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Sesame Street’s television series has a new character. Her name is Julia, she loves bubbles, and she has autism. Julia has already been a Sesame Street online character, and it is great to see her on ths whow, letting families […]

My friend and fellow critic Matt Fagerholm has an excellent essay at rogerebert.com about the adorable new Netflix series “Julie’s Greenroom,” starring Julie Andrews, the Muppets, and a dazzling gallery of guest stars. Andrews has a natural chemistry with her […]

Great choices for Black History Month from Scholastic: Duke Ellington… and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history. The DVD includes gently animated and beautifully narrated versions of four books about important figures in black history. Duke […]

There is nothing better for building happy family memories than singing along with Raffi to classics like “Baby Beluga” and “Down by the Bay.” This collection of Raffi favorites, released February 10, 2017, with the best from 40 years of […]

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 […]