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VAMPIRE ACADEMY
Reel Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, bloody images, sexual content and language Released in Theaters: Feb. 7, 2014 Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Comedy, Based on a Book Runtime: 104 minutes Directed by: Mark Waters Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Dominic...READ MORE
VAMPIRE ACADEMY
Reel Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, bloody images, sexual content and language Released in Theaters: Feb. 7, 2014 Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Comedy, Based on a Book Runtime: 104 minutes Directed by: Mark Waters Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Dominic...READ MORE

THE LEGO MOVIE
Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor Released in Theaters: Feb. 7, 2014 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Runtime: 100 minutes Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Cast: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Will Ferrell, Chris...READ MORE

VAMPIRE ACADEMY
Reel Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, bloody images, sexual content and language Released in Theaters: Feb. 7, 2014 Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Comedy, Based on a Book Runtime: 104 minutes Directed by: Mark Waters Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Dominic...READ MORE

THE LEGO MOVIE
Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor Released in Theaters: Feb. 7, 2014 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Runtime: 100 minutes Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Cast: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Will Ferrell, Chris...READ MORE

THE NUT JOB
Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor Released in Theaters: Jan. 17, 2014 Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Runtime: 85 minutes Directed by: Peter Lepeniotis Cast: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Dunham Official...READ MORE

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, some scary images and mild language Released in Theaters: Aug. 7, 2013 Released on DVD/Blu-ray: Dec. 17, 2013 Buy: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Blu-ray/DVD + DigitalHD Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sequel, Based on a Book Runtime:...READ MORE

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images   Released in Theaters: Dec. 13, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sequel, Based on a Book Runtime: 161 minutes Directed by: Peter Jackson Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman,...READ MORE

Frozen
Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some action and mild rude humor   Released in Theaters: Nov. 27, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical Runtime: 108 minutes Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff,...READ MORE

LOST & FOUND
LOST & FOUND   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: Not rated; ok for kids 3+   Released on DVD: Oct. 15, 2013 Genre: Family, Animated, Based on a Book Runtime: 54 minutes Directed by: Philip Hunt Cast: Jim Broadbent Buy the...READ MORE

KUNG FU PANDA: LEGENDS OF AWESOMENESS - THE SCORPION STING
  by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels TV Rating: TV-Y7   Released on DVD: Oct. 15, 2013 Genre: Family, Comedy, Animated Runtime: 154 minutes Directed by: Jim Schumann and more Cast: Fred Tatasciore, Kari Wahlgren, Mick Wingert, Max Koch, Amir Talai, James Sie, Lucy...READ MORE

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
  by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild rude humor Released in Theaters: Sept. 27, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Family, Comedy, Sequel, Animated Runtime: 95 minutes Directed by: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will...READ MORE

GRAVITY
  by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language Released in Theaters: Oct. 4, 2013 (3D, IMAX) Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller Runtime: 90 minutes Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron Cast: Sandra Bullock, George...READ MORE

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.   Released in Theaters: Oct. 11, 2013 Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller, Based on a Book Runtime: 134 minutes Directed...READ MORE

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild rude humor Released in Theaters: Sept. 27, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Family, Comedy, Sequel, Animated Runtime: 95 minutes Directed by: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will...READ MORE

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild rude humor Released in Theaters: Sept. 27, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Family, Comedy, Sequel, Animated Runtime: 95 minutes Directed by: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte,...READ MORE

BATTLE OF THE YEAR
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some rude behavior Released in Theaters: Sept. 20, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Music, Drama Runtime: 110 minutes Directed by: Benson Lee Cast: Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck, Chris Brown, Caity...READ MORE

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements Released in Theaters: Sept. 13, 2013 Genre: Sequel, Horror, Thriller Runtime: 106 minutes Directed by: James Wan Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins,...READ MORE

SUPER BUDDIES
SUPER BUDDIES   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: G Released on DVD: August 27, 2013 Genre: Family, Comedy Runtime: 81 minutes Directed by: Robert Vince Cast: John Ratzenberger, Michael Teigen, Jason Earles, Tim Conway, Atticus Shaffer, Alyson Stoner, Cooper Roth, Jeremy...READ MORE

LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER
LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking Released in Theaters: August 16, 2013 Genre: Drama, Biography, Historical Runtime: 132 minutes Directed by: Lee Daniels...READ MORE

PLANES
PLANES   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and rude humor Released in Theaters: August 9, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Comedy Runtime: 91 minutes Directed by: Klay Hall Cast: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad...READ MORE

TURBO
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and thematic elements Released in Theaters: July 17, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy Runtime: 96 minutes Directed by: David Soren Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Samuel...READ MORE

THE WOLVERINE
THE WOLVERINE   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language Released in Theaters: July 26, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comic Book Runtime: 126 minutes Directed by: James...READ MORE

A Sick Day for Amos
Amos is a creature of habit - every day he rises at the exact same time and follows the exact same routine as he readies himself for work. 'He would wind his watch and set a pot of water to boil', and soon he is out the door to catch...READ MORE

TURBO
 by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and thematic elements Released in Theaters: July 17, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy Runtime: 96 minutes Directed by: David Soren Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Samuel L....READ MORE
Letters From Felix: A Little Rabbit on a World Tour
My middle child, Sophie, has a stuffed friend she got when she was 18 months old – a cute puppy from Hershey Park.  She could barely walk, but somehow toddled over to this particular souvenir, picked him up by the ear and proclaimed his name was Woofy. He has barely...READ MORE

THE WOLVERINE
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language Released in Theaters: July 26, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comic Book Runtime: 126 minutes Directed by: James Mangold Cast: Hugh...READ MORE
My Wish List
Over the last two weeks I have offered two separate summer reading suggestions – books my kids are reading right now and their favorite books.  This week it’s my turn!  There are a few books I am always trying to convince my kids to read – so far unsuccessfully. I’m...READ MORE

GROWN UPS 2
GROWN UPS 2   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity Released in Theaters: July 12, 2013 Genre: Comedy, Sequel Runtime: 101 minutes Directed by: Dennis Dugan Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin...READ MORE

PACIFIC RIM
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language Released in Theaters: July 12, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Runtime: 131 minutes Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Cast: Charlie...READ MORE
Summer Reading Suggestions
Summer Reading Suggestions   Summer is the perfect opportunity to spend a few hours curled up with a good book (or books, as is the case here in my house, as all of us are usually immersed in two or three books at a time).  And if you’re anything like...READ MORE
WHITE HOUSE DOWN
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence, including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image. Released in Theaters: June 28, 2013 Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller Runtime: 131 minutes Directed by: Roland...READ MORE

DESPICABLE ME 2
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor and mild action Released in Theaters: July 3, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Sequel, Animation, Comedy, Family Runtime: 98 minutes Directed by: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Russell...READ MORE

THE LONE RANGER
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material Released in Theaters: July 3, 2013 Genre: Action, Adventure, Western, Remake Runtime: 149 minutes Directed by: Gore Verbinski Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner,...READ MORE

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: G Released in Theaters: June 21, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Prequel Runtime: 104 minutes Directed by: Dan Scanlon Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn, Joel Murray, Sean...READ MORE
Wonder
When I saw my two older children literally have a tug of war battle over a book, I knew precisely how to settle the argument.  That much desperation could only mean one thing, so I quickly took the book and settled onto the couch, and flipped to Page One.  It...READ MORE

MAN OF STEEL
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language Released in Theaters: June 14, 2013 (2D, 3D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Remake, Comic Book Runtime: 143 minutes Directed...READ MORE
Wooby & Peep: A Story of Unlikely Friendship
With school out, my kids are once again heading off to camp, which means seeing old buddies and forging new friendships.   Wooby & Peep: A Story of Unlikely Friendship(written by Cynthea Liu and illustrated by Mary Peterson) is a perfect book for this time of year: a fun, silly, important...READ MORE
OK Book
Let’s face it – as parents we tend to push our kids to succeed.  Nothing wrong with that, except that it seems we expecting more and more from them at a younger and younger age - even in my own family where I try to compliment the effort rather than...READ MORE

AFTER EARTH
AFTER EARTH by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images Released in Theaters: May 31, 2013 Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Runtime: 100 minutes Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan Cast: Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zoe...READ MORE
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
There’s something about little boys and trucks – my son knew the difference between a backhoe, front loader and excavator practically before he could talk. We would spend hours just down the street from our house where there was a new home being built, watching the construction, as he offered...READ MORE

