Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas -- Start a DVD Collection of Scholastic Storybook Treasures That Will Be Enjoyed For Years to Come (Giveaway Valued at Approx. $150)

From the classic, award-winning MAGIC SCHOOL BUS, celebrating its landmark 25th anniversary with a treasure-filled 8-DVD set to the undeniably edu-taining sets from Scholastic Storybook Treasures, give the gift of entertainment this holiday season with DVDs from Scholastic!  



"Not many children’s brands can stand the test of time, entertaining and educating generation after generation. THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, is one such brand.  This holiday season, invite kids to hop aboard the world’s most famous school bus for exciting and unforgettable lessons as Scholastic Media re-launches to DVD the timeless, Emmy Award winning TV series with THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: THE COMPLETE SERIES. 

Bringing together all 52 episodes of the animated series (which followed the wildly successful book franchise) – including 30 which are available for purchase for the first time – the longest-running science series to air on television features the voices of Lily Tomlin, Wynonna Judd, Dolly Parton, Tony Randall and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.  Along with the adventurous and energetic Ms. Frizzle and her pet lizard, Liz, the entire class – along with the audience invites children of every age to explore volcanoes, the inside of the human body and much, much more! 

Featuring a striking 3D lenticular cover with new artwork that makes the vibrant characters leap off the page and that will encourage kids to ask the question “how did they make that?” , the collectible thin-pack set also includes a guide for kids with teasers, trivia and experiments, plus a Parents’ Guide with lessons and learning options. This interactive guide creates wholesome and healthy entertainment for the entire family! (AVAILABLE NOW, DVD/8 DISCS/$79.95SRP) "

And, if that is not enough check out these other Scholastic Storybook titles, which would make for great gifts this upcoming holiday season, from New Kideo.


"Since he unveiled his unforgettable conniving pigeon who’ll do absolutely anything to drive a bus or eat a hot dog, Emmy Award®-winner and Sesame Street veteran Mo Willems has become one of the most beloved children’s author/illustrators working today.  His best-selling books have won dozens of awards and honors, and The New York Times calls his Pigeon “one of this decade’s contributions to the pantheon of great picture book characters.” Now, children can laugh along Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ brings all the authors’ characters to life and together for the very first time in colorfully and whimsically animated video adaptations with MO WILLEM’S PIGEON AND PALS: COMPLETE CARTOON COLLECTION, VOL 1&2.

Across two discs and sic stories, Willems’ tales – highlighted by “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” and “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!” -- jump off the screen in inimitable fashion!  Enhanced by Scholastic’s ever-popular read-along function which helps to strengthen early reading skills, the sure-to-be-treasured collection also includes faithful and award-winning adaptations of other Willems’ best-sellers, including “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” (in both English and Spanish) and “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity”, “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”.  Made all the more enriching and engaging, PIGEON AND PALS also includes a multitude of bonus featurettes, as well as an interview with the author himself! (AVAILABLE NOW; DVD/2 DISCS/$19.95SRP)"

"Following the first two installments in the MY FIRST COLLECTION DVD series which captured acclaim and awards such as the prestigious Parents’ Choice Gold, the Creative Child Magazine 2011 DVD of the Year, a NAPPA Gold and The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award – come two more DVD sets sure to thrill preschoolers and their families alike: MY FIRST COLLECTION, VOLUME 3 FEATURING CHICKEN LITTLE and MY FIRST COLLECTION, VOLUME 4 FEATURING ROBOT ZOT

Featuring 12 delightful stories on three discs, MY FIRST COLLECTION, VOLUME 3 FEATURING CHICKEN LITTLE includes three new stories never before released on DVD: “Chicken Little”, the perennial classic from the award-winning father and daughter team, Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley; “Scaredy Squirrel”, an hilarious adaption of Mélanie Watt’s first book in the five-book “Scaredy Squirrel” series and, “Katie Loves the Kittens”, about a puppy thrilled to have three kitten playmates.  The three DVDs in MY FIRST COLLECTION VOLUME 3 – part of the line that supports early literacy skills for the pre- and early reader – also sports Scholastic’s innovative read-along function and features narrators such as Sean Hayes, John Lithgow and Randy Travis. (AVAILABLE NOW, DVD/3 DISCS/$24.95SRP) 

