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Contest: Win a PBS Kids Prize Pack! Peg and Cat, Caillou, and WordWorld!

posted by Nell Minow

PBS Kids has three magnificent new DVDs, and I have two prize packs to give away! Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks features seven stories from PBS KIDS’ popular PEG + CAT series. Solving problems is even more AWESOME when music […]

Una Gran Noticia! Disney’s First Latina Princess

posted by Nell Minow

The Disney princesses have their first Latina member! Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in the Disney Channel series “Sofia the First” before starring in her own series on the Disney channel. Disney says she is “a confident […]

List: Movie Snowmen

posted by Nell Minow

The movies have included some memorable snowmen. Here are some of my favorites. The Snowman This exquisite wordless story about a boy and a snowman is bittersweet (their time together is limited) but exhilarating. Frozen Olaf is the most adorable […]

Family DVDs for Hannukah

posted by Nell Minow

When all the world is caught up in Christmas, it can help to have some movies on hand to explain that some people celebrate a different holiday at this time of year, especially when the stories and songs are told […]

Learn Code with Elsa and Anna!

posted by Nell Minow

Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to giving every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer programming. They have partnered with Disney to create tutorials hosted by “Frozen’s” heroines, Anna and Elsa. Disney is also very generously contributing $100,000 […]

Family Movies for Thanksgiving

posted by Nell Minow

There are some great Thanksgiving movies for adults. And here are some for the whole family to share. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving This is the one with the famous episode about Charlie Brown trying to kick the football Lucy keeps […]

Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street

posted by Nell Minow

Amazon Prime’s new series for families is a delight. Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street is the story of three middle school-age friends and the mysteries they investigate on Normal Street are anything but normal. It has fun and fantasy […]

Is E-Reading to Kids the Same as Analog Reading?

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times asks, Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time? In a 2013 study, researchers found that children ages 3 to 5 whose parents read to them from an electronic book had lower reading […]

Contest: Scholastic’s Halloween DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Get ready for Halloween with Scholastic’s “Day of the Dead” DVD, featuring four spooky (but not too scary) tales. In the title story, by Bob Barner and narrated by Rita Moreno, two children celebrate their ancestors on this Latin American […]

Dr. Toy’s Best List 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Every year I look forward to Dr. Toy’s list of the best toys and games for kids. Steveanne Auerbach is the author of Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/ Smart Toys and a respected expert on toys that encourage learning and imagination. […]

Contest: Win a DVD of Ava & Lala

posted by Nell Minow

A mischievous little girl named Ava and a “liger” (part lion, part tiger) named Lala go on an adventure in a magical land filled with animals in “Ava & Lala.” I have two copies of this charming DVD to give […]

Recess Monkeys for Fire Safety Month

posted by Nell Minow

The Recess Monkeys and Sparky the Fire Dog are here to help families learn about fire safety.

The Best TV for Kids May Be Online

posted by Nell Minow

Children have more choices than ever on television, but some of the best viewing for kids is online. Common Sense Media has a great list of family-friendly YouTube stars. I’d add EvanTube to the list. Newsweek calls him The Most […]

Kellie Pickler Joins the Veggie Tales in Beauty and the Beet

posted by Nell Minow

Country star Kellie Pickler joins the cast in “Beauty and the Beet,” from the Veggie Tales folks, coming out October 14, 2014. (With a name like that, it was just a question of time!) BEAUTY AND THE BEET, a brand-new […]

NAACP Reminds Parents to Read to Their Kids

posted by Nell Minow

The NAACP has an all-star line-up of performers reminding parents to read to their children, including Bill Withers and Tatyana Ali.  Take a listen — and follow their advice.  There is no greater gift you can give your kids than […]

Schoolhouse Rock is Coming Back to TV!

posted by Nell Minow

ABC will be airing a tribute to the classic educational series “Schoolhouse Rock” on September 7.  Now parents can sing along to “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction” and share with their kids these delightful and remarkably informative gems. […]

Back to School Guidelines for Parents on Kids and Media

posted by Nell Minow

Screen time is a treat, not a right. It’s a good idea to make sure that it comes only after homework, chores, other kinds of play, and family time. Make sure there is some quiet time each day as well. […]

Start the School Year With a No-Screen Week

posted by Nell Minow

A new study shows another good reason to detox from all screen time now and then, especially for kids.  Children who take a five-day break from all screens are better at reading real-life facial expressions to understand the emotions of […]

HUB Network Switches Parents and Kids in the Freaky Friday-ish “Parents Just Don’t Understand”

posted by Nell Minow

Joey Fatone hosts the new HUB Network reality series “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” a real-life “Freaky Friday,” with parents and kids switching places.  It airs Saturdays at 7 (6 Central).

