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Age: Toddlers


2013 Awards
Springtime Collection, Max's Chocolate Chicken
(Scholastic $24.95 Score:)

After they finish coloring or hunting Easter eggs, we found a perfect seasonal collection featuring Max's Chocolate Chicken along with twelve stories on three DVD's. Among the other tales, Chicken Little, The Red Hen, and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food. The collection also includes author/illustrator interviews and narrations by Lily Tomlin, Randy Travis, Michael McKean and others. The Max DVD also includes some Christmas stories, so this can be your go-to for seasonal celebrations. It also has a read-along option for beginning readers and these stories are mostly simple enough for young readers to decode or at least follow along. Most of the stories are for the younger family members. 2-7.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2010 Award
Hooray for Fish!
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $9.99 Score:)

An animated DVD comes packaged with this oversized picture book that is all about fish. Told in verse, with Lucy Cousin's usual passion for color, the exuberant illustrations dance through the pages and DVD. This is more about the sound of rhyming words and amusing illustrations than a true concept book about fish. It is not young science, but it is delicious to look at. The narrator has a decidedly English accent that may be a tad strange to young American audiences. Still, this is right on the mark for 2 1/2 and up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on

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2010 Awards
Scholastic Storybook Treasures Sing-Along Travel Kit
(Scholastic $24.99 Score:)

You may want to be sure about overlap, since some of the story songs in this collection are on other Scholastic disks you already own. This one features songs such as Wheels on the Bus, There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, and other favorites. The complete set has 15 old favorite musical storybooks that are fun to take along or enjoy at home. Also included are crayons, an activity booklet, a 13 song CD and travel ideas for parents.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on

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2010 Awards
Cathy and Marcy's Song Shop: Meet the Instruments, Clap and Tap
(Community Music $14.99 Score:)

Cathy and Marcy introduce kids to a variety of percussion instruments---including their own hands, knees and feet. Using clapping, conga drums, shakers, feet and other body movements, kids are invited to participate in discovering soft and loud, up and down, side to side and stop and start movements. This is an interactive DVD that encourages kids to get up and join in rather than sitting passively and watching. 40 minutes that can be fun for a play date or solo. The pace on this is slow enough so that young preschoolers will not be overwhelmed. 2 1/2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on

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2009 Award
My Very First Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics, Preschool Stories
(Scholastic $50 Score:)

If you are looking for an alternative to the usual TV fare, look no further! This is a collection of seven DVD's with storybook classics every child should know. Some are more animated than others and none of these are brand new. Originally shown in libraries, these storybooks use the original text and art of some of the most beloved children's books. Many are narrated by famous actors and provide over seven hours of entertainment that you'll want to use a little at a time. This is nothing like Saturday morning TV--in fact, it is not frenetic or created to sell anything but a good story and illustrations that enhance the telling. A few of the stories, such as The Snowy Day and Noisy Nora are also narrated in Spanish as well as English. Older kids can use the read along option. Some of the stories will be fine with toddlers, while others are more appropriate for school aged kids. 2-8

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on

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2009 Award
My Favorite Pets Book & DVD
(by Jill Ackerman, Scholastic $12.99 Score:)

Toddlers will like touching the textures on the sturdy pages of this knowing and naming book of pets. The book has a simple text, but best of all it includes a DVD with close-up images of pets and kids who tell about them. The pace is just right for young viewers and the information is underwhelming--that's a real plus!  The children wash, feed, and handle their pets with gentle care...a big idea well worth talking about. Also in this series, Petting Farm, same format, different cast of animals.   


Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on

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2001 Awards
Play with Maisy
(Universal $12.98 Score:) Maisy's little slice of life adventures with her friends are very slow-paced and are just right for young video viewers. Play with Maisy includes time at the playground and the fair. 2 & up. Still top rated, OPPENHEIM TOY PORTFOLIO PLATINUM AWARD 2000 winner, Count with Maisy, where she is the conductor of the train and picks up two giraffes, three peacocks... you get the idea.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2001.

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1996 Awards
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(Disney $12.99 Score:) The story of that very well-loved, hungry caterpillar has been transformed into a totally magical video! Animation and music have enhanced Eric Carle's beautiful illustrations and given them another dimension while retaining their original beauty. Five other gems also appear on this video: "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me," "The Mixed-up Chameleon," "The Very Quiet Cricket," and "I See a Song." A delicate blend of imagination and information illuminated with great artistry. Closed-captioned. 2-6.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1996.

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2000 Award
Kids' Favorite Songs
(Sony $12.95 Score:) Elmo is going to play kids' top ten favorite songs on his radio show. The problem is picking them. With hits like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" in the line-up there's not a miss in the list. But what is Elmo's favorite? A good choice of songs kids show know with lots of counting backwards mixed in. 2 & up. Still top rated, Jim Henson singing the Best of Kermit.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Award
Sing & Dance with Barney
(Lyons Group $14.95 Score:) Depending on where you stand, this 56-minute reunion tape featuring 27 Barney hits will either be a preschooler's dream come true, or your nine-year old's worst nightmare. 2-6 Still top rated, Barney Live in New York City. From Radio City Music Hall, here's Barney in the Big Apple!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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