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Why Books Should be on Your Christmas Shopping List

When should you start reading to your kids? I believe from the moment they’re born.

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GiftLit: The Perfect Gift for Any Book Lover

As with many things in life, a lot of readers fall into the same pattern and read the same genre over and over. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is the equivalent of never leaving your hometown and seeing what else the world has to offer.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

I can’t believe that the last installment of the Hunger Games movies is out in theaters on November 20th. It doesn’t seem possible. I remember the day my son convinced me to read the trilogy of books that centered around a strong female character who was made to endure a contest where there was only one victor and the fight was to the death. I remember telling him I’d never read a book that included those themes, but he pressured me so I relented.

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ALADDIN Returns in an all-new Disney Diamond Edition

My husband and I were recently talking about Disney films we wish would be re-released, and Aladdin was on the top of the list. Imagine my excitement when we received the Diamond Edition on Blu-ray and DVD with all new special features!

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Disney Announces Descendants 2 Plus Cast Celebration at Disneyland

We knew when we watched the Disney Descendants movie, that the story makers had found a fabulous new way to share Disney stories with a new generation. These hip teens are the children of the characters their parents love, so they’ve been pulled into this new movie as well. So it’s no surprise that Disney has announced that a sequel is in development.

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Aladdin: Jasmine Makeup Tutorial and DIY Costume & Blu-Ray Release

Aladdin: Jasmine Makeup Tutorial and DIY Costume plus information on the new Diamond Edition Blu-ray combo and digital movie released October 2015

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PBS KIDS: Halloween and Thanksgiving Holiday Specials Schedule

Great TV shows for kids are as close as your local PBS station and this October and November, you and your kids can enjoy some fun holidays specials. PBS KIDS starts the fun with an “Odd-tober” event which includes the special, “CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest,” plus regular series’ fall episodes including DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, WILD KRATTS, PEG + CAT, and DINOSAUR TRAIN.

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Kohl’s Cares Holiday Campaign: Tillman Books and Blake Shelton Christmas CD

I love books. They’re the one thing I’ve never regretting buying. Especially for my kids. It was heartbreaking when we boxed up and sold our children’s book collection after they moved out. There were so many memories in those books.

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Monkey Kingdom: Family-Friendly Nature Film From Disneynature

I’m a huge fan of Disneynature films. They’re more than just entertaining, they’re educational as well. Their newest film, MONKEY KINGDOM, released in theaters on April 17, 2015. It’s now available on home video for you to own, and this is one film I’m happy to recommend you purchase.

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MOANA: Disney Casts 14-Year Native Hawaiian in Lead Role

Walt Disney Animation Studios has cast native Hawaiian, Auli’i Cravalho, 14, in the lead role in “MOANA.” This talented teen was chosen from hundreds of gifted actors who auditioned for the role opposite Dwayne Johnson. She has enjoyed singing and dancing since she was a small child, but this high school sophomore never imagined she’d be cast in a Disney movie.

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A Walk in the Woods Movie – Bryson/Redford Labor Day Weekend #TakeAHike

One of my favorite books has been made into a movie starring Robert Redford whom I’ve adored since the 70s. Somehow the fact that this was happening had gotten by me unnoticed until today! I happened to look up the title for another piece I’m writing about crafting while listening to audiobooks, when there it was an advertisement for “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson opening Labor Day weekend!

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Walt Disney SHORT FILM Collection Available on BluRay Today

From Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a fantastic new collection of their best short films. Included in the collection are award-winning and beloved films like “Lorenzo,” which was nominated for Best Animated Short in 2004. It also includes contemporary favorites like Disney’s “Frozen Fever,” which stars Anna, Kristoff, Elsa, Olaf, and Sven. Plus Oscar winners “Feast” from 2014 and “Paperman” from 2012.

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