Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

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Random House has an impressive web site for children’s books, offering an incredibly diverse array of book choices for readers of all ages. Budding readers will love Dr. Seuss Pops Up, and kids of all ages will savor American Tall Tales – a collection of America’s most enduring and colorful characters. Also for young readers are the Berenstain Bears, Junie B., First Grader, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Magic Tree House series. For teens, find The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants box set and the Eldest/Eragon box set in addition to numerous other titles that will scintillate and delight.

If you’ve never heard of Miffy books, then you’re clearly not Dutch. This line of books, and a TV series on most cable and satellite stations on the Noggin Channel, is about an adorable bunny by Dutch artist Dick Bruna has been charming Holland citizens for the last half century. Bruna has received 37,865 birthday cards for his imaginary girl bunny from fans in more than 80 countries to date, with Japanese readers his most avid supporters. Check out to learn about the world of Miffy. Your little one will be thoroughly charmed, and so will you.

Combine reading with rollicking rock ‘n’ roll by investing in the star-studded Dog Train book and CD set. Sandra Boynton of the Philadelphia Chickens fame co-produced this collection with Michael Ford. Featured are: The Spin Doctors performing “Tantrum;” Weird Al Yankovic and Kate Winslet presenting “I Need A Nap;” Blues Traveler singing “Dog Train;” Alison Krauss warbling “Evermore,” and many others. For information and ordering, go to and get ready for a wild ride on the Dog Train.

Originally published January 2006

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