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Tune Up Your Autumn With Playful Music

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Kids' music has come a long way. Here are some of the newest and most playful, thoughtful, lush CDs to have come my way in a while. This is part one of two columns full of happily pleasing family music.

"Simpatico" from Renee & Friends; One Melody Records; $11.19 CD, $8.99 digital

"Simpatico" reeks of coolness, from its zippy opening "Gather...Read more

Gentle Halloween Books

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These slightly spooky tales will get your little ones in the mood for Halloween -- without scaring them silly.

"Happy Halloween, Witch's Cat!" by Harriet Muncaster; HarperCollins; 28 pages; $15.99.

Harriet Muncaster's charming picture book lives in a world of adorable miniatures with whimsical animation added that makes you feel like you're ...Read more

Elvis, the Beatles, Frank and a Man Named Jelly Roll

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Children have always been intrigued by music's greatest, from classical composers to jazz musicians to rock and roll idols. These new books for young readers chronicle some of music's finest, most innovative icons.

"Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King" by Bonnie Christensen; Henry Holt; 32 pages; $16.99.

Youngsters will love knowing ...Read more

Books to Help Children Navigate Elementary School

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Schools are starting, and many young children need help, reassurance and a bit of guidance so they aren't fearful and apprehensive.

"You Make Me Happy" by An Swerts and Jenny Bakker; Clavis Books; 28 pages; $16.95.

Sofia likes a boy in her class very much. She likes how he makes faces and tells other boys to leave her alone. But Sofia feels ...Read more

Poetry Books Make Reading Fun

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Introducing imaginative poetry books to young readers is a great way to get them back into the reading mode.

"Hypnotize a Tiger" by Calef Brown; Henry Holt; 138 pages; $17.99.

Author/artist Calef Brown calls himself an "Enthusiologist," which is apparent in this lively book of whimsy and quirky verses. His 138 pages of oddities bring up ...Read more

Board Books to Amuse Tots

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When older siblings head back to school, younger siblings often feel lonely and sad. These new innovative board tales should help them do just what their brothers and sisters are doing -- reading and enjoying books.

"Dinoblock" by Christopher Franceschelli; art by Peskimo; Abrams Appleseed; 46 pages; $16.95.

This talented pair's predecessor,...Read more

Back-to-School Reads

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Believe it or not, it's that time of the year again. And going back to school is made easier with books about other kids' back-to-school woes and triumphs. These are some of the newest end-of-summer reads.

"The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After" by Soman Chainani; HarperCollins; 655 pages; $16.99.

The epic conclusion of the novel...Read more

Vivid Picture Books for Active Kids

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Picture books that enthrall and excite should be a part of every family and school bookshelf. These new releases are unique, cool and special books sure to please not only young children, but adults as well.

"My Wild Family" by Laurent Moreau; Candlewick Press; 28 pages; $17.99.

First published in France, this oversized visual treat equates ...Read more

How-To Books for Summer Creativity

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Everybody needs a little guidance, and these books help kids learn more about photography; jewelry-making; helping communities through circus acts; and about being a "Really Professional Internet Person."

"Guide to Photography" by Nancy Honovich and Annie Griffiths; National Geographic Kids; 160 pages; $14.99.

National Geographic's books for...Read more

Read to Your Kids, Even in the Summertime

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It's important to read aloud to young children even in the summer months when pools and backyards beckon. Here are some of this summer's brightest new picture books.

"You're a Crab!: A Moody Day Book" by Jenny Whitehead; Henry Holt & Company; 32 pages; $16.99.

Preschoolers' bad moods can wreak havocs on young families. But their tantrums and...Read more

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