Simon

What is it Simon is a French TV show (translated into British English) for kids about a rabbit boy and his family and friends Who is it for The animation in Simon is simple and appealing enough that kids as young as 2 will enjoy it, and the themes presented are appropriate for kids up… Continue reading Simon

Llama Llama

What is it Llama Llama is a book series and an animated series based on the characters from the books. Llama Llama is a young child with some separation anxiety, learning the basics of interacting with others and overcoming the conflict and resentment toward his mother. Who is it for The themes in the books… Continue reading Llama Llama

Blocksworld

What is it Blocksworld (not to be confused with similarly-titled games such as “block world”) is one of many Minecraft-inspired games, but Blocksworld stands apart in the quality of the game, the number of features, and the implicit instruction of programming fundamentals. What Lego is to Minecraft, Duplo is to Blocksworld. Who is it for… Continue reading Blocksworld

Plus-Plus

What is it Plus-Plus is a building toy made up of pieces that look like two plus signs: ++ They are sort of like Legos, but also sort of like Play-doh Who is it for Anyone old enough to manipulate small objects and also old enough to know not to put little things in their… Continue reading Plus-Plus

Pig Will and Pig Won’t

[amazon_link asins=’0385383371′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ebd78fb4-1451-11e9-b8ee-efd23723b168′] My dad got this book for my kids. He fondly remembered reading it to my brother and me when we were young. What is it Pig Will and Pig Won’t is a simple book about two brothers, one of whom behaves well while the other does not. The good… Continue reading Pig Will and Pig Won’t

The Great Paper Caper

[amazon_link asins=’0399250972′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’65d2b99b-047e-11e9-a2e4-17c7e29a586b’] Caution: Reading this book with your kids will probably make them want to start folding paper airplanes (and you will want to as well), so may not be ideal for bedtime reading. What is it The Great Paper Caper is a unique book, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers,… Continue reading The Great Paper Caper

Steam Train, Dream Train

[amazon_link asins=’1452109206′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a24781e8-d862-11e8-95b3-e1f3e25ce563′] What is it Steam Train, Dream Train is a very charming, beautifully-illustrated book that tells a simple story in verse of a freight train being loaded by animals, explaining all the types of train cars along the way. Who is it for Kids as young as 2 (or possibly… Continue reading Steam Train, Dream Train

Stinky and Dirty

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Pete the Cat

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The Book with No Pictures

[amazon_link asins=’0803741715′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”] What is it The Book with No Pictures indeed has no pictures, but uses variations in typeface and color to create a very entertaining story that is a hit with young kids The story is not about a character, but is instead about itself – about a book that… Continue reading The Book with No Pictures