Story Time: Fun Children’s Books for All Kinds of Readers

Encouraging kids to read is one of the best things we can do for them as parents. Getting them hooked on good books is essentially guaranteed to help develop their young minds. Not only will reading assist them when it comes to getting ahead in the classroom, it will also inspire their creativity and give them a healthy way to relax outside of school. Whether you’re looking for a classic story to read to your kids at bedtime or want to stock up on children’s books for Christmas, LTD has something for everyone on our bookshelves.

The Classics
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Children’s Must-Have Classic Picture Books
Create lasting memories with your child by reading Children’s Must-Have Classic Picture Books together. Each book is a true classic, and has been entertaining and inspiring generations of children and adults.

Dr. Seuss® Learning Library Books
Each Dr. Seuss Learning Library Book teaches kids about a different subject. The books were inspired by the fun artwork and spirit of the original Dr. Seuss tales, educating young readers with memorable stories.

Bedtime Stories
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Set of 5 Children’s Storybooks
Inspire a lifetime appreciation for books and share special story time with your child reading the Set of 5 Children’s Storybooks. Each story teaches kids about love and the importance of family using fun tales.

365 Stories and Rhymes Treasury Books
365 Stories and Rhymes Treasury Books is a wonderful addition to your child’s bookshelf. Enjoy a different story each day of the year with a beautifully illustrated compilation featuring classic and brand new rhymes.

Favorite Characters
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Licensed Look & Find® Books
Keep your child engaged for hours with a Licensed Look & Find Book. As they search for items, they will be able to join their favorite characters on an adventure. It also encourages the development of matching skills.

Licensed Book & Figure Sets
With the Licensed Book & Figure Set, your kid can act out stories with some of their favorite characters from movies or television. Each set comes with a hardcover storybook, 12 plastic figurines and a giant play mat.

Books with Extras
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Giraffes Can’t Dance Book & Plush
The Giraffes Can’t Dance Book & Plush shows kids that everyone is a little different, and each person has to find their own music to dance to. The fun-filled book comes with a cute plush of Gerald the Clumsy Giraffe.

Licensed Books & Plush
Bring the story to life with the interactive Licensed Book & Plush. The easy-to-flip, 6-page board book has a bunch of full-color illustrations, plays 3 different sounds from the story and comes with a licensed plush toy.

Young Adult Novels
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Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys 4-Book Box Set
Follow along as teen-aged sleuths solve mysteries in these Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys 4-Book Box Sets. Each set includes 4 softcover books in a convenient slipcase, every book full of suspense and fun twists.

Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, the set gives you all seven best-selling novels in a slipcase for storage.

Activity Books
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The Big Book of Search & Find®
Challenging and fun, The Big Book of Search & Find will sharpen your kid’s observational skills. It features more than two-hundred busy, colorful pages that are brimming with amusing things to discover and solve.

Set of 5 Activity Books for Kids
Keep your child entertained for hours with this Set of 5 Activity Books for Kids. They can search for specific items in the pictures, find the differences between the pictures and enjoy a number of other fun activities.

Interesting Olympic Facts to Get You Ready for the Games

Olympic athletes train their entire lives for one race, one game, one moment. But you don’t have to put in a lifetime of work to catch up on your Olympic facts. Read on to train your brain for the opening ceremony.

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Before You Watch: Key Facts About the 2016 Rio Olympics
The 2016 Olympic Games have been knee-deep in controversy since the beginning. With the Zika Virus, athletes dropping out, teams being banned and unhygienic water, it can be difficult to figure out what you need to know as a humble viewer. Get caught up before the opening ceremony with these lighter key facts.

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Olympic Fashion from Over a Century of Competition
The modern Olympics began in 1896, more than 1,500 years after the previous Olympics. Clothes worn by the competitors were obviously different, but the changes were small compared to the changes between 1896 and 2016. Learn about the changes in sports apparel over the last 120 years with these fashion facts.

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How to Organize Backyard Olympics for Kids
Let the Rio Olympics serve as the inspiration for your own Olympic celebration with fun activities that are almost guaranteed to spark some friendly competition. Get water bottles ready, choose your teams and lace up the gym shoes. Here are five tips on how to plan backyard Olympics for kids who can’t wait to compete.

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Eat Like an Olympian: How Athletes Fuel Up for Competition
Being an Olympic athlete requires a high level of discipline when it comes to dieting. Training diets are much different from the diets Olympians use once they reach the Games. Take a break from your healthy cookbook and learn more about race day diets, or learn a few tricks that can help improve your workouts.

Magical Christmas Towns to Visit in America

Whether your highly-anticipated summer vacation is a couple weeks away or already in the rearview mirror, you’ve probably already started planning your next getaway. If you’re looking for a break from the same old Christmas gathering, consider packing up the family and heading to one of these magical Christmas towns.

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Durango, Colorado
This small Rocky Mountain mining town knows how to do Christmas right. Its main attraction is the Durango Polar Express, which recreates the classic Christmas tale. Families can take a ride on the Silverton Railroad at night through snowy winter settings. Hot cocoa and cookies are served while the story is read, ending as the train arrives at the “North Pole” where Santa Claus awaits. During the day, the steam engine also goes on Christmas tree trips where passengers can cut down their own tree and haul it back to the train station.