THE INTERNSHIP
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language Released in Theaters: June 7, 2013 Genre: Comedy Runtime: 119 minutes Directed by: Shawn Levy Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, Josh Brener,...READ MORE

EPIC
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild action, some scary images and brief rude language Released in Theaters: May 24, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy Runtime: 102 minutes Directed by: Chris Wedge Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis,...READ MORE

The Cloud Spinner
I tend to be one of those mothers – the sort who constantly finds lessons in every day happenings. I stop at roadside markers so we can learn about history, and I always have my phone handy just in case we come upon a new idea or concept and I...READ MORE

IRON MAN 3
IRON MAN 3   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content    Released in Theaters: May 3, 2013 (2D, 3D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Sequel Runtime: 130 minutes...READ MORE

“And I Thought About You”
Every morning, countless of working moms head off to the office – and regardless of where you stand on the stay-at-home versus working mother debate, there is no doubt it’s never easy leaving the kids behind in someone else’s care.  “And I Thought About You” written by Rosanne Kurstedt and...READ MORE

OBLIVION
OBLIVION   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity    Released in Theaters: April 19, 2013 (2D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi Runtime: 126 minutes Directed by: Joseph Kosinski Cast: Tom...READ MORE

THE GREAT GATSBY
THE GREAT GATSBY   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language.     Released in Theaters: May 10, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Drama, Romance, Based on a Book Runtime: 142 minutes Directed...READ MORE

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence Released in Theaters: May 16, 2013 (2D, 3D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Sequel Runtime: 132 minutes Directed by: J. J. Abrams...READ MORE

JURASSIC PARK 3D
JURASSIC PARK 3D   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense science fiction terror    Released in Theaters: April 5, 2013 (3D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Runtime: 127 minutes Directed by: Steven Spielberg Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff...READ MORE

The Dark
Both my older children gobbled up the series, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by the mysterious Lemony Snicket, which follows the three orphaned Baudelaire children as they are shuttled to live with Count Olaf, a distant uncle, after their parents death in a fire – so when I discovered ‘The...READ MORE

OBLIVION
OBLIVION   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity    Released in Theaters: April 19, 2013 (2D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi Runtime: 126 minutes Directed by: Joseph Kosinski Cast: Tom...READ MORE

Mr. Tickle (Mr. Men and Little Miss Series)
I admit I’m a bit late to the Mr. Men and Little Miss series – sure, I’d seen the faces on t-shirts and vaguely heard about the characters with names like Mr. Fussy and Miss Tiny - but, the truth is, even after receiving a half dozen of these books...READ MORE
42
42   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, including language    Released in Theaters: April 12, 2013 Genre: Biography, Drama, Sports Runtime: 128 minutes Directed by: Brian Helgeland Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, T. R. Knight,...READ MORE

How To Take Your Grandmother To The Museum
I treasure the special bond my children share with their grandparents – although, of course, I always wonder how these people (aka our parents) can be the same ones who engaged such strict rules and held such high expectations and yet now believe that an entire box of Mallomars is...READ MORE

SNITCH
SNITCH   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence Released in Theaters: Feb. 22, 2013 Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller Runtime: 112 minutes Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Susan...READ MORE

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language. Released in Theaters: March 1, 2013 (2D, 3D, IMAX) Genre: Drama, Adventure, Fantasy Runtime: 114 minutes Directed...READ MORE

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material Released in Theaters: Feb. 14, 2013 Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance Runtime: 124 minutes Directed by: Richard LaGravenese Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy...READ MORE

Binky the Space Cat
Lately, on library day, my daughter has been bringing home graphic novels.  I knew they were all the rage right now (at least in her class) but other than The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I really wasn’t sure what they were all about and was sort of thinking she was...READ MORE

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language    Released in Theaters: April 5, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Runtime:...READ MORE

THE HOST
THE HOST   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence   Released in Theaters: March 29, 2013 Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Based on a Book Runtime: 125 minutes Directed by: Andrew Niccol (based on a book...READ MORE

THE CROODS
THE CROODS   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some scary action. Released in Theaters: March 22, 2013 (2D, 3D) Genre: Comedy, Family, Animated, Adventure Runtime: 98 minutes Directed by: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone,...READ MORE

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE
THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language Released in Theaters: March 15, 2013 Genre: Comedy Runtime: 100 minutes Directed by: Don Scardino Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi,...READ MORE

Oz Great and Powerful
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language Released in Theaters: March 8, 2013 (2D, 3D, IMAX) Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Prequel Runtime: 130 minutes Directed...READ MORE

F in Exams
Book Review:  F in Exams   First, let me say straight off that I don’t generally condone blatant sarcasm, especially when uttered by a young adult.  And secondly, I also don’t really find it appropriate to celebrate bad test scores. Combine a sarcastic young adult with bad test scores, well,...READ MORE

Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer
Bestselling author, John Grisham published his first book, Time to Kill, in 1989 – and, currently with more than 25 books and 275 million copies in print, has established himself as a leader in adult legal thrillers. Now, with Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer, Grisham produces an equally riveting and suspenseful...READ MORE

WELCOME TO "A GOOD READ" - the Book Review section brought to you by CT Kids & Family
A GOOD READ is our Book Review section and is provided to you as a helpful guide to current and classic books that we think are worthwhile reading for you and your children. We believe in enhancing the child/parent relationship through reading time. Time spent reading aloud with our little...READ MORE

Sofia The First
Sofia The First, Written by Cathy Hapka, Illustrated by Grace Lee, 40 Pages, Ages 3-8 A young commoner dreams of becoming a princess – and then one day, after her mother marries the king, her wish comes true!  What young girl hasn't pretended she has been magically transformed into royalty,...READ MORE

My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs and High Fives
My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs and High Fives By Jamie Lee Curtis (Writer) and Laura Cornell (Illustrator) Ages 4-8 Author Jamie Lee Curtis and Illustrator Laura Cornell have done it again! In, "My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs and High Fives", both children and parents will enjoy...READ MORE

Martin Luther King - I Have a Dream Speech
Martin Luther King's Speech: 'I Have a Dream' - The Full Text By The Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. Aug. 28, 1963 I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five...READ MORE

PLAYING FOR KEEPS
PLAYING FOR KEEPS - a Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image Released in Theaters: Dec. 7, 2012 Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Runtime: 106 minutes Directed by: Gabriele Muccino Cast: Gerard...READ MORE

I’ll Save You Bobo
I’ll Save You Bobo By Eileen & Marc Rosenthal, Ages 3-6                 A young boy named Willy has a tough time reading his dinosaur book with his favorite stuffed animal monkey named Bobo. But what’s the problem? No one other than his relentless pet cat… Earl. Earl refuses to leave...READ MORE

LINCOLN
LINCOLN - a Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language Released in Theaters: Nov. 16, 2012 Genre: Drama, History, War Runtime: 150 minutes Directed by: Steven...READ MORE

This Is the Dreidel
This Is the Dreidel By Abby Levine, Illustrated By Paige Billin-Fry, Ages 4-7 Main character Max and his family of four celebrate the eight night of Hanukkah! This story revolves around the Jewish holiday, teaching the many well known traditions with the use of witty rhyming and adoring characters. Max...READ MORE

What If?
What If? By Else Holmelund Minarik, Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, Ages 3-6 Two cats named Pit and Pat were tossed out of the house. They scuffled in the snow until an idea came to mind… their own Christmas tree! Thoughts and schemes and suggestions were exchanged back and forth...READ MORE

The Night After Christmas
The Night After Christmas, By James Stevenson, Ages 4-8 Christmas time is the time of year filled with good friends, family, food... and of course new toys! But when the new toys make an appearance under the tree, old teddy bear and doll find themselves replaced, and thrown in the...READ MORE

Otto The Book Bear
Otto The Book Bear By Katie Cleminson, Ages 3-6 Otto The Book Bear is a small bear with a big secret. When no eyes are on him, Otto comes to life and escapes from his book! He travels long and far exploring the house his book owner resides at, reading...READ MORE

All About Grandmas
All About Grandmas By Roni Schotter, Ages 4-7 All grandmas are just a little off their rocker in their own special way, but they all seem to have one thing in common… love and wisdom! This story shares the assortment of hobbies, interests, and funny quirks grandmas have all around...READ MORE

Dog Loves Drawing
Dog Loves Drawing By Louise Yates, Ages 3-5 Dog loved books so much he owned his own bookstore. When he wasn’t reading new stories he was sharing his passion and reading to others. One morning, a package was delivered to his store leading to the start of something new… and...READ MORE

