The Best Childrens Books You’ll Want To Buy

In children's literature, a magical realm exists where words dance off the pages, and young minds embark on unforgettable adventures. The best childrens books are more than just ink and paper. They are gateways to imagination, knowledge, and cherished moments spent with loved ones.

Join us on a literary journey as we unveil a curated treasure trove of the best children's books that promise to captivate young hearts and inspire a lifelong love for reading. Whether you're a parent, teacher, or simply a seeker of storytelling wonders, prepare to embark on a delightful quest to find the perfect literary companions for the dreamers in your life.

Elementary School (Ages 6-11)

 Aesop's 1st Book of Childhood Adventures: Aesop's fables and other short stories

Three of Aesop's fables are told from the perspective of a child observing the world and learning from it. In this truly unique series, Aesop is that child. He comes to life as an inquisitive, confident young raccoon who goes on a daily adventure and experiences each fable as it unfolds. Aesop’s grandmother encourages him to go on these adventures so that he may find the answer to his many questions. Upon his return, Aesop shares what he has learned with his grandmother, who validates his conclusions. One of the most powerful forms of learning occurs through real-life experience and self-motivation. Learning begins with curiosity and succeeds only with perseverance. Unfortunately, as children grow, their curiosity and freedom of expression wane. This book endeavors to strengthen a child’s unbounded curiosity so they feel empowered and never stop asking ‘why.’

Capturing Cresselia: Unofficial Stories for Pokémon Collectors

Welcome to Camp Pikachu, where kids can act out adventures from their favorite Pokémon games and cartoons, battling other teams to earn points and badges and, if they’re lucky, make it into the Summer Camp Hall of Fame!

Marco, Nisha, Logan, and Maddy can’t wait to embark on their latest adventure: Pokémon Orienteering! The friends are eager to catch sight of the legendary Cresselia. So, armed with just a map and a set of clues, they strike out to explore the forest around Camp Pikachu. But when the clues lead the group straight to the shore of a nearby lake, Marco is shocked to realize that the only way to move forward is to ride a zip line across the water.

If Marco can’t find his courage with the help of his friends, his fears will keep him grounded, and his chances of seeing Cresselia’s Lunar Dance are shot. Just as Pokemon can evolve (aff) through training, can Marco get stronger through new experiences?

Longtime fans of Pokemon, or new fans of the hit app Pokemon Go, will love reading about Marco and his friends at Camp Pikachu.

As we end our journey through the world of the best childrens books, we hope the boundless creativity, heartwarming stories, and invaluable life lessons within these pages have inspired you. The magic of children's books lies in their ability to entertain and their power to shape young minds and nurture a lifelong love for reading. The best children's books can spark (aff) imaginations, foster empathy, and create cherished memories that last a lifetime.

So, whether you're picking up a classic from your childhood or discovering a new gem for the next generation, remember that every page turned is an opportunity to embark on a new adventure together. Happy reading, and may these books bring joy (aff), knowledge, and lasting connections to all who open their covers.

The Best Cartoons For Kids

Cartoons have been an integral part of childhood for generations, from the whimsical adventures of beloved characters to valuable life lessons hidden within colorful worlds. Whether you're a parent looking for quality entertainment for your little ones or a nostalgic adult seeking to relive the magic, our journey through the world of the best cartoons for kids promises to bring joy (aff) and inspiration.

Join us as we explore a delightful realm where imagination knows no bounds and where storytelling transcends age, showcasing the timeless classics and contemporary gems that have captured young hearts and minds for years.

Preschool (3-6 years old)

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends

Bumpers Up!

The unbelievably fun adventures of Chuck, the little dump truck with big dreams, and his friends—Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer, and Flip — continue with ten more exciting cartoons from The Adventures Of Chuck & Friends. Chuck’s movies, music, and art adventures will have you rolling with laughter and cheer! No matter what obstacles are in his way, Chuck knows that with good friends and a little imagination, he will always cross the finish line a winner.

Trucks Versus Wild

The Adventures Of Chuck And Friends: Trucks Vs. Wild is the continuation of the unbelievably fun adventures of Chuck, the little dump truck with big dreams, and his friends—Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer, and Flip. Featuring ten more exciting episodes from The Adventures Of Chuck & Friends, watch as Chuck and the gang have adventures with a helpful mechanic, a camping trip, a star-studded trip to the beach, and more in these awesome cartoons guaranteed to put fun into high gear!

3-8 years old

My Little Pony: The Complete Series

Get ready for lots of sunshine, rainbows, and happiness pony style! The original tv series that started the my Little Pony phenomenon is finally coming to DVD in its entirety. My Little Pony: The Complete Series (Original) features all 65 episodes.  

