Archive for October, 2009

Mystery Achievement

Friday, October 30th, 2009

A good mystery movie is a great two-for-one deal—it’s a puzzle and it can offer thrills without the full-blown chills of a scary movie. It also does what many family genre movies don’t—it makes viewers think. Done well, it keeps you guessing right up until the last frame. Here’s a selection of movies with mystery at the core.

Mystery Movies


Batter Up! Great Baseball Movies for the Family

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

World Series time is here, fueling a ferocious focus on our national pastime. When the games aren’t on, but your kids are hit by baseball fever, here are some family films about the sport that really knock it out of the park.

Baseball Movies


Spike Jonzes’ Movie “Where the Wild Things Are”

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Spike Jonze’s movie Where the Wild Things Are is an homage to Maurice Sendak’s famous picture book of the same name—the one that nearly every parent and most children have memorized. Jonze’s “take” on Sendak’s story has been eagerly awaited because the book is a beloved favorite and because Jonze is a hot young director in Hollywood (best known for his terrific movie “Being John Malkovich”). Now that the film has finally arrived, what is striking is Jonze’s abandonment of Sendak’s idea that Max’s adventure occurs entirely within the boy’s imagination.

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An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Juan Felipe Herrera is a well known Latino poet and the author of several dozen books. A number of these (listed below) are bilingual picture books and three are adolescent novels written in verse. In anticipation of Hispanic Heritage month, Parents’ Choice met with Herrera to discuss his work.


Read the full interview here >

Also see our reading list Chicano and Chicana Books for Everyone >

The Fall 2009 Audio Awards

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Parents' Choice Audio AwardsAlthough Parents’ Choice has been reviewing children’s media and toys for more than 30 years, there are always those who ask us to define what it is that makes a Parents’ Choice® Award winner so special. Having just announced the Fall 2009 Parents’ Choice Audio Awards (music, storytelling and audio books), we thought we’d take this opportunity to share our longtime characterization.