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30 Great Gifts for Giving

For the last 25 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has made it our business to answer those questions for you. Our expert judges and parent and kid testers play with and evaluate hundreds of products each year and choose only the best of the best to receive the NAPPA seal. We’ve put together a sampling of winners below, all of which were recognized for their quality, durability and, of course, the “fun” factor.

See more of our winners at NAPPAawards.com.


Music & DVDS

Deep Woods Revival
Red Yarn Productions, $15, www.redyarnproductions.com, Ages 2-8


French for Kids: Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!)
Whistlefritz, $14.99, www.whistlefritz.com, For the entire family


Meet the Pod Squad
NCircle Entertainment, $9.99, www.ncircleentertainment.com,  Ages 3-7


Miss Melodee’s “Find Your Melody” Album
Melstar Entertainment, $14.99, www.missmelodee.com, For the entire family

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child Double Feature
NCircle Entertainment, $19.99, www.ncircleentertainment.com, For the entire family


Simpatico by Renee and Friends
One Melody Records, $11.99, www.reneeandfriends.com, For the entire family


Tomorrow Is a Chance To Start Over by Hilary Grist
The Secret Mountain, $16.95, www.thesecretmountain.com, Ages 2-8


The Wonder Years Complete Series
Time Life, $249.95, amazon.com, Ages 8 and up


Toys & Games

Alphabet Learning Locks
Lakeshore, $29.99, www.LakeshoreLearning.com, Ages 3-7


Colorforms Big Wall Playset
Colorforms, $29.99, www.Colorforms.com, Ages 3 and up


Don’t Dump Dumpty Game
BeginAgain, $30, www.beginagaintoys.com, Ages 2 and up


Glow Show Sticker Launcher
Moose Toys, $24.99, www.buyglowshow.com, Ages 5 and up


Hello Kitty Karaoke Kar by Dynacraft
Dynacraft, $199.99, www.dynacraftbike.com, Ages 3 and up


Jr. Jump ’n Slide Bouncer
Little Tikes, $199.99, www.littletikes.com,  Ages 2-8


Minions Bike with Fart Blaster by Dynacraft
Dynacraft, $89.99, www.dynacraftbike.com, Ages 4-8


Ninja Control Leonardo
Playmates Toys, $59.99, www.playmatestoys.com, Ages 4 and up


Oribel, $149, www.loveoribel.com/us, Ages 18 months and up


Roominate Amusement Park
Roominate, $49.99, www.roominatetoy.com, Ages 8 and up


Shape Whiz
SimplyFun, $24, www.SimplyFun.com, Ages 10 and up


Spiral Art Design Center
Lakeshore, $19.99, www.LakeshoreLearning.com, Ages 4-11


Tonka Mighty Dump by Dynacraft
Dynacraft, $349.95, www.dynacraftbike.com, Ages 3 and up


Worry Eaters
The Haywire Group, $22.99, www.haywiregroup.com, Ages 3 and up



Apps, Tech Toys & Websites

ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy
Age of Learning, $7.95 per month (subscription), www.ABCmouse.com, Ages 2-7


Bluebee Pals
Kayle Concepts, $59.99, www.bluebeepals.com, Ages 3 and up


Speakaboos, $4.99 for a 1-month subscription and $49.99 for a 1-year subscription, www.Speakaboos.com, Ages 2-7




I Am Malala (Young Readers Audiobook Edition): How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Hachette Audio, $22.98, www.soundcloud.com/hachetteaudio, Ages 10 and up


House of Robots by James Patterson - Audiobook Edition
Hachette Audio, $17.98, www.soundcloud.com/hachetteaudio, Ages 8-12


Music Together Singalong Storybooks: Hey, Diddle Diddle, Ridin’ in the Car and Two Little Blackbirds
Music Together, $9.95 board book; $13.95 hardcover, www.musictogether.com/storybooks, Ages 1-8



Julie Kertes is general manager of the National Parenting Publications Awards.



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