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November 4, 2015

SPONSORED POST In the Heart of the Sea

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In the Heart of the SeaThis Blog Post is Sponsored by Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Way back in the winter of 1820, the New England whaleship Essex was attacked by a much bigger, mammoth-sized whale. The incident would inspire American author and poet Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick, but this was a real-life disaster in which a ship with a crew sailed into the Pacific and never returned.

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An exciting new film, In the Heart of the Sea (rated PG-13), is based on the Nathaniel Philbrick book, In the Heart of the Sea—The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (for ages 12 and up).

The Pittsburgh-born author’s book is a work of nonfiction. It explores the grim path of the crew of the Essex, which headed out to sea after leaving Nantucket in the summer of 1819. The ship barely survived a bout of nasty weather not long after it set sail, enduring significant damage in the aftermath, and was sunk after the huge sperm whale attacked it during November of the following year.

Opening in theaters on December 11 and starring Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea tells the powerful true story of the Essex and celebrates good storytelling.

Tell us in the Comments below about the last good piece of nonfiction storytelling you read, and leave your caption for this photo . . .

In the Heart of the Sea

September 4, 2015

SPONSORED POST Hotel Transylvania 2

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Hotel Transylvania 2This Blog Post is Sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

Are you ready to go BACK to HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA?

Or maybe you’re checking in for the first time? No matter; the good news is that Dracula’s formerly monsters-only hotel policy has finally relaxed. He’s opening his doors to human guests, and considering his grandson isn’t exactly a pureblood vampire, it’s about time!

Hotel Transylvania 2

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation

Coming to theaters on September 25, Hotel Transylvania 2 (rated PG) has Dracula worried about his grandson Dennis’s half-human, half-vampire roots. When Drac’s old-school dad, Vlad, discovers that a change in policy allows for human guests and that his great-grandson isn’t 100% vampire, things get batty!

“There are four generations living under one roof, which obviously will be intense, no matter what the family is,” says actor Andy Samberg, who voices Johnny in the new movie. As Mavis’s human husband and father to Dennis, good ol’ Johnny isn’t only battling your standard in-law gripes.

“Johnny’s not just up against Drac, but now Vlad who is even more old-school in the tradition of being a vampire,” says Samberg. Obviously, Mavis is branching outside of that by marrying a human. So it’s complicated, but it’s also wonderful, and it’s them all getting to know each other and learning to understand each other.”

Actress and singer, Selena Gomez, is the voice of Johnny’s more-than-a-century-old wife, Mavis, in Hotel Transylvania 2. She agrees with her co-star on the fun in packing everyone into the hotel in the new film.

“Dracula brings everyone together,” says Gomez. “I think that’s sweet and endearing because he wants to include everyone.”


Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation

What can we learn from this, and from Hotel Transylvania 2, about celebrating our similarities and differences—monster or not? That lesson isn’t lost on Gomez. In fact, it’s somewhat close to home for her.

“Extended family in Hotel Transylvania 2—whether they’re Frankenstein or the Wolf gang —everybody kind of comes together under one roof,” Gomez says. “That’s a cultural thing, in my opinion, because that’s exactly how my dad’s side of the family is. It’s not a good thing [to them] when you move out of the house. It’s almost like [they] want them to stay there forever, and you just pass it along, and I think that’s Drac’s idea. His intention is really good, but that’s something everyone can relate to.”

Check out the loads of fun that all goes down under one roof in the Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer, play the Monster Jumble game, and see the movie in theaters on September 25.  

August 31, 2015

SPONSORED POST: Money Confident Kids Contest

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T-Rowe-Price_130x130_Stacks.v2This blog post is sponsored by T. Rowe Price.

Are you a money confident kid? Here’s a chance to win one of six different prizes including $1,500 and a library of books for your classroom! All you need to do is interview your parent or guardian and write a short essay about the experience. Go to for all the details and to download the entry form.

Questions? Post below!

August 7, 2015


PAN Sponsored PostThis Blog Post Is Sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Hey! You look like the type who might appreciate a good book, is that right? You might even like a good origin story—the story of how a hero ends up with incredible abilities!

Levi Miller as PANIn the new live-action film Pan (not yet rated), opening October 9, Peter (played by Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with a rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life, those qualities do not exactly fly. One night, Peter is spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors, and fairies called Neverland. There he is tasked with defeating the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (played by Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.Hugh Jackman in Pan

Tell us about the most amazing book you’ve ever read in the Comments section below.

Plus, check out the Book Explorer Quiz to discover more great books! And while we’re at it, watch the movie trailer, and read about the Pan movie preview we attended.

July 14, 2015


Posted by at 1:42 am in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

Kart KingdomThis blog post is sponsored by PBS Kids.

Come one, come all to KART KINGDOM!