You are invited to return to Ponyland, the home (aff) of all your favorite Little Ponies, including the Earth ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny, and Molly, and of course, their dragon friend Spike.  Together, they live a life of games, songs, and harmony with allies like the Bushwoolies and Furbobs.  Occasionally, there are problems in Ponyland, and the Little Ponies of Paradise Estate must face evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles, and more!


Star Wars Rebels

Season 2

Star Wars Rebels: Season 2 delivers all 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ second season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material on DVD and even more exclusive footage on Blu-ray! This thrilling continuation of the Star Wars Rebels saga depicts the continued efforts of the crew of the starship Ghost to defeat the evil Empire.

Danny Phantom: The Complete Series

Calling all Danny Phantom (aff) fans! This 10-DVD set features all 53 original episodes of the hit Nickelodeon series.  

Not seen Danny Phantom (aff) before?  It is about Danny Fenton who is a good-natured, ordinary 14-year-old kid with extraordinary powers. After an accident involving ‘Ghost Zone’ portal of his two highly eccentric ghost-hunting parents, Danny now has the half-ectoplasmic DNA of a ghost, giving him the ability to fight off the horrible spooks, specters and vengeful ghost hunters threatening our world! But before Danny can defeat anything, he must first learn to control his newfound powers with the help of his best friends, tech-head Tucker and self-proclaimed goth Sam.  The entire series is about his daily struggles with his powers and evil.

Danny Phantom features an all-star voice cast, including David Kaufman (The Buzz on Maggie), Grey DiLisle (Rugrats, The Fairly Odd Parents), Rickey D’Shon Collins (Recess), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Naruto), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain), Kath Soucie (Dexter’s Laboratory, Ben 10) and Martin Mull, Frank Welker (Transformers).

CatDog: The Final Season

A brand-new set of insane CatDog adventures! They're the craziest set of conjoined twins you'll ever meet – the culturally refined Cat, and Dog, who's… well… not so much! But together, CatDog makes it all work by using and strengthening their friendship, providing excitement, and even getting into their heap of hilarious trouble! Featuring the full-length movie “CatDog and the Great Parent Mystery.” the yearly Parent Day Festival is quickly arriving, but Cat and Dog are feeling a little left out. After coercing from Dog, Cat agrees to go on a parent hunt, leading them to a sea monster, aliens, hillbillies, and MORE!


Adventure Time

The Enchiridion

Adventure Time is my kids' favorite cartoon. You'll often hear them quoting Finn and Jake around the house. The Enchiridion is an ancient book with codes of conduct, guidelines, and other helpful information for heroes. Watch our heroes, Finn and Jake, unlock the secrets in Adventure Time: The Enchiridion! The 10th volume release comprises 16 full-length episodes from the hit series Adventure Time.

Frost & Fire

Things are heating up as Flame Princess and Ice King battle it out in Adventure Time: Frost & Fire! This DVD is jam-packed with 16 of the best episodes from the Land of Ooo.

Adventure Time: Stakes

Cartoon Network answers the burning questions about one of the Land of Ooo’s most mysterious residents, Marceline the Vampire Queen, in the eight-episode special Adventure Time: Stakes! This is a serialized journey into the diary of Marceline, the Vampire Queen.  The DVD includes all eight episodes plus exclusive new content, including animatics, an art gallery, song demos, and a brand-new song by Rebecca Sugar.

Marceline no longer wishes to be an undead red-sucker, but can Princess Bubblegum concoct a cure? At the same time, five of Marceline’s most fearsome foes return from her past. What might her most potent nemesis, the Vampire King, have in store? Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, and their friends join the Vampire Queen’s fight against her immortal enemies. But for Marceline, the stakes have never been higher!

Season 5

Adventure Time is back with the fifth season, featuring all 52 episodes! The Complete Fifth Season release also comes with a rad exclusive special feature and comes packaged in a custom slipcase featuring everyone's favorite magical dog, Jake, adding to the collectible custom die-cut slipcases from the previous season releases.

These shows have left an indelible mark on generations, from fostering creativity to imparting valuable life lessons. Remember, the world of animation is vast, and new adventures are always waiting to be discovered. So, whether you're introducing your child to the classics or diving into the latest animated offerings, one thing remains certain: the magic of cartoons will continue to inspire, entertain, and leave an enduring legacy for generations to come.

Enchanting Delights: A Unicorn Cupcake That Sparkles with Magic

One delectable delight has captured many's hearts and taste buds: the unicorn cupcake. More than just a dessert, these whimsical treats are edible canvases that effortlessly merge creative design with the pleasures of indulgence. With each swirl of pastel frosting and sprinkle of glitter, these cupcakes transform into a work of magic and wonder (aff) that symbolizes joy and creativity.


