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. As winter weather grips, books and fun DVDs are a great way to grip the mind for learning something new.
Kohl's Cares, $5, Ages 3 and up
"The Beginner Books Collection" by assorted authors, books and plush toys
Until supplies are gone, Kohl's Department Stores is offering the latest line in the Kohl's Cares program. This time, the theme is a spotlight on books for beginning readers, like "Go, Dog. Go!" by P.D. Eastman, "The Nose Book" and "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb," both by Al Perkins and "Put Me in the Zoo" by Robert Lopshire. For just $5, kids and parents can pick from adorable plush characters from each of the stories along with hardcover books featured for this promotion. Visit any Kohl's store or kohls.com/cares for details.
Quirk Books, $12.95, Ages 9 and older
"Nick & Tesla's Robot Army Rampage" by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
This latest book in the series is packed with top-secret contraptions, mystery and excitement. The 226-page compact hardcover is about brother and sister twins Nick and Tesla, who love science, but have a knack for getting into trouble. It picks up just weeks after the first installment and begins with a valuable comic book stolen from their friend's family comics store. Before long, robots are everywhere and only this young duo can save the day. It is available in stores or at quirkbooks.com, with the next installment released in May.
National Geographic Society, $19.95, Ages 8 and older
"Ultimate Weird But True: 2" by National Geographic Kids
There are more than 1,000 wild, wacky and real-life true facts in this latest 192-page large hardcover. Vivid illustrations and photos help reveal these odd finds, such as the world's most expensive hamburger costs $295, a mouth-watering description of the design of the world's largest chocolate sculpture and even fashion models who are ducks! It's available in stores or visit kids.nationalgeographic.com.
EntertainmentOne, $12.98, Ages 2 to 8
"Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures" 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. With an emphasis on the importance of friendship, each story includes favorite characters like Little Grey Squirrel, tricky Little Redwood Fox and Little White Owl. It's available in stores or at entertainmentone.com.
EntertainmentOne, $12.98, Ages 6 and older
"Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express and Other Adventures" based on the books by Elisabetta Dami
This favorite mouse hero is celebrating 10 years in print as part of Scholastic's hit book series. In this 96-minute DVD of four action-packed episodes, the famous New Mouse City journalist, best-selling author and editor for the big city daily "The Rodent's Gazette," is on the trail and tail of the latest mysteries. It's available in stores or at entertainmentone.com.
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