Fun treats for children of any age
Send your tot off with the comforts of home— like his or her very own art folio by The Piggy Story ($20). Also look for backpacks and carryall caddies in a range of designs, from piggy fairies to piggy pirates. Pumpkin, 334 Bleecker St., 212-352-0109
After a day away, snuggle up with your little one to read Loukoumi’s Good Deeds by Nick Katsoris (Dream Day Press/NK Publications; $15.95). Follow along with a bonus CD, narrated by Jennifer Aniston and featuring the voices of Olympia Dukakis, Gloria Gay nor and Constantine Maroulis. ($2 per book is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.) Barnes & Noble locations citywide
Kamibashi takes backpack accessorizing to a new level with its String Doll Gang ($10 each). Each doll is handmade in Thailand from a single continuous piece of string. Kids express themselves with the character of their liking, such as Dexter (PICTURED), Marie Antoinette and Kosmic Ken. MoMA Store and Ricky’s locations citywide
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