Unicorn Cupcake

Course Dessert
Keyword cupcakes, unicorn


Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients

Vanilla Frosting


Cupcake directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners (aff) into the cupcake pans.
  • Follow the directions on the back of the box to make the cupcake batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly into three bowls.
  • In one bowl, mix in a few drops of the orange gel food coloring.
  • In the second bowl, mix in a few drops of the yellow gel food coloring.
  • Leave the third bowl color free
  • Using a spoon, scoop some orange cake batter into the cupcake liners (aff), enough to cover the bottom.
  • Scoop some yellow cake batter on top of the orange batter.
  • Scoop some white cake batter on top of the yellow
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Frosting directions

  • Using a standing mixer (aff), beat together all ingredients except the food coloring. Beat together until creamy and smooth and stiff peaks.
  • Divide the frosting into three bowls.
  • Mix in one color each into each bowl.
  • Scoop the purple frosting into one side of the disposable piping bag
  • Scoop the orange frosting into another side of the disposable piping bag
  • Scoop the green frosting into the last side of the disposable piping bag
  • Scoop 2 C of frosting into the large piping bag

Directions to decorate

  • Frost the cooled cupcakes with the white frosting.
  • Place the horn into the middle of the frosting
  • Place ears on either side of the horn.
  • Place the "Eyes" below the horn.
  • Using the colorful frosting, pipe the hair around the top and along the side.

A unicorn cupcake ignites smiles and inspires wonder (aff) while holding stories of laughter and moments of connection. These tiny delicious marvels infuse every event with enchantment, from birthday parties to baby showers to afternoon teas.

These cupcakes also have a universal appeal that transcends any differences in age and background, which draws our attention to the inherent beauty of simplicity.  This underscores the significance of embracing the childlike joy that's found within each of us.  These cupcakes also encourage us to relish life's sweetness bestowed upon us.

Each unicorn cupcake serves as a personal invitation to you.  It will beckon you to embrace the magic woven into the fabric of our daily lives. These confections also encourage us to share our enchanting moments with those around us. They also serve as a reminder that whimsy can elevate even the most mundane pleasures into the extraordinary.

For more unicorn recipes, check out these Unicorn Bark, Unicorn Cupcakes, and Unicorn Blue Raspberry Milkshake recipes!

Easy and Fun Activities For Kids In Your Backyard

Let's move! Getting kids to be physically active and enjoy the fresh air is not as hard as you might think; join in the fun! Backyard games for kids are a great way to spend summer days jumping into piles of leaves, running races, playing tag, and generally fooling around. Top it off with a snack of apples and a thermos of cocoa, and it's hard to go wrong with these easy and fun activities for kids.

Very Active Kid Games For A Good Time

Get your heart rate up and teach your kids that running and hollering are great fun with these simple backyard games.

Sharks And Fish

Use hula hoops or beach towels to designate caves where the fish take refuge. Each fish has a cave; choose 1 child to be the shark. The shark stands a fair distance from the caves (depending on the age and ability of the players) and shouts, Fishie, fishie, cross my ocean! All of the fish must then move to another cave. When tagged, fish become sharks. The last fish left is the winner. For Halloween, vary the fun outdoor game by calling it Monsters and Movers. Makeup and costumes can add to the fun.

Mouse Tails To Have A Great Time

Tuck pieces of string or yarn about a foot long into the backs of the players' shoes. Form a circle with younger kids holding hands. At a signal, drop hands; participants try to capture strings by stepping on the tails. If the tail pulls out, the winner keeps it. When all but one has lost a tail, start over. If you want, paint mouse whiskers on faces and add ears.

Blob Tag For The Great Outdoors

This variation on an old favorite for kids of all ages requires that the person tagged join hands with the tagger. A rather large blob can form quickly with new people being added as tagged. You could also play shadow tag in your own backyard by having the person who is it step on the shadows of other team members.

More Fun Activities For Kids

Bet On Bugs

Give each child a sketch pad and pencil and set a time limit. This can be only 5 minutes for younger players and stretch to 15 for older children. Participants look for bugs to draw. The person who finds the most different types of bugs wins a medium size gourd to paint. Have smaller gourds for other kids to paint. Display the gourds with corn shucks for autumn.

Paint With Found Objects

Attach an old plastic tablecloth or tarp to a fence for protection. On top of this, attach an old sheet or a very large piece of paper. Divide the sheet into sections if the kids are older, and provide pots of tempera paint in autumn colors (red, yellow, orange.) Challenge the young artists to find natural objects (sticks, grass, weeds, feathers, stones, etc.) and create a picture by using these instead of brushes to apply the paint.

