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A Teacher’s Inspiration

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a great essay in today’s Washington Post by a high school teacher named Nancy Schnog who found inspiration in a book written by another high school teacher, Bel Kaufman, in 1964. It is Up the Down Staircase. Kaufman, the […]

Ask Amy Recommends My Blog!

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful Amy Dickenson of Ask Amy was kind enough to recommend my blog as her favorite resource for checking out movies. Minow smartly distills plots and rates films with kids and families in mind. In two minutes I learned […]

Interview: D.W. Brown, Acting Coach to Stars and Future Stars

posted by Nell Minow

D.W. Brown has trained, directed, and coached hundreds of actors and is co-artistic head of the distinguished and successful Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio. His new book, You Can Act!: A Complete Guide for Actors is both practical and inspiring with […]

Interview: Ellen Besen on Visual Literacy

posted by Nell Minow

The average American child watches two to three hours of TV a day, according to the American Association of Pediatrics. And that doesn’t include the time they spend playing video games, sitting in front of the computer, and watching movies. […]

The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Parents Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Richard Weissbourd, author of The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, for giving me permission to post this thoughtful conversation about parents, children, and what does and does not […]

Nancy Drew: Sotomayor’s Childhood Influence

posted by Nell Minow

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, like Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was a big Nancy Drew fan when she was a young girl. I’ve been touched by the reports of Judge Sotomayor, growing up in a housing project, devouring […]

Interview: Paul Newman biographer Shawn Levy

posted by Nell Minow

Movie critic Shawn Levy, author of the superb books King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis and Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party, has a new book about […]

Book: History of Independent Cinema

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Phil Hall for taking the time to be interviewed about his new book, The History of Independent Cinema. How do you define independent cinema? I see independent films as productions that are financed and created outside of […]

Parking Lot Rules — Parenting Book from Tom Sturges

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Sturges is the author of Parking Lot Rules & 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children. It is one of the most insightful and useful parenting books I have ever seen and I recommend it highly. I guarantee that […]

Dr. Toy

posted by Nell Minow

Stevanne Auerbach is better known as “Dr. Toy,” and she and her website are great resources for parents on issues of toys and ply. Her book is Dr. Toy’s Smart Play: How To Raise A Child With a High PQ […]

‘The Big Lebowski’ Abides

posted by Nell Minow

It was not especially popular with critics or audiences when it was first released but has since become something of a cult with conventions of fans in costume, scholarly analysis, lines of dialogue recited with reverence by its fans, and […]

Anita Renfroe: Mother’s Day Special

posted by Nell Minow

The wise and hilarious Anita Renfroe is making some of her books available for just $5 until May 10, so it is a great time to grab a couple for Mother’s Day. You can also buy any DVD or CD […]

Cinescopes: What Your Favorite Movies Reveal About You

posted by Nell Minow

What are your favorite movies? “Rocky?” “The Great Escape?” “Happy Gilmore?” “Lord of the Rings?” Are you an adventurer, a creator, an idealist? Cinescopes: What Your Favorite Movies Reveal About You says that your favorite movies are a reflection of […]

‘Frankly My Dear’ — A New GWTW Book

posted by Nell Minow

Molly Haskell is an extraordinarily insightful writer, especially about three topics: film, women, and the South. All three come together in her newest book, Frankly, My Dear, about the history of Gone with the Wind. The story behind the scenes […]

‘Honey I Wrecked the Kids’ — Parenting Advice from Alyson Schafer

posted by Nell Minow

One of parenthood’s toughest challenges is finding a way to communicate clearly with your children about our expectations and standards while also communicating our unconditional love and support. This is especially difficult when it comes to incentives and discipline. We […]

Bedtime for Frances

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:March 31, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009

The wonderful Scholastic series has a very special new release, Bedtime for Frances, with three animated stories about the beloved little badger. Author Russell Hoban’s Frances stories are filled with gentle humor and perceptive insights about the way children see […]

‘Naomi’s Song’

posted by Nell Minow

One of the tenderest stories in the Bible is the tale of Ruth, the young widow who chose to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Although it fills only four short chapters, the two characters are vivid and their story involving […]

‘Law of Attraction’ Movie Gallery

posted by Nell Minow

Brent Marchant has written a book called Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies, about movies that demonstrate the the idea that “that through our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, we create our own reality.” For Beliefnet, he has […]

Purim!

posted by Nell Minow

Purim, which comes this year on March 10, is the celebration of the triumph of Queen Esther over the plot of Haman to kill all the Jews. Jewish children love to dress up and to hear the “purim shpiel,” the […]

Lights, Camera, Faith — Inspiration and Meaning in the Movies

posted by Nell Minow

The Lights, Camera … Faith! A Movie Lectionary book series by Peter Malone, MSC with Rose Pacatte, FSP, explores movies that highlight themes or issues emphasized in the Gospel. The books propose practical points for reflection, conversation and personal growth, […]

Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are

posted by Nell Minow

Most adults still shiver a little when the subject of middle school comes up. It is a time of the most polarizing extremes as we first begin to question everything we have been told and everything we thought we knew […]

Nap Time and Listening Time — Books for Toddlers

posted by Nell Minow

Elizabeth Verdick’s marvelous Toddler Tools series for preschoolers has two new titles. There are many great board books about letters, numbers, and colors, but her books help teach 2-3 year olds about social interaction, responsibility, and independence. Also recommended: the […]

Speekaboos: Stars Read Stories to Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Speekaboos — storybook recordings featuring Kevin Bacon, Kelly Ripa, Marcia Gay Harden, Minnie Driver, Clay Aiken, Bob Saget, Fran Drescher, Tom Arnold, Chazz Palminteri, Harry Shearer, Nick Cannon and many others reading stories for children. […]

Great Books for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. WETA, Washington DC’s PBS Station, has worked with the U.S. Department of […]

My Best Biographies 2008 List

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun writing a review of the best biographies of the year for Strategy + Business.

New Chaplin Bio from Stephen M. Weissman

posted by Nell Minow

Chaplin: A Life is a splendid new biography of one of the most brilliant performers of the 20th century by psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Stephen M. Weissman. It has received glowing reviews from both of the most prestigious publishing journals: “A […]

David Thomson’s top 1000 Films

posted by Nell Minow

David Thomson is one writer whose appraisals are as riveting and entertaining as the films and performances he describes. His The New Biographical Dictionary of Film is one of the dozen or so indispensable reference works every film fan needs. […]

Baby Book Series: Clean-Up Time, Bye-Bye Time

posted by Nell Minow

There are zillions of books to teach children the alphabet, colors, and numbers, but this lovely new series of board books from Free Spirit Publishing helps toddlers learn important skills like listening, going to sleep, saying good-bye, and cleaning up. […]

McCain and Obama for Children

posted by Nell Minow

There are very fine illustrated biographies of both candidates for children, a good way to begin a conversation about how we select our leaders and the importance of being able to disagree in a respectful and honorable manner.

Explaining Economic Issues

posted by Nell Minow

My selection of David Copperfield as the book to best help people understand the current economic situation is included in this Washington Post round-up of recommended books by people with a background in business, economics, or finance. All of the […]

Why all the Vampires?

posted by Nell Minow

Vampires are really big this year. Breaking Dawn, the fourth volume in Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series was the most eagerly anticipated book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And one of the most popular events at Comic-Con was the […]

Book for Concerned Parents: So Sexy So Soon

posted by Nell Minow

The authors of the book “So Sexy So Soon,” Diane Levin and Jean Kilbourne, say that children are constantly bombarded by the media and advertisers with images and portrayals of hyper-sexuality. Thong panties, padded bras, and risqué Halloween costumes for […]

Interview: Christine Frisbee on Healthy Siblings of Disabled Kids

posted by Nell Minow

The healthy siblings of disabled or sick children are often “the forgotten ones” as understandably pre-occupied parents devote their attention to the child whose needs seem most pressing. Author Christine Frisbee lets these siblings tell their own stories in Day […]

Corduroy…and More Stories About Caring

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:July 29, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008

My very favorite DVD series for kids is saluting the 40th anniversary of the classic book Corduroy with a beautiful new DVD version. It is the story of a toy bear who goes off in search of his missing button […]

Interview with Robert Gotlin about Raising Fit Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Do kids today get less exercise than their parents did? Why? If I told you kids are playing more sports than their parents did yet they are in worse shape and exercising less, you may look at me as if […]

Summer Reading for Kids and Their Families

posted by Nell Minow

Happy longest day of the year! And happy summer. Long summer days are a wonderful time to rediscover the pleasures of reading. Families should make sure that everyone age 7 and older has a library card and make a point […]

Hollywood Escapes tour

posted by Nell Minow

Another highlight of my visit in Los Angeles was a personal tour from Harry Medved, co-author of the wonderful Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoer’s Guide to Exploring Southern California’s Great Outdoors. Harry drove me around Santa Monica to show me the […]

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