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Back To Vidyya Gift Ideas: Fun and Enriching Books, Videos, And CDs For Computers

From The American Academy Of Pediatrics

The resources in this article represent a treasure trove that will educate and entertain children. Part of the joy of the holidays is sharing information with families. Most of the time medical information if provided, but its important to support parents and professionals in their role as teachers of children. Giving books to children and parents encourages them to read together. Other media, such as videos and CDs, have become popular in the past decade.

What follows are lists of books, videos, and CDs for computers that you can share with your families. The book list is organized both alphabetically and by age-appropriate categories. All of the lists were compiled with help from friends, colleagues, librarians, child life specialists, book dealers, and the families. One reference that was useful in preparing this article is a book that lists quality books, magazines, videos, audio materials, software, toys, and travel resources.1 A new catalog is available that presents more than 700 videotapes and CD-ROMs suitable for children.2 Please share these lists with your families.

TABLE 1 -- Authors of Books by Age *
Preschoolers
Ludwig Bemelmans Virginia Lee Burton Jan DeBrunhoff Ezra Jack Keats Bill Peet
Sara Boynton Janell Cannon Tomie DePaola Mercer Mayer HA Rey
Jan Brett Eric Carle Dr. Seuss (T. Geisel) Robert Mcloskey Bernard Waber
Margaret Wise Brown Phyllis Fair Cowell Thacher Hurd AA Milne Audrey Wood
Young Readers
Verna Aadema Eric Carle Mary Hoffman Susan Meddaugh RL Stine
Harry Allard Beverly Cleary Jakata Tales Mary Pope Osborn Chris Van Allsburg
Ludwig Bemelmans Donal Crews Ezra Jack Keats Gary Paulson Rosemary Wells
Jan Brett Don Freeman Leo Lionni Jerry Pinkney EB White
Mark Brown Jack Gantos Robert Mcloskey Shel Silverstein Audrey Wood
Virginia Lee Burton Dr. Seuss (T. Geisel)


Middle Readers
Judy Blume Roald Dahl Jakata Tales Mary Pope Osborne RL Stine
Beverly Cleary Jack Gantos CS Lewis Gary Paulson Chris Van Allsburg
Donald Crews Virginia Hamilton Lois Lowry Shel Silverstein EB White
Barbara Cooney Mary Hoffman Walter Dean Myers Jerry Spinelli Jane Yolen
Mature Readers
Paul Goble James McBride Walter Dean Myers Phillip Pullman Mark Twain
SE Hinton Anne McCaffey Gary Paulson Lois Sachar Jane Yolen
Lois Lowry Patricia Mckissack


*Approximate ages, depends on comprehension and reading level of individual child. Preschoolers: 3 to 6 y; Young readers: 6 to 8 y; Middle readers: 8 to 11 y; Mature readers: 12+ y.