Balloon Questions And Consequences

Write A on one group of balloons with a permanent marker and B on another. Write numbered questions about summer or fall (Why do leaves turn color? What season comes next?) on small paper strips. Prepare an answer sheet for the questions. Insert the strips of paper into the A balloons. On a second set of paper strips, write consequences such as; Hop on 1 foot 5 times, rub your tummy and nod your head 5 times, and take two laps around the yard. Vary questions and consequences according to the age and abilities of the participants.

Blow up the balloons and place A' in 1 basket and B' in another. Players take turns drawing out balloons, popping them, and giving the answer. If they get it wrong, they perform a consequence.

Oldies But Goodies Yard Games

There's a reason why some games have been around for generations. They're just plain fun. Here are a few of the tried and true for some outdoor fun:

Freeze Tag For Some Extra Fun

One player is “it,” and everyone else follows directions. It calls out an activity, such as jumping across the yard with both feet. At some point in the action, “It” yells, Freeze! When everyone stops, ask a question about summer or fall and give a piece of apple to the first person with the right answer. A player who moves after the freeze joins “it” as a spotter. Continue until 1 player is left or until little kids tire of the outdoor activity.

Balloon Bust Relay Is A Great Outdoor Game

Form 2 (aff) lines. Set a basket of balloons across the yard from each line. Beginning with the front players, each child runs, hops, or skips across, chooses a balloon, pops it, and returns to the line, tagging the next team member. The first team to pop all of their balloons wins.

Simon Says Is A Fun Game

The player designated it instructs the group, such as Simon says stand on one foot. Simon says run in place. Sit down. Players should only respond to instructions that begin with Simon says. Those who make a mistake become spotters.

Statues Are So Much Fun

This can be played with as few as 2 (aff) children. One child gently swings the other in a circle and suddenly lets go. The other child becomes a statue in whatever position they fall into. If more than one pair is involved, be sure to space them widely enough to avoid collisions.

Other Backyard Activities And Backyard Ideas For Fun Games

Obstacle Course

Set up a challenging course with various obstacles like cones to weave through, hula hoops to jump in, ropes to crawl under, and more. Older kids will enjoy the fun activity and physical challenge.

Water Balloons and Squirt Guns

Organize water balloon fights or squirt gun battles on a warm day. It's a great way for kids to cool off and have fun outdoors.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Create a list of items for kids to find in nature, like specific leaves, rocks, or flowers. It encourages them to explore the outdoors and learn about the environment.

Treasure Hunt

Design a treasure hunt (aff) with clues that lead to a hidden “treasure.” This can be a great game for parties or family gatherings.

Backyard Water Activities

Set up a water table, water blob, or even a DIY slip ‘n' slide for younger kids to enjoy splashing around.

Outdoor Relay Races

Organize relay races with different challenges for team members. This can include activities like jumping rope, carrying a tennis ball on a spoon, or running with a pool noodle.

Nature Crafts

Encourage kids to create art using natural materials they find outside, like making mud pies, leaf rubbings, or pinecone animals.

Nature Exploration

Provide magnifying glasses for kids to observe insects, plants, and other details of the natural world up close.

Tug of War

Set up a classic game of tug of war using a rope. It's a great way for kids to work together and engage in friendly competition.

Outdoor Adventures: Plan a bike ride, hike, or nature walk to explore the outdoors and get some exercise.

Outdoor Toys

Use toys like Nerf guns for target practice or friendly battles in the yard.

Free Play

Allow kids to engage in independent outdoor play where they can develop their own classic outdoor games and activities.

Red Light, Green Light

Play the classic game where one person acts as a traffic light, calling out “red light” and “green light” as players move forward.

Nature-inspired Art: Use leaves, sticks, and other natural materials to create art in the backyard.

Team Building

Organize team-building activities like building a shelter using branches and leaves.

Outdoor Picnic

Enjoy meals or snacks outdoors as a family, making it a special occasion.


Spend an evening observing the night sky and identifying constellations.

Camping in the Backyard

Set up tents and have a mini camping adventure in your own backyard.

Fitness Challenges

Create fun fitness challenges and easy outdoor activities like jumping jacks, squats, or yoga poses that kids can do outside.

Enjoy the days before the onset of winter by getting the best outdoor activities with your kids. Running around a lot, yelling and laughing, and generally being silly is good for your body, soul, and relationships. You'll be cooped up waiting for the cold snap or storms to pass soon enough!

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