Blue Sky
Blue Sky By Audrey Wood, Ages 2-4 Best Selling author and illustrator, Audrey Wood, uses her magnificently vivid drawings and meticulously simple words to portray the many scenes of the sky. There are only two words on each page. For example, rainbow sky, storm sky, wish sky, etc. But with...READ MORE
WELCOME to "NUTRITION NUGGETS" brought to you by Connecticut Kids & Family
"NUTRITION NUGGETS" is our section of Nutrition Tips for the Whole Family. Most of our posts are written by Tiffany Glenn, M.S., R.D.,L.D. Registered Dietitian. Good health is important from the inside out. Learn more about how Tiffany nourishes her body from the outside by checking out her website at...READ MORE

Omega-3s for Children and Teens
What about Omega 3's for your kids? Omega-3s are essential fatty acids -- we need them for our bodies to work properly.  So how do omega-3s benefit children?  Here's the rundown on the research. Keep in mind that few of these studies are definitive, and larger studies are needed to...READ MORE

CT Moms Online
An online group designed for Connecticut Moms, focusing on direct communication between Moms via our Online forums. Members discuss everything from pediatrician and contractor recommendations to local events and happenings as well as general parenting and other topics relating to us as women, mothers, wives, employees, residents and dozens of...READ MORE

MOMS Club of Old Lyme-Old Saybrook
The MOMS Club of Old Lyme-Old Saybrook is a non-profit organization that supports the stay-at-home mom and offers playgroups, nights out for mom, community service projects, and events for the entire family for the towns of Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook & Lyme. Please see www.momsclubofolosct.org or email momsclubofolos@yahoo.com for...READ MORE

Mom to Mom at Griffin Hospital
Mom to Mom is a facilitated support and social group for new and expectant mothers and their infants up to one year. Each meeting features a topic relevant to new motherhood and is followed by an hour-long play group.  Meets every Tuesday from 10:00 AM - Noon....READ MORE

CT's No Drama Mammas & Pappas of Fairfield County!
We are Fairfield County's newest & largest Family Network focusing on Growing as Parents, Raising our Children and providing a glimpse into what's to do in Fairfield County! Network with hundreds of families, attend thousands of events (both public and private), read 100% parent-authored publications & reviews, participate in forums...READ MORE

Nursing Moms - Griffin Hospital
Nursing Moms Support Group is facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant and is open to any woman who is breastfeeding her child. Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 -9:00 PM....READ MORE

Wallingford VNA Support Groups
Wallingford VNA offers Hispanic Mother's Support Group, Grandparents as Parents Supports Group (GAPS), and occasional support group for mothers of infants and toddlers....READ MORE

Women & Family Life Center
The Women & Family Life Center, a nonprofit organization, helps women and families meet the challenges of daily living and personal development through education, enrichment, support and referral services. WFLC serves parents of young children (pre-K), individuals who are divorcing, separating or experiencing domestic violence, pre-teen and teen-age youth and...READ MORE

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Connecticut Chapter: TACA CT aims to support families affected by Autism by hosting educational meetings on various topics, informal coffee talks and fun family outings.  TACA CT will provide a supportive community as well as information on a wide range of treatments and programs so...READ MORE

Net Family News
A nonprofit public service providing a forum and "kid-tech news" for parents and educators. Based on the premise that informed, engaged parenting is essential to kids' constructive use of technology and the Net....READ MORE

Animal Fact Guide
At Animal Fact Guide, you can learn about interesting and endangered animals from around the world. Discover what makes an animal unique and get wildlife conservation tips on our Animal Facts pages. Share your opinion about recent wildlife discoveries or check out cute baby animal photos on our Wildlife Blog....READ MORE

Hygeia Foundation
The Hygeia Foundation is an international community of compassion, empathy and support for families who have endured the tragedy of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal / infant loss. The local organization provides support, education, and counseling to families who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or newborn....READ MORE

La Leche League of CT
La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to women who want to breastfeed. All women interested in breastfeeding are encouraged to attend Group meetings or to call a Leader for breastfeeding help....READ MORE

CT Newcomers Club
A directory of clubs and organizations in Connecticut which are designed to give people new to the area the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with others....READ MORE

Holistic Moms Network
National non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. We encourage moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all...READ MORE

Southbury Women's Club
Southbury Women's Club is a group of women with different backgrounds and varied interests who combine their time, talents and energy for the purpose of enriching their community. We organize events for fundraising and community service to benefit local charities. The Fall Fine Arts Festival including face painting and crafts, the...READ MORE

Branford Early Childhood Collaborative
The Branford Early Childhood Collaborative is a community based organizations formed to enhance the needs of our youngest residents. Our mission is to ensure that "All Branford children, birth through age eight, are happy, healthy, safe, and successful with a love of learning in school and in life." By bringing...READ MORE

ABC Teach
A great resource for parents, student teachers, and teachers with 5000+ free printable pages and worksheets....READ MORE

Safe Teens
SafeTeens.com is The Online Safety Project’s site for teen safety on the Internet....READ MORE

WiredSafety
WiredSafety provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. We handle cases of cyberabuse ranging from identity and credential theft, online fraud and cyberstalking, to hacking and malicious code attacks....READ MORE

Safe Kids
Your family's guide to making the Internet and Technology fun, safe and productive....READ MORE

Childnet International
A non-profit organization working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. For a thorough listing of resources on Internet Safety, see our Internet Safety for Youth page....READ MORE

GetNetWise
GetNetWise is a public service by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that families have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences....READ MORE

Net Family News
A nonprofit public service providing "kid-tech news" for parents and educators in more than 50 countries....READ MORE

The NetSmartz Workshop
The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource that teaches kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet. NetSmartz combines the newest technologies available and the most current information to create high-impact educational activities that are well received by even the most tech-savvy kids. Parents, guardians, educators,...READ MORE

Chat Danger
A site all about the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles....READ MORE

The American Garage
The American Garage The US Department of Energy reported in 2010 that one-quarter of Americans with a two-car garage have so much stuff stored in it there is no room left for vehicles.  How much room is in your garage? Why do we have so much stuff?  The why's aren't...READ MORE

CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center
The mission of the ASRC is to provide, through our many programs, the most recent information and research to parents and professionals, thus helping them to better understand the barriers and challenges that people with ASD face on a daily basis....READ MORE

Autism Families CONNECTicut (AFC)
Autism Families CONNECTicut (AFC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing social, recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorders face immense hurdles when participating in standard sports and activities. AFC focuses on the unique needs of children...READ MORE

Apraxia Resource Center of Connecticut
The Apraxia Resource Center of Connecticut is non-profit organization and support network open to all parents and caregivers of children with apraxia of speech. They support families from all regions in Connecticut and have several support group meeting location options including, Northeast CT, Hartford Area, and Fairfield/New Haven County. For...READ MORE

CTParenting.com
A website provided by the state of CT which is designed to provide parents with useful and relevant information regarding their children's health, safety, development, and education as well as a section on "family fun" and sections for teens and younger children....READ MORE

American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP Web site contains the latest accurate child health information for parents of children from birth through age 21. Topics covered range from selection of car seats, injury prevention, breastfeeding, and immunizations to obesity and injury prevention....READ MORE

Branford Early Childhood Collaborative
The Branford Early Childhood Collaborative is a community based organizations formed to enhance the needs of our youngest residents. Our mission is to ensure that "All Branford children, birth through age eight, are happy, healthy, safe, and successful with a love of learning in school and in life." By bringing...READ MORE

Kids Health
Kids Health provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information about children from before birth through adolescence, that they can use. Kids Health has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone....READ MORE

The Kissing Hand, By Audrey Penn, Ages 4-7
New York Times #1 Bestseller This is a loving story addressing the topic of separation anxiety when it comes to parents and their precious children.  This change is hard to grasp as a child but this book does the perfect job in helping them overcome it. Chester, a little raccoon...READ MORE

Crafts to Make in the Fall, By Kathy Ross, All Ages
This crafty book includes a variety of TWENTY NINE different ideas for the fall. Boys, girls, parents, friends, this book will keep you entertained (and distracted long enough to clean up their last mess!) Each craft project includes a list of what you will need, numbered steps of what to...READ MORE

The BugaBees, By Amy Recob, Ages 4-8
This is the story of eight BugaBees—A great bunch of friends with food allergies. Eight best friends face a variety of different food allergies. This amusing book teaches the importance of taking care of yourself and each other. Food allergies are never fun, but with friends by your side, there's...READ MORE

