Kids (and adults!) will love getting into the lively spirit of More Bears! This interactive story is just plain fun – the author takes everyone on an exciting ride through the pages of the book as more and more bears are introduced to each page! The author’s intention is not write a story about bears at all, but those bears – they just will not be tamed! This lively picture book will make a wonderful gift for toddlers and children this holiday season! “Mom” couldn’t help but shout just a little louder each time MORE BEARS came skipping and jumping across the pages!

To order a copy of More Bears! please visit www.poetry4kids.com.

Author Kenn Nesbitt makes his picture book debut with More Bears! Kenn has authored several books of children’s poetry and maintains the #1 children’s poetry website in the world, www.poetry4kids.com. Kenn is a performer at heart and travels the country, visiting over 60 schools each year with his wacky poetry titles including, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, The Tighty Whitey Spider, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!, hoping to create a new generation of poetry lovers. His works have been in dozens of school textbooks around the world, as well as national television programs and numerous children’s magazines.

Troy Cummings has been drawing goofy animals pretty much nonstop since kindergarten. His illustrations have appeared in newspapers, in magazines, on websites, on frozen fish stick packages and in hospital waiting rooms. He hibernates in Greencastle, Indiana, with his wife and cubs.

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Your little one will love snuggling up with this story at bedtime featuring the newest and most adorable animal babies from accredited zoos and aquariums around the world. ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is simply an awwww-inspiring book that will quickly become a favorite for the entire family! For the future veterinarian or zoologist on your gift list this season, ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is the perfect stocking stuffer!

Based on the popular website, the book illustrates the connections between zoo births and conservation initiatives in the wild. Filled with interesting facts about exotic species like red pandas and emperor tamarins, ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is both educational and entertaining. You will want to reach right through the pages of the book to pet these little ones!

For older children and adults, the gift of ZooBorns will also be appreciated. Featuring the same little newborns as the children’s picture book, ZooBorns describes each animal in further detail, as well as their natural habitat.

The best part? The charming critters inside the book represent fresh hope for endangered wildlife as 10% of all revenue goes directly to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund. This is one gift that you can feel good about giving!

ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World (Simon & Schuster; November 2, 2010; 978-1439195314) is available online at www.zooborns.com.

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Red Kangaroo

Photo credits: Darlene Stack / Assiniboine Park Zoo

Asian Small-clawed Otters

Photo credits: Jason Collier / SeaWorld Orlando

Tamandua (Lesser Anteater)

Photo credits: David Collier / Discovery Cove

Have you been naughty or nice this year? This holiday season – knotty is nice! Naturally Knotty offers sustainable styles to outfit you from head to toe that are absolutely stunning! The ultimate gift to give this season is the luxurious bamboo Pashmina beautifully packaged in a 100% compostable and biodegradable bamboo cylinder with festive ribbon!

Wrap yourself or a dear friend up in warmth as cocoa is sipped by the fire in a gorgeous Pashminas made from eco-friendly natural bamboo. This all-season wrap acts as a light cover-up in the evenings, a sarong at the beach, a classy shawl over a cocktail dress, and can even be used as a light blanket for baby when in a pinch!

The pashminas are available in 5 stunning colors this season. Choose from Black, Steel Grey, Espresso, Red or Ivory. At $34.99, the wraps make an attractive and affordable gift this holiday! In addition to their wraps, Naturally Knotty also offers roomy totes made from recycled materials, organic cashmere gift sets for wee ones, and fashionable clutches.

Please visit www.naturallyknotty.com for more information or to purchase an item from this fantastic, environmentally-conscious line.

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For the eco-enthusiast on your gift list who appreciates the art that can be found organically in nature all around us, head on over to Small By Nature! This online boutique offers simply gorgeous pieces that decorate and accent the home while giving back to a worthwhile cause – shelter animals.

Mom’s” favorite item is the handcrafted Root Bowl Wood Set that is truly a work of art. Nature comes to life on your table when used as a centerpiece, or filled with bright red apples or sunny lemons! Paired together as a set of two, the Root Bowl Wood Set is so exquisite that you may be tempted to give one as a gift and keep the other one for your own decorative inspiration this season! Each bowl is carved from a species of Chinese Fir called the Shan Mu, which grows in Central China. This lovely bowl brings the outdoors inside, lending an organic, natural feel to the space in which it is placed!

Each set costs $90, and can be purchased online at Small By Nature. For those doing their holiday shopping, Small By Nature is offering a lovely incentive! If you become a friend of Small By Nature on Facebook the company will email you a special code for 10% off your order.

Founded by decorating and color expert Diana Berchan, (and inspired by her diminutive rescue dog Rosie), Small by Nature is a collection of specially chosen items, ranging from stunning candle collections and exquisite pillows to fine art and decorative items (including a suite of pet-friendly products). The site offers unusual and charming accents for the home, men, kids, special occasions, outdoor living and, of course, pets.

