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Bless the Beasts & Children Book Poster Image
age 13+
Misfit teens rebel at a Western summer camp in YA classic.
By Glendon Swarthout
(1970)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1991)
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Tom Thumb Movie Poster Image
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age 6+
Fun musical adventure for the family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1958)
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Book Poster Image
age 4+
Teaches important lessons about faith, friendship.
By Virginia Lee Burton
(1939)
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Mario Kart DS Game Poster Image
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age 6+
Fresh, fun go-karting with cartoonish mischief.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2005)
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Forza Motorsport 2 Game Poster Image
age 10+
If racing's your thing, a must-have Xbox360 title!
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2007)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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Fairy Godmother Tycoon Game Poster Image
age 12+
Wacky fairytale biz sim lets kids conjure riches.
Platforms: Windows
(2007)
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DiRT 2 Game Poster Image
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age 12+
Thrilling offroad racer with plenty of depth, variety.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2009)
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Split/Second Game Poster Image
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age 13+
Explosive racing game encourages aggressive driving.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2010)
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Need for Speed Undercover App Poster Image
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age 16+
Realistic console-style racing game is mostly OK for kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Need for Speed Shift App Poster Image
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age 17+
Incredibly good racer, but rewards aggressive driving.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
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The Little Mermaid and Other Stories by H. C. Andersen App Poster Image
age 9+
Gorgeous interactive tales are darker than Disney versions.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
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Shrek Kart HD App Poster Image
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age 8+
Console-quality racing game with Shrek-y humor.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
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Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad App Poster Image
age 17+
Cop-car racer is well done but rewards reckless driving.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
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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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Drawn: Trail of Shadows Game Poster Image
age 10+
Pretty game melds hidden object, adventure, and puzzle play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures HD App Poster Image
age 9+
Hidden-object adventure protagonists show value of teamwork.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
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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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