TABLE 2 -- Books by Author
Author: Verna Aardema
Appropriate Ages: Young readers
General Theme: African folktales
Selected Titles: The Lonely Lioness and Ostrich Chicks, Traveling to Tondo, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Author: Harry Allard
Appropriate Ages: Young readers
General Theme: Problem solving, animal themes, cooperation
Selected Titles: Bumps in the Night, The Cactus Flower Bakery, The Stupids Take Off, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
Author: Ludwig Bemelmans
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers, young readers
General Theme: Humor, fun
Selected Titles: Madeline series
Author: Judy Blume
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers
General Theme: Growing up issues--peer pressure, sibling rivalry, divorce, religion, prejudice
Selected Titles: Here's to You, Rachel Robinson; Are You There God? It's Me Margaret; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; The Pain and the Great One; It's Not the End of the World
Author: Sarah Boynton
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Bedtime, humor
Selected Titles: Barnyard Dance, Going to Bed Book, But Not the Hippopotamus, Opposites
Author: Jan Brett
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers, young readers
General Theme: Folktales, folklore, holiday traditions, illustrative work
Selected Titles: The Mitten, Comet's Nine Lives, Armadillo Rodeo, Town Mouse, Country Mouse, The Wild Christmas Reindeer
Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Bedtime stories, family relationships
Selected Titles: Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, The Sleepy Men, The Dream Book
Author: Mark Brown
Appropriate Ages: Young readers
General Theme: Humor, adventure
Selected Titles: Arthur series
Author: Virginia Lee Burton
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers, young readers
General Theme: Work, usefulness, tools personify people
Selected Titles: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Katy and the Big Snow, The Little House, Calico
Author: Janell Cannon
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Relationships, nature
Selected Titles: Stellaluna
Author: Eric Carle
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers, young readers
General Theme: Nature, wonder, change
Selected Titles: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, The Honey Bee and the Robber
Author: Beverly Cleary
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Sibling issues, school issues, divorce
Selected Titles: My Own Two Feet, Petey's Bedtime Story, Ramona series, Mitch and Amy, Strider, Dear Mr. Henshaw
Author: Barbara Cooney
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers
General Theme: Family, community, growth, tradition, folklore
Selected Titles: Island Boy, Miss Rumphius, Eleanor, The Story of Christmas, Hattie and the Wild Waves, The Little Juggler
Author: Phyllis Fair Cowell
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Relationships, emotions
Selected Titles: Care Bears series
Author: Donald Crews
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: First books, pictorial works, sight/sound identification, travel
Selected Titles: Freight Train, Shortcut, Bigmama's, Sail Away, Ten Black Dots, School Bus Parade
Author: Roald Dahl
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers
General Theme: Fun, fantasy, humor, magic, relationships
Selected Titles: James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger
Author: Jean DeBrunhoff
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Fun, adventure, humor
Selected Titles: Babar series
Author: Tomie DePaola
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Life's lessons
Selected Titles: The Art Lesson, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Author: Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel)
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers, young readers
General Theme: Humor, fantasy
Selected Titles: Green Eggs and Ham, ABC, Are You My Mother?
Author: Don Freeman
Appropriate Ages: Young readers
General Theme: Conservation, appreciation
Selected Titles: Corduroy series, A Rainbow of My Own, The Day is Waiting, Will's Quill
Author: Jack Gantos
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Humor, growth, fantasy
Selected Titles: Rotten Ralph series, Jack's New Power, The Werewolf Family
Author: Paul Goble
Appropriate Ages: Mature readers
General Theme: Indian culture, myths, legends
Selected Titles: The Return of the Buffalo, Remaking the Earth, Iktomi, The Lost Children, Crow Chief
Author: Virginia Hamilton
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers
General Theme: African-American folktales, fairy tales, and true tales
Selected Titles: When Birds Could Talk and Bats Could Sing; Jaguarundi, Her Stories; Plain City
Author: SE Hinton
Appropriate Ages: Mature readers
General Theme: Teenage relationships
Selected Titles: Tex, Taming the Star Runner
Author: Mary Hoffman
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Peer pressure, race, interpersonal relationships
Selected Titles: Boundless Grace, The Four-Legged Ghosts, Henry's Baby, Amazing Grace, Dracula's Daughter
Author: Thacher Hurd
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Mystery, adventure, fun, humor
Selected Titles: Art Dog, Little Mouse's Birthday Cake, Blackberry Ramble, Tomato Soup, Axle
Author: Jakata Tales (No author)