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Santa Claus, Indiana
Originally called Santa Fe, this tiny southern Indiana town was forced to change its name during the middle of the nineteenth century, choosing to adopt the name Santa Claus. It didn’t take too long for a load of letters to start arriving from hopeful kids trying to send their lists to Santa. Instead of changing its name again, the town started responding to the letters, and has written back to every child for over a century. The town might not be a Christmas destination, but if your kid wants to write a letter to Santa, you’re guaranteed a response.

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Park City, Utah
Utah is home to some of the most festive Christmas towns in America. One of the most visually stunning is Park City. Nestled southeast of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Back of the Rocky Mountains, the old mining town is known for being one of the main locations for the Sundance Film Festival. But during the Christmas season, covered in snow, surrounded by ski resorts and illuminated with white lights, it looks like a classic Christmas portrait. There’s even a life-sized gingerbread house made out of thousands of sugary cookies.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
With all the commercialization that goes on during the holidays, it can be rare to find a city-wide Christmas celebration that’s structured around the true meaning of the holiday. New Orleans may be known for Mardi Gras, but it’s also home to one of the largest Christmas carol gatherings in the United States. Thousands of people come together dressed in Santa hats and holiday garb to sing Christmas carols by candlelight. The backdrop of the brightly lit St. Louis Cathedral helps set the scene, which gets bigger and bigger ever year.

Does your city, town or village celebrate Christmas in a big way? Have you visited one of these destinations or have one of your own to share? Comment below with your favorite places to celebrate the holidays!

Star Wars® Gear for the Next Generation

The Star Wars craze hasn’t really slowed down since the first film was released in 1977. With the franchise rebooting in spectacular fashion last winter, an entire slate of new films already in the works and a stunning theme park under construction, the storied franchise isn’t going away. It’s already capturing the imagination of an entirely new generation. Stock up on some Star Wars gear for the new or die-hard fans in your home.

Great Gifts for Your Guy

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The galaxy is never too far away when they’re wearing Men’s Star Wars Loungewear Separates. The short-sleeved t-shirt features a screen-printed design, while the fleece pants showcase vibrant photo-real images from the franchise. The Star Wars Absolutely Everything Book is the ultimate guide for new and avid fans of the movies. It makes it easy to explore the world of Star Wars through lively lists, interesting facts and more. It also features charts of the oldest Jedi, a list of Millennium Falcon owners, a diagram of Yoda’s apprentices and much more. Engaging graphics bring the Star Wars universe to life. Stay warm and transform into your favorite hero or villain in the Star Wars Character Comfy Throw. The ultra soft and luxurious fleece throw is designed to look like a full body figure from the franchise, and the oversized sleeves keep your arms free.

Franchise Fun for the Kids

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Kids will love playing or cuddling up with the Star Wars Talking Plush. Press the button to hear some of the character’s unforgettable phrases or sounds. Yoda speaks several iconic phrases, Chewbacca growls and R2-D2 whistles. Darth Vader even showcases his famous breathing. The Ultimate Star Wars Book is a nice intro for young fans as well as a visually stunning encyclopedia for avid fans of the franchise. It’s beautifully illustrated and structured chronologically with key information about important characters and storylines. It also highlights events and insights about the making of the saga. Let your young Star Wars fans test their knowledge of the facts with the Licensed Trivia Box. It contains hundreds of questions to quiz and entertain.

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5 Interactive Children’s Museums from Around the Country

Parents know the difficulty of keeping kids entertained in the summer. It’s hard enough to find a few activities to do, let alone provide them with exciting new opportunities to learn while school isn’t in session. Vacations are great for relaxing, having fun and introducing kids to fresh experiences, but as long as you’re in a certain part of the country, why not combine fun, fresh experiences with inspiring, interactive lessons? Here’s five of our favorite interactive children’s museums from around the country to keep kids learning while school’s out.

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Boston Children’s MuseumBoston
One of the oldest and largest children’s museums in the world, the Boston Children’s Museum is focused on providing hands-on exhibits to spark imaginations and inspire creativity. It focuses on a variety of areas, like science and the arts, but also places a heavy emphasis on the power of play and stimulating brains through the process of self-discovery. And it’s also located in one of America’s most historic academic communities.

Discovery Place, Charlotte
A trip down the Atlantic coastline leads us to Charlotte, North Carolina, where science and technology meet to form one of the best educational experiences in the country. The main facility isn’t as hands-on as others, but there is a Discovery Place KIDS for families looking to get their kids involved in fun, interactive activities. It also has a unique IMAX® Theatre that takes you into the heart of space journeys and earthly adventures.

Museum of Science and IndustryChicago
If you’re kid is getting a little old for some of the hands-on activities at children’s museums, it’s might be time to move them up to an adult museum. Some museums aren’t designed to capture the imagination of young kids, but the Museum of Science and Industry satisfies any age. It’s a great family destination, and with more than 400,000 square feet of exhibits, it’s bound to have something even the most stubborn kids will enjoy.

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Children’s Museum of DenverDenver
One of the top museums for kids when it comes to the interactive fun factor, it has come a long way since the early days sharing scientific mysteries from a simple bus. Now with a wide variety of permanent exhibits that combine state-of-the-art facilities and hands-on experiences, it helps children learn by allowing them to step into the shoes of physicists, agriculturalists, artists, physicians, dentists, chefs, zoologists and so much more.

Exploratorium, San Francisco
Much like the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Exploratorium’s mission is tailored to speak to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Branded as a “public learning laboratory,” the museum allows kids and adults to become explorers with hundreds of exhibits that encourage curiosity and inquiry. The hub for scientists and artists alike, it provides educational activities for kids on just about every topic imaginable.