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4
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Breathtakingly beautiful illustrations tell a detailed story that's as engrossing as it is full of wonder in this superb follow-up to Caldecott Honor book Journey. 
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By Aaron Becker
(2014)
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4
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LEARNING
Sony's pet simulator mixes responsible dog ownership with memorable pet personalities and an adventure that breathes new life into the simulation genre.
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Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2014)
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AGE
4
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LEARNING
Toca Town takes a classic play pattern and manages to adapt it -- perhaps even improve it -- using technology, without losing the open-ended possibilities of imaginative play. Here, kids (and their imaginations) run the world. 
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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AGE
4
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Zany story of a movie shoot gone haywire has great message to follow your dreams.
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By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
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AGE
4
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This top-notch educational video teaches kids vital safety information in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Parents can follow up with games and discussions of their own.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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AGE
4
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LEARNING
Elmo is at his charming best as he encourages young kids to explore numbers.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
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AGE
4
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This insightful tool for building empathy and helping kids understand friendship will appeal to kids.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
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Appealing characters, engaging art, and solid writing advice make this a fantastic choice for imaginative young readers.
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By Tad Hills
(2012)
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AGE
4
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This sweet story is brief enough for shorter attention spans and reinforces the comfort that kids feel with their parents.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
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AGE
4
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LEARNING
Reading Rainbow is a nostalgic touchstone for many of today's parents, so there may be some concerns that the app can't live up to the landmark television program. Those fears are unfounded, as it keeps the focus on education and the joy of learning.
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Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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AGE
4
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The simple pleasure of watching seeds grow as winter turns to spring shines through in this timeless-looking picture book.  
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By Julie Fogliano
(2012)
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AGE
4
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LEARNING
Numberlys combines beauty, versatility, and learning potential to create a unique app that's sure to spark your kids' imagination.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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AGE
4
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Great silly fun with a moose who gets left off the M page makes this alphabet book truly memorable.
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By Kelly Bingham
(2012)
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AGE
4
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Vibrant art captures entertainer Josephine Baker's amazing journey from poverty in the U.S. to stardom in 1920s Paris.
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By Jonah Winter
(2012)
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AGE
4
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Kids will love learning while they play, and the parent guide is a bonus for parents who are trying to prep little ones for kindergarten.
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Devices: iPad
(2011)
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AGE
4
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LEARNING
As kids play with virtual puppies, they learn about math and emotions.
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Platforms: LeapPad Explorer, Leapster Explorer
(2011)
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AGE
4
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LEARNING
More positive messages than you thought you could squeeze into one game.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
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AGE
4
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Meanness and superficiality take a backseat in this version of the classic tale.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Tired of the typical preschool songs? Try these genre-spanning tunes that inspire laughter and learning.
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By Nick Deysher
(2011)
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AGE
4
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LEARNING
Fun characters and exciting mini-games make learning about the brain child's play.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)

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