Yes, Handwriting Still Matters — Here’s How to Teach Kids Cursive

posted by Nell Minow

Schools are eliminating curricula to teach cursive writing, based on the assumption that what matters is keyboarding skills. But studies show that writing by hand helps you process and learn more effectively. It is important for fine motor skills as […]

Contest: Arthur Goes Back to School

posted by Nell Minow

Eight-year-old Arthur the aardvark has four adventures in this new DVD, available tomorrow, August 12, 2014. This is the perfect back-to-school treat, as Arthur and his friends find out that a candy bar may not be as appetizing as they […]

Free for a Limited Time: 121 Best Books for Children

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful folks at Dinner A Love Story have kindly made their 121 Books: The Greatest Kid Books of All Time ebook available for free for a limited time, so grab it right now.

Free! Planes: Fire & Rescue Activity Sheets

posted by Nell Minow

I have free activity sheets for Planes: Fire & Rescue! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Planes!” in the subject line and I’ll write you back with the activity sheet attached. The offer is good until July 31, 2014.

Schoolhouse Rock Salutes the American Revolution

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Children’s Music Star Alex Mitnick

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Mitnick stars in Alex & The Kaleidoscope, a fun and friendly series on YouTube and NYC-TV.  Mitnick uses music and colorful, inviting adventures to engage children’s curiosity.  I really enjoyed talking to him about what makes music such a powerful […]

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:2014
DVD Release Date:June 9, 2014
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: 2014
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s marvelous “Cosmos” reboot comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week and it is well worth adding to every family and classroom library.  It is a very worthy successor to Carl Sagan’s classic PBS series of the […]

A Book on Every Bed: Amy Dickinson

posted by Nell Minow

I love Amy Dickinson’s idea of “A Book on Every Bed,” a wonderful way to start Christmas (or any other special occasion). Here’s how it works: You take a book (it can be new or a favorite from your own […]

Contest: Merry Christmas, Splat

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to be able to give away a copy of the adorable Merry Christmas Splat & More Winter Stories, from my very favorite series for kids, Scholastic Storybook Treasures. Splat the cat is worried that he hasn’t been […]

Goldieblox Rocks! Hurray for Girls Who Think and Build

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray for Goldieblox for knowing that girls want to think and invent and problem solve and that they don’t always want everything to be pink and princessy!  The company was created by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University.  I […]

Contest: Halloween Story Collection from Scholastic Storybook Treasures

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite series for kids has a wonderful new collection for Halloween and I have three to give away! Enjoy the ghoulish pleasures and scary delights and ghostly giggles of stories like The Little Old Lady Who Was Not […]

Emotional ABC’s Teach Children to Recognize Feelings In Themselves and Others

posted by Nell Minow

We spend so much time worrying about teaching our children reading and math that we can overlook the importance of teaching them to recognize and handle emotions in themselves and others.  So I like the new resources from Emotional ABC’s, […]

Amy Poehler’s Advice to Girls

posted by Nell Minow

I love Amy Poehler‘s series of advice videos for girls — good advice for everyone.  I love this one about the importance of quiet. And this one about the importance of being nice.

Contest: Bink & Gollie

posted by Nell Minow

I am always especially excited to have one of the fabulous Scholastic Storybook DVDs to give away, and this one is extra important for families because it is about what it means to be a friend.  This all-new compilation is headlined […]

New DVD Giveaway: Word Girl vs. The Energy Monster

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite television series for kids is the wonderful PBS show “Word Girl,” and this new release is one of the best: Wordgirl vs the Energy Monster. WORDGIRL and her sidekick CAPTAIN HUGGY FACE fight the good fight […]

The Magic Schoolbus: All About Earth

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:April 16, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013

Just in time for Earth Day, Ms. Frizzles and the class go on three never-before-released episodes and a bonus from the popular series of animated adventures with science, with English and Spanish language options. The episodes are: “The Magic School […]

Contest! Charlie: A Toy Story

posted by Nell Minow

Charlie: A Toy Story will be out next week, but I have an early copy to give away. It’s the story of 10 year-old Caden and his best friend Charlie, a golden retriever. They visit Caden’s father Jack at his […]

Bill Harley: Win a CD!

