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Animoodles

Animoodles - http://www.theanimoodles.com

$25.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   CP --   FP --   OP --   PL --   TY --   UN --  

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Little Pitter Pattern - Pup Rattle 8.5in & Swaddle 18in

Aurora World - http://www.auroragift.com

$20.00     Buy Now

Ages +      

Toy Type   NO --   PL --   TR --  

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Match the Baby Puzzles

Banana Panda - http://www.bananapanda.com

$16.99     Buy Now

Age range 18 months thru 3 years      

Toy Type   BG --   CO --   ES --   PZ --   TY --  

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Suuuper Size Memory Game

Banana Panda - http://www.bananapanda.com

$21.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AE --   BG --   ES --   GE --   NO --   TY --  

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The Way I See It Educational Flash Cards

Banana Panda - http://www.bananapanda.com

$16.99     Buy Now

Ages +      

Toy Type   AS --   BO --   CG --   ES --   NO --  

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MagStix

BizyBeez - http://www.bizybeez.com

$69.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   CO --   ES --   FP --   MA --   SC --  

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Green Light

Bobby Susser Music Group - http://www.bobbysusser.com

$12.97     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AE --   AT --   ML --   MM --   TC --  

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Candygrams

Candygrams - http://www.candygrams.com

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   ES --   GE --   LA --  

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The Baby Beluga Game

CooperativeGames.com - http://www.cooperativegames.com

$34.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 10 years      

Toy Type   BG --   CT --   EC --   ES --   GE --   GG --   GN --   SC --   SR --   UN --  

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Dueling Stomp Rocket

D&L Company - http://www.stomprocket.com

$21.00     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   ES --   HO --   OP --   TR --   TY --  

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Junior Glow Stomp Rocket

D&L Company - http://www.stomprocket.com

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   ES --   HO --   OP --   TR --   TY --  

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Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

D&L Company - http://www.stomprocket.com

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 5 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   ES --   HO --   OP --   TR --   TY --  

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Circuit Blox 115 Project Set

E-Blox, Inc. - http://www.myeblox.com

$32.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   ES --  

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Keys to Capitals Board Game

Golden Bell Studios - http://www.goldenbellstudios.com

$24.95     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   ES --   GE --   GG --   SR --  

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Marshfellows Stuffed Toys

Golden Bell Studios - http://www.goldenbellstudios.com

$24.95     Buy Now

Ages up thru 1 year      

Toy Type   AC --   AE --   CP --   PL --   TY --  

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Movie Buff Card Game

Golden Bell Studios - http://www.goldenbellstudios.com

$24.95     Buy Now

Age range 10 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CE --   CG --   CP --   GE --   MM --  

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Pretending to Grownup Game

Golden Bell Studios - http://www.goldenbellstudios.com

$29.95     Buy Now

Ages 12+      

Toy Type   AE --   CE --   CG --   CP --   GE --   MM --   OP --  

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Tide Pool Bath Set

Green Toys Inc. - http://www.greentoys.com

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 months thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BA --   EC --   ES --   GN --   PT --   SR --   TY --  

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Just Add Sugar

Griddly Games, Inc. - http://www.griddlygames.com/

$24.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CP --   CR --   EC --   ES --   SR --  

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Giraffe Medium

Hansa Creation USA - http://www.hansacreationusa.com

$195.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   AS --   HM --   PL --   SR --   TY --  

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Rigamajig Junior

Heroes Will Rise - http://www.rigamajig.com

$395.00     Buy Now

Age range 5 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   EQ --   ES --   MA --   SC --   WT --  

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Magnetic Wooden Blocks – 6 Piece Set, Cat/Dog Set

Itty Bitty City, LLC - https://www.ittybitty.city

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CH --   CO --   ES --   SA --   TY --   WT --  

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Magnetic Wooden Blocks-30-piece set

Itty Bitty City, LLC - http://www.ittybitty.city

$49.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   CO --   ES --   TY --   WT --  

