Game Reviews

Cars 2: The Video Game Game Poster Image
age 10+
Great combat racing, but loads of gunfire and explosions.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
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Forza Motorsport 4 Game Poster Image
age 10+
Excellent racing sim that's easy to play but has open chat.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Book Poster Image
age 2+
Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.
By Richard Scarry
(1974)
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Born to Run Music Poster Image
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age 12+
Poetic teen anthems of desperation still resonate.
By Bruce Springsteen
(1975)
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London Calling Music Poster Image
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age 13+
Punk rebels fuse aggressive rock with Jamaican roots music.
By The Clash
(1979)
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Asphalt 7: Heat App Poster Image
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age 12+
High-speed, high-thrills racing game; optional live chat.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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1-2-3 Peas Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Super-appealing counting book with 100 cute peas in action.
By Keith Baker
(2012)
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Beach Boys: 20 Good Vibrations, The Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Music Poster Image
age 9+
Surfer boys at their best in sunny, bouncy hits collection.
By Beach Boys
(1999)
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Forza Horizon Game Poster Image
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age 13+
Deep, compelling car game glamorizes illicit street racing.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Nelson Mandela Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Stellar art portrays key aspects of Mandela's life for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
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On the Road Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Poetic, ecstatic, debauched novel that changed literature.
By Jack Kerouac
(1957)
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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Book Poster Image
age 9+
Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2012)
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I Have a Dream Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Stunning art amplifies meaning of King's words for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2012)
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Go, Dog. Go! Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Go, new readers. Go!
By P. D. Eastman
(1961)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
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The Magic School Bus Series Book Poster Image
age 7+
Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(1986)
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My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Poster Image
age 6+
Powerful, personal view of cvil rights leader, issues.
By Martin Luther King III
(2013)
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Let's Go for a Drive! An Elephant & Piggie Book Book Poster Image
age 4+
Silly tale gives new readers a fun lesson in being flexible.
By Mo Willems
(2012)
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Forza Motorsport 5 Game Poster Image
age 10+
Kids steer exotic cars around tracks -- with open chat.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2013)
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Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? Book Poster Image
age 3+
Engaging classic makes work delightful.
By Richard Scarry
(1968)
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