There’s an exciting new world of adventure and fun waiting to be explored! In Kart Kingdom, the new game from PBS KIDS, you can create your own character and build your very own kart. Once you start playing, you can begin to unlock new worlds, gadgets, and prizes! Meet new friends and explore the world together. kart kingdomIf you’re lucky, you might run into some of your favorite PBS KIDS characters like Team Wild Kratts and Odd Squad!

Here’s what our kart looks like. Tell us about yours!

April 17, 2015

SPONSORED POST Star Banks Adventure

Posted by at 12:10 pm in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

T-Rowe-PriceThis blog post is sponsored by Star Banks Adventure.

Mysterious planets, an alien mentor, and a robot shopkeeper—sounds like the ingredients to an amazing sci-fi story, right? It’s also the foundation for a new swipe-and-match game called Star Banks Adventure!

Check out the game trailer.

Like all great games, Star Banks Adventure is packed with choices for you to make. But every choice has a consequence, so be careful! You’ll need to partner with Odal, an alien guide, to stop Overlord Zek, the evil mastermind bent on causing financial chaos. Use different Star Banks to collect coins and build space devices to save the galaxy from financial chaos. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Accompanied by spacey music and a story line that unfolds as you go, Star Banks Adventure is a blast!

This free game was created by T. Rowe Price as part of their Money Confident Kids Program, which focuses on helping kids better understand money. It can be played online or on mobile devices through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

November 1, 2014


Posted by at 4:52 pm in Create a Caption, SPONSORED | Permalink

Annie movieThis blog post is sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

It’s a hard knock life, but you’ve got to know that the sun will come out tomorrow!

In the upcoming movie Annie (rated PG), in theaters December 19, Annie faces challenges and adversity, but always with optimism and humor. She knows that you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

See below for photo stills from the movie. What do you think she and her friends might be saying? Create a fun or silly caption for each photo!

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Annie and girls dancing in apartment

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Sandy and Annie

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Annie posing in her red dress

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Will Stacks with girls in helicopter

Leave your captions in the Comments! And read our blog posts about 2 of the actresses in the movie, Quevenzhané Wallis who plays Annie, and Nicolette Pierini who plays Mia.

August 15, 2014

SPONSORED POST The Art of Duck Tape

Posted by at 1:01 am in Kid Power, SPONSORED | Permalink

The Art of Duck TapeThis blog post is sponsored by The Art of Duck Tape®

Did you know that duct tape was used in World War II to repair trucks and was even used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge? Now the heavy-duty fabric tape has gone from a fix-all to a creative medium for some seriously cool crafts.

If you’re looking for a fun, new project and some cool ideas, check out these crafts!

Do you have your own idea for a Duck Tape® craft? Share it in the Comments below!

August 6, 2014


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Dolphin Tale 2 Sponsored PostThis blog post is sponsored by Dolphin Tale 2 (rated PG).

Nine years ago in Florida, rescuers found a young bottlenose dolphin tangled in a crab trap. They brought her to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), where they named her Winter. Unfortunately, Winter’s injuries were so severe that her entire tail and two vertebrae were lost. Thanks to the staff of CMA, Winter has healed. She now swims with the help of a tail created by prosthetics and orthotics company Hanger, together with marine mammal veterinarian Mike Walsh and CMA’s marine mammal trainers.

According to the CMA, many steps are required for Winter to wear her prosthetic tail. The process starts with a “sock,” which they call the famous “Winter’s Gel.” The sock’s rubbery material reduces friction on her skin and helps the tail stay on. Also, a “cup” and a suspension strap are placed on her body. A sleeve is pulled over the entire tail to secure all moving pieces. Finally, the rubber band, a new feature of Winter’s prosthetic, is placed right at the end of the tail.

Although Winter is doing swimmingly, she needs constant care. Her prosthetic tail can only be used for short periods of time. Swimming without it in the wild would put her at great risk. Winter calls the CMA home, and she serves as an ambassador, teaching people from all over the world about dolphins!

Winter the dolphin and all her friends at the CMA are back in the movie Dolphin Tale 2 (rated PG), in theaters September 12.

Take the Marine Life Champion Personality Quiz and find out how you can help animals like Winter!

Excited to learn more about the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life in Dolphin Tale 2? Share your Comments below.

April 25, 2014


Posted by at 6:01 pm in Celebrities, SPONSORED | Permalink

Earth to Echo movie photoThis blog post is sponsored by Earth to Echo.

Earth to Echo (rated PG For Some Action and Peril, and Mild Language) is a movie about a group of friends who embark on one last adventure to investigate the source of the cryptic signals they’ve been receiving. It’s a discovery beyond their wildest imaginations and changes their lives forever. It stars Ella Wahlestedt as Emma, Reese C. Hartwig as Munch, Teo Halm as Alex, and Brian “Astro” Bradley as Tuck. Read on to find out more from the cast about the movie, in theaters July 2, 2014! Continue reading