Up to date information about children's entertainment – film, TV, DVD and more…. from founder and president of KIDS FIRST! Ranny Levy

Plan a Summer Film Fest…and Get Kids Excited about Reading

Check out all of the new and forthcoming storybooks on DVD at http://www.newkideo.com/ Each summer teachers send home a reading list, in hopes of preventing the “summer slide” in reading achievement among youn. Sometimes, it’s a struggle to get reluctant readers involved in the great works of children’s literature. This summer, enlist the help of the SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES™, an award-winning collection of colorfully animated stories adapted from some of the best-loved, best-selling children’s books of all time.
These lovingly animated, award-winning adaptations from the renowned Weston Woods Studios have long been known to teachers and librarians as the finest examples of their craft. These productions engage young minds while remaining true to the source material. And viewing a well-produced adaptation of a children’s book may be the ticket back to reading.

As Dorothy Singer, Ed.D., Co-director of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Centre in New Haven , Connecticut says, “Good videos and television inspire discussion and encourage children to think, and maybe take further action to enhance their understanding and knowledge. In the case of the Weston Woods productions, I really think they do help lead kids back to the books. When my granddaughter saw ‘Corduroy’ for the first time, she wanted to get the book right away.”

Read-Along Videos
The SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES now offers more digitally-enhanced content than ever – featuring at least an hour of stories on each DVD release, value-priced at $14.95 srp . Aside from an enhanced read-along function which highlights the words as they are read, new, kid-friendly features include redesigned authoring for easy navigation and eye-popping packaging. The new kid-friendly website http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=25555867&msgid;=321069&act;=YRIU&c;=277010&admin;=0&destination;=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newkideo.com%2F provides the latest information on new releases, product reviews and activities for children ages 2 to 6.
New releases include:
TREASURY OF 100 STORYBOOK CLASSICS Thin Pak. This is an awesome collection of 100 classic, award-winning storybooks on 16 DVDs, featuring works by some of the most acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators including Maurice Sendak, Ezra Jack Keats, H.A. Rey, Kevin Henkes, Doreen Cronin and Robert McCloskey, just to name a few. Celebrity narrators add excitement to the stories and they include: James Earl Jones, Forest Whitaker, Cyndi Lauper, Sarah Jessica Parker and many more. A helpful read-along option also allows viewers to read the words along with the narrators.
DIARY OF A SPIDER… AND MORE CUTE CRITTER STORIES — The title story, adapted from the best-selling picture book by Doreen Cronin, is a sequel to “Diary of a Worm”, but this time, spider is the star!
THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE (Releasing June 24) – A madcap production of Beverly Cleary’s story, employing a mix of live action and stop-motion animation
CORDUROY… AND MORE STORIES ABOUT CARING (Releasing July 29)—“Corduroy,” the beloved brown bear created by author Don Freeman, turns 40 this year. This special anniversary edition features live action-animated adaptation of the original story and several more stories, including tales narrated by Mia Farrow and Laura Dern.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Releasing August 26) – The storytelling and artistry of Maurice Sendak is celebrated in this landmark release.
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