The 25 essential baby books every nursery should have

We recently heard some distressing news from a new-parent colleague: She hadn’t received any baby books for presents either at showers or post-birth. Sure, books may not be as straight-up practical as a Diaper Genie or a pack of onesies, but their effects last a whole lot longer. Our friend’s dilemma got some of us…

The best, only slightly scary Halloween pop culture to enjoy with your kids

Call us crazy, but Halloween may be quickly overtaking those year-end holidays as our kids’ favorite season. Sure, no presents, but much more candy! Also there’s something slightly more fun about spooks and scares than frequent lame messages about having Christmas spirit and spreading goodwill to all.

What’s the one cookbook you’d save from a burning kitchen?

Yesterday, we presented a list of cookbooks we consider to be the finest tomes published so far in our young century. Today, we open it up to The A.V. Club staffers and contributors, and rephrased it as a question: If you could save one cookbook from your burning kitchen, which book would you save? (Let’s assume…

Our parenting guide offers a summer reading list for the littlest bookworms

You can wander into the children’s section at any library or bookstore and easily become completely overwhelmed by the seemingly limitless number of books available for your offspring. Before they’re old enough to pick out titles themselves, how are you able to select out the best, most engaging ones for your…

The best kids’ streaming series to get you through to spring

Very few things are as taxing as being cooped up inside with small children during the long winter months, as they and you are all ready to climb the walls. But thanks to the passing days of the calendar (as well as some global warming), the end is nearly in sight. To help you get through these last few weeks of…

How A.V. Club staffers got their offspring to just say no to kids’ music

The A.V. Club, as you might have guessed, is staffed with no shortage of music nerds, casually tossing off comments about our vinyl collections and that obscure indie show we caught last week. Before we were parents, we naturally assumed that our excellent musical taste was something hereditary that we would pass on…