The world of children's music is rife with theme albums – CDs about the sea, CDs about dinosaurs, CDs about school, and so on. But these concept discs are not easy to pull off. The gimmick can feel forced by the fifth track, or it may start to...The world of children's music is rife with theme albums – CDs about the sea, CDs about dinosaurs, CDs about school, and so on.
There are certain subjects -- friendship, numbers, big cities, the alphabet -- that get plenty of love from the children's book publishing industry. They're old standards, and we see new titles on these topics all the time. So, writers need to work...Writers need to work extra hard to come up with fresh takes on classic kid-lit staples. Luckily for us, they do.
At this week's BAFTA Video Game Awards (that's the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), the trophy for best hand-held game went to "Cut the Rope," an iPhone app. It was a first. And it goes a long way toward showing what a phenomenon app...Sure, everyone knows "Angry Birds," but these apps are worth a download, too!
There have been so many new kids' music albums released in the past couple of months that it's hard to narrow down our picks to just a handful. But, here are some of the best, most noteworthy new releases for your wee ones' next impromptu dance...Here are some of the best, most noteworthy new music releases for your wee ones' next impromptu dance party.
When Women's History Month rolls around, the first way my 9-year-old daughter celebrates is by angrily griping, "Month?! We only get one month?" But after that, she likes to put her focus on learning about as many important historical women as she...When Women's History Month rolls around, the first way my 9-year-old daughter celebrates is by angrily griping, "Month?! We only get one month?"
Amazon Rapunzel's Hair is Cleared for Climbing The engineers at Imperial College in London have been putting their highly-educated brains to good use, designing an experiment to show that human hair is capable of...
Is it spring yet? Credit: Amazon When even kids start complaining about the snow, you know we've had a tough winter. But it could be much, much worse. And if you need to remind your children of that fact, read them "The Long Winter" by...When even kids start complaining about the snow, you know we've had a tough winter.
For such a short month, February is certainly packed with holidays. And we've got great new picture books to commemorate each of them.Amazon Groundhog Day "Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox" by Susan Blackaby, illustrated...For such a short month, February is certainly packed with holidays. And we've got great new picture books to commemorate each of them.
Kids used to be wowed by the ability to pull a tab and make a little cardboard bee fly back and forth on a page. Now, on an iPad book app, they can tap that bee, hear it buzz, watch it fly figure eights and maybe even swat it with their hand and...Remember when pop-up books used to amaze kids? Now iPad book apps are blowing the minds of parents, too.
Every so often in the world of children's picture books, a specific animal species will unexpectedly jump into the spotlight. Sometimes you can trace the inspiration for the Flavor-of-the-Month critter back to a popular film, like when "March of...Well, we're only a few weeks into 2011, but the animal taking the most starring roles so far seems to be the oh-so pedestrian cat.
Amazon Huck Finn Gets Politically Correct In a move that has already begun to stir up rafts of controversy, publisher NewSouth Books announced that, in February, it will release a new edition of Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures...Get the latest news from the world of children's entertainment.
Some great family music albums have been released throughout 2010, including Frances England's "Mind of My Own," Secret Agent 23 Skidoo's "Underground Playground" and Caspar Babypants' "This is Fun!" But four of my personal favorites squeezed in just...Four musical favorites for kids squeezed in just at the end of the year.
Even Santa can get stumped by some Christmas lyrics. Illustration by Christopher HealyKids are loaded with questions this time of year. How does Santa fit down the chimney? Why do I have to wear that sweater Aunty Ruthie gave me?...What's a French hen, anyway? We answer your burning questions about Christmas carol lyrics!
Every holiday season sees several new renditions of the classic Christmas stories '"Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "A Christmas Carol." One really has to wonder how many times those same pieces of text can be re-illustrated. But as unnecessary...'Tis the season for updates of classic holiday stories. Which versions stand out?
Mickey Mouse meets his ancestors in the "Disney Epic Mickey" game. Credit: Disney Interactive Studios"Disney Epic Mickey" (for Nintendo Wii, $39.99) Mickey Mouse may be the world's most recognizable cartoon character, but when was the last...Mickey Mouse may be the world's most recognizable cartoon character, but when was the last time you thought of the guy as a hero?