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Dig Into Some Mental Comfort Food
Next time you're jonesing for some easy entertainment, turn to this smorgasbord of delight-inducing children's novels, unfailingly uplifting films and stimulating electronic games. Yum.

Read...
"Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Changeling, about two girls and their imaginary world, evokes the glorious amount of time kids spend in their heads."

—Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), author, A Series of Unfortunate Events

"Understood Betsy, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, is about a girl who must leave the city to live on a farm, where she experiences all sorts of gentle adventures."

—Ann M. Martin, author, The Baby-Sitters Club series

"Ben and Me is the 'memoir' of a mouse who helped Ben Franklin achieve success. I'm a big fan."

—Katherine Paterson, author, Bridge to Terabithia, Giving Thanks

Watch...
"Funny Face (1957) is Audrey Hepburn at her loveliest, singing in Paris. Then there's Pitch Perfect (2012), about a group of misfits who form an all-girls a cappella group. Singin' in the Rain (1952) is a delight: the triumph of good guys over bad guys, with dancing! Jerry Maguire (1996) is a perfect mix of comedy and emotion; The Jerk (1979) is a hilarious way to spend an evening; and Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998) are what I'd show a Martian who came to Earth and asked, 'So what's this "falling in love" thing all about?'"

—Lindsay Doran, film executive, Nanny McPhee, This Is Spinal Tap

Play...
"In the calming Zen Bound 2 (iOS, Android, Mac, PC), you'll encounter intricate wooden sculptures to spin and admire. Contre Jour (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and on the Web) lets you guide a cute blob through a world of light and music. In Bumpy Road (iOS, Mac, PC), you'll help two sweethearts take a romantic drive, collecting their memories as you go. And the inventor of Curiosity—What's Inside the Cube (iOS, Android) has hidden a 'life-changing secret' inside a cube made of billions of layered tiles, which you tap to remove. Thousands of players are tapping away to discover it."

—Jane McGonigal, PhD, author, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World