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Summer Reading Classics

Nothing says summer like settling in with a good book. Whether your kid has an official summer reading list or just wants to take a virtual vacation courtesy of fiction, this list of some of our favorite summer reading classics is sure to help pass t...A list of some of our favorite summer reading classics that is sure to help pass the time when it's too hot out to do anything but read.

Books for Kids Full of Gender Biases, Report Shows

Books for kids show gender bias. Credit: Getty
It's hard to escape the boy's club -- even when it comes to books for kids.
A new study shows a sizable gender bias when it comes to the last century of children's literature, The New Y...
Children's books feature few Madelines, but plent of Babars.

Picture Books: New Takes on Old Topics

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 e...Writers need to work extra hard to come up with fresh takes on classic kid-lit staples. Luckily for us, they do.

Kristi Yamaguchi Dishes on Her New Book and Teaching Kids to Dream Big

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Kristi Yamaguchi's motto: "Always dream." Credit: WireImage
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Add another achievement to Kristi Yamaguchi's list: a new children's book!

Now I'm Reading Plays

Now I'm Reading Plays come with scripts and masks. Credit: Innovativekids.com So, your young thespian has mastered her first reader books, complete with accents and sound effects. Now it's time to encourage that acting bug and get her ...Little drama queens and kings will love acting out these plays for kids.

Spike and Tonya Lee Discuss Their New Children's Book

Spike and Tonya Lee have written a new children's book. Credit: Bryan Bedder, Getty Images "Giant Steps to Change the World," a new children's book from director Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, is a beautifully illustrated rea...Spike and Tonya Lee have written a new book to inspire kids.

Children's Picture Book Trend for 2011: Cats?

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 t...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.

Storytime Goes Digital - Should We Be Afraid?

Could e-readers mean an end for printed books for kids? Credit: Dan Kitwood, Getty Images Apple added a slew of children's titles to its iBookstore this week. Peachy. Like kids don't spend enough time glaring at screens, right? ...
Can your children really enjoy an electronic bedtime story?

Children's Christmas Books: New Versions of Old Classics

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?

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. Boo...
Dear parents: Illustrations don't make your kids dumb.

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 spook...Get in the spirit with a few Halloween entertainment choices for nightmare-prone kids who still appreciate a good spooky shiver.

Reviews: What's New This Week

Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full. In Theaters: "The Social Network" A dramatization of the creation of Faceb...Jesse Eisenberg plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network." Find out what else is new in family entertainment this week.

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 ...

Reviews: What's New This Week

Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full. In Theaters: "Charlie St. Cloud" Teen heartthrob Zac Efron stars in "Charl...

Cry, Laugh, Shiver, and Learn: New Picture Books

Reading a good book can be an emotional experience. Here's a selection of new picture books that can run you through the full gamut.
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"City Dog, Country Frog" by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (Hyperion, $18) We all know M...

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