posted by Nell Minow

Here is how much my family loves the brilliant and hilarious singer/songwriter/story-teller Bill Harley.  Even though we played and played and played his music until we all knew it inside out, we would still sit in the driveway until the […]

The Red Hen..And More Cooking Stories: Scholastic Storybook Treasures

posted by Nell Minow

The latest from my very favorite series for families is Scholastic Storybook Treasures’ The Red Hen and more cooking stories.  I have one copy to give away!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Hen in the subject line and tell […]

A Valentines Lesson Plan for Grade Schoolers

posted by Nell Minow

A savvy teacher found a wonderful way to turn Valentines Day into a lesson in math — for constructing a box to receive the valentines and for processing the votes on “prettiest” and “neatest” and “most valentine-y.”  And of course […]

Celebrate Black History Month with “March On!”

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite DVD series for kids is Scholastic Storybook Treasures and their new release for Black History Month is a special treat.  It is called “Stories about African American Heritage Featuring March On!”  The title story is written by […]

New From Scholastic: Stone Soup…and Other Stories from the Asian Tradition

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite series for kids has a new release, Stone Soup…and Other Stories from the Asian Tradition from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. Scholastic takes the very best in children’s literature and makes them into DVDs that gently animate the original […]

Shalom Sesame DVD Club

posted by Nell Minow

The popular Shalom Sesame DVD series has announced a Shalom Sesame DVD Club.  Grover the Muppet and Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) travel to Israel to meet new people and learn new things in this 12-part DVD series co-produced by Sesame […]

New Report on Children, Teens, and Entertainment Media

posted by Nell Minow

Common Sense Media has issued a new research report, Children, Teens, and Entertainment Media: The View from the Classroom.  Findings include: Most teachers think that use of entertainment media has impaired ability to learn and perform in the classroom by decreasing […]

Free: Magic Schoolbus Coloring Sheets

posted by Nell Minow

Don’t forget to check out the terrific new boxed set of the entire Magic Schoolbus series!  And I have a special treat for Magic Schoolbus fans.  Just send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Frizzle in the subject line and […]

“Magic Schoolbus: The Complete Series” — Contest for Teachers Only

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s back-to-school contest for teachers only is really special — Magic School Bus: The Complete Series.  Join Ms. Frizzle and her students on field trips that go to outer space, inside the human body, back in time to see […]

Do Video Games Cause Attention Problems? Can They Reduce Attention Problems?

posted by Nell Minow

Parents of children with attention deficit issues like distractibility often note that their children can become utterly absorbed in a computer game even though they have trouble maintaining focus in other environments.  According to the Child Mind Institute’s Caroline Miller: […]

Activity Sheets: “Treasure Planet” and “Home on the Range”

posted by Nell Minow

“Treasure Planet” and “Home on the Range” are not classics, but they are both beautifully animated and a lot of fun.  In honor of their re-release on DVD/Blu-Ray Disney has made available free activity sheets for download.

Dr. Toy’s Recommendations for Vacation Play

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products for 2012 report is now available to parents, teachers, caregivers, grandparents, and others responsible for children.  As children enjoy the summer, these toys will help them play safely with toys that stretch their imaginations and curiousityat home, […]

Contest: Scholastic’s “Chicken Little & More Zany Animal Stories”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to have two copies of Chicken Little & More Zany Animal Stories to give away.  Scholastic’s wonderful series always has the best in children’s literature, gently animated and beautifully read.  This latest in the series includes: CHICKEN LITTLE (Written […]

Kids’ Toys and Costumes for the PG-13 “The Avengers”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Avengers” is a PG-13 superhero movie with “intense sequences of action violence throughout and a drug reference,” according to the MPAA.  So why is it marketing the film via action figures and costumes for children?  Alert reader Andreas U. […]

Mo Willems’ Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection, Vols. 1 & 2

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2012
DVD Release Date:April 26, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2012
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2012

My favorite series for children has a wonderful new collection: Mo Willems’ Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection Volumes 1 & 2.  Emmy Award winner and Sesame Street veteran Mo Willems is the author/illustrator of the delightful book series about […]

Giveaway: “Lion of Judah”

posted by Nell Minow

A lamb with the courage of a lion named Judah and his friends from a Bethlehem stable go on a journey in the week before the Crucifixion in this animated film with the voices of Ernest Borgnine and Bruce Marchiano. […]

Marketing Legos to Boys and Girls

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friends at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood for pointing me to this look at the different way Legos are marketed to boys and girls.  I love the way the website lets you make your own mash-up. […]

Brother Francis DVD Series for Catholic Children

posted by Nell Minow

The Brother Francis series is a gentle, accessible animated series for Catholic children with inviting and entertaining explanations of rituals and beliefs. “The Rosary” DVD includes the prayers of the Rosary and the Apostles’ Creed and a touching version of Mary’s […]

The Muppets!