MY FIRST COLLECTION, VOLUME 4 FEATURING ROBOT ZOT is an engaging collection of stories certain to foster creativity and learning in toddlers.  Children ages 2 and up will rhyme along with “Robot Zot!”, learn the value of appreciation in “Too Many Toys”, and be inspired to take small steps that can make big changes in the world with “The Curious Garden”. Together, the three DVDs feature 12 engaging stories with narration by Zach Braff and others and include ROBOT ZOT!…AND MORE RHYMING STORIES, which feature “This is the House that Jack Built, “Trashy Town” and “Stars! Stars! Stars!”; TOO MANY TOYS…AND MORE STORIES ABOUT PROBLEM SOLVING, containing the stories “ I Lost My Bear”, “Wallace’s List” and “Inch by Inch” and THE CURIOUS GARDEN…AND MORE STORIES ABOUT NATURE, with “The Lion and the Mouse”, “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” and “Planting a Rainbow”.  Along with Scholastic’s innovative read-along function, the set includes bonus author interviews with Too Many Toys Author/Illustrator and Robot Zot! Illustrator David Shannon; The Curious Garden Author/Illustrator Peter Brown; and The Lion and the Mouse Author/Illustrator Jerry Pinkney. (AVAILABLE NOW, DVD/3 DISCS/$24.95SRP)" 

I have had the pleasure of reviewing each of the the above DVDS over the past year, and I can't say enough about the quality and educational benefits of these movies.  Even children as young as 3 yrs. old will find enjoyment with these movies.  One of my favorite features of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs is how popular celebrities lend their voices to narrate classic storybook tales for young children to enjoy.  I love sitting down with my daughter, and putting on one of the movies, and know that we will both find enjoyment with it.  The animation makes each story come along, and draws young children in.  My daughter loves the Mo Willems DVDs and Chicken Little.  I can't tell you how many times we have watched these DVDS -- sometimes even 2-3 times in a day.  But, they don't get boring, and are a great way to spark your child's imagination and creative side.

So, if you are looking for a gift to give your children that can be treasured for years to come, why not start a collection of Scholastic Storybook Treasures today?  These movies will grow with them, and will be a great accompaniment to bedtime reading, and sharing the love of reading with young children.  You will notice that many of these movies are brought to life from storybook classics that your children have read or had read to them.  Children will love seeing familiar faces on the television, and will want to go to the bookcase and grab the book(s) that go along with these DVDs.  I know, as Savannah does this each and every time Mo Willems and others appear on the television. :-)


Head on over to New Kideo where you can order any of the above Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs, as well as their other classics and popular titles --

HOLIDAY PROMO ALERT!  During this season of giving, get 15% off all New Kideo DVDS. The 15% discount code is NK15HOLIDAY and it's good for ANY purchases of Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs  at the website, and the offer is live now through January 6, 2013. Folks just need to enter the code in the "Discount Code" box before they complete their purchase, at the shopping cart stage: Click "Apply" to activate the code. 15% will be taken off the purchase price for the entire purchase.


Thanks to the folks at Scholastic and New Kideo, one lucky reader will win all four titles above, to share with their family, or give as gifts this holiday.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post.  The vendor is sponsoring the giveaway; I am merely sharing on my blog, as I have enjoyed reviewing these titles in 2012.  The views above are mine and mine alone.  


  1. Can you void my entry for the picket fence vote for today? I am pretty sure I entered it on the VTech giveaway. Sorry!!

  2. the Magic Schoolbus DVD's
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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