Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Jan. 2, 2014

2014-01-02T00:00:00Z Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Jan. 2, 2014By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Here's our monthly 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. Winter is in full-force and the cold and snowy weather makes staying inside with a great book or entertaining and educational DVD a perfect warm and cozy idea.

BOOKS

HarperCollins Publishers, $16.99, Ages 4 to 8

"Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie's Snow Day" by Ree Drummond and Diane DeGroat

When Charlie wakes up to a world covered in snow, he can't wait to get outside and see what's going on around the ranch. He takes a break from patrol duty for a fun sled ride with canine pal Walter. But when Walter comes up missing, it's up to Charlie to use his nose talent to sniff out the mystery. It's available in bookstores or at harpercollinschildrens.com.

HarperCollins Publishers, $17.99, Ages 4 to 8

"Dot." by Randi Zuckerberg

With illustrations by Joe Berger, this 32-page hardcover is about a spunky little girl obsessed with electronic devices. She loves to "tap," "type," "swipe" and "share." But an important lesson helps her to "tap" into her own imagination to learn about the wonders that await all around her, all with a "battery life" that never diminishes. It's an important story to remind young minds that technology is intended to enhance but not distract from the wonder world of reality. It's available in bookstores or at harpercollinschildrens.com.

HarperCollins Publishers, $14.99, Ages 8 and older

"Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook" by Victoria Karr

There are 64 pages of great, delicious and very pink sweet recipes showcased in this hardcover. Author Victoria Karr's pink-obsessed little would-be princess helps guide young readers, with some help from an adult, to discover dozens of beautiful and scrumptious pink treats. Templates are even included to help with decorating duties.  It's available in bookstores or at harpercollinschildrens.com.

Bookish, $20, Ages 3 to 6

"The Bible: A Story of Christmas and All of Us" by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett

This 126-page small hardcover is the companion to last year's popular hit TV mini-series about the birth of Jesus and his family's journey, including the arrive of "the Three Kings," which is celebrated as the Feast of Epiphany on Sunday. Showcasing more than 100 never-before-seen images taken by award-winning photographers during the actual filming of The History Channel's epic, it's a wonderful keepsake to enjoy and learn from year after year. It's available in stores or at faithwords.com or bibleseries.tv.

DVDs

EntertainmentOne, $9.98, Ages 3 to 10

"Lost and Found" by Oliver Jeffers

Based on the best-selling children's books by author Oliver Jeffers, narrator Jim Broadbent tells the unforgettable 55-minute story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. Guessing his new little friend has lost his way, he decides to find a way to journey to the South Pole to return his new black and white friend home. But maybe, this cold loving friend isn't really lost at all. It's in stores or at entertainmentone.com.

EntertainmentOne, $12.98, Ages 2 to 8

"Guess How Much I Love You: The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare" based on the books by Sam McBratney

In this 80-minute fun-filled Disney Junior series, Little Nutbrown Hare and his father, Big Nutbrown Hare, explore the world around them in these seven complete episodes. From exploring meadows and playing with friends to learning life lessons such as the importance of friendship, learning from mistakes and embracing differences in one another. It's available in stores or at entertainmentone.com.

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