In the Spotlight :: Author Chris Pedersen

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Today I am writing about one of my favorite authors!  We met through the app world  a few years back and Chris is one of those people who really works hard at providing quality storybook apps and books.  She is also a big supporter of other authors and is always willing to help out a fellow author!  She is the author of the popular The Prisoner of Carrot Castle and recently released a new Middle Grade chapter book Ethan Blecher Braves a Bully for children who can read on their own but not quite ready for the larger Middle Grade chapter books.  It is the perfect book for this in-between stage.  She says it is geared for children ages 5-8 years of age and is about a boy, Ethan, who stands up to the local bully.  Bullying is a something that most of us had experienced in some form in grade school and I think it is such an important life lesson to teach our kids how to handle this … [Read more...]

Adventure Time :: Season 5 Now on DVD

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Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season is now available on Blu-ray and DVD and we we have some bonus clips that take a nostalgic look at the early stages from this beloved franchise. My daughter absolutely loves Adventure Time and has spent many a day coloring in the different characters and even made a short comic book featuring the main characters that she carried around with her to our local comic books shop. I was surprised that this show crosses all age boundaries as she had several college students mention to her that they liked her pictures of "Adventure Time."   To celebrate Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season out on Blu-ray and DVD this past week (7/14) we have these flopping amazing coloring sheets featuring your favorite characters from the show!  Who is your child's favorite character?  My daughter love Finn best!     Here's a short … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Achoo Gaboo

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      Achoo Gaboo is a wonderful interactive children's story that was "crafted by a small team of dreamers at Pixure Book Publishing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," says their intro on the Grown Ups section.  I love seeing authors and developers put their heart and soul into a children's storybook app!  And in Achoo Gaboo storybook app geared towards children 2-5 years of age, the star of this sweet tale is a blue elephant named Gaboo who will engage and entertain your kids! Created by Josie Cellone, illustrated by Timothy Banks (Wilkinson Studios) and built in Unity, Achoo Gaboo features an original soundtrack and humorous sound effects to entertain and engage early readers who are learning word association. Every time Gaboo achoos, kids can pop the rainbow bubbles that trumpet from his trunk and tickle his monkey friends who giggle "bless you." Readers … [Read more...]

Movie Review :: Disney’s Teen Beach Movie 2 is loads of fun!

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The waves have finally settled in and Teen Beach 2 is riding its way onto DVD! Ready, Daddy-O? Cowabunga! It’s time to go back to the beach! Combine Grease, the Beach Boys, and Disney magic and you have Teen Beach Movie 2. This movie takes place 3 months after Mack (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Ross Lynch), first meet.  It’s the end of Summer and time for school to start. While Brady is a laid back surfer, Mack is really into school.  How will heading back to school affect their friendship?   The original Teen Beach Movie found them travelling back in time into the set of Brady’s favorite movie – “Wet Side Story” which was set in 1962. It was there they met Lela (Grace Phipps), Tanner (Garrett Clayton) and the rest of the gang in a surfers meets bikers adventure on the beach. In this sequel, Lela and Tanner find their way into our world where Mack and Brady live. … [Read more...]

THE KRATT BROTHERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN NEW WILD KRATTS DVD “SUPER SPRINTERS”

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  THE KRATT BROTHERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN NEW WILD KRATTS DVD “SUPER SPRINTERS”   “WILD KRATTS: SUPER SPRINTERS” Available from PBS Distribution June 23   PBS KIDS Series WILD KRATTS Helps Kids Learn Science  by Exploring Animals and Their “Creature Powers”    In "Wild Kratts: Super Sprinters", the Kratt brothers are on the move as they learn about two of the fastest creatures in the world: the cheetah and the Peregrine falcon. In each episode, Chris and Martin Kratt take kids and their families on extraordinary animal-themed adventures!  The Kratt Brothers are always on the move, and in this DVD, that is never truer! In “Cheetah Racer,” Chris and Martin think that cheetahs can travel faster than any other creature or vehicle over the rough African savannah, but Aviva and archenemy Zach Varmitech challenge this and compete to build a ground racer that can travel … [Read more...]

