The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown

[amazon_link asins=’0307021416′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’14267f1c-3fe4-11e7-a719-333ac525808e’] This was my dad’s favorite book when he was a kid, but I didn’t know it until I happened to see it among a set of Little Golden Books at the grocery store. Little Golden Books were a big part of my childhood but lately the brand has been… Continue reading The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! board game

[amazon_link asins=’B003G9QEGG’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ba76799a-3fe0-11e7-a4e5-7b688ea79bac’] This is based on a book by Mo Willems. None of us were familiar with his stuff until after we got the game, but that didn’t matter. The box says it’s for ages 3 and up, but the rules are too complicated for our 3-year-old. However, the board and… Continue reading Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! board game

Ranger Rick Jr. magazine

[amazon_link asins=’B003I7HS5M’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’60c5fd88-3fdd-11e7-9c35-19d322f914de’] In this digital age, tangible media like postcards and magazines are special for children. I like magazine subscriptions as gifts because they continue being a part of the child’s life for months later. Ranger Rick Jr. is the version of Ranger Rick for younger kids and comes out 10… Continue reading Ranger Rick Jr. magazine

Wallace and Gromit

[amazon_link asins=’B003V8II2A,6303521517,B002RZ0V6E,B003V8IH26′ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8d406508-3fd9-11e7-98d4-7d9ab68c2887′] I remember seeing “A Grand Day Out” at an animation festival around 1990, and then seeing “The Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave” a few years later. I was so thrilled by them (not least by the incredible chase scenes toward the end of ‘Trousers’ and ‘Shave’) that I… Continue reading Wallace and Gromit

Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton

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Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Collection

[amazon_link asins=’B000001DOB’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’bd3df570-3fc9-11e7-98b0-394ac395dc6c’] This was a Christmas gift and a surprise huge hit with the kids. We had it in the car for a long road trip to their grandpa and nana’s house and we ended up playing it over and over and for weeks later. It is one of very few… Continue reading Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Collection

LeapPad Ultra

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Flip-Track Mountain

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A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz

[amazon_link asins=’B001K2JE9K’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”]   Our family enjoys watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special every year. The adults get the nostalgia and pleasure of sharing something from our childhoods with the kids, and the kids seem to really like the Peanuts characters. When I was a kid, I read Peanuts every day in… Continue reading A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

[amazon_link asins=’0394800168′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”] This book is a classic, and an essential book for some children who are beginning to learn how to read. It’s fun for parents and children to read together, but I got tired of reading it after the tenth or so time. It reminds me of the song, “The… Continue reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss