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Reading is the gift that keeps giving. Credit: Just the Right Book
Book presents tend to get a bum rap, but if you know a kid who loves to read, we've got the gift for you. Just the Right Book -- a custom book selection service by the literary...

Roald Dahl: Children's Author

Roald Dahl (Sept. 13, 1916 - Nov. 23, 1990) was a British-Norwegian novelist, short story writer and screenwriter most famous for "James and the Giant Peach," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Matilda" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Dahl developed...

Weekend Fun and Games

It's Friday already and time to make plans for the weekend. We're here to help with a list of what's new in kid's entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings from Common Sense Media. At the Movies An update to 1975's Escape to Witch...

Old Books - A New Source of Lead Poisoning?

When you think about dangerous books, what comes to mind? That classic list of banned books, titles like "Of Mice and Men" and "Brave New World?" Or newer controversial books, like the Harry Potter series or "King and King?" How about that lovely...

Weekend Fun and Games

This week's review of kid's entertainment features a little something for everyone - boys, girls and even parents! Here's a look at what's happening as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. At the Movies If you live anywhere...

Weekend Fun and Games

Got plans for the three-day weekend? If not, maybe this will help. Here's a run-down of what's new this week in kid's entertainment as adapted from ratings and reviews by Common Sense Media. At the Movies Based on the book by Sophie Kinsella,...

Summer reading for kids

We are almost all packed and ready to go for our trip to New York. The only thing I haven't checked off my list yet is a new book for Ellie. Her bookcase is crammed already, but having a brand new, never-been-read story to lose herself in while we...

100 books every child should read

Author Michael Morpurgo believes that if children are to become readers for life, they must first love stories. That sounds so basic and true that one wonders why it needs to be said in the first place. But, as Morpurgo points out, learning to read...

Children's books reviewed by children

When I buy book for Ellie or pick out something from the library, I don't always make good choices. I always think I know what she would enjoy, but often I am way off. According to this article, I am not the only adult who finds it difficult to...

A master pop-up book

Many of Nolan's favourite books are pop-ups -- they provide him with an activity for his chubby fingers while I read. But mostly, the pop-ups are fairly simple: animals, food, coloured numbers. I received a book last week by "master paper engineer"...

Julianne Moore's new childrens' book

Even though I'm well aware that acting is a job, and those who are good at it, in theory, are nothing like the people they portray on screen. However, given some of the roles Julianne Moore played over the past few years, it was hard to imagine her...

Do you have a library card?

I imagine that I can still smell the bookish, dusty smell of the library of my childhood. My Mom, like so many mothers of the seventies, was a stay-at-home Mom, a purveyor of perfect homemade pizza and iced pitchers of peach juice. The house always...

Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary

I was really excited to read Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary to Nolan. First of all, it's a different book,thank you Universe, because oh dear Pete, no one told me about the mind-numbing tedium that happens when one reads the same children's...

Usborne Touchy Feely Books

Nolan is continually on the move. Unless he's napping or nursing, he is careening constantly in one direction or another, usually straight toward something highly dangerous and/or alarming. I used to be able to sit him on the bed for and read to him...

J Otto goes to Target and gives great book picks

The Summers family has been having a long term love affair with J Otto's illustrations. J Otto and his wife Vivian Walsh are the husband and wife, illustrator and writer team behind the Mr Lunch (professional bird chaser) series and Olive, the other...

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