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Pop-Oh-Ver Counter Top Set

Kangaroo Manufacturing - http://www.kangaroomfg.com

$39.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   AS --   CP --   DH --   FP --   HO --   TY --   UN --  

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Pop-Oh-Ver Stove Set

Kangaroo Manufacturing - http://www.kangaroomfg.com

$39.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   AS --   CP --   DH --   FP --   HO --   TY --   UN --  

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Squishmallows

Kellytoy - http://www.kellytoy.com

$2.99     Buy Now

Ages up thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   AS --   FP --   PL --   TY --   UN --  

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Three Sticks

Kitki - http://www.kitki.in

$35.00     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   BG --   CP --   GE --  

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Fire's Fury

Laser Pegs - http://www.laserpegs.com

$44.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   DO --   EL --   ES --   FP --   HO --   MA --   SC --   TC --   TY --  

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Mars Rocket

Laser Pegs - http://www.laserpegs.com

$69.99     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   EL --   ES --   FP --   HO --   MA --   SC --   TC --  

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Get the MacGuffin

Looney Labs - http://www.looneylabs.com

$10.00     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CG --   CT --   EC --   GE --   SR --  

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Nanofictionary

Looney Labs - http://www.looneylabs.com

$16.00     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BO --   CG --   CP --   ES --   GE --   LA --   TR --  

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Pyramid Arcade

Looney Labs - http://www.looneylabs.com

$77.00     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   BG --   CP --   ES --   GE --   MA --   TR --   UN --  

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Rainmaker Rattle

Maple Landmark Woodcraft - http://www.maplelandmark.com

$17.50     Buy Now

Ages up thru 2 years      

Toy Type   EC --   GN --   OR --   SR --   TY --   WT --  

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MiaoKids Smart Kit

MiaoKids - http://www.miaokids.com

$79.00     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   EG --   EL --   ES --   LA --   MA --   SC --   TC --  

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MiaoKids Wonder Math

MiaoKids - http://www.miaokids.com

$79.00     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   EG --   EL --   ES --   GE --   LA --   MA --   MM --   SW --   TC --  

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LASER X FUSION

NSI INTERNATIONAL, INC. - http://www.getlaserx.com/

$79.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   EG --   EL --   EQ --   FP --   GE --   OP --   TC --  

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FUZZY WUBBLE

NSI International, Inc. - http://www.wubbleball.com

$17.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   EG --   EL --   EQ --   FP --   GE --   OP --   TC --  

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Smithsonian Fingerprint Kit

NSI International, Inc. - http://www.nsi-int.com

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   EQ --   ES --   FP --   HO --   SC --   TY --  

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Smithsonian Robo Spider

NSI International, Inc. - http://www.nsi-int.com

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   EL --   ES --   FP --   HO --   SC --   TC --   UN --  

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OWI-893 KIKO.893

OWI Kit - http://www.owirobot.com

$43.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   CR --   EC --   EL --   ES --   GN --   HM --   HO --   SC --   SR --  

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OWI-MSK618 Dodeca 12 in 1 SolarHydraulic Robot

OWI Kit - http://www.owirobot.com

$33.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   CP --   EC --   ES --   GN --   HM --   HO --   OP --   SC --   SR --  

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Piccoli Horses

Piccoli Horses - http://www.piccolihorses.com

$30.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   ES --   FP --   LA --   MM --   PL --   SW --   TC --   TY --  

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RIVAL 5 The Number Strategy Game

RIVAL 5 Game - http://www.rival5game.com

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 9 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   BG --   CP --   ES --   GE --   MA --  

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ReadySetz Space Base Playset

ReadySetz - http://www.readysetz.com

$65.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   DH --   EC --   FP --   HO --   NO --   SR --   TY --   UN --  

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ReadySetz Urban Playset 2.0

ReadySetz - http://www.readysetz.com

$65.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   DH --   EC --   FP --   HO --   NO --   SR --   TY --  

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Reindeer In Here

Reed's - http://www.reindeerinhere.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 months thru 10 years      

