Kid Picks

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa

Our weekly round-up of new children's media.
2010-12-08T00:00:00Z 2011-11-03T03:26:23Z Kid Picks with Philip PotempaBy Philip Potempa 219.852.4327

Here's our weekly showcase of the latest and greatest new selections in media for youth.

From books and games to educational toys and DVDs, there's never a dull moment for active and eager young minds.

This week, three new book selections prove the holidays are soon to be in full swing, offering fun page-by-page perspectives from everyone ranging from snowmen and mice to kittens and even Horrid Henry!


Source Books, $4.99, Ages 7 and up

"Horrid Henry's Christmas" by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross

The reigning prince of mischief is back, and Horrid Henry isn't worried about Santa Claus or anyone else watching his bad behavior during this special time of the year. Besides trying to sabotage the school's holiday program, he's also spending his allowance to buy some "not very nice" presents for those around him. With fun illustrations, this entertaining 100-page paperback read makes a great stocking stuffer to teach children how NOT to behave. It's available now in stores or at

Little, Brown and Company, $16.99, Ages 5 to 8

"Dewey's Christmas at the Library" by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter and illustrated by Steve James

Inspired by the New York Times best-selling true story, Dewey is a curious orange and fluffy cat who lives in the town library in tiny Spencer, Iowa. And Christmas is a time of year that just makes this feline all the more curious about all of the lights, sounds and smells. His curious nature often gets him in trouble, as this 36-page storybook explains. It's available in stores now or at

Little, Brown and Company, $7.99 Ages 3 and older

"Merry Christmas Little One!" by Sandra Magsamen

The latest in the "Snuggle-Me Stories" series and done in a "lift-the-flip" format 12-page board book, the soft, stuffed fabric Christmas tree on the cover invites young readers into a world of exploring "sight words" folded into colorful pages of favorite seasonal images. From wreaths and strings of lights to glittering gifts and sparkling trees, all of the best symbols of the holidays are brought to life with interactive pages. It's available now in stores or at

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