Kid Picks

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa

2013-04-04T00:00:00Z Kid Picks with Philip PotempaBy Philip Potempa (219) 852-4327

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. Spring has arrived, along with a new season of fantastic offerings.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.99, Ages 6 to 9

"Gone Fishing" by Tamera Will Wissinger

With adventurous illustrations by Matthew Cordell, this 128-page hardcover novel for middle grade students is written in verse for a tale of 9-year-old Sam. He loves to go fishing with his father. But when his little sister also wants to join this family trip tradition, sibling jealousy is explored with humor, insight and a lesson for all. It's in stores now or at

Houghton Mifflin, $16.99, Ages 14 and up

"Dark Triumph" by Robin LaFevers

In the second book of the "His Fair Assassin" triology, this sequel to "Grave Mercy" is a dark, historical fantasy exploring faith, honor and love. The 388-page hardcover is set in 15th century France in the Convent of Saint Mortain and features epic battles, intrigue and romance. It's in stores now or at

Skyscape, $17.99, Ages 12 and older

"Permanent Record" by Leslie Stella

Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying and a barely bottled rage, Badi is a 16-year-old who has resorted to small revenges and covert acts of defiance. But the pressures of home life, plummeting grades and the affection of his new friend Nikki are leaving him confused as his story unfolds in this 282-page hardcover. It's in stores now or at


HIT Entertainment, $14.98, Ages 1 to 4

"Barney: Play with Barney" by Lionsgate

Lessons about how to be a team player are explored in this 76-minute four episode collection with Barney and his friends explaining the importance of working together. As Baby Bop and BJ  learn, sports like baseball and basketball need leadership. There are also bonus features like sing-along segments and games. It's in stores or at

HIT Entertainment, $14.98, Ages 2 to 6

"Angelina Ballerina: The Mouseling Mysteries" by Lionsgate

An entertaining and educational hour of six episodes are dedicated to the most famous pink dancing mouse who is now wearing a detective's cap. Viewers help gather clues while exploring a haunted house and disappearing friends. There's also a music video and puzzles included. It's in stores or at

HIT Entertainment, $14.98, 2 to 5

"Thomas and Friends: Go Go Thomas" by Lionsgate

It's 58 minutes of full-speed ahead for five episodes of a tank engine with the power to keep young viewers excited about learning life's lessons. From the importance of helping others to being on time, all of the favorite train station characters are along for this educational ride. It's in stores or at

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