Toy Type   BO --   ES --   FP --   NO --   PL --   TY --  

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Bracelet Making Kit

Serabeena - http://www.serabeena.com

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AE --   CP --   FP --   GE --   HM --   HO --   TR --   TY --  

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Sharingland Cardboard Playhouse Sets

Sharingland - http://www.sharingland.com

$99.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   CS --   DH --   ES --   FP --   TY --  

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My Little House

SmartFelt Toys - http://www.smartfelttoys.com

$34.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AE --   ES --   FP --   LA --   TY --   UN --  

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Tiny Science

SmartLab Toys - http://www.SmartLabToys.com

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 14 years      

Toy Type   CP --   EQ --   ES --   SC --   UN --  

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Square Panda Home Edition

Square Panda - http://www.squarepanda.com

$59.95     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AT --   EG --   EL --   ES --   GE --   LA --   MM --   SW --   TC --  

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Activating Origami

Teknikio - http://www.teknikio.com

$24.00     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   CO --   CP --   ES --   MA --   UN --  

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500+ Sight Words Flash Cards Bundle Set

Think Tank Scholar - http://www.thinktankscholar.com

$25.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   AE --   DH --   EC --   FP --   H --   NO --   SR --   TY --   UN --  

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LALABOOM educational beads

Tralala Ltd. - http://www.lalaboom.toys

$29.95     Buy Now

Age range 10 months thru 3 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   EC --   ES --   LA --   MA --   TY --   UN --  

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Turing Tumble

Turing Tumble - http://www.turingtumble.com

$69.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   CO --   ES --   GE --   MA --   PZ --   SC --   TY --  

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The French Collection

Whistlefritz - http://www.whistlefritz.com/

$89.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 7 years      

Toy Type   AT --   CT --   ES --   LA --   ML --   MM --   SR --   TC --  

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Hearts Scramble Squares® Puzzle

b. dazzle, inc - http://www.b-dazzle.com

$12.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   CG --   CT --   ES --   GE --   MA --   PZ --   SR --   TR --   TY --  

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Cupcakes Scramble Squares® Puzzle

b. dazzle, inc. - http://www.b-dazzle.com

$12.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CP --   ES --   MA --   NO --   PZ --   TR --   TY --  

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Message from Dr Toy

The Dr. Toy Best Picks Children's Products Award Program® was developed as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, stimulating new smart toys and play products for children. The Best Picks Award began in 1992 by Dr. Toy in cooperation with the national publication, Early Childhood News, to recognize outstanding educational play products that deserve consideration and use at home and in school.

"As a childhood development, play, toys and learning specialist I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round diverse resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate, safe, and engaging learning and fun products for all children."

We are pleased to report that since the innovative online magazine Dr. Toy's Guide (the first website on toys on the Internet) has been available, "millions of visitors from around the world have easy access to our timely valued information." The website was the first online resource on the World Wide Web to inform about and evaluate toys, games, and children's products.

The report, "Dr. Toy's Best Picks for 2018," is being released to encourage parents and teachers to focus on the value of play as essential to the learning process." I wish to add, "Smart play products selected from many excellent companies across the U.S.A., Canada, and other countries, provide children with exciting new developmentally appropriate tools to help them do better in school, and also provide more constructive activities after school."" I believe, "parents, grandparents and teachers need help to gain a head start locating new, diversified products that children will enjoy while increasing skills, enhancing instruction, and expanding imagination." The products selected are balanced among large and small companies, and range from low to high tech for "hours of active, creative, educational, and stimulating fun."

"Children learn best through play, and these toys, games and products encourage children to maximize their potentials. This is a good time to 'take stock' and do an inventory of what your child is using for play, what is not used, and what is needed next for continued development."

Dr. Toy's Guide offers excellent ideas for choosing new products for use in learning, after school play, and during the holidays ahead. Dr. Toy's Best Picks were carefully chosen as worthy of attention from among hundreds that the Dr. Toy Team has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources, and by using the extensive criteria Dr. Toy has developed over many years. Among the criteria used are: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, ecological, cultural and ethnic diversity, good transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, improvement in the understanding of the community and the world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun.