I'm Like You, You're Like Me, By Cindy Gainer, Ages 4-6
A book about understanding and appreciating each other. People are unique in their own ways and this story does a wonderful job at pointing this out for children. It teaches children to recognize similarities, accept one another's differences, and appreciate each other for who we are. "One of us is...READ MORE

Dot, By Patricia Intriago, Ages 2-4
This book is full of dots! And not just ordinary ones. This children's book does a perfect job comparing opposites on each page, portraying adjectives with just simple dots! "Heavy dot, Light dot, Hungry dot, Full dot". Your child will learn a range of opposite relationships with this unique, and...READ MORE

How To Be A Friend, By Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown, Ages 5-9
This is a fun, vibrant guide perfect for children to making friends and keeping them. With ten chapters ranging from "Feeling Shy" to "Making up with a Friend", these will surely fulfill their many questions when it comes to friends and foes. The beginning of this wonderful guide starts with...READ MORE

Hop, Hop, Jump!, By Lauren Thompson, Ages 3-5
Written by New York Times bestselling author. An easy read that'll get you on your feet! This interactive book teaches children the many ways they can move with its rhyming text and silly illustrations. "Move your body!Have some fun!Watch!We'll show you how it's done." This is just the right book...READ MORE

Chloe Instead, By Micah Player, Ages 4-6
If this isn't a girly girl book, I don't know what is! From cover to close to the heartwarming message inside, this bright, striped book will surely catch your little one's attention. Molly hoped for a little sister, but when her wish came true, she was taken by surprise. Molly...READ MORE

Too Many Toys by David Shannon, Ages 4-8
Spencer is a young man who is flush with toys. Armies of soldiers, convoys of cars, a zoo's worth of animals and a bonanza of weapons are just the front ranks of all the toys that populate his house inside and out. And every single toy is declared his favorite,...READ MORE

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, Ages 9-12
Wily Mr. Fox outwits a trio of nasty farmers who want to be rid of him and his family. Roald Dahl's wild way with story is well known from Charlie and the Chocolate factory and others. Mr. Fox offers a gentler, but equally whimsical kind of humour. Readers may also...READ MORE

The Borrowers by Mary Norton, Ages 9-12
Have you ever wondered where your needles and thread vanish to? What happened to that last potato you thought was in the cupboard? Or the postage stamps you know you left in the drawer? Perhaps you did use them, or lose them, but perhaps the borrowers took them. Imagine tiny...READ MORE

The Big No-No by Geoffrey Hayes, Ages 4-8
In this delightful sequel to Benny and Penny in Just Pretend (2008), the mouse siblings have a new neighbor whom they suspect might be a thief, because Benny's pail is missing. When they look over the fence into the backyard, they see strange footprints. Then Benny falls into the yard,...READ MORE

May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer Morris, Ages 4-8
For kids just starting to read, this cheerful title in the Scholastic Reader series is a combination of very simple sentences and bright, clear, colorful illustrations. Alligator Mommy is baking cookies. Alfie loves cookies, but when he tries to grab one, Mommy tells him to "think of a better way...READ MORE

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by B.G. Hennessy, Ages 3-7
Retold By B.G. HennessyIllustrated By Boris Kulikov Although we teach children not to judge a book by its cover, this hardcover book will not only WOW them on the shelf, but onto the very last page. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a retold story of the original fable with...READ MORE

Nothing by Jon Agee, Ages 4-8
How can you buy "Nothing"? Well, that is exactly what Suzie Gump does when she enters Otis's store. She buys nothing and sets-off on a town wide frenzy of buying nothing. Her lavish spending sparks the town's interest and soon everybody is buying and selling nothing until they realize they...READ MORE

Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie, Ages 4 - 8
One day out of the woods a cat, named Charlie came into Elizabeth and Sara lives. He played with them, slept with them, and ate with them. One night Charlie didn't come home. The girls search for him to no avail; then one day they discovered him at another house....READ MORE

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary, Ages 8 - 12
Ralph the mouse ventures out from behind the piney knothole in the wall of his hotel-room home, scrambles up the telephone wire to the end table, and climbs aboard the toy motorcycle left there by a young guest. His thrill ride does not last long. The ringing telephone startles Ralph,...READ MORE

Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #6: The African Safari Discovery by Jeff Brown, Ages 7 - 10
There's no place on Earth a flat kid can't go! Stanley's not the only flat one! When a flat skull is discovered in Africa, Stanley Lambchop decides to travel there with his brother, Arthur, and their father, George. Maybe studying the skull will give them clues to Stanley's flatness. But...READ MORE

Incredible Me! by Kathi Appelt, Ages 3 - 6
Join a rambunctious child as she exuberantly celebrates all the wonderful qualities that make her special -- her nose, her toes, her ears, herself!  This is a fun to read story of a nameless little girl with pigtails who is very happy to be herself. Throughout the story she sings...READ MORE

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Ages 12 and up
To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her....READ MORE

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: A Special Christmas Edition by Laura Numeroff, Ages 3-8
What's more fun than spending Christmas with your family? Well, spending Christmas with your family and Mouse, of course! The creators of the #1 New York Times best-selling If You Give . . . Book‚Ñ¢ series have brought their stories, recipes, songs, games, and activities to this deluxe edition of...READ MORE

Book of Big Brothers by Cary Fagan, Ages 3-7
"Sometimes we get along and sometimes we don't. But there are still a lot of things we want to do together." Never sentimental, the warm, wry scenarios in this picture book explore sibling relationships from a younger child's viewpoint that speaks about the shared fun and the friction, the rivalry,...READ MORE

All Kinds of Families by Mary Ann Hoberman, Ages 3-8
With irresistible, rollicking rhyme, beloved picture book author Mary Ann Hoberman shows readers that families, large and small, are all around us. From celery stalks to bottle caps, buttons, and rings, the objects we group together form families, just like the ones we are a part of. And, as we...READ MORE

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes, Ages 1 and up
Four animals‚ "sun-yellow bird, a white terrier, an orange fox and a brown squirrel" îface small disappointments that threaten to ruin their moods. The bird loses a prized tail feather, the dog tangles his leash around the fence, the fox has lost sight of his mother, and a meaty acorn...READ MORE

Cat Jumped In! By Tess Weaver, Ages 4-8
When someone leaves the kitchen window open, Cat jumps in! So begins the tale of an outdoor cat who finds his way into a tidy house, wreaking havoc at every turn. That is, until he finds his way in once more--this time into someone's heart. Beautiful, bright watercolors from Caldecott-winning...READ MORE

The Wheat Doll by Alison L. Randall, Ages 4-8
Based on events that took place in rural nineteenth-century Utah, this story should resonate with twenty-first-century children who have grown deeply attached to a doll or stuffed animal. In her picture-book debut, Randall tells of Mary Ann, a little girl whose prize companion is a cloth doll filled with wheat;...READ MORE

Till the Cows Come Home by Jodi Icenoggle Robertson, Ages 4-8
Icenoggle lassos a traditional Jewish folktale ("The Button Story"), sets it in the American West, and rigs it up with tongue-tingling cowboy language to create an engaging story. A young cowboy, gifted in making saddles and bridles, receives a sturdy, soft-as-silk piece of leather from a grateful cowpuncher and stitches...READ MORE

I Udderly Love You! by Kate Toms, Babies and toddlers
I Udderly Love You! is a playful and silly book that expresses the many ways to say "love you" from a cow's perspective. Your baby or toddler will giggle at the adorable pictures and clever use of "moo" such as "I love your every moo-vement, the way you skip about,...READ MORE

The Book of Shadow Boxes, A Story of the ABC's written and illustrated by Laura L. Seeley, Ages 4 and up
Poetry, mystery, and pure fun are at play in this educational book. The Book of Shadow Boxes transcends childhood stages because it can be read simply as a whimsical poem about the ABC's, or it can be used to build vocabulary and identify objects, and lastly each page is loaded...READ MORE

Out to Lunch by Peggy Perry Anderson, Ages 4 - 8
When the babysitter calls out sick; Mom and Dad frog are in a pickle and decide to take their preschool son, Joe out to Lunch. However, like a typical little preschooler he can't sit still in the fancy restaurant and tries his parent's patience. Especially, when he catches the fly...READ MORE