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Moral tales, Eastern fables
Selected Titles: The Rabbit in the Moon, The Best of Friends
Author: Ezra Jack Keats
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers, young readers
General Theme: Relationships, nature
Selected Titles: Whistle for Willie, The Snowy Day
Author: CS Lewis
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers
General Theme: Fantasy
Selected Titles: Chronicles of Narnia (eg, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
Author: Leo Lionni
Appropriate Ages: Young readers
General Theme: Friendship, curiosity, relationships
Selected Titles: Fish is Fish, Cornelius, Swimmy, An Extraordinary Egg, Little Blue and Little Yellow
Author: Lois Lowry
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers, mature readers
General Theme: Fantasy, growing up pressures, interpersonal relationships, family
Selected Titles: See You Around, Sam!; Anastasia series; The Giver; Your Move, J.P.!; Number the Stars
Author: Mercer Mayer
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Relationships, family
Selected Titles: Just Me and My Puppy, Just My Friend and Me
Author: James McBride
Appropriate Ages: Mature readers
General Theme: Race relations
Selected Title: Color of Water
Author: Anne McCaffrey
Appropriate Ages: Mature readers
General Theme: Imagination, fantasy, science fiction
Selected Titles: Killashandra, Dragonseye, Freedom's Choice, Acorna, Lyon's Pride
Author: Patricia Mckissack
Appropriate Ages: Mature readers
General Theme: Race history
Selected Titles: A Picture of Freedom, Rebels Against Slavery, Black Diamond
Author: Robert Mcloskey
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers, young readers
General Theme: Relationships, change, growth
Selected Titles: Make Way for Ducklings, Time of Wonder, Lentil, One Morning in Maine
Author: Susan Meddaugh
Appropriate Ages: Young readers
General Theme: Humor, fun
Selected Titles: Martha Blah, Hog-Eye, Martha Calling, Tree of Birds, Too Many Monsters
Author: AA Milne
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Friendship, adventure, relationships
Selected Titles: Winnie the Pooh series
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers, mature readers
General Theme: Positive cultural role model, ethnic poetry, African-American history
Selected Titles: Harlem, Slam!; The Glory Field; The Young Landlords
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Fantasy, mythology, imagination
Selected Titles: Magic Tree House series
Author: Gary Paulson
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers, mature readers
General Theme: Mystery, adventure, fantasy, friendship, wilderness stories
Selected Titles: Tucket's Ride, Amos Binder, Secret Agent, The Schernoff Discoveries, Hatchet
Author: Bill Peet
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Humor, fun
Selected Titles: Wump World; Whindingdilly; Pamela Camel; Zella, Zack, and Zodiac
Author: Jerry Pinkney
Appropriate Ages: Young readers
General Theme: Folktales
Selected Titles: The Hired Hand, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Author: Phillip Pullman
Appropriate Ages: Mature readers
General Theme: Intrigue, mystery
Selected Titles: The Subtle Knife, The Golden Compass, The Tin Princess, The White Mercedes
Author: HA Rey
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Adventure, mischief
Selected Titles: Curious George series
Author: Lois Sachar
Appropriate Ages: Mature readers
General Theme: Peer pressure, school issues
Selected Titles: The Boy Who Lost His Face, Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger
Author: Shel Silverstein
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Children's poetry
Selected Titles: The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers
General Theme: Education, social/school pressure, sexuality
Selected Titles: The Library Card, Crash, Tooter Pepperday, Fourth Grade Rats, Jason and Marceline
Author: RL Stine
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Horror
Selected Titles: Goosebump series
Author: Mark Twain
Appropriate Ages: Mature readers
General Theme: Adventure, relationships
Selected Titles: Huckleberry Finn Adventure series, The Prince and the Pauper
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Imagination, magic, visual work
Selected Titles: The Polar Express, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, Jumanji, Ben's Dream, The Wretched Stone
Author: Bernard Waber
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers
General Theme: Friendship, fun, humor
Selected Titles: A Lion Named Shirley Williamson, Do You See A Mouse?, Gina, Ira Says Good-bye
Author: Rosemary Wells
Appropriate Ages: Young readers
General theme: Growth, seeking independence, establishing relationships
Selected Titles: Max's Birthday, Max's Christmas, Edward's Overwhelming Night, Shy Charles
Author: EB White
Appropriate Ages: Young readers, middle readers
General Theme: Friendship, loyalty, relationships
Selected Titles: Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan
Author: Audrey Wood
Appropriate Ages: Preschoolers, young readers
General Theme: Humor, self-image
Selected Titles: The Napping House, Quick as a Cricket, King Bidgood Is In The Bathtub
Author: Jane Yolen
Appropriate Ages: Middle readers, mature readers
General Theme: Legends, fantasy, history
Selected Titles: Merlin, Little Mouse and Elephant, Good Griselle, Xanadu


