Most interesting to those of us who love children's books is the list of best books for kids. Lo and behold, my own What's the Big Idea? made the list!
My pal Patricia Storms' wonderful picture book, The Pirate and Penguin, also made the list!
For the complete list of selected books, and for a list of the children's choices for best toys, check out the Canadian Toy Testing Council's website.
My favorite? Gee, it's a word game!
"The entire family can enjoy this 3-D word-building game that
encourages spelling, dexterity, and understanding balance and physics.
The game comes with 26 chunky letter pieces that stack together to
build a teetering tower of words. The clear instructions explain that the
goal of the game is to get to 20 points, but watch out – the wrong move
could cause gravity to kick in and make the entire Konexi collapse! This
is a learning game that does not feel like a learning game; children
revisit it often to challenge their friends, siblings, and parents."
What's not to like, I say? Words, science, laughter? I hope to find this game in my "stocking" this year.