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams, Ages 12 and above
QB of the varsity football team. Passing grades in all his classes. Dating the hottest, "and smartest" girl at school. Summer job paying more than minimum wage. Things in Cody's world seem to be going pretty well. Until, that is, his girlfriend, Clea, is sent off to boarding school across...READ MORE

Take Me Out to the Ball Game performed by Carly Simon, illustrated by Amiko Hirao, and written by Jack Norworth, Ages 4-8
Grab your baseball cap, cracker jacks, and your glove! This book will make you feel as if you are in the stands at the ballpark. Charismatic illustrations woven throughout verses of the age-old song capture the magic of our national pastime. "Katie Casey was baseball mad. She had the fever...READ MORE

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis, Preschool through Grade 2
Fall in love with Lulu (Ladybug Girl) as she and Sam (Bumblebee Boy) use their imaginations to find common ground, fun, and most of all adventure! This book was so popular with both girls and boys that Sam now has his own series! Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy delivers a...READ MORE

Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood, Ages 3 and up
Quick as a Cricket immediately captivates a child's imagination with beautiful illustrations and a melodic rhyme. Wood uses opposing similes to describe a child's inner self. Each colorful page is dedicated to one of the boy's feelings, "I'm as brave as a tiger, I'm as shy as a shrimp, I'm...READ MORE

Kid's Book of Chess and Chess Set by Harvey Kidder and Kimberly Bulcken Root, Grades 3 through 7
The Kid's Book of Chess comes with a full chess set and board. However this is not just any old board. The board contains printed instructions describing how many squares and which direction each piece can move. The accompanied illustrated book teaches chess origins, history and strategy. This is an...READ MORE

Bounce by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin, Toddler through Preschool
Bounce is a book to have fun with! Cronin & Menchin use rhyming splendor and silliness to captivate little ones' attention. "If you bounce into a puddle, it's best to bounce in boots, if you must bounce in the market, it's best not to bounce in fruits!" This book is...READ MORE

DOGS by Emily Gravett, Toddler through Grade 1
DOGS is for every dog lover! The soft detailed illustrations depict many hilarious dog personalities and breeds. Throughout this book, Gravett teaches the concept of opposites, such as "I love hairy dogs and bald dogs. Stripy dogs and spotty dogs." DOGS is a book that young and old will enjoy...READ MORE

Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek, Ages 1 through Preschool
Butterfly Butterfly strikes a balance between concept and story as Horacek teaches colors through a beautifully illustrated yet simple plot. Lucy sees a butterfly in the garden but the next day it is gone. While trying to find it, Lucy discovers a many other colorful creatures. Little ones will be...READ MORE

Quiet Bunny's Many Colors by Lisa McCue, Ages 2 - 7
Quiet Bunny's Many Colors is a celebration of springtime. The illustrations are simply gorgeous featuring bright and vivid colors. The amazing detail on each page will stimulate conversation between you and your child. McCue writes a wonderful story that children will wish to read again and again. Quiet Bunny discovers...READ MORE

Meet Me at the Moon by Gianna Marino, Ages 18 months to preschool
Meet Me at the Moon is newly published story about the unbreakable bond between mother and child. Beautifully illustrated, Marino depicts elephants, zebras, and giraffes at play in the African plains. Mama elephant has to go away for a while, but she reassures her little elephant of her love by...READ MORE

Who Was Steve Jobs? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso, Illustrated by John O'Brien, Grades 3 to 6
The latest book from an incredible bibliographical series for 3rd to 6th graders, Who Was Steve Jobs?, gives insight into the greatest visionary of our time. Revealing fascinating personal facts about Steve Jobs and providing a historical perspective of his role in the creation of the home computer industry, this...READ MORE

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming, Ages 2-6
This is an easy read for children with a very amusing collection of illustrations to view as well. Every page is full of color and decorated with a bold font that jumps out at the reader. The story revolves around a fuzzy caterpillar adventuring in the tall, tall grass discovering...READ MORE

Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night, By Anne Rockwell, Pictures by Megan Halsey, Ages 5-7
This book is the definition of a "pumpkin story". The young boy, narrator and main character, starts the story by listing the many things he does in preparation for "Pumpkin Day". He points out the transformation of leaves changing color and squirrels storing goodies in their cheeks for the winter,...READ MORE

The Red Lemon by Bob Staake, Ages 4-8
Hardcover, 40 pages. Ages 4-8 Farmer McPhee tends to his orchard of yellow lemons by the sea. He rhymes and riddles expressing his infatuation with lemons until the day he finds one not so yellow. "Who'd squeeze this red thing in their afternoon tea?Who'd buy a red lemon from...READ MORE

Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman, Ages 2-5
Hardcover, 32 pages. Ages 2-5 Splotch lays a spotted egg! Follow Splotch, a small, red, soon-to-be mother bird, on her unpredictable journey through the jungle. Her vibrant, multi-colored egg escapes from her sight when she bounces from excitement and wobbles the branch. This story is a journey of the...READ MORE

A Home For Bird By Philip C. Stead (Ages 3-8)
*Hardcover, 32 pages.*Ages 3-8 Vernon, a very friendly, yellow toad comes across Bird on his stroll rummaging around the neighborhood. Bird, a blue bird with big button eyes, never said a peep but Vernon never gave up on him. Vernon introduced Bird to his friends, showed him the river, and...READ MORE

I'm Here By Peter H. Reynolds (Ages 4-8)
"For the world you may be one person, but for one person-you may be the world" This quote is part of the story's dedication which inspired me to pick up and read the book. I'm Here is a heartwarming story encouraging childhood friendships and standing up for those who do...READ MORE

Don't Copy Me By Jonathon Allen (Ages 2-4)
Hardcover, 32 pages.Ages 2 to 4 The plot of this children's book revolves around the notorious phrase, "Stop copying me!" From a young age, more specifically when they first learn to use their words, children find it oh so entertaining to mimic others... and we all know where it goes...READ MORE

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, Ages 6 months to 3 years
Dear Zoo is a classic board book that infants and toddlers have loved for nearly thirty years. With sturdy flaps to lift open, this book is engaging, surprising, and a treat for all. The story starts with ‚"I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. They sent me...READ MORE

I Love Bugs By Emma Dodd, Ages 3-6
Author and illustrator, Emma Dodd, brings bugs to a whole new level. I Love Bugs! introduces the reader to a variety of insects using fun, figurative language. Size, color, shape, and sound... you name it! Learn the difference between each insect and discover the boy in the story's favorite bug...READ MORE

I'm the Best by Lucy Cousins, Ages 3-5
As the title confirms, Dog believes he is the best, and boy does he make it known. Dog introduces his friends- Ladybug, Mole, Goose, and Donkey, who he claims to love and adore. Unfortunately, Dog does not treat them as he should. As the story goes on, Dog boasts and...READ MORE

Lost Cat Written By Tad Hardy, Illustrated By David Goldin, Ages 4-7
The story begins with the owner of the cat as the narrator. In hopes of its' return, he staggers the streets listing the many desirable attributes his cat possesses. "Prim and proud. Enjoys a crowd. Sits in laps when he's allowed." The owner of the cat waltzes around town spreading...READ MORE

Monkey See, Look at Me! By Lorena Siminovich, Ages 3-5
This is a cheery tale of the well known and loved game, monkey see, monkey do. Monkey prances around imitating the special traits of his many friends. Monkey jumps and roars and flaps his arms, but rabbit, lion and bird set him straight. "No, silly monkey,I'm a rabbit.I can jump...READ MORE

A Dog Is A Dog, By Stephen Shaskan, Ages 2-5
A Dog Is A Dog is a clever picture book perfect for young children. With rhyming words and a variety of animals, this story keeps the listeners eager to guess which animal will show up next! "A moose is a moose,whether it's large or it's small.Whether it runs in the...READ MORE

Lucy Can't Sleep, By Amy Schwartz, Ages 3-7
Lucy can't sleep. The title summarizes the entire story. Lucy tries everything under the sun to help her fall asleep but nothings seems to work. She tries counting sheep, she climbs out of bed, she searches for her favorite stuffed animal friends, and even sits out on the front porch. ...READ MORE

Mr. King's Things, By Genevieve Cote, Ages 4-7
Who doesn't like new things? But has Mr. King taken things too far? This story sends an important environmental message to the reader from a cheery group of animals that even the youngest children can relate to. Mr. King's favorite pastime is tossing his old things in the shallow pond...READ MORE

