Geckos Slide and Peek: A Look-and-Find Adventure in Hawai‘i

What is it: Geckos Slide and Peek is a hidden picture book for young children. The basic idea is similar to that found in “Where’s Waldo” books, but this book is a little easier and the theme is that of cartoon geckos having adventures in Hawaii. Who is it for: I don’t know what the… Continue reading Geckos Slide and Peek: A Look-and-Find Adventure in Hawai‘i

Uno Flip

What is it: Uno Flip (technically “UNO Flip!™”, but I get annoyed by products with exclamation points in their names) is basically the classic card game Uno, but with an additional deck of card faces printed on the back sides and an additional “flip” card that, when played, means everyone needs to literally turn their… Continue reading Uno Flip

epic!

What is it: Epic is a digital library for kids. It has books for all ages, audiobooks, and read-along picture books. Who is it for: Epic is for all kids, those who are learning to read, those who may not like reading, and kids who do like reading and want access to a library of… Continue reading epic!

Wide Open School

What is it: Wide Open School is a free, ad-free, very comprehensive set of lesson plans for all ages, gathered from 75 different educational websites such as Khan Academy, TedED, YouTube, Google Arts & Culture and many others. The lesson plans change every day, including weekends, and are available up to two weeks in advance,… Continue reading Wide Open School

Sorry!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorry!_(game)#/media/File:Sorry_diamond_edit.jpg What is it: Sorry! is a classic board game based on the ancient Indian game of parcheesi. Two to four players move colored tokens around a board, trying to be the first to get all of their tokens to the “home” base. Who is it for: The game is marketed for kids 6 and… Continue reading Sorry!

Caspar Babypants

What is it If you ever wanted to hear the band The Presidents of the United States of America play Beatles covers and nursery rhymes, then have I got the band for you. Chris Ballew, the lead singer and basitarist of P.U.S.A. has a side gig as Caspar Babypants and has put out eleven albums… Continue reading Caspar Babypants

Goodnight Gorilla

What is it Goodnight Gorilla is a bedtime book about a zookeeper (and his wife) who are putting zoo animals to bed for the night. Who is it for Board books that are meant to be read at bedtime are normally best for younger children, 2 or 3, but Goodnight Gorilla has so many little… Continue reading Goodnight Gorilla

Children Just Like Me

What is it Children Just Like Me is a book with profiles of children from around the world. Each profile includes a photo of the child (typically aged between 7 and 10) and family, a description of where they live, what they eat, how they play, and what they learn in school. It’s a fun,… Continue reading Children Just Like Me

Parts – Tedd Arnold

What is it Parts is a book about a kid who thinks his body is falling apart. There are also two sequels: “More Parts” and “Even More Parts” The book is written in rhyme: “I stared at it, amazed, and wondered, What’s this all about? But then I understood. It was My stuffing coming out!… Continue reading Parts – Tedd Arnold

On Beyond Zebra!

Dr. Seuss wrote more than 60 books, many of them selling 10 million or copies or more over the past several decades. While “On Beyond Zebra!” has never been as popular as “The Cat in the Hat” or “Green Eggs and Ham”, it is one of his better ones, in my opinion. I don’t actually… Continue reading On Beyond Zebra!