One library system lists a number of movies based on books:

We tried to think up what movies weren't based on books and for the most part we couldn't come up with too many. It's interesting that some of the best movies were books first--The Help, Sherlock Holmes, Hugo, The Three Musketeers. And how many times has the BBC put out another Jane Austen movie?

Many of our children's plays are based on stories. Tomorrow, we perform one of the first interactive children's show we came up with--Princess on a Pea. We used Chris's class of third graders to test it on. The next day one of his students found the story in the basal reader and the wide-eyed girl asked if she could read it. Chris was happy to let her. When we perform for children, we like to show them books that go along with the show.

We love this Einstein quote: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Would it work for us adults as well; could we get more intelligent, too? Nice!

The Salem Public Library starts their No Screen Week challenge starting tomorrow. It may be to encourage kids to read more but adults could have a great week by joining in. (

So, as we like to tell our young audiences at the beginning of our shows: we encourage you to read and "play."

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