Ollie's Halloween, By Oliver Dunrea, Ages 2-4
Ollie is a super cute and petite young, brown gosling. For Halloween, Ollie and his four gosling friends dress up and enjoy the night; a night to beware. The precious goslings creep around scaring frogs and mice and gobbling treats anywhere they can get their hands on some. "Hooting like...READ MORE

Toads on Toast, By Linda Bailey and Colin Jack, Ages 3-7
This is a tale of a fox on the hunt for his favorite recipe. That's right! Toads. But what happens when Mamma Toad ventures to discover her poor baby toadlets on the cutting block? Her imagination runs wild in this suspenseful story that ends with a twist. Although Toads on...READ MORE

Sky Color, By Peter H. Reynolds, Ages 4-6
Marisol is an artist. So lovely an artist, her drawings and painted masterpieces cover every inch of the refrigerator. Until the day her class was assigned the project of painting a mural for the school library. Marisol couldn't wait to begin and share her art work. As the title reveals,...READ MORE

What I Do With Vegetable Glue, By Susan Chandler, Illustrated by Elena Odriozola, Ages 2-5
Do you have trouble convincing your children to eat their vegetables? Then make sure you get your hands on this silly story teaching children what will happen if they don't... "When you eat up your greensYour body makes glueWhich keeps all your partsStill sticking to you." The main character, a...READ MORE

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Rise of the Guardians - A Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action Released in Theaters: Nov. 21, 2012 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy Runtime: 97 minutes Directed by: Peter Ramsey...READ MORE

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Breaking Dawn Part 2 - A Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity Released in Theaters: Nov. 15, 2012 Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sequel Runtime: 116 minutes Directed...READ MORE

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Skyfall - A Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking Released in Theaters: Nov. 9, 2012 (2D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller, Sequel Runtime: 143 minutes Directed by: Sam Mendes...READ MORE

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Wreck-It Ralph - A Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence Released in Theaters: Nov. 2, 2012 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family Runtime: 108 minutes Directed by: Rich Moore Cast: John C. Reilly,...READ MORE

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Chasing Mavericks - A Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some perilous action Released in Theaters: Oct. 26, 2012 Genre: Drama, Sports Runtime: 115 minutes Directed by: Michael Apted Cast: Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue,...READ MORE

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - A Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight - all involving teens Released in Theaters: Oct. 12,...READ MORE

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by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality and violenceReleased in Theaters: April 20, 2012Genre: Romance, DramaRuntime: 101 minutesDirected by: Scott Hicks; based on a book by Nicholas SparksCast: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jay R. Ferguson, Adam...READ MORE

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor, action and scary images Released in Theaters: Sept. 28, 2012 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family Runtime: 91 minutes Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena...READ MORE

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Pitch Perfect - A Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual material, language and drug references Released in Theaters: Oct. 5, 2012 Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance Runtime: 112 minutes Directed by: Jason Moore Cast: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Ben...READ MORE

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HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Movie Reiveiw by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material Released in Theaters: Sept. 21, 2012 Genre: Teen, Horror, Thriller...READ MORE

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Finding Nemo 3D Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: G Released in Theaters: Sept. 14, 2012 Genre: Family, Animation Runtime: 100 minutes Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Alexander Gould, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney,...READ MORE

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by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humorReleased in Theaters: March 30, 2012Genre: Adventure, Comedy, FantasyRuntime: 106 minutesDirected by: Tarsem Singh DhandwarCast: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Sean Bean, Mare WinninghamOfficial Site: http://www.mirrormirrorfilm.com/ SYNOPSIS:...READ MORE

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by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 2 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and actionReleased in Theaters: March 30, 2012 (2D, 3D)Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, SequelRuntime: 99 minutesDirected by: Jonathan LiebesmanCast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny...READ MORE

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by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language Released in Theaters: Aug. 15, 2012 Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Family Runtime: 105 minutes Directed by: Peter Hedges Cast: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush, Ron...READ MORE

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THE BOURNE LEGACY - Movie Review  by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence and action sequencesReleased in Theaters: Aug. 10, 2012Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, SequelRuntime: 135 minutesDirected by: Tony GilroyCast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Zeljko Ivanek,...READ MORE

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THE WORDS - Movie Reiview  by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking Released in Theaters: Sept. 7, 2012 Genre: Drama, Romance   Runtime: 97 minutes Directed by: Brian Klugman Cast: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde,...READ MORE

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BRAVE by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some scary action and rude humor Released in Theaters: June 22, 2012 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy Runtime: 93 minutes Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell Cast: Kelly...READ MORE

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by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and rude humorReleased in Theaters: June 8, 2012 (2D, 3D)Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Animated, FamilyRuntime: 85 minutesDirected by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad VernonCast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Sacha Baron...READ MORE

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensualityReleased in Theaters: June 1, 2012 (2D, 3D)Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, FantasyRuntime: 127 minutesDirected by: Rupert SandersCast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Bob...READ MORE

MEN IN BLACK III
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and brief suggestive contentReleased in Theaters: May 25, 2012 (2D, 3D)Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, SequelRuntime: 103 minutesDirected by: Barry SonnenfeldCast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Bill Hader,...READ MORE

BATTLESHIP
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for languageReleased in Theaters: May 18, 2012Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Based on a Board GameRuntime: 131 minutesDirected by: Peter BergCast: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu...READ MORE

ROCK OF AGES
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking, and language Released in Theaters: June 15, 2012 Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance Runtime: 123 minutes Directed by: Adam Shankman Cast: Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Alec...READ MORE

PEOPLE LIKE US
Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, some drug use and brief sexuality Released in Theaters: June 29, 2012 Genre: Drama Runtime: 115 minutes Directed by: Alex Kurtzman Cast: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Hall D'Addario, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde,...READ MORE

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for mild rude humor and action/peril Released in Theaters: July 13, 2012 (2D, 3D) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sequel Runtime: 94 minutes Directed by: Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier Cast: Denis Leary,...READ MORE

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence Released in Theaters: July 3, 2012 (2D, 3D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book, Remake Runtime: 136 minutes Directed by: Marc Webb Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone,...READ MORE

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language Released in Theaters: July 20, 2012 (2D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Drama, Comic Book, Sequel Runtime: 164 minutes Directed by: Christopher Nolan Cast: Christian Bale, Gary...READ MORE

STEP UP REVOLUTION
STEP UP REVOLUTION reviewed by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 2 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some suggestive dancing and language Released in Theaters: July 27, 2012 (2D, 3D) Genre: Drama, Music, Romance Runtime: 99 minutes Directed by: Scott Speer Cast: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Mia Michaels,...READ MORE

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS reviewed by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor Released in Theaters: Aug. 3, 2012 Genre: Family, Comedy, Sequel Runtime: 94 minutes Directed by: David Bowers Cast: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron,...READ MORE

SPARKLE
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THE THREE STOOGES
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG for slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor, including languageReleased in Theaters: April 13, 2012Genre: ComedyRuntime: 92 minutesDirected by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter FarrellyCast: Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Craig...READ MORE

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by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smokingReleased in Theaters: May 11, 2012Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Based on a TV ShowRuntime: 113 minutesDirected by: Tim BurtonCast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter,...READ MORE

BULLY
BULLY   by Jane Louise Boursaw   Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: R for language Released in Theaters: March 30, 2012 Genre: Documentary Runtime: 94 minutes Directed by: Lee Hirsch Cast: Ja’Meya Jackson; Kelby, Londa and Bob Johnson; Alex, Jackie, Philip, Maya, Jada, Ethan and Logan...READ MORE

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 ReelsMPAA Rating: PG for mild action, rude humor and some languageReleased in Theaters: April 27, 2012 (2D, 3D)Genre: Animation, Adventure, FamilyRuntime: 88 minutesDirected by: Peter Lord, Jeff NewittCast: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma HayekOfficial...READ MORE

THE AVENGERS
by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference Released in Theaters: May 4, 2012 (2D, 3D) Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comic Book, Sequel Runtime: 142 minutes Directed by: Joss Whedon...READ MORE

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Girlshealth.gov promotes healthy and positive behaviors in girls, giving them reliable and useful health information in a fun, easy-to-understand way. The website also provides information to parents and educators to help them teach girls about healthy living....READ MORE

Peer Trainer: Physical Fitness Resources for Kids
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AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level. The AAAMath.com site contains thousands...READ MORE

A+ Math
Helps students improve their math skills interactively. Visit the game room and play exciting games like Matho and Hidden Picture...Test your math skills with Flashcards! Try out the Math Word Find puzzle. Create and print your own set of flashcards online using the Flashcard Creator! See the Worksheets section, where...READ MORE

