-based activities), and Big Projects (ongoing process-art activities). Most feature basic materials and tools (paper, inexpensive paints, pencils, glue) that require little setup.

    Among the projects and activities you'll find:
  • A collage project that takes a no-rules approach to creating with cut-out drawings and pictures.
  • Ideas for building a science station that allow kids to experiment with kitchen cabinet supplies such as soap, measuring spoons, cotton balls, and baking soda.
  • A prompt to draw a self-portrait, using a mirror (parents can draw themselves, too).
  • Instructions for making homemade colored playdough.
  • The activities in Play, Make, Create promote active, meaningful, and socially interactive learning. Children are encouraged to wonder, experiment, and use critical thinking--and most of all, enjoy the process. By following their own inclinations and making their own choices, children gain self-confidence and hone their problem-solving skills.

    Get Play, Make, Create and give children the gift of creativity!
    Item No. 9781631597169
    $25.99
    Press Here
    Tullet, Herve

    Staff Pick

    An interactive picture book from the New York Times bestselling "Prince of Preschool"

    Great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.

    Harness the power of imagination and interactivity: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure in Press Hereoccurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!

    • The perfect book for young children to learn about following directions and cause and effect
    • Ideal as a fun and interactive read aloud book for families or small groups
    • Known as the "Prince of Preschool," the versatile Hervé Tullet has been an art director at various ad agencies, a magazine illustrator, and for the past 15 years, a creator of children's books

    Fans of Mix It Up, Let's Play!, and Say Zoop! will love this fun and creative picture book, Press Here.

    • Kids will giggle and be amazed as the pages of the book seemingly come alive
    • Screen-free imaginative fun for kids and adults. Makes a great children's gift!
    • Books for kids ages 4-8
    • Children's picture book that encourages imagination and creativity
    Item No. 9780811879545
    $15.99