You May As Well Laugh: A Conversation With Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst's newest book is "Unexpectedly Eighty."
By Marlo Thomas
I've been a huge fan of Judith Viorst for ages. Her writings have continued to amuse, inform and delight audiences, especially her "decade" books. The latest is "...
The best-selling author tells Marlo Thomas what she has learned through the decades.

Funny Books, Movies, Games and More: What We Love for a Laugh

There's nothing better than when your kids actually develop their own sense of humor. Credit: Getty Images All parents remember their baby's first smile. And there's nothing better than when your kids actually develop their own sense of...Keep them laughing with funny books, TV shows, movies and games.

New Dr. Seuss Book Featuring 7 Rarely Seen Stories to Publish This Fall

Credit: Amazon Parents who wish they could expand their Dr. Seuss libraries will be thrilled to know seven rarely seen books the famous children's author penned in the 1950s are about to hit bookshelves, the Guardian in London reports....The stories were published in magazines in the early 1950s.

Book Review: 'Tortall and Other Lands'
Rated ON for Ages 12 and Up
What Parents Need to Know Parents need to know that this collection of short stories (all but one of which fall in the fantasy genre) has its fair share of violent content, particularly in t...
"Tortall and Other Lands" collects 12 of author Tamora Pierce's short stories.

Books, Movies, Games, and TV to Share With Kids

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Share these fun things to do with your kids! Credit: Getty Images When you walk into the Common Sense Media offices, some of the first things you notice are the various piles of books,...
Books, movies and games are more fun when you share them.

Book Review: 'Queen of the Falls'
Rated ON for Ages 6 and Up
What Parents Need to Know Parents need to know that this is the true story of a 62-year-old woman who became the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Whether her daredevil fea...
"Queen of the Falls" is the amazing true life story of a 62-year-old woman who became the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

New iPad App Lets Parents Read Stories to Kids From Afar

The new bedtime story reader? Credit: Getty Images Once upon a time, long before computer games and DVDs, reading a story at bedtime was a treasured ritual for parents and their little ones. This snuggle time with Mom and Dad gave kids...Can't tuck Junior in? Have him snuggle up to an iPad.

Papertoy Monsters

Described as "paper airplanes meet Origami meets Pokemon," "Papertoy Monsters" is an amazing new paper-folding book that includes designs from 25 of the hottest papertoy designers from around the world, including Indonesia, Japan and Chile. Ma..."Papertoy Monsters" features 50 adorably original punch-out paper designs that beg to be transformed into three-dimensional monsters.

When Children Die: Book Offers Guide Through Parents' Emotional Hell

Parents have no choice but to go on after losing a child. Credit:
When a child dies, many parents, no doubt, want to die, too.
That's not an option, of course -- especially when there are surviving children who still need...
Grieving parents do not so much "recover" as "regenerate," says the author.

Little Librarian Kit

This mini library set works just like the real thing. Credit: Uncommon Goods
Encourage your child's love of reading with the Little Librarian Kit, complete with everything she needs to turn her book collection into a mini library. ...
The set includes a reading journal so she can keep track of her favorite volumes.

Reviews: What's New This Week

Seth Rogen, left, and Jay Chou star in "The Green Hornet." Credit: AP Photo/Jaimie Trueblood, Columbia Pictures-Sony Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Med..."The Green Hornet" rides into theaters, while "Alpha and Omega" lands on DVD.

Top 100 Books for Teens: ParentDish Picks

Judy Blume is a favorite among teenage girls. Credit: Amazon While your teen might have some idea of what to read, the 100 listed below might give her some new ideas. Regardless of whether your teen enjoys fantasy books or not, many ...Expand your teen's literary horizons with these varied selections.

Top 100 Books for Tweens: ParentDish Picks

Lois Lowry's "The Giver" won the Newbery Medal in 1994. Credit: Amazon As much as counting and alphabet books stand out as the choices for young readers, tales of adventurous heroes and heroines pack the reading lists for kids in the...Tales of adventurous heroes and heroines pack the reading lists for kids in their tween years.

Top 100 Books for Gradeschoolers: ParentDish Picks

Anne Frank's story is one that every child should read. Credit: Amazon Books open up a universe to explore for grade school children, and they can still get away with reading books with pictures. Although there are 100 books listed b...This is a great age to explore books together with your child, who will find dozens to read ... and re-read.

Marlo Thomas Talks About Her Dad Danny

He was an old-fashioned dad. For all the fame and money my father had earned, at his core he was a working-class guy, the middle son of a large family from Toledo, Ohio.
I've listened to many sad "dad tales" from some of my women friends &n...
Marlo Thomas spent much of her childhood watching her father hone his comic skills in front of an eager audience.


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