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Where girls and teens rule the web!  Since 1996, your space on the web : written and edited by girls and teens from all over the world.  (AGW) is an interactive website with classes, programs and materials written and designed for girls, by girls that encourage and empower teens and...READ MORE

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Presented by the Library of Congress, a site with information about American people and historical events, and each of its states....READ MORE

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Celebrating girls and all that they can be.  Learn more about American Girl and our passion for who girls are today and who they can become tomorrow. Find awesome online Games for Girls from the official American Girl site.  From fashion shows and author tours to newsletters and more, learn...READ MORE

ASPCA Kids
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Ask Kids
Allows users to ask a question in plain English, confirms the question, then takes them to one web site that answers the question....READ MORE

Barney & Friends
Play online at Barney. Explore fun and free online games, activities and printables for kids. Watch online videos of Barney and friends....READ MORE

Bear Country USA
A drive-through park featuring North American wildlife roaming free in their natural habitats. Features a virtual tour with animal photos....READ MORE

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Founded in 1999, BrainPOP® creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr.® (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español™ , and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL™. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp™, a free educational games portal for the classroom....READ MORE

Brain Quest
Brain Quest is the fast-paced, curriculum-based educational game that challenges kids on the stuff they need to know, when they need to know it. Children, parents, and teachers all love this innovative game. "It's Fun to Be Smart!" That's not just our slogan, it's our philosophy....READ MORE

Build-a-Monster
Kids can select a head, a torso, and feet to create something weird....READ MORE

Cartoon Network
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Colonial Times and People: Life in the Thirteen Colonies
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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology... on screen, off screen, and in between. Fun and interactive site to help kids appreciate science. Why are snakes like lizards, and monkeys like moose? Find out here....READ MORE

Curious George
A fun, educational, and engaging destination for you and your Curious Learner. Games and activities are designed not only to entertain but to build a foundation of early literacy, early math, early science, and creativity skills. Your child will love the interactive games and activities — and you'll love the...READ MORE

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Play Disney's hottest online games from Disney XD, Pixie Hollow, Club Penguin, Toontown, Preschool Time Online, Game Kingdom, and more!...READ MORE

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Official site of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat featuring games, printable activities, the complete illustrated character guide, information about the creator and more....READ MORE

JigZone
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HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks explains hundreds of subjects, from car engines to lock-picking to ESP, using clear language and tons of illustrations....READ MORE

Kaboose
Kaboose is the premier family and parenting destination with kids' crafts, holiday fun and activities, healthy food recipes and more....READ MORE

KidsCom
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KidsPsych
Games and activities, offers a maze, online coloring and games, fun with shapes, I Spy, plus cute animations and sounds....READ MORE

Kinetic City
A science radio show for kids, updated weekly. Keep up with the latest adventures of the Kinetic City Super Crew and do your own science experiments....READ MORE

LEGO
Official home of the toy building brick. Provides product information, company history, news, how to join the club, new software, links and more....READ MORE

Math Goodies
Math lessons by Math Goodies are lessons that provide step-by-step instruction for learners of all ages and abilities....READ MORE

Maya Adventure
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NASA Space Place
Explore these JPL and NASA kid sites for out-of-this-world fun and learning....READ MORE

National Geographic Kids
Features different people, animals, and places each month with facts, games, activities, and related links....READ MORE

National Gallery of Art for Kids
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McGruff the Crime Dog
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Nickelodeon
Nick.com is the ultimate destination for kids' games, kids' shows, kids' online video, movies, music, celebrities and more!...READ MORE

Nick Jr.
Find preschool activities & preschool kids games for your preschooler & children featuring Dora, Diego, & more on NickJr.com....READ MORE

NOVA
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PBS KIDS
Play educational games, watch PBS KIDS shows and find activities like coloring and music....READ MORE

Sesame Street
Welcome to Sesame Street! Play educational games and watch videos with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and all your favorite Sesame Street friends....READ MORE

Sports Illustrated Kids
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Thomas and Friends
Through the adventures of Thomas and his friends, your child will learn important life lessons about the value of friendship, fair play, team work and what it means to be a Really Useful Engine....READ MORE

What is the Correct Portion Size?
Last week my family picked up some Chinese take out.  When I opened up the container for what I ordered, I have never seen so much rice in my life!  Good grief, do they really expect you to eat all that?  This lead me to thinking that I probably had...READ MORE

Weight Gain
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Eat Your Veggies!
Your mom always told you to eat your veggies, but the truth is that most people don't get enough of them in their diet. When you skip out on vegetables, you are missing lots of vitamins and minerals as well as some fiber. Here are some easy ways to up...READ MORE

Advice for a Safe Packed School Lunch
Most parents are more concerned if their kid is actually eating what they packed verses if it is safe after sitting for hours unrefrigerated. A study just published in the journal Pediatrics, indicates that fewer than 2% of the perishable foods packed in sack lunches for kids ages 3-5 were...READ MORE

The Facts about High Fructose Corn Syrup
I'm sure you've heard or read things about High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), but did you know if they were true or false? Well, now you can have the facts. As we all know, obesity rates are on the rise. One reason of the sharp increase is the use of...READ MORE

Key Nutrients Young Athletes Need
Do you have a young athlete in the family? Give them the leg up on the competition with the proper fuel. Young athletes need a balance of key nutrients: Carbohydrates are the main energy source for muscles. About 50-60 percent of the athlete’s calories should come from this group. Complex...READ MORE

Tips to Avoid Childhood Obesity
One of every six children or teenagers are overweight. Children can't change their exercise and eating habits by themselves. They need the help and support of families and other caregivers. Childhood obesity is usually caused by kids eating too much and exercising too little. Here are a few tips to...READ MORE

Will new school lunch programs discourage kids from eating their veggies?
(ARA) - School lunches will be changing, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's complete overhaul of federally subsidized school lunch programs. But will all the changes be for the better? Possibly not, according to some experts and studies. The changes, implemented over a period of years, aim to limit...READ MORE

Parents' Best-Kept Secrets to Delivering the Good Stuff to Kids
"Eat your vegetables!" has been the mantra of the frustrated parents of picky eaters for generations. And the encouragement is needed now more than ever as recent research from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. found that 40 percent of the calories children ages 2 to 18 consumed were...READ MORE

Cooking With Your Children
One of the best ways to familiarize your child with good food choices is to encourage her to cook with you. Let her get involved in the entire process, from planning the menus to shopping for ingredients to the actual food preparation and its serving. When you are planning meals...READ MORE

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Although toddlers are beginning to develop food preferences, they also can be unpredictable about what they may want for a particular meal on a specific day. Their favorite food one day will end up being thrown on the floor the next. The food that they had spit out, day after...READ MORE

Fuel for School
Has your healthy eating also taken a summer vacation?  It's BACK TO SCHOOL time!  Really, for many of us, this is like the New Year.  At my house it means back to schedules and routines.  Why not make this happen with your diet as well?  What your child eats does...READ MORE

Facebook Pages for Nutrition Information
We are a social media age.  Why not have nutrition information right at your fingertips?  Social media is a great way to keep abreast of information, recipes and health tips.   It can provide a wealth of information you may not have otherwise known about.  It can also help keep you...READ MORE

What exercise do kids really need?
According to Dr. Mary C. Friesz, a registered dietitian and author of Food, Fun n' Fitness, kids don't need to be sculpting biceps or a set of "6 pack abs".  They need enough to perform daily tasks without becoming exhausted and with enough additional energy left over to enjoy life. ...READ MORE

Family Tips for Slimming Down
Early in June of this year, New York City Major Bloomberg proposed that soft drinkss should not be sold in cups larger than16 ounces. This is an attempt to help fight the American obesity crisis.  I agree that liquid calories can sure creep up on you before you know it! ...READ MORE

Make Fire Safety Plans Part of your Spring Routine
(ARA) - Cleaning, dusting, freshening and organizing - these steps are all typical activities for a spring cleaning routine. But while you're organizing your house or home office this season, make sure you've added organizing and streamlining your family safety and fire plans to your to-do list. While you can...READ MORE

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom
Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift for both you and your baby. Many mothers feel fulfillment and joy from the physical and emotional communion they experience with their child while nursing. These feelings are augmented by the release of the hormones prolactin, which produces a peaceful, nurturing sensation that allows you...READ MORE

