Monthly Archives: December 2013

Introduce Your Toddler to the Classics!

The BabyLit board book series by Gibbs Smith is one of my favorite series that we carry for toddlers. Each book introduces your child to the classics through bright colors and concepts like opposites and counting. They’re also great for unique and adorable baby shower gifts.

Alice  Jane Eyre  Sherlock  Romeo Sense and Sensibility

Introduce your child to counting from 1 to 10 with themes and pictures from Jane EyrePride and Prejudice, and Romeo and Juliet. Help your toddler learn about colors, opposites, and weather with Alice in WonderlandWuthering HeightsSense & SensibilityMoby-Dick, and Sherlock Holmes.


We also carry interactive toys that make great creative learning gifts when paired with BabyLIt books. Magnetic Wooden Numbers by Melissa & Doug include math signs for counting and solving basic math problems. Read through Jane EyrePride and Prejudice, or Romeo and Juliet as your child uses the magnetic numbers to count!


Geometric StackerThe Geometric Stacker by  Melissa & Doug is a fun and simple way to begin teaching shapes and colors. Add Alice in Wonderland as a great gift for babies and toddlers interested in the colors and shapes around them. If your toddler loves to create and build instead, the Wooden ABC BlocksABC 123 Blocks by Melissa & Doug are a classic toy that help with building dexterity and learning how to count at the same time.

Fish bowlLet your baby explore the ocean with the My First Fishbowl by Tomy. The soft stuffed fish have bright colors and a variety of textures to help your child develop hand-eye coordination. Introduce your child to the ocean world with Moby-Dick as they play with the fishbowl!



Don’t Let the Day of the Ninja Sneak Up On You

Ninja Day LogoYou may be surprised to learn that December 5th is the International Day of the Ninja – in fact, the ninjas of the world would be disappointed if you weren’t. After all, these ancient Japanese warriors and spies have a reputation to uphold, and it doesn’t involve giving advance notice of when they’re about to strike from the shadows.

Although their strict adherence to the way of invisibility poses obvious problems for ninja public relations, the shinobi have devised many stealthy ways of raising public awareness of ninja issues. Ninja education is always lurking just out of sight, waiting to strike when least expected. They have even infiltrated the shelves of the World’s Only Curious George Store!

Ninja rules prohibit us from revealing specific ninja-related items above the cut

Bah, Humbug! Gifts to Cheer up Holiday Grumps

It’s holiday time again, and that means eggnog, Christmas carols, and mistletoe. But sometimes, all of that excitement can lead to holiday blues, or even (in the worst cases) a Scrooge in your midst.

December 21st is Humbug Day, so if you’ve got a Scrooge, a Grinch, or someone who’s just tired of hearing Christmas music, we’ve got some great options that will turn their frowns upside-down.


The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle

Sometimes all a holiday grouch needs is someone to be nice to them, and the Grouchy Ladybug is a perfect example of that. Why not partner the book with a perfect little Grouchy Ladybug finger puppet for a complete gift package.


Crankenstein” by Samantha Berger

This book is definitely relevant to me (and some of my coworkers, teehee). Sometimes things just aren’t going your way, and all there is to do is let out a good “ARGGH!” and to try to have a good sense of humor.

Jokelopedia” by Eva Blank

Where do snowmen and snowwomen go to dance? The Snowball! What’s the best way to chase the grumps away? An awesome joke! This book is so much fun and has given me some great material to share with my coworkers. Sure they may groan like Crankenstein when I tell them, but they’re always smiling when they do it.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

A humbug post wouldn’t be complete without this quintessential Christmas grouch. Every Grinch needs a Cindy-Lou Who to remind them that Christmas isn’t just about the bells and whistles of the holiday, it’s also about togetherness and love!


I hope that all of these recommendations serve to turn your Crankensteins, Grouches, and Grinches into Cuddlers, Grinners, and Princes. Happy Holidays!


Felisia, your friendly neighborhood events coordinator.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Book Sets!

The holidays are almost upon us. *cue dramatic music* I don’t know about you, but I haven’t even started shopping yet. So, I thought I’d talk about a few gift book sets, just to give you a few ideas.

The Harry Potter Box Set– J. K. Rowling

HP Set

This beautiful set is perfect for life-long fans or anyone who has never read the series. Each of the seven books features a new cover, courtesy of Kazu Kibuishi. Every one adds a new perspective for the books with vivid illustrations that depict scenes we’ve only ever imagined. Sure, you might have seen them in the movies, but Kibuishi’s illustrations capture the wonder of reading the books for the first time.

My favorite new cover is  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which depicts Harry, Hermione and Ron flying the Thestrals away from Hogwarts. Beautiful.

Also, when you put the books in order there is a wonderful scene of Hogwarts!

I enjoy everything about this set, and I think anyone you give it to will love it, too!


The Chronicles of Narnia– C. S. Lewis

I received this gift set for Christmas when I was younger, and I immediately fell in love with Narnia. I remember wishing I had a wardrobe, so that I could meet Mr. Tumnus, the fawn, and walk the halls of Cair Paravel with Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund.

David Wiesner illustrated these covers beautifully, setting the stage for C. S. Lewis’ magical words.

Transport someone to Narnia through this terrific book set!


Curious George Complete Adventures Deluxe Book and CD Gift Set– H. A. Rey and Margret Rey

This neat set contains both the written and audio versions of all the original Curious George stories by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey.

Each compact disc contains two of the stories, which you can listen to while you read along.

This is a great set that is perfect for family story time or individual quiet time. And the audio stories are wonderful for long car rides. Either way, this lovely set is a fantastic gift for Curious George fans, young and old.