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Columbus Parent

Survivor: New dads

Martyn Cox's New Father's Survival Guide will help dads prepare for their first bundles of joy. This simple, to-the-point book will direct new fathers from pregnancy to the big day and life after the baby comes home. Complete with pictures, this guidebook teaches everything from holding the baby and installing the car seat to changing dirty diapers. Available on for $14.95.

Daddy's little girls

What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters is a candid collection of essays written by single dads, stepfathers, gay fathers and everyone in between. Their heartfelt stories show that raising daughters of all ages is equal parts satisfaction and sheer terror. What I Would Tell Her speaks volumes about the irreplaceable, intimate bond between father and daughter. Edited by Andrea N. Richesin. Available on for $13.95.

A bug's life

Filled with colorful artwork and catchy rhymes, Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug is a special story to share on Father's Day. With a different animal or insect on each page, this adorable board book reminds little readers that there are all different types of daddies in the world, each with a special name and place in his heart

for his "Doodlebug." Available on for $7.99.

Silly hippos

Award-winning author Bob Shea's picture book Oh, Daddy! illustrates the joys of a simple, everyday routine when it is shared by a father and child. From getting dressed, to eating lunch, to giving hugs, this loveable hippopotamus dad and child are laugh-out-loud silly while learning lessons from each other. Available on for $16.99.

Go bananas

Bananagrams began with a simple idea: An anagram game that is so fast it will drive you bananas! The game starts with 144 letter tiles in a banana-shaped bag and captures all the fun of crosswords and word games like Scrabble and Boggle. Banangrams for Kids is the perfect treat for kids who love puzzles and wordplay -- great for road trips, too! Ages 8-11.

$8.95 on

Traveling tunes

The Memorex Foldable Travel Speaker is the perfect music solution for families on the go (and a great Dad's Day gift idea!). With the ability to play and charge your iPod at any summer travel destination, the system keeps the sounds coming wherever you are. Available for $59.99 at Target and

It's a snap

The Traveler Series from idox is designed to keep your iPod Nano, iPod Touch or iPhone stationary and upright to more easily enjoy videos, web content, photos, apps, games and more. No buttons, bells or whistles to figure out or weigh you down. Whether at home or on the go, idox makes it easy for kids to enjoy their favorite videos or games. Parents can even use it with educational apps for a quick lesson on the go. The idox Traveler is compatible with the 4G iPod Nano ($24.95), the 2G iPod Touch ($34.95) and the iPhone 3G and 3GS ($34.95). For more information, or to purchase, visit

Hey, Coach!

Welcome to the next generation of flag football, Nerf style! Forget fumbling with traditional "flags" and footballs that can't keep up with your game. The Nerf Weather Blitz Flag Football Set comes with a junior football and 16 clips which act as "flags," offering 4-on-4 play in almost any conditions. The new clip system is convenient and easy to use, letting kids and their teammates stay focused on the winning play. Available at most major retailers nationwide and for $19.99. Ages 8 and older.