Signs of Overload
Although stress is a part of life and growing up, you need to intervene when you sense that it is undermining your child's physical or psychological well-being. Here are some clues that stress may be having too negative an effect. * Your child develops physical symptoms like headaches and stomach...READ MORE

Choosing Healthy Snacks
If the snacks at your home have usually been cookies, doughnuts, and soft drinks, it's time for a change. Two or 3 snacks a day are an important part of your child's overall nutrition, so you need to make them just as nutritionally sound as her regular meals, while contributing...READ MORE

Spring Health Tips for Smart Parents
Spring has arrived and as the sun warms each day, you are spending more time outdoors with your children. It's a wonderful idea to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air and outdoor playtime, but it's also important to keep spring safety topics in mind so your...READ MORE

New Research Reveals One Third of Young Athletes Sidelined Due to Preventable Injuries
Press Release New Research Reveals One Third of Young Athletes Sidelined Due to Preventable Injuries Safe Kids Week Spotlights Youth Sports Safety April 24, 2012 WASHINGTON, DC-A In a new study released today, parents report 1 in 3 children who play team sports sustain injuries severe enough to require medical...READ MORE

Summer Survival Tips: The Medicine Cabinet Edition
(ARA) - You can't avoid it: Summer activities mean bites, bumps, burns and bruises. Make sure you're ready by stocking up on these medicine-cabinet basics: Over-the-counter pain relieversSummer is the time when people are breaking out golf clubs, gardening tools and baseball gloves. All that activity increases the likelihood of...READ MORE

TMJ Is Nothing To Sneeze At
Summer is in full bloom, bringing with it sweltering days, warm and muggy nights, romps on the grass, picnics in the park, strolls through gardens brimming with blossoms... as well as dreaded summer allergies.  The air is thick with pollen and other airborne allergens.  Congestion, facial pain, dizziness, earaches and...READ MORE

Tips From the School Nurse: Healthy Bodies for Kids
Tips From the School Nurse: Healthy Bodies for Kids Everybody knows that health is very important. With a healthy body, you can enjoy fun activities like cycling, swimming, baseball, hiking, and so on. How do you make sure that you can be healthy and happy? Well, you have come to...READ MORE

The Khan Academy
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Evolutions at Yale Peabody Museum
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National PTA
As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children...READ MORE

Homeschool World
One of the oldest, largest, and most detailed databases of homeschool organizations and support groups, arranged by state and country. Includes a comprehensive list of Connecticut Homeschool Groups, articles, news, online experts, up-to-date events list and more...READ MORE

KIDSTEPS Family and Children's Center
The Family and Children's Center provides learning experiences for children of all abilities ages birth to twelve and their families. The mission of the Family and Children Center is to meet the needs of families who are concerned about their child's social, emotional, and physical development as well as their...READ MORE

DLTK-Crafts for Kids
DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of your children's favorite cartoon characters....READ MORE

Connecticut Explorer's Guide
Featuring free online maps and guides for outdoor adventure sports: hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, road cycling, horseback riding, rock climbing, bouldering, and camping. Many hiking trail maps may also be used for mountain biking and horseback riding. These trails were mapped by ctxguide and created using National Geographic...READ MORE

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KIDSTEPS Family and Children's Center
The Family and Children's Center provides learning experiences for children of all abilities ages birth to twelve and their families. The mission of the Family and Children Center is to meet the needs of families who are concerned about their child's social, emotional, and physical development as well as their...READ MORE

La Leche League of CT
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Families United CT
We are a statewide entity that offers individualized wraparound interventions, programs, and referrals to families, youth, and children who have, or are at risk of having, mental health, emotional, social, or behavioral challenges. Within each of our services and partnerships, we maintain our family-driven approach assuring that family members and...READ MORE

Fertility Community
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Hygeia Foundation
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Focus Adolescent Services
Focus Adolescent Services -"An Internet Clearinghouse of Information, Resources, and Support To Help Your Teen and Heal Your Family"...READ MORE

CT Breastfeeding Coalition
CT Breastfeeding Coalition mission is to improve Connecticut's health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding....READ MORE

CT Parent Advocacy Center
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Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress
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The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut
The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy....READ MORE

SEPTA Network (Special Education PTA)
SEPTA Network is designed to be a resource and support for Parents and Teachers of Special Education children for Connecticut towns including (but not limited to) Stratford, Milford, Trumbull, Shelton and West Haven. SEPTA Network is based in Milford, Connecticut and is a member of the National PTA Organization with...READ MORE

FAVOR, Inc.
FAVOR is a non-profit Statewide Family Advocacy Organization serving families, children and youth dealing with a broad spectrum of behavioral and mental health needs, by providing policy and family advocacy. FAVOR is committed to improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in Connecticut by increasing accessibility to...READ MORE

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LearntobeHealthy.org
LearntobeHealthy.org is an online health education center that has been designed to help educators, teachers, parents, families and the community communicate physical and mental health science education concepts to students K-12 through health educational resources such as games, activities, and lesson plans....READ MORE

Teaching Kids Healthy Smiles
Teaching Kids Healthy Smiles was designed by a group of researchers and dentists who are interested in promoting good dental health in children. It offers activities and lesson plans geared toward children in kindergarten through grade 5....READ MORE

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CT-PEN - Connecticut Parenting Education Network
CT-PEN works to improve the social, emotional, and educational lives of Connecticut's children and families. CT-PEN is a group of professionals dedicated to helping Connecticut's children and families by promoting excellence in parenting education. CT-PEN brings together and supports parenting educators of diverse backgrounds, educations, and affiliations. It is working...READ MORE

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1
2-1-1 is Connecticut's free information and referral service. Simply by dialing 2-1-1, a toll-free number throughout Connecticut, callers can reach knowledgeable, multilingual staff and get information, referrals or seek help in a crisis. 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year....READ MORE

CT Adoption Community Network
Connecting adoptive families, adoption professionals, and all those interested in adoption to form a strong, supportive and resourceful adoption community....READ MORE

ProHealth Connecticut Center for ADHD and Attention Disorders
At the ProHealth Connecticut Center for ADHD and Attention Disorders, you can find everything you need to cope more easily with the day-to-day realities of attention problems. Through our comprehensive diagnostic process, we can also delineate other conditions such as Learning Disorders and Autism Spectrum....READ MORE

JOHN CARTER
JOHN CARTER - a Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action Released in Theaters: March 9, 2012 (2D, 3D, IMAX) Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Based on a Book Runtime: 132 minutes Directed by:...READ MORE

DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX
DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX - A Movie Review by Jane Louise Boursaw Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language Released in Theaters: March 2, 2012 (the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss, who died in 1991 at age 87) Genre: Family, Animation, Musical, Based...READ MORE

Mars Needs Moms
His mother (voice of Joan Cusack) abducted by Martians intent on harvesting her maternal instincts to nurture their young, nine-year-old Milo (voice of Seth Green) stows away in an alien spacecraft bound for Mars in a bid to bring her safely back to Earth. Later, on the Red Planet, Milo...READ MORE

The Last Lions
A resilient lioness in Botswana's Okavango Delta embarks on an epic journey of survival in this nature documentary from National Geographic and award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions follows Ma di Tau ("Mother of Lions") as she races to get...READ MORE

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is the inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden in...READ MORE

Gnomeo and Juliet
The animated tale Gnomeo and Juliet knowingly follows the quintessential star-crossed lovers tragedy Romeo and Juliet, with the unexpected twist of making the characters garden gnomes that can move when human beings aren't watching. Though Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) belong to feuding garden gnome families, they meet...READ MORE

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love-or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard...READ MORE

TRON Legacy
After defeating Master Control and restoring freedom to the digital realm, gaming software genius Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) suddenly disappears, leaving his young son Sam to grown up alone in the real world. But everything changes when Sam turns 27, and his father's friend Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) receives a...READ MORE
RIO
A misfit macaw named Blu (voice of Jesse Eisenberg) heads to Rio de Janeiro, embarks on a magnificent journey, and makes some loyal new friends in this animated adventure for the entire family. Domesticated from the time he was just a hatchling, Blu traded a life in the clouds for...READ MORE

HOP
Jobless slacker Fred (James Marsden) discovers that hares make horrible houseguests after injuring the Easter Bunny (Russell Brand) and agreeing to nurse the little hopper back to health in this animated comedy from the writers of Despicable Me, and director Tim Hill (Rocko's Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants). For the past...READ MORE

Tangled
After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower's magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must...READ MORE

Despicable Me!
In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in...READ MORE

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his...READ MORE