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray for the Muppets and hurray for Disney and Jason Segal for bringing them back! “The Muppets” is one of the best movies of the year. When your children want more, try The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, and The […]

‘Clue’ Miniseries on Hub: Miss Scarlet in the Conservatory?

posted by Nell Minow

The Hub, the television network for kids and their families is premiering “Clue” on November 14.  It’s a five-part, live-action, miniseries event based on the iconic family game brand. The serie and introduces the iconic game characters as young modern-day sleuths, with […]

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers…And Other Inspiring Tales

posted by Nell Minow

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers… and More Inspiring Tales is another delight from Scholastic, who take the best children’s books and turn them into superb short films for beginning readers and their families.  The title film is based on […]

A New (Old) Book from Dr. Seuss

posted by Nell Minow

On Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow reviews a new collection of stories from Dr. Seuss, published for the first time in book form: The Bippilo Seed and Other Lost Stories.  Doctorow says, “The illustrations are classic Seuss and full of wit […]

Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman…And 4 More Spine-Tingling Tales

posted by Nell Minow

Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman… and 4 More Spine-Tingling Tales is a perfect Halloween treat for the littlest trick-or-treaters, with stories that are more fun than scary. Teeny-Tiny is the story of a boy who outsmarts the witch who wants to […]

The Worst Witch

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1986
DVD Release Date:October 16, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1986
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2011

Thanks to my godson, Theo Leiss, for reminding me of this Halloween treat! The Worst Witch is based on a pre-Harry Potter series of books by Jill Murphy about a school for young witches.  Fairuza Balk, who would later play a […]

Smile of the Week: ‘Sesame Street’ Does ‘Glee!’

posted by Nell Minow

Contest: Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin and More

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited to have a gorgeous DVD box set from the Scholastic Storybook series, my very favorite family DVDs to give away. And this one is really special, with three different collections that will inspire children to use their […]

Nickelodeon Explains 9/11 to Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Linda Ellerbee’s news programs for kids on Nickelodeon are some of the best journalism for any age available today and very important for family viewing and discussion.  Tonight, she explains what happened on September 11, 2001 to children who were […]

The Return of Mr. Rogers

posted by Nell Minow

“Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” welcomed children with low-key warmth and delivered its affirmations and lessons with great sweetness.  It ran nationally from 1968-2001 and its reruns are still watched by the children and grandchildren of the original viewers.  PBS has announced […]

Common Sense Media’s Best Book Apps for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Common Sense Media has a great list of the best apps to encourage young readers.  This is a wonderful way to introduce children to the pleasures of books.  I was especially taken with Icarus Swinebuckle.  Parents can read aloud, with […]

The North Star…And More Stories About Following Your Dreams

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:May 30, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: May 30, 2011

The latest from my very favorite series of DVDs for families has one of my very favorite books, Swamp Angel, in a collection of stories about lifelong learning and  following your dreams. The stories are: THE NORTH STAR (Written and […]

Veggie Tales Live! Sing Yourself Silly

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:May 23, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2011

I love the silly songs from Bob and Larry and the Veggie Tales gang! The first-ever live show DVD from Big Idea entertainment is this delightful collection of the silliest silly songs ever sung, including my two favorites, “The Hairbrush […]

Scholastic is Selling Coal Power — to Children

posted by Nell Minow

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood reports that esteemed publisher Scholastic is sending out “teaching materials” to schools that amounts to a commercial for coal power.  The coal industry, through the American Coal Foundation, has hired Scholastic to produce The […]

Ralph Lauren Pretends His Catalog is a Book For Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Renée Loth writes in the Boston Globe this weekend about Ralph Lauren’s new “book” for children — really a thinly disguised catalog.  They’re calling it “The first ever shoppable children’s storybook.’’ “The RL Gang: A Magically Magnificent School Adventure’’ is […]

Tikki-Tikki-Tembo…

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Not Rated
Movie Release Date:NA
DVD Release Date:April 26, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Movie Release Date: NA
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011

The DVD pick of the week is Tikki-Tikki-Tembo and More Stories of Asian Heritage, another from my very favorite series for young children and their families. This one arrives in time for May’s celebration of Asian Heritage Month in May, […]

Contest: DVDs for Purim and Passover!

posted by Nell Minow

There are two great new Shalom Sesame DVDs to celebrate the spring Jewish holidays and I have one of each to give away. It’s a wonderful way to help introduce children to two of the year’s most important festivals. This […]

Great Figures in African-American History

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2011
DVD Release Date:February 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2011
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011

Another one from my favorite series that arrives in time for Black History Month — Duke Ellington… and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. The DVD includes gently animated and beautifully narrated […]

Big Sale on National Geograpic DVDs

posted by Nell Minow

National Geographic is having an amazing sale on their outstanding series of DVDs, with prices as low as $3.95 for “March of the Penguins” and $5.95 for “The Dog Whisperer.” It’s for a limited time only. Be sure to check […]

Black History Month Treat: Lincoln and Douglass

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite series for kids, the Scholastic Storybook Treasures, has a new gem out for Black History Month and President’s Day. It’s a collection of DVDs based on four superb history books for children including Lincoln & Douglass: An […]

Contest: Alice in Wonderland

posted by Nell Minow

I am overjoyed to have two copies of one of my very favorite Disney classics to give away. This is the Blu-Ray/DVD 60th anniversary edition of “Alice in Wonderland.” I have loved this film since we watched it at my […]

Contest for Teachers Only: DVDs on Presidents and Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

I have two DVDs to give away — for teachers only, this time. These are from my very favorite series for kids, Scholastic’s Storybook Treasures and they are perfect for celebrating Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Women’s History […]

The Night Before Christmas…and More Classic Holiday Tales

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: 2010

My very favorite DVD series for families has a wonderful holiday treat: The Night Before Christmas…and More Classic Holiday Tales. Twelve beloved family classics come to life, including the Christmas stories “The Night Before Christmas,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” […]

Ask Amy’s ‘Book on Every Bed’ Project

posted by Nell Minow

Amy Dickenson has a wonderful idea for Christmas, “A Book on Every Bed.” Take a book. Wrap it. Place it on a child’s bed so it’s the first thing she sees on Christmas morning (or whatever holiday you celebrate). That’s […]

The Search for Santa Paws

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:November 23, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010

The Search For Santa Paws is the latest in the wildly popular series of “buddies” films from Robert Vince (watch for an interview with him posting later today). When Santa (Richard Riehle of “Office Space”) loses his memory, he will […]

List: Movie Mom’s Favorites for Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jennifer Kachler, Adam Donald, Daniel Sheppard, Brian Gonzalez, my homegirl Laine Kaplowitz, and everyone at the fabulous Bethesda Row Theatre.

Exclusive Clip from Veggie Tales’ ‘It’s a Meaningful Life’

posted by Nell Minow

Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:August 31, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010

Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance, the first chance to see the new CGI makeover for everyone’s favorite dancing mouse, comes out this week. I have three DVDs to give away and a special prize for everyone who writes to me. […]

Film-making Competition for Kids and Teens!

posted by Nell Minow

“Central casting” at AdLit.org and Reading Rockets is looking for young, creative writers and filmmakers to participate in the Exquisite Prompt “Write It, Film It Video Contest” for kids ages 7-18. First, you pick a “prompt” suggested by one of […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some rude humor and language
Movie Release Date:March 19, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 3, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor and language
Movie Release Date: March 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010

“Middle school may be the dumbest idea ever,” says Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), and I think he speaks for all of us. If you ask most adults whether they would rather be audited by the IRS or go back through […]

The Best Boredom Cure: GREAT Books

posted by Nell Minow

I love movies, but they don’t come close to books as a cure for boredom. Reading Rockets has a list of guaranteed boredom-banishers for elementary school kids. Best of all — many of them explain how to do cool projects, […]

Spellbound

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2003
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2003

In honor of this week’s Scripps Spelling Bee finals, every family should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s movie about the national spelling bee because it is about so much more. It is about the strength of American diversity and the commitment of […]

Flicka 2

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some reckless behavior
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:May 4, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some reckless behavior
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010

Flicka 2 is a straight-to-DVD sequel of the most recent version of Flicka, the kid-and-a-horse story that goes back to the 1941 novel, My Friend Flicka, which inspired sequels, movies, and a 1956-57 television series. In this latest version a […]

The Oracle of Omaha’s Lessons for Children

posted by Nell Minow

The greatest investor in history is Warren Buffett, the only man ever to become a billionaire only through investing. He is giving the vast majority of his fortune to charity through the Gates Foundation. Mr. Buffett’s investment advice has produced […]

Pixie Hollow Now Has Boys

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s online role-playing game Pixie Hollow is based on its DVD series about Tinker Bell and her friends. It gives children a chance to select a (female) fairy avatar and interact with other fairies. Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams reports that […]

Teach Kids About Advertising

posted by Nell Minow

The Federal Trade Commission has a terrific new online game for kids that will teach them to understand the difference between someone trying to tell them something and someone trying to sell them something. It’s called Admongo. The FTC’s message […]

National Screen Free Week

posted by Nell Minow

It isn’t TV Turn Off week any more. It’s now National Screen Free Week. As Aria Wallace discovered, turning off all of our devices can be difficult, but it can open us up to truer, deeper, more nuanced and more […]

Smile of the Week — Video from Ocoee Middle School

posted by Nell Minow

This joyous salute to books and reading is guaranteed to cheer your day. Bravo to the teachers, the administration, the librarians, and most of all the kids at the Ocoee Middle School. Keep reading! Thanks to the wonderful Jennifer Farrington […]

Read Across America

posted by Nell Minow

What a wonderful way to celebrate the birthday of the great Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss — each year on March 2 volunteers, many of them wearing red and white striped Cat in the Hat top hats — […]

Kids and Media: Kaiser’s M2 Report

posted by Nell Minow

The highly respected Kaiser Foundation has issued the third in its series of reports on children and media, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8-18-year-olds. They found that with technology allowing nearly 24-hour media access as children and teens […]

Veggie Tales: Silly Little Thing Called Love

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:January 19, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010

The Veggie Tales gang give us three stories about love in this characteristically bright and tuneful treat, covering love for your family, love for your neighbors, and love of God. And of course it has time for the always-adorable silly […]

Scholastic: A Night Before Christmas (with Hannukah and Kwanzaa)

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

My very favorite series has a special family treat for the winter holidays. Clement Moore’s classic poem about Santa Claus is read by Anthony Edwards. Theodore Bikel reads “In the Month of Kisley,” a delightful Hannukah story about a poor […]

Interview: Kaitlyn Maher of ‘Santa Buddies’

posted by Nell Minow

Kaitlyn Maher, who enchanted millions with her appearances on “America’s Got Talent,” has a sweet, clear voice and a sunny personality. She is quite busy these days, appearing in Disney’s new Santa Buddies DVD and singing on the soundtrack. And […]

Five ‘Shorts’ DVDs to Give Away!

posted by Nell Minow

This is exciting! The fantasy/adventure/comedy “Shorts” is about to be released on DVD and thanks to the wonderful folks at Warner Brothers I have FIVE copies to give away to my beloved readers. In my review for Beliefnet and the […]

Contest: Kai-Lan and Mr. Troop Mom

posted by Nell Minow

The first three people to respond will win DVDs of these two great new family releases. Many thanks to the folks at Nickelodeon for these wonderful prizes. In Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Kai-Lan’s Great Trip to China, the adorable cartoon heroine […]

Interview: Tinker Bell (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

Part 2 — from an online press briefing with “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” director Klay Hall and producer Sean Lurie.” And don’t forget to enter the contest for the Tinker Bell DVD and wings! Q: Can you talk […]

Parental Guidance on Web Videos

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times has an excellent article about the way children today are watching as much programming online as they do on television and DVDs, giving them an unprecedented bounty of choices and giving their parents an unprecedented range […]

A Very Brave Witch

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: 2009

Here’s a great new DVD from my all-time favorite series, just in time for Halloween — A Very Brave Witch…and more Halloween stories. In the title story, a little witch who has been taught that humans are scary decides to […]

Reading Rockets: Where the Wild Things Are Family Kit

posted by Nell Minow

Get ready for the release of “Where the Wild Things Are” by reading the book! Reading Rockets has a great site with resources including an interview with author Maurice Sendak. Did you know he originally wrote it as a story […]

Imagine That

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild language and brief questionable behavior.
Movie Release Date:February 12, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 6, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild language and brief questionable behavior.
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009

Title aside, there is not much imagination in this formulaic story of a daddy who discovers the value of his daughter’s imaginary friends — and then learns that it is his daughter who matters most of all. But I am […]

If the World Were a Village

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2009
DVD Release Date:September 8, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2009
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009

Based on David J. Smith’s best-selling and award-winning book If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People, this is an animated story about global culture that helps families understand our differences, our commonality, and our connections. […]

Pete’s Dragon

posted by Nell Minow

“Pete’s Dragon,” a warm-hearted Disney musical fantasy combining live action and animation, is out on DVD today. It stars Helen Reddy (singing the Oscar-nominated song, “Candle on the Water”), Mickey Rooney, and Jim Dale (narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks). […]

WordGirl Interviewed by Jim Lehrer

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Siva Vaidhyanathan for sharing this delightful interview with the newest PBS superhero, WordGirl, who keeps the world safe from bad guys and poor word choices! Here’s to vivid and grammatically correct speech, and to PBS and WorldGirl.