TABLE 3 -- CDs for Computers
Series:
Title: Arthur series: Birthday, Reading Race
Appropriate Ages: 3-7
Theme: Learning made fun
Name: Barney series: Goes to the Circus, Fun on the Farm, Under the Sea
Appropriate Ages: 2-6
Theme: Early concepts, such as names, numbers, and letters, made fun
Name: Dr. Brain
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Theme: A scientist's mind-blowing experiments place him in deep trouble
Name: Disney's Activity Centers and Animated Storybooks (eg, Toy Story, Aladdin, 101 Dalmatians)
Appropriate Ages: 5+
Theme: Based upon the movie classics, educational themes
Name: Jump Start: Preschool, toddler, kindergarten, 1st-5th grade
Appropriate Ages: 4 to 9 years
Theme: Learning made fun
Name: Let's Explore: Farm with Buzzy the Knowledge Bug
Appropriate Ages: 6+
Theme: Buzzy teaches about animals, farms, and machinery
Name: Magic School Bus Series: Exploring the Human Body, Solar System, Earth, Ocean, Dinosaurs
Appropriate Ages: 6-10
Theme: Take a ride on a school bus to different places
Name: Math Blaster series: Junior, 1, 2, Mystery
Appropriate Ages: 4+
Theme: Improving math skills
Name: Math Workshop Series
Appropriate Ages: 6-10
Theme: Different kinds of games that emphasize math skills
Name: Reader Blaster series (different ages)
Appropriate Ages: 6+
Theme: Different games that emphasize reading skills
Name: Reader Rabbit's: Preschool, toddler, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, Interactive Journey 1, 2
Appropriate Ages: 18 months to 8 years
Theme: Enhancing reading skills
Name: Sim series: Sim City 2000, Sim Tower, Sim Copter, Sim Tunes
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Theme: Build, customize, and design specific environments, such as cities
Name: Thinking Things I, II, III
Appropriate Ages: 4-13
Theme: Different activities focused on cognitive skills
Name: Treasure series: Mountain, Cove, Mathstorm, Galaxy
Appropriate Ages: 6-8
Theme: Reading, thinking, math, and science made fun
Individual Titles:
Title: Amazon Trail
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Theme: Journey into uncharted rainforests
Title: Civilization II
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Theme: Building an empire to span history
Title: Connections
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Theme: Traveling from one world to another, looking for clues to help you
Title: Creative Writer 2
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Theme: Generating journals, plays, essays, stories, and more
Title: Disney's Magic Artist
Appropriate Ages: All ages
Theme: Drawing and painting by Disney
Title: Dr. Seuss's ABC, Green Eggs and Ham
Appropriate Ages: 3+
Theme: Learning the ABCs from the master of rhyme and scenes; games and animated surprises
Title: Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Nature
Appropriate Ages: 7+
Theme: More than 200 plants and animals come to life
Title: Fun with Electronics
Appropriate Ages: 9+
Theme: Great for the young scientist
Title: KidPix and KidPix Studio
Appropriate Ages: 3-12
Theme: Drawing made fun with great sound effects
Title: Mighty Math Zoo Zillions
Appropriate Ages 5-8
Theme: Activities at a zoo focus on math skills
Title: Myst/Riven
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Theme: Exploring a vast complex world
Title: Oregon Trail/Oregon Trail II
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Theme: Heading west on a thrilling adventure
Title: Orly's Draw-A-Story
Appropriate Ages: 5-10
Theme: Orly, a girl living in Jamaica, encourages children to draw
Title: Putt-Putt Travels Through Time
Appropriate Ages: 3-8
Theme: Putt-Putt's time-warping through history
Title: Rockett's New School, Paths in the Forest
Appropriate Ages: 8-12
Theme: Relationship-building, especially for girls
Title: Rudyard Kipling's How the Leopard Got His Spots
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Theme: Danny Glover narrates this lushly illustrated version of the classic tale
Title: Stay Tooned!
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Theme:Trouble-making toons escape from their TV world
Title: Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair
Appropriate Ages: All ages
Theme: A great movie-making fantasy
Title: Strange Games From Around the World
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Theme: Games, ethnicity, and culture
Title: The Way Things Work
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Theme: Discover the workings and principles of more than 150 machines and meet the inventors
Title: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in the US is Carmen Sandiego?
Appropriate Ages: 9+
Theme: Crime-stopping chase around the world and in the United States
Title: Widget Workshop: The Mad Scientist's Library
Appropriate Ages: 7+
Theme: Learning how to put things together


