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Best New Family Road Trip Music

Road trip season is upon us, and you need to make all necessary preparations -- including packing some good tunes for the car. If you've got young kids, though, that can be tricky. You don't dare play the radio, lest Lady Gaga suddenly come on...

Never Mind Iron Man: 5 Very Different Superhero Adventures for Kids

It's been a long time since graphic novels were automatically considered the second-class citizens of the bookstore shelves. Critical darlings like Shaun Tan's The Arrival (not to mention adult graphic novels like Maus and Persepolis) have...

7 More Bands "Yo Gabba Gabba" Has Introduced to Your Kids

"Yo Gabba Gabba" keeps kids rockin'. Credit: Nick Jr
A few weeks back, we made an assessment of grownup musical acts that have appear on Nick Jr's hit preschool show, "Yo Gabba Gabba." But there were so many we had to leave off the list, and many...

Do These Books Stink? A Round-up of Fart Books

When a Wall Street hedge fund manager publishes a children's picture book about farts, knee-jerk reactions are sure to follow. Unpopular profession, unpopular topic. But the only fair way to evaluate a book like Eric Rosenfeld's "Mrs....

Best New Poetry Books for Kids

National Poetry Month might be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean your kids can't continue to enjoy a little whimsical verse every now and again. Parents should never overlook poetry as an economical choice for bedtime reading as well ("I...

7 Bands "Yo Gabba Gabba" Has Introduced to Your Kids (And Whether That's a Good Thing)

Weezer cleans up their act for Yo Gabba Gabba. Credit: Nick Jr. Nick Jr's trippy and colorful Yo Gabba Gabba has become a must-play gig for bands on a certain wavelength of the indie-alternative spectrum. But just like many of the celebrity...

Opinion: Hollywood Needs to Clean Up Its Language

The movie may be rated R, but what's the title rated? Illustration: Christopher Healy
I remember a time, not so long ago, when a parent could take a child to the movies and only have to worry about any profanity or objectionable material in...

A Web Site You Should Know: One Potato

OnePotato.net digs up great picture books you might otherwise miss. Credit: One Potato
With 80 gajillion Web pages clogging up cyberspace, it's far too easy for a wonderful, helpful site to get lost amid all the status updates, pop-up ads,...

The Next Big Things in Children's Literature

For ages now, publishers of books for young readers have been hoping to replicate the worldwide mega-success of a certain series about a boy wizard. We have yet to see The Next Harry Potter – and may never -- but that doesn't mean there haven't...

Opinion: "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" Shows That Kids Don't Read

What chance does Jamie Oliver have when kids can't tell an eggplant from a pear? Credit: ABC
You don't need to work very hard to decipher the message behind Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.
The new ABC reality series, which documents the...

Minimalism Rules in March Picture Books

It's often the books with the biggest visual wow factor that get the most attention, the ones with lush, highly-detailed paintings or complicated pop-ups that require an engineering degree to construct. But telling a good story -- one with real...

The Five Most Overused Children's Book Plots

Haven't you told me this story before? Credit: Corbis
We all know how a preschooler's capacity for repetition can make bedtime reading a mind-numbing experience for parents. Even good books can devolve into nothing more than well-illustrated...

Has Children's Music Gotten Too Hip for the Wiggles?

In 1991, the Wiggles released their first album and the monochromatic Aussie quartet became that decade's megastars of children's music. Almost two decades later, they're still at it, having just put out their, oh, let's say 300th CD, Hot Poppin'...

When Big Authors Write for Little People

Long-reigning king of the courtroom thriller and perennial airport bookstore hog John Grisham recently announced his forthcoming foray into children's literature -- Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. The novel will be the first in a series, naturally. All...

10 Most Surprising Artists To Appear on Children's Albums

Thanks to talented artists like They Might Be Giants, Lisa Loeb and Jack Johnson, it's no longer uncool for mainstream musicians to record children's songs. Still, every now and again you see a name on a kids' CD and do a double-take ("Really?...

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