Sid the Science Kid

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:August 4, 2009
DVD Release Date:August 4, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: August 4, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009

Preschool programs focus on words and numbers and there has not been much about science. But all children are inherently scientists, endlessly curious about the world around them and constantly performing experiments and asking “why.” The Jim Henson company introduces […]

Super Why!

posted by Nell Minow

I am very pleased to see this delightful DVD re-issued. I love the way it encourages kids to read by bringing them inside the stories. Meet Jack and the Giant, the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Ridinghood, and the Princess […]

Chicka Chicka 123… and More Counting Fun

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:July 28, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009

First-time preschoolers can get a head start, kids returning in the fall can get a refresher, and everyone in the family can have fun with this terrific new DVD of counting stories from my very favorite series by Scholastic. I […]

Recess Monkey: Great Music for Kids and Their Families

posted by Nell Minow

Seattle-based teachers-turned-music group Recess Monkey came to Washington DC to play at XM Radio and Jammin’ Java this week and I was lucky enough to see them perform before a wildly enthusiastic crowd of very excited kids and very happy […]

Paperclips

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2004
DVD Release Date:2005
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2004
DVD Release Date: 2005

The tragic shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC last week reminds us yet again of the importance of making sure that future generations do not just learn the statistics but truly understand the near-incomprehensible devastation of genocide and […]

Shaun the Sheep: Sheep on the Loose

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:June 9, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009

The latest Shaun the Sheep movie is “Sheep on the Loose” The people who created “Wallace and Gromit” are behind this wonderful new series about a sheep who does not follow the flock — but sometimes gets the flock to […]

PBS Resource on Media for Parents

posted by Nell Minow

PBS has an excellent online resource for parents about the way that media shapes children’s views of the world, with separate sections for preschoolers, grade schoolers, pre-teens and teens, with tips for each age to help children understand media and […]

Interview: Jason Dolley of ‘Cory in the House’ and ‘Hatching Pete’

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Dolley of the Disney Channel’s popular series Cory in the House stars in Hatching Pete, now out on DVD with another family-friendly feature, “Dadnapped.” He found time to talk to me between finals in his college classes, and I […]

‘The Story of Stuff’

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports that a short animated film called “The Story of Stuff” has become “a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.” What I like about the story is the way the unabashed advocacy of the film […]

Hotel for Dogs

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor
Movie Release Date:January 16, 2008
DVD Release Date:April 28, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor
Movie Release Date: January 16, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009

Cute kids + cuter dogs = one doggone cute movie. Emma Roberts (niece of Julia) stars in the movie based on the popular book by Lois Duncan about an orphaned brother and sister who rescue stray dogs. Andi (Roberts) and […]

iCarly

posted by Nell Minow

iCarly is a cute Nickelodeon series about a girl named Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam and Freddie. The series incorporates content produced by the viewers. I’ve got copies of […]

Make a Zimmer Twins Movie — and Win!

posted by Nell Minow

Qubo is sponsoring a contest for kids who make their own movies featuring the channel’s Zimmer Twins. Children have until April 30 to submit animated films to be considered for broadcast on national TV. Young filmmakers can create mini animated […]

Contest: Tale of Despereaux

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to have four copies of Tale of Despereaux to give away to the first four people who send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Despereaux in the subject line. Good luck!