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TABLE 4 -- Videos
Series:
Series: Barney's Friends
Appropriate Ages: 1+
General Theme: Fantasy, life's lessons
Selected Titles: Rock with Barney, Safety, Once Upon A Time, Let's Pretend
Series: Children's Circle
Appropriate Ages: 2+
General Theme: Animated children's short stories
Selected Titles: Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie, Pig's Wedding, The Ugly Duckling
Series: Children's Television Workshop
Appropriate Ages: 6+
General Theme: Environmental themes
Selected Titles: Down the Drain, The Rotten Truth, You Can't Grow Home Again
Series: Disney--Animated Classics
Appropriate Ages: 3+
General Theme: Adaptations of classic and original books and fairy tales
Selected Titles: Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Toy Story, Oliver, The Lion King, My Neighbor Totoro
Series: Disney--Live Action
Appropriate Ages: 6+
General Theme: Family relationships, fantasy
Selected Titles: Swiss Family Robinson, Old Yeller, Pollyanna, Absent Minded Professor
Series: Disney--Winnie the Pooh
Appropriate Ages: 2+
General Theme: Fantasy
Selected Titles: King of the Beasties, The Blustery Day, Clever Little Piglet, Growing Up
Series: Dr. Seuss
Appropriate Ages: 2+
General Theme: Fantasy, humor
Selected Titles: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss's ABC, Hop on Pop, One Fish Two Fish
Series: Land Before Time
Appropriate Ages: 3+
General Theme: Adventure quest by young dinosaurs
Selected Titles: Land Before Time I, II, III, IV
Series: Seabert
Appropriate Ages: 3+
General Theme: Environmental lessons
Selected Titles: Mysterious Journey, Save the Animals of Africa, Good Guys Wear White, The Adventure Begins
Series: Sesame Street
Appropriate Ages: 1+
General Theme: Life's lessons
Selected Titles: Sesame Street Visits the Hospital, Visits the Firehouse, Telling the Truth
Series: Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
Appropriate Ages: 2+
General Theme: Animated childrens' short stories
Selected Titles: Elizabeth and Larry, Bill and Pete, My New Neighbors, Aunt Ippy
Series: Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater
Appropriate Ages: 5+
General Theme: Classic stories re-enacted with famous stars
Selected Titles: The Frog Prince, The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast
Series: Rabbit Ears: Legends and Folktales
Appropriate Ages: 5+
General Theme: Legends and folktales come alive
Selected Titles: East of the Sun, West of the Moon; Anansi; Jack and the Beanstalk
Series: Richard Scarry's Busy Town
Appropriate Ages: 2+
General Theme: Busytown stars become animated
Selected Titles: Busiest Firefighters Ever, Best Babysitter Ever, Counting Video, A Trip To The Moon
Individual Titles:
Title: A Little Princess
Theme: A young girl who loses country, parents, and fortune finds hope in storytelling and friendship
Appropriate Ages: 7+
Title: Adventures of Huck Finn
Theme: The immortal Huck Finn and his friends
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Title: Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Theme: Robin Hood, Maid Marian, and King Arthur
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Title: Alaska
Theme: Coming of age in the Alaskan wilderness
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Annie (1982)
Theme: With Carol Burnett as the headmistress, this is the classic story of an orphan's struggle
Appropriate Ages: 6+
Title: Apollo 13
Theme: A historic space voyage
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Title: Babe
Theme: Funny farm animals led by a pig, all who talk
Appropriate Ages: 5+
Title: Back to the Future
Theme: A teenager revisits his parents as adolescents
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Bear
Theme: An orphaned bear bonds with an adult bear, faces the dangers of man, and grows up
Appropriate Ages: 7+
Title: Big
Theme: A boy in a grown-up's body has dreams that come true
