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Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Pratfall-heavy take on holiday tale is fun but no classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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The Christmas Chronicles Movie Poster Image
age 10+
Edgy, exciting Santa adventure has iffy behavior, peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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The Star Movie Poster Image
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age 5+
Sweet Nativity story told from animals' perspective.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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A Bad Moms Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 17+
Fun sequel has raunch, laughs, slightly sweeter attitude.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, milder 12th tale plumbs travel fears on Xmas holiday.
By Jeff Kinney
(2017)
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ABCmouse.com Website Poster Image
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age 3+
Busy but thorough K-2 curriculum with reward store.
URL: http://abcmouse.com
(2017)
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Ghosts Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Insightful, moving graphic novel of sisters facing fears.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2016)
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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
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age 5+
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
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The Sims 4 Game Poster Image
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age 12+
Complex, realistic life simulator includes sexuality, death.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
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Sisters Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Funny, moving memoir should appeal to younger comics fans.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2014)
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The One: The Selection, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Thrilling, swoon-worthy romantic finale to popular series.
By Kiera Cass
(2014)
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The Elite: The Selection, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
The Selection sequel is more romantic, still superficial.
By Kiera Cass
(2013)
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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1992)
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Arthur Christmas Movie Poster Image
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age 5+
Fabulous, funny holiday movie about the Christmas spirit.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! Movie Poster Image
age 7+
Funny, feel-good tale makes the holiday merry for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Girl vs. Monster TV Poster Image
age 7+
Fun family Halloween flick has some frightful moments.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
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Funbrain Website Poster Image
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age 7+
Fun games and a strong push to buy Poptropica membership.
URL: http://www.funbrain.com/
(2012)
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Hop Movie Poster Image
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Hop
age 5+
Silly animated/live-action holiday comedy is fun for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Starfall Website Poster Image
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age 4+
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
URL: https://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
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Disney's A Christmas Carol Movie Poster Image
age 9+
3-D adaptation of classic holiday tale may scare young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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