Why is SpongeBob in a Sexy Commercial?

posted by Nell Minow

What were they thinking? The latest Burger King ad for a Kids Meal featuring a SpongeBob Squarepants toy is a booty-shaking adaptation of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s famous musical salute to ladies’ rear ends. This is what the Campaign for a Commercial-Free […]

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 […]

Dora’s Makeover, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful comments on the new “Dora.” I promised to follow up, so here is the latest picture of what the older version of Dora will look like. As I have said, I am keeping an […]

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 […]

Dora’s Disappointing Makeover

posted by Nell Minow

Here is the opening paragraph of a new press release: Mattel, Inc. (NYSE:MAT) and Nickelodeon/Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP), announced today that Dora the Explorer™ is growing up! The companies have introduced a whole new way to look at Dora for […]

Teen ‘Idols’ — How to Talk to Jonas Brothers Fans

posted by Nell Minow

Do you have a Jonas Brothers fan in your family? Or maybe a fanatic? Some parents have found their children’s devotion to the latest pop stars a little disconcerting. One father suggested that his daughter’s enthusiasm might merit a discussion […]

Snow Day

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:2000
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Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 2000

This engaging kid-eye view of “the real winter miracle” is good family fun. It has something for both littler and bigger kids and is very endurable for parents. The theme of the movie is that “anything can happen on a […]

Interview: Michael Landon, Jr. of ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Landon Jr.’s new film is The Velveteen Rabbit, based on the classic book by Margery Williams about the stuffed toy bunny loved so dearly that it becomes “real.” The movie opens in select cities this Friday, February 27, and […]

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Fever

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:February 4, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2009

The third in the award-winning series of Gustafer Yellowgold is coming out on DVD March 17, featuring guest artists Lisa Loeb and Wilco’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone. These tuneful treats from artist/songwriter Morgan Taylor are family favorites, with singable […]

Behind the Scenes with HSM3!

posted by Nell Minow

Disney reveals the bloopers and accidents behind the scenes at “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” It’s fun to see how the young stars bounce back from their mistakes with such good spirits and good humor. Get ready to giggle […]

I Have a Dream (Music Video)

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Black History Month, I am proud to post this wonderful tribute to Martin Luther King from Little Dizzy films. The song was written by Pat Boone the day he heard the news of Martin Luther King Jr’s […]

Dog Training Tips from the Space Buddies Trainer

posted by Nell Minow

The Space Buddies on-set dog trainer, Nicole Zuehl provides a step-by-step guide for teaching your puppy the basics of good behavior.

Return of ”The Electric Company’

posted by Nell Minow

Hey you guys! The classic 1970’s show The Electric Company taught a generation of kids how to take the letters they learned on “Sesame Street” and turn them into words and sentences. The superstar cast included Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, […]

Contest: Win Your Own Space Buddies!

posted by Nell Minow

Adorable Golden Retriever puppies Rosebud, Buddha, Budderball, B-Dawg, and Mudbud return in Space Buddies, an epic adventure that takes them to the moon, to be released on DVD . Moving at warp speed, dodging asteroids and more, the Buddies and […]

The History Channel Presents The Presidents

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2005

This week we observe one of the great strengths of the system created by the founding fathers, the orderly transition to a new administration. In honor of the outgoing and incoming Presidents of the United States, take a look at […]

KidThing — Stories, Games, and Educational Content for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Kidthing is a safe and secure place to find games and educational content for children. Kidthing recently won The National Parenting Center’s 2009 Seal of Approval and has been selected to be the sole digital distribution partner for the National […]

Kids’ Inauguration Info

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s 44th president with the help of the fabulously rich and engaging resources of Our White House. The non-profit, non-partisan National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance has created a free online presidential inauguration activity guide […]

Five Children and It

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite books is Five Children and It, the E. Nesbit classic about children who discover a magical creature and have a series of adventures when he gives them one wish a day. The movie, starring Kenneth Branagh […]

The Snowman

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Not Rated
Movie Release Date:1982
DVD Release Date:1982
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Movie Release Date: 1982
DVD Release Date: 1982

Cold winter days are just right for curling up with some hot cocoa to watch DVDs filled with the pleasures of winter. And it is always wise to have some on hand for those days when it is too cold […]

Disney Treasures: Dr. Syn, Annette, Donald 4

posted by Nell Minow

The latest set of Disney Treasures really live up to the name with some extra-special treats from the Disney vaults. Annette – 1957-1958 Season Everyone’s favorite Mousketeer was the 1950’s version of Miley Cyrus. The 1957-58 episodes featured here include […]

Horton Hears a Who

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:March 14, 2008
DVD Release Date:December 16, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: March 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008

They finally got Dr. Seuss right in this warm-hearted and heart-warming story of the elephant who is “faithful 100 percent” and the world on a little speck of dust that he rescues. Jim Carrey provides the voice of Horton, an […]

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. […]

Holiday ‘Teachable Moments’ from Connections Academy

posted by Nell Minow

Connections Academy, an online public school, has come up with some great suggestions for using winter season events to help children learn. From baking cookies to talk about measuring and adding to talking about geography on family trips, they have […]

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