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Cool Pop-Up Book

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Have any Transformer fans on your holiday shopping list? If so, be sure to “roll out” and pick up a copy of Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe by Matthew Reinhart.

We love how the pop-ups bring the characters to like.

For an added bonus, check out the author’s instructions for making your own pop-up Bumblee and Optimus Prime. Transformer holiday cards, anyone?





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A Hauntingly Good Book Just in Time for Halloween

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Who knew how expressive ghosts could be? In 100 Ghosts, author/illustrator Doogie Horner takes the classic Halloween haunt and turns it into a book full of clever, often LOL funny, permutations. Some of my faves: Russian Nesting Ghost, 8-Bit, and Grumpy Cat.




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Best Books for Kids

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The New York Public Library just announced their list of 100 Great Children’s Books. Their picks are a great mix of picture books (Don Freeman’s Corduroy) and chapter books (Matilda by Roald Dahl). I count 74 books from the recommended titles that I’ve read with my boys. Full disclosure: I was a children’s librarian before I became an editor at FamilyFun, so some may consider that cheating! How many have you and your kids read?

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Great Beginning Reader Series

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Good books for beginning readers can be hard to find. One of my favorites is the Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant, which has everything you want in books for this group: an engaging story that’s just enough of a challenge. Even better? They now come in value packs. You’ll need them as your kids burn through the titles.

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Top 100 Books for Kids From NPR

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Ann Hallock, our editor, recently found this piece from NPR about the best 100 books for kids ages 9-14—a list she’s already put to use with her own two readers!

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