Bixbee® Emoticamo Backpack: A Mastermind Toys exclusive! The cover flap pocket opens to a main compartment with plenty of space for books and binders. A padded sleeve pocket protects a laptop/tablet. Three interior organizer pockets hold pencils, pens, crayons, and an mp3 player. Even when packed to the brim, this backpack feels comfortable on shoulders, thanks to contoured shoulder straps with cushy padding. Five exterior pockets (including a lunch money pocket and a water bottle holder) help your child stay organized. Purchase at mastermindtoys.com.
POP Shoes: This line of premium, light-up shoes are guaranteed to raise both heart rates and happiness levels. Unlike other brands of light-up sneakers, POP Shoes can be worn all day, every day. Made of luxury materials, they feature timeless styles and LED lights with on/off switches, making them the perfect fit for play - day or night. Purchase at mypopshoes.com.
Wildkin Dinomite Dinosaurs Munch ‘n Lunch Bag: Munch a bunch! This insulated, non-toxic lunch bag is the perfect weapon against cafeteria food. The clever and convenient design opens big, but collapses flat to make storage even easier. Purchase at overstock.com.
Back to School with Mr. Sketch: Seasoned parents know that back-to-school shopping can help kick-start the excitement of another school year. Thanks to bright, bold colors and sweet juicy smells, Mr. Sketch® scented markers and crayons are the ultimate addition to your child’s school supply toolbox that will encourage creativity, imagination, and self-confidence! From scented twisted crayons to scented washable markers, Mr. Sketch has back-to-school fun covered. To find a store near year or to purchase online, visit mrsketch.com.
ObyRollz™: Kids come in all shapes and sizes, but their clothes don’t. ObyRollz is a super cute and stylish cuff that shortens pants and makes them the size needed. The best part? No sewing required. The cuffs fit over each pant leg and with a few simple folds, will be firmly secured in place keeping pant legs from dragging on the floor. They come in reversible styles, colors, and patterns for boys and girls. Purchase at obyrollz.com.
BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Author Lenore Look: Alvin is afraid of everything: elevators, tunnels, girls, and school. He’s so afraid of school that while he’s there, he never says a word. But at home, he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad. Purchase at amazon.ca.
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Author Lauren Child: Lola is not sure about school. Why would she need to count higher than 10 when she never eats more than 10 cookies at a time? Once again, it’s up to her ever-patient big brother to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile - and that her invisible friend will be welcome, too. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Mizz Goodie 2 Shoez by Author Charly Anderson: In this book, Charly allows a shoe character to make use of her love of fashion and shoes, in particular, and creates a fun new way to teach kids values, hope, courage, and the importance of honor and self-esteem through the education of non-bullying and health. Purchase at amazon.ca.
The Color of Fun from the Editors of Francis Lincoln: A 70-page coloring pad featuring black and white letters, symbols, and numbers. Each letter is intricately designed with cute animals and graphics that kids will love to look at. Both calming and therapeutic to color, this unique format offers an additional purpose: pages can be removed to spell out words and make banners. Purchase at quartoknows.com.
PARENTING AND REFERENCE BOOKS
Carly’s Voice - Breaking Through Autism by Author Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann: Father and advocate for Autism awareness, Arthur Fleischmann blends his daughter Carly’s own words with his story of getting to know his remarkable daughter, after years of believing that she was unable to understand or communicate with him. This is one of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.
Concussion and Our Kids by Authors Robert C. Cantu, M.D., and Mark Hyman: From a preeminent expert on the head trauma crisis in sports, this book is a timely, provocative, essential guide to concussions in youth sports - what they are, how to treat them, and how to protect our young athletes. For more information, visit robertccantumd.com. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish: This book guides the way to family peace and tranquility with humor and compassion for both parents and kids. Action-oriented and easy to understand, it’s packed with sensible ways to turn quarrelling siblings and frustrated parents into an open, communicative family. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.
The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting by Author Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D.: This book will take you on a journey to transcending your fears and illusions around parenting and help you become the parent you always wanted to be: fully present and conscious. It will arm you with practical, hands-on strategies and real-life examples that show the extraordinary power of being a conscious parent. For more information, visit drshefali.com. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.
Melissa is the Copy Editor at Calgary's Child Magazine.
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