Tag: movies

Great books

Books to read before the movies come out

Buzzfeed has produced a terrific list of books to read this year before their corresponding movies come out. I’m a huge proponent of movies based on books because I think it helps to get kids reading. I call them “book extensions.” There are many other “book extensions,” including video games, websites […]

15-min. ideas Games

Brain game: Connections

Here’s a fun game we were playing at the dinner table recently. It’s called “Connections,” and it’s great to help with creativity and get the blood flowing to the ol’ brain cells – not just for your kids but for you, too. You start. You name two objects that seemingly […]

On the Internet

WORDS, an image-and-word poem

WORDS is a brilliant short (1:54) film that blends images to create a flowing “word poem” that is lovely, fun and thought-provoking. It starts out with “play,” which leads to “blow” and then “break” and “split” and then “run.” The images examine all aspects of the words. For instance, “run” is a person running, and […]


Scott Pilgrim trailer

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Official Trailer This looks like a lot of fun, and I’m hoping it will be a good reading extension. It’s the movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, starring (the adorable) Michael Cera. It’s based on the very popular series of Scott Pilgrim books. Here’s […]


Alice movie too dark for (most) kids

As you know, I’m a big advocate of what I call reading extensions. They’re the added bonus events, movies, products and tie-ins that go beyond the book, and which may help some kids get interested in a book or explore a book more fully. Alice in WonderlandThe other night, I […]