Friday, November 19, 2010

Best Books for 2011 from the Canadian Toy Testing Council

The Canadian Toy Testing Council just came out with their annual report. It's chock fill of great stuff for kids  of all ages.

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!

Here's the description, from the Canadian Toy Testing Council:

"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.


  1. Wahoo - congrats, Helaine! That's quite an achievement.

  2. The importance of reading books is gaining new insight or perspectives on issues that matter to the reader that helps them to have a new understanding of the world around them. Readers can apply the insight in everyday life or as a way of building upon the knowledge that already encompasses their mind and enrich their lives.

  3. Books have been around for centuries but for much of that time they were not available to the common person. Only the upper classes or monks and scholars were able to read. Books were very expensive and had to be copied by hand. It was not until the invention of the printing press that books and especially the Bible, became cheaper and more widely available. In this day and age reading instruction is available to virtually everyone. We have only to take advantage of it.


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