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. This is a month to be thankful for the great new stories and music opportunities for a feast for eyes, ears and imaginations.
Balance, $19.99, Ages 5 to 10
"Pacha's Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature" based on book by Aaron Ableman
This two-set CD follows the adventures of Pacha, a little girl whose magical pajamas whisk her away every night to imaginary worlds where she discovers the power to make a difference in the world and within herself. One night, she dreams the animals and plants on her new pajamas come alive, leading to a lesson about species and the global environment told by music, songs and storytelling. Mos Def, Cheech Marin and Bentley Green lend their voices and talents. In stores or at pachaspajamas.com.
Little, Brown and Company, $18, Ages 3 to 6
"Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" by Peter Brown
Author Peter Brown offers a fun and clever 40-page romp in this beautiful hardcover following a very special tiger, by his tail, for a tale about the chance to discover why it's important to have fun. Brown brings his wonderful and whimsical illustrations to vivid life, when combined with his carefully chosen few words flowing from page to page for a trek from the proper city to the wild jungle, with a very important lesson at the end. In stores now or visit lb-kids.com or peterbrownstudio.com.
Little, Brown and Company, $14.99, Ages 8 to 12
"Treasure Hunters" by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein with Mark Shulman
Bick, Beck, Tommy and Storm are looking for a shipwreck of gold, long-lost artifacts and world-famous paintings in this compact 480-page hardcover. They are also on a hunt for their missing parents. Illustrated by Juliana Neufeld, each page is filled with adventure and intrigue. It's in stores or visit lb-kids.com or treasurehunterbooks.com.
Little, Brown and Company, Ages 8 to 12, $17
"Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends" by Shannon Hale
On Legacy Day each year, the students at Ever After High Boarding School sign what is called "The Storybook of Legends," an important agreement for each pupil to agree to fulfill the duties of becoming the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens to assure bedtime stories always continue. But who must follow the destiny to be good and who has the leanings of being evil? This 350-page hardcover delivers the answer. It's available in stores or at lb-kids.com or everafterhigh.com.
Little, Brown and Company, Ages 12 and older, $18
"Unbreakable" by Kamie Garcia
The death of Kennedy Waters mother opens up a strange and startling new chapter in the young girl's life. Thanks to identical twins Jared and Lukas, she discovers deadly spirits were behind the deed, and she could be the next victim. By joining a secret society of ghost hunters, she vows to protect others from these demons on the unknown, as detailed in this 316-page hardcover. It's available in stores or at lb-teens.com or thelegionseries.com.