For complete information about these smart toys and products read the 2018 full report. Dr. Toy selects products that include toys, active products, audio/visuals-video tapes/CDs/DVDs, creative products, educational products, games, socially responsible products, CD-ROMs, high tech,culturally relevant products, and more.

Winning products are manufactured by established and new, large and small companies from around the world, including: Animoodles, Aurora World, b. dazzle, Banana Panda, Bizybeez, Bobby Susser Music, Candygrams, Cooperative Games, D & L Co., E-Blox, Golden Bell Studios, Green Toys, Griddly Games, Hansa Creations, Heroes Will Rise, Itty Bitty City, Kangaroo Mfg., Kellytoy, Kitki, Laser Pegs, Looney Labs, Maple Landmark, Miao Kids, NSI Int'l, OWI, Piccoli Horses, ReadySetz, Rival 5 Game, Serabeena, Sharingland, SmartFelt Toys, SmartLab Toys, Square Panda, Teknikio, Think Tank Scholar, Tralala Limited, Turing Tumble, Two Tons Media, and Whistlefritz.

These products were selected for additional recognition for their added value:

  • 10 Best Toys:

    Animoodles (Animoodles), Aurora World (Little Pitter Pattern-Pup Rattle & Swaddle), b.dazzle (Cupcakes Scramble Squares® Puzzle), Banana Panda (Match the Baby Puzzles), E-Blox (Circuit Blox 115 Project Set), Green Toys (Tide Pool Bath Set), Kangaroo Mfg. (Pop-Oh_Ver Stove Set), NSI Int'l (Fuzzy Wubble), ReadySetz (Space Base Playset), Sharingland (Cardboard Playhouse Sets).

  • 10 Best Educational Products:

    CooperativeGames.com (Baby Beluga Game), Golden Bell Studios (Keys to Capitals Board Game), Griddly Games (Just Add Sugar), Kellytoy (Squishmallows), Looney Labs (Pyramid Arcade), NSI Int'l (Smithsonian Robo Spider), OWI (Dodeca 12-in-1 Solar Hydraulic Robot), SmartLab Toys (Tiny Science), Square Panda (Square Panda Home Ed.), Whistlefritz (French Collection).

  • 10 Best Gifts:

    Bobby Susser Music (Green Light), D & L Company (Junior Glow Stomp Rocket), Hansa Creations USA (Giraffe Medium), Heroes Will Rise (Rigamajig Junior), Itty Bitty City (Magnetic Wooden Blocks, 30-Pc), Laser Pegs Ventures (Mars Rocket), Maple Landmark (Rainmaker Rattle), SmartFelt Toys (My Little House), Teknikio (Activating Origami), Turing Tumble (Turing Tumble).

The Dr. Toy's Best Picks Award Report includes company customer service number, website URL, age range, price, full description of each product, and more. The award-winning, online magazine, Dr. Toy's Guide, features full color photos of each product, links to companies to learn more, interviews with and articles by Dr. Toy, plus hundreds of currently available products including: 100 Best, Best Classic, Best Vacation, and Best Green products. Over 6,000 outstanding products have been selected, evaluated and bestowed with Dr. Toy's Best Children's Product Awards since 1992. Dr. Toy's Best Picks (and the 10 Best Toys, 10 Best Educational Products, 10 Best Gifts) for 2018 are now available for play and learning at www.drtoy.com.

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For more Information please obtain a copy of the 4th Edition of Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games (Regent Press), which provides useful tools to parents to enhance their child's P.Q (Play Quotient). The book, published in China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, ailand, Turkey, and the USA, will soon be available in other countries. Obtain book at www.amazon.com and at other book/toy stores with access to Ingram.

Interviews regarding recommended Dr. Toy's Best Picks 2018 can be arranged through Greg Walsh, Walsh PR (203-292-6280) greg@walshpr.com




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