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Kinect Isn't the Only Game In Town: 3 More Innovations in Gaming

Microsoft's new Kinect system, which lets players control Xbox 360 games with nothing more than their own bodies, has justifiably made a big splash in the gaming world. But it's far from the only gaming innovation popping up this holiday season....These new games and devices make playing a video game a wholly new and different experience.

Young Readers: Choose Your Dystopia

What's exciting young readers today? Based on current themes in publishing, it's incredibly awful visions of the future. But thankfully, terrible visions of things to come don't mean terrible books -- a few recent dystopian novels prove quite the...What's exciting young readers today? Based on current themes in publishing, it's incredibly awful visions of the future.

New Kids' Music: The Indie Scene Goes Preschool

With every passing day, the line between the kids' music scene and the indie music scene blurs a bit more. If you don't have indie artists recording their own CDs for kids, you'll see them making guest appearances on other people's family-music...Indie rock tunes for kids? The morning carpool just got cool.

New Kinnect Games System: 10 Best (and Worst) Things About It

Clear the living room: It's video game time! Credit: Microsoft.
1. No controllers! In case you haven't seen the ads filled with images of people who appear to be playing charades while standing in front of their TV sets, Kinect is...
Can a video game actually make you a better dancer?

The Many Faces of Children's Author Rosemary Wells

If you have children, chances are you've read a book by Rosemary Wells. The incredibly prolific author (her name appears on more than 60 books) is best known for her bunny-morphic slice-of-life Max & Ruby series, which has delighted...The prolific author has been especially busy these past couple of months, during which we've seen the release of three very different Wells books -- each for a very different audience.

Opinion: Don't Let Picture Books Die!

Dear parents: Illustrations don't make your kids dumb. Illustration by Christopher Healy
Apparently kids aren't reading picture books anymore. That's what's happening, according to an article recently published in The New York Times....
Dear parents: Illustrations don't make your kids dumb.

KidPop News: The Hub Kills Off Discovery Kids

New children's cable network, The Hub, has sent Discovery Kids to an early grave. Illustration: Christopher Healy
DISCOVERY KIDS CHANNEL DROPS EDUCATIONAL VENEER, BECOMES "THE HUB" If your kids were among the relatively few fans...
The Hub is a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro -- yes, the toy company. As you might imagine, the Hasbro connection doesn't sit well with some folks.

Scary, But Not Too Scary: Halloween Entertainment for Kids

Everyone likes to be scared on Halloween. But for a lot of little kids, "scary" means skeleton-in-a-top-hat, not "Saw 3D." Keeping that in mind, here are a few Halloween entertainment choices for nightmare-prone kids who still appreciate a good...Get in the spirit with a few Halloween entertainment choices for nightmare-prone kids who still appreciate a good spooky shiver.

Lemony Snicket Gets Persnickety With P'Dish

Lemony Snicket: Not a lover of the paparazzi. Credit: Meredith Heuer
Today marks the launch of "13 Words," the newest book by Lemony Snicket, the enigmatic author of the bestselling 13-volume melodrama, "A Series of Unfortunate Events." The...
ParentDish caught up with Lemony Snicket to discuss his new book and the surprising reason why he's writing for a younger audience.

From Hip-Hop to Zydeco: A World of Difference in Kid's Music

Whatever genre you want, you can find it in children's music. Illustration: Christopher Healy
Once upon a time, children's music was nothing but folk. Or at least it seemed that way. From the '60s, right on through the end of the last...
Nowadays, it's hard to find a genre that the family music scene hasn't touched upon, so your child's musical education can be as widely varied as you like.

Justin Bieber Guests on CSI: America's Young Girls Scream (But Maybe Not in a Good Way)

Teen idol Justin Bieber gets scary in a whole new way. Illustration: Christopher Healy
America's most popular show about collecting bodily fluid samples, "CSI," kicked off its 10th season last night with an episode guest starring Justin Bieber....
No, you weren't having a nightmare, you really did see Justin Bieber on CSI last night. Trying to up your ratings via 9-year-olds, CSI?

KidPop News: Obama, Super Mario, and Literary Lions

Obama Picture Book Due Out in November
Credit: Amazon
I can hear the pundits now: The president wrote a children's book! It's propaganda! It's a stunt for the midterms! I think we can all relax -- It's just a picture book. It's called "Of...
Obama's publishing a kid's book and Super Mario turns 25? What is the world coming to?

Family Video Games: Two to Try, One to Avoid

If the kids are going to spend an afternoon in front of the Wii, you might as well join them. Gaming is becoming an increasingly popular way for kids and parents to bond and get in some quality time together. But finding the right games can be...If the kids are going to spend an afternoon in front of the Wii, you might as well join them. And there may be a few games you might actually enjoy.

Time to Swipe the Page: More iPad Picture Books

Our recent roundup of interactive picture-book apps for the iPad focused on fancied-up classics like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Green Eggs and Ham." But there's plenty of new material out there in the world of finger-swipe page-turning. Here, we...

Humor Both Dark and Light: The Picture Books of August

A book that can make a little kid laugh is a book he or she is going to remember and want to read again. But different kids laugh at some very different things. Is your child more of a "hee hee, look at the monkey's silly face" type? Or more of...

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