Appropriate Ages: 9+
Title: Black Beauty
Theme: A girl's complicated relationship with a horse
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Black Stallion
Theme: A classic--a boy and a horse become soulmates
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Born Free
Theme: A game warden and his wife adopt an orphaned lion cub
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Theme: Friendship between a boy and an alien
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Festival of Claymation
Theme: The possibilities of clay
Appropriate Ages: 6+
Title: Field of Dreams
Theme: A magical look at the world of old-time baseball
Appropriate Ages: 13+
Title: Fly Away Home
Theme: A little girl, her dad, and a flock of geese fly south
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Free Willy
Theme: A boy befriends a whale
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Harriet the Spy
Theme: A young girl finds that spying and journal-keeping has unexpected and painful consequences
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Theme: Three pets struggling to get home
Appropriate Ages: 6+
Title: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Theme: An experiment gone awry results in miniature kids in a giant environment
Appropriate Ages: 5+
Title: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Theme: Dr. Seuss's tale of thievery and redemption
Appropriate Ages: 7+
Title: Indian in the Cupboard
Theme: A boy learns the value of life when he makes a plastic Indian come to life
Appropriate Ages: 6+
Title: Jumanji
Theme: Exciting action as a jungle board game comes to life
Appropriate Ages: 6+
Title: Lassie
Theme: An original classic of a boy and the love of his dog
Appropriate Ages: 6+
Title: Mr. Holland's Opus
Theme: A music teacher is torn between his students, music, and family
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Title: Muppet Movie
Theme: Kermit and the other zany characters are off to Hollywood
Appropriate Ages: 3+
Title: Never Cry Wolf
Theme: A single scientist and his life with wolves
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Title: Peter Pan (1960)
Theme: A musical classic
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Title: Roots
Theme: Discovering where you're from, racism
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Title: Santa Clause
Theme: A divorced dad becomes Santa
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Searching for Bobby Fischer
Theme: A smart boy is pushed to play chess by his father
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Secret of Roan Inish
Theme: A young Irish girl returns to her Irish roots and saves her brother
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Title: Singin' in the Rain
Theme: A Hollywood musical classic
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Title: Sound of Music
Theme: The Von Trapp family escapes the Nazis and brings the gift of song to America
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Star Wars Trilogy
Theme: An archetypal drama of good and evil set in the future
Appropriate Ages: 7+
Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
Theme: A young girl's memory of growing up in the south and the abuses of racism
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Title: The Wizard of Oz
Theme: An all-time classic--an adventure in the dream world reveals the true meaning of home
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Title: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Theme: Animated and real life mixed together
Appropriate Ages: 14+

REFERENCES
1. American Library Association, Donavin DP, ed.Best of the Best for Children. New York, NY: Random House, Inc; 1992.

2. Coalition for Quality Children's Media. Kids First! Directory. Available by calling toll-free 888-319-KIDS. American Academy of Pediatrics members, mention priority code "AAP."

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