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One of the greatest animated films of all time is Disney’s Pinocchio, possibly the most beautiful hand-drawn film of all time. It is remarkable to think that it was made just three years after the groundbreaking but much simpler “Snow […]

I love the Christmas classic movies and watch as many as I can every year.  But there are many great Christmas films that don’t get mentioned as often and I like to remind families that these are worth making time […]

The holiday season is ahead and there are some great book and toy choices for your gift list. Books for kids: Crafting with Feminism When the weather keeps you indoors, put away all the screens and devices and learn to […]

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 […]

For Halloween, some of my favorite movie witches: Kim Novak is a sexy witch who will lose her powers if she falls in love in “Bell Book and Candle.” The outstanding cast includes Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, and Elsa Lanchester. […]

Hurray!  The summer Olympics start this week.  Here are some movies to help kids get ready. The First Olympics: Athens 1896, one of my very favorite sports movies ever, is a made-for-TV miniseries about the first modern-day Olympics. We take […]

In honor of Father’s Day, my eBook, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers is FREE through Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. What do “Wall Street” and the “Star Wars” saga and, seemingly, about half the movies ever made have in common? They are […]

Julie Andrews has a new series for kid about the performing arts! I love that idea. STEM is important, of course, but the arts are what fuel the imagination and provide the satisfaction of creative expression. They also promote empathy […]

For more than a century James M. Barrie’s story of the boy who would not grow up has been enchanting families as a play, several theatrical musicals, and in many different television and movie versions. Now the Peter Pan novel […]

This week’s splendid new “Jungle Book” from Disney may inspire families to check out the books that inspired it by Rudyard Kipling. Children may prefer his “Just-So” stories and “Rikki-tikki-tavi,” about a curious mongoose who saves the day. Families may […]