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Parent picks: What middle-schoolers are reading for the holidays

If you have a middle-schooler, chances are he or she is caught up in fantasy stories like Twilight, Shiver, or Cirque du Freak. These wintry recommendations are sure to keep your kid's nose buried in books.

Parent picks: What fourth- and fifth-graders are reading for the holidays

Fourth and fifth grades mark a critical stage for reading skills. These parent suggestions, ranging from new titles like The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate to classics like Where the Red Fern Grows, are sure to keep your child enthralled.

Software for revving up reading

There's a fair amount of software out there for children just starting to read or having trouble doing so. Despite the relative simplicity of the programs and graphics, many options do a good job of allowing kids to explore the sounds and meanings of words...

Parent picks: What preschoolers are reading for the holidays

Preschoolers find wonder in so many places, but they seem to be especially drawn to animals and their antics. Parent favorites for this age group include classics like Harold and the Purple Crayon and new takes on bedtime stories. These books are sure to keep...

Best audiobooks for kids

If you're going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, audiobooks are a great way to keep the kids from whining, "Are we there yet?" But today's audiobooks do a lot more than foster family harmony in the form of group diversion...

DVDs that entertain and teach

Once upon a time, parents had to pour over the TV listings for something vaguely educational their kids could watch. Now the only problem is choosing from the dizzying array of shows available on DVD. We scoured a wide selection of programs that are both...

Top 10 educational toys

Over 3 billion toys are sold in the United States annually. We'll refrain from guessing how many end up in the back of the closet for years on end and instead recommend a few we think stand a decent chance of grabbing your child's attention...

A literary film fiesta for the holidays

Hollywood takes a page from kids' lit this holiday season.

11 killer computers

Boot up the holidays with one of these kid-friendly laptops and desktops.

Best new books for young kids

Turn your preschooler through second grader onto this season's top new page turners.