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Fun Toy Gifts For the Pickiest Kids on Your List

Kids need active toys. Instead of just concentrating on buying electronic screens for gifts, how about engaging their bodies and minds with toys and kits to help them be active?

"AirStorm Firetek Bow" from Zing Toys; $29.99.

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Kids Music Hits the Big Time

Children's music used to consist of nursery rhymes, "EIEIO" and "The Wheels on the Bus." Today, accomplished musicians, rockers and singers from the adult music world regularly lend their talents to tunes for youngsters.

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The Weather Outside Is Frightful

Though we'd welcome some wintry weather in California, it's beginning to hit the rest of the country. Cozy up to these snowy tales with some hot cocoa and your favorite young child.

"Blizzard" by John Rocco; Disney/Hyperion; 36 pages; $17.99.

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Boy-Friendly Books for Reluctant Readers

Often, boys aren't as enthusiastic readers as girls. Happily, there's a popular chapter book niche addressing that issue with humor and excitement. These new books are fun, mischievous, gadget-filled tales of adventure for kids who would rather ...

Amazing Animal Tales

This batch of animal stories -- some fiction, some true -- introduces real squirrels, weird frogs, birds that teach music and toy rats that attack.

"The Secret Life of Squirrels" by Nancy Rose; Little, Brown and Co.; 32 pages; $17.

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