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

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  EVERYONE’S FAVORITE CURIOUS MONKEY IS BACK  EXPLORING SPACE AND THE JUNGLES OF AFRICA! CURIOUS GEORGE 3:  BACK TO THE JUNGLE THE ALL-NEW FULL LENGTH MOVIE DEBUTS ON DVD AND DIGITAL HD FROM UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT ON JUNE 23, 2015 SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVORITE SONGS FROM THE FILM WITH THE  EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON THE DVD There is something so timeless about Curious George.  He was my husband's favorite as a child and I love that we enjoy him with our daughter as well! So if you are Curious George fans like we are - you are going to love his new movie featuring Angela Bassett and John Goodman (two of my favorite actors!). Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around … [Read more...]

Robot Turtles: The Computer Coding Board Game for Kids

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My kids and I are wiggling turtles and beeping a lot around here lately. Nothing you should be worried about though; it’s all part of the board game Robot Turtles. This super-cute game was the most backed board game in Kickstarter history and teaches kids computer coding skills without a computer. How is that possible? Well, it’s easy – the goal is for Turtle Masters (the kids) to move their turtles from their starting position to their jewel. In order to do that they have to write code or, play cards showing directional movement, to get their turtle from Point A to Point B. Start With the Basics The game teaches the foundational skills of movement and code writing, using forward movement and left and right turns. Turtle Masters must pick a card showing the movement they want to make to move their turtle closer to the jewel, then lie their cards in a line as they move through the … [Read more...]

PBS Kids and DK Publishing Focus on School Readiness

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  While the school year may be coming to an end, parents know that learning needs to continue through the summer months to make the transition back to school all the smoother come fall. I know that the summer slide is something that many parents are concerned with!  Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. (Source: Scholastic.com).   PBS KIDS and DK Publishing have joined forces to release three new games and books focused on school readiness. Together, PBS KIDS and DK Publishing incorporate everyday items into these educational products to make the learning experience more realistic and relatable for kids. New products include:   “Get Ready For School Games: Color Match” is designed for kids to practice key skills of recognizing colors, matching colors, and more. “Get Ready For School … [Read more...]

Heirs to Madagascar’s Royal Throne Are Born!

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Heirs to Madagascar’s Royal Throne Are Born: Two New Baby Ring-Tailed Lemurs Named Princess Julien and … Princess Julien   In a Milestone for the Planet’s Most Threatened Group of Mammals, the Duke Lemur Center Welcomes Two Baby Ring-Tailed Lemurs – Both Named in Honor of (and Deference to) King Julien XIII   The world’s critically endangered lemur population has just expanded by two: twin baby ring-tailed lemurs born at the Duke Lemur Center, both named Princess Julien after Madagascar’s most famous royal lemur, King Julien.  We use to watch The  Zoboomafu and just fell in love with lemurs! Princess Julien and her sister Princess Julien were born on May 4, but their birth was announced today following a month of careful monitoring. The announcement was jointly made by Duke Lemur Center and by King Julien XIII, star of the Netflix original series All Hail King Julien from … [Read more...]

TenMarks Launches Free Summer Math Program to Reverse Summer Learning Loss

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 TenMarks, an Amazon Company, Launches Free Summer Math Program to Reverse Summer Learning Loss   2014 results show 11% gains with just one hour a week on a personalized summer program TenMarks Math wins 2015 CODiE Award for Best Math Instructional Solution, helping millions of students across more than 55,000 schools and more than 12,000 districts   TenMarks, an Amazon company, is working hard to keep students engaged over the summer to reverse learning loss in math before heading back to school. The TenMarks Summer Math Program is a national program that provides students with a personalized course tuned to their individual learning needs, based on a summative end-of-year assessment. The program is available now and runs through August 31, 2015, and is available free to every family in the United States—parents should visit http://summer.tenmarks.com for more … [Read more...]