Kid Picks

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for June 5, 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.
2014-06-05T00:00:00Z Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for June 5, 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. The start of summer vacation means there's plenty of time to still learn, while having fun, outside of a classroom. From baking projects to lessons about staying out of trouble, this month's offerings are a perfect start.

BOOKS

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, Ages 4 to 8

"The Troublemaker" by Lauren Castillo

Almost everyone knows a troublemaker. Sometimes, it's "a taste of one's own medicine" that is the cure. When a little boy steals his sister's stuffed bunny, he discovers it's his own belongings that start to disappear. With the help of a masked mischievous raccoon, this 40-page hardcover book with beautiful illustrations from the author shares important principles. It's in stores or at hmhbooks.com.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, Ages 4 to 8

"Hooray for Hat!" by Brian Won

It's not any fun to start the day grumpy. As explained in this 32-page hardcover, sometimes something as simple as a kind gesture can change the day and everyone's outlook for the better. Elephant finds this out for himself, courtesy of his friends Zebra, Lion and Turtle and a very special hat. It's in stores or at hmhbooks.com.

Octopus Publishing, $19.99, Ages 5 and older

"Ella's Kitchen: The Big Baking Book, the Yellow One" by Ella Lindley

Ella, now 14 and inspired by her father Paul Lindley, the British founder of organic baby and toddler food brand, Ella's Kitchen (named for his daughter) when started a decade ago, has created a new 192-page hardcover cookbook. Using her dad's company mission "to help create healthy eating habits that last a lifetime," the book features more than 100 savory and sweet recipes which kids will enjoy helping to prepare, ideal for each meal of the day. It's available at ellaskitchen.com or call (800) 685-7799.

DVDs

HIT Entertainment, $14.98, Ages 2 to 6

"Angelina Ballerina: Spring Fling" from Lionsgate

This 61-minute DVD has everyone's favorite ears and tale dancer offering a guided tour of spring traditions from around the world. From the costumes and movement to the musical traits and lyrics paired, every culture has a distinct dance history. There are five complete episodes included along with a bonus dancing game. It's available in stores or at entertainmentone.com.

HIT Entertainment, $14.98, Ages 2 to 5

"Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills" from Lionsgate

There are six episodes offering a full-67 minutes of viewing fun while sharing important lesson like there's not any reason to be afraid of the dark and why showing off in front of others isn't nice. Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his friends from the Island of Sodor embark on adventures and this new collection also includes a game and puzzles bonus feature. It's available in stores or at entertainmentone.com.

EntertainmentOne, $12.98, Ages 2 to6

"Poppy the Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures" from Sprout

Poppy Cat ranks as one of the most popular pre-school shows from the creators of "Olivia" and "Mr. Men and Little Miss," and the character comes from the books from Lara Jones. This new 80-minute DVD  has seven fun-filled episodes, including the title episode "Birthday Treasure." Clocking in at 80-minutes in length, every episode stimulates imaginative play and creativity. It's available in stores or at entertainmentone.com

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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