In addition to the many products available for sale on the site, Diana offers expert observations and advice in weekly blogs and a special section called “Diana’s Palette” where she presents the latest trends in color and texture and matches them with affordable home accents from the site. All of the items offered on Small by Nature are handpicked by Diana and display her keen sense of style and appreciation for nature. Many of the products are earth-friendly and promote fair trade and all are of the highest quality, influenced by the organic forms, textures and incomparable color combinations found in nature.

Other key features of the Small by Nature website are the photos and bios of animals currently available for adoption. Every month, Diana’s dog Rosie will introduce a new group of furry friends in need of a home, as well as provide information on the non-profit animal shelters receiving financial help as a result of product purchases made on the site.

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For the vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, pescatarian, or raw foodist on your gift list this season, a gift of Jae Steele’s Ripe From Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live) will be extremely well-received! This 263-page cookbook offers recipes, tips, and healthy suggestions for eating organic, locally grown foods. Think globally, act locally might well be the mantra behind this fantastic resource brimming with 180 tasty recipes!

Some of “Mom’s” favorite recipes include Flax Apple Pudding, “South In Your Mouth” Peach Pecan Muffins, Root Chips, Pear Parsnip Soup, and Warm Mushroom and Spinach Salad. Salivating yet??

This delectable cookbook can be purchased online, and you just may be tempted to pick up a second copy for yourself!

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For an aspiring Le’Artiste on your gift list this holiday season, Clementine Art offers a gift set brimming with everything a little one needs to imagine and create works of art! The gift set contains non-toxic Crayon Rocks, Markers, Paint, Modeling Dough, Glue, Crayons, which will definitely provide hours of creativity and fun, especially when the weather is chilly outside this winter! From finger painting & drawing to coloring & using the modeling dough for projects, the Clementine Art Gift Set is sure to inspire. Check out their art blog for craft ideas and projects to make with your little ones.

Clementine Art offers wholesome, clean, environmentally-friendly and safe art supplies for children (and adults!). All of the products are free of chemicals and petrochemicals, and parents will love that everything washes off of clothes easily! The art supplies are recommended for children ages 3+. This is definitely one of the top gifts to give this season!

Clementine Art can be found at national retail locations such as Whole Foods Market or online at www.clementineart.com.

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Fun meets functional with this adorable Baby Elephant Chalkboard from WallCandy Arts! Just in time for the holidays for your future zoologist, this removable, reusable chalkboard helps everyone remember birthdays, homework assignments, and when the next circus will be in town. Your little one can draw and create art, right on the walls, and because it is easily removed, the pachyderm can migrate to any room in the home!

The wall decals from WallCandy Arts are printed on art book quality presses utilizing the highest quality material in the industry, and are non-toxic, lead-free, VOC free and made in the USA.

The chalkboards are available at www.wallcandyarts.com, and retail for $56.00.

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Get into the holiday spirit with Olivia! Nickelodeon’s new 8 episode DVD, Merry Christmas Olivia, is an exciting compilation of Olivia’s many winter adventures, just in time for the season! The Olivia fan on your gift list can giggle and laugh along with this spirited 6 3/4 little girl as she creates her own backyard skating rink, enjoys a “snow day,” and spreads Christmas cheer as Olivia Claus! Fun for the whole family, this will definitely be a holiday favorite, played year after year!

To learn more about Olivia, download Olivia printables, play games, and more, visit www.nickjr.com.

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There is nothing quite like opening the front door to receive a dozen fresh cookies! To send a little love and all-natural goodness to someone special, check out these sinfully delicious cookies from David’s Cookies! Freshly baked with no preservatives and loaded with goodies – choose from Chocolate Chunk, Macadamia and White Chips, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Cherry and Double Chocolate Chunk – these cookies will be a hit! Can’t decide what to send? Choose to give a tin of assorted cookies – there is something to delight every taste.

Mom’s” favorite? The Chocolate Chunk, of course. YUM! In addition to their cookies, David’s Cookies also offers some super cute gift options, such as their Play Cookie Dough for little ones to make their own cookies. Perfect as an after-school activity!

To learn more about David’s Cookies, or to order, please visit their website.

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Just a Spoonful of Comfort helps the medicine go down…in the most delightful way! “Mom” just found out about this wonderful new company aptly named Spoonful of Comfort, which delivers handmade chicken soup right to the recipient’s door! Sometimes there is nothing more soothing than a bowl of homemade chicken soup to comfort both the body and soul.

Prepared fresh daily, Spoonful of Comfort delivers chicken soup, oatmeal cookies, and made from scratch rolls – all the makings for a home cooked meal! The creator behind Spoonful of Comfort knows that when someone is sick, lonely, grieving or far away from family, they long for a touch of home. The right gift to send is not candy, flowers, or a gift card, but something more meaningful and personal. Ahhhh…. soup for the soul!

The all-natural chicken soup recipe contains no preservatives. Each 64-oz. jar of soup costs $32 plus shipping and makes 4-6 servings. For an additional $6, the sender can add a half-dozen oatmeal raisin cookies or rolls to the package. Orders can be shipped nationwide! To order a Spoonful of Comfort for someone you love, please visit www.spoonfulofcomfort.com.

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