Everybody farts

Everybody farts

We made a trip to the emergency room recently with the wee one (everything is fine).  She was scared, we were scared, and only maudlin humor would do. Fortunately, we had along Fiona Bayrock’s Bubble Homes and Fish Farts, an entire nonfiction children’s...
Books for boys, beyond baseball

Books for boys, beyond baseball

When I go to teacher conferences, the thing I hear the most about my son– always said with great reverence– is, Wow, he sure likes to read! I come from an entire family of readers, so this doesn’t seem odd to me… but it is odd, because boys...
Crackity SNAPPITY POPPITY Pop!

Crackity SNAPPITY POPPITY Pop!

I’m a woman without singing ability. Also, my sense of rhythm is limited to 4/4 time. But when my daughter developed an interest in scat after hearing about it on a kids’ television show, it was time for some musical research. No need for my kid to be...
Girls just want to draw fun

Girls just want to draw fun

My daughters draw the cutest things: Stick-figure women in triangle dresses, bulgy-eyed cats and larger-than-life flowers. Nothing could improve on what they dream up which is why I love artist Carla Sonheim’s new coloring book simply called, girls. Instead of...
Olivia the Pig has got nothing on Olivia the Ox

Olivia the Pig has got nothing on Olivia the Ox

As you’re looking for an inexpensive one-size-fits-all baby gift for all those friends of yours having kids this year, consider The Year of the Ox, the fourth children’s book in the wonderful Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series by Oliver Chin. Since my...
Adventure, True Love and Seafood

Adventure, True Love and Seafood

We hosted 16 relatives (seven in our house) over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  My job, besides cooking some stuff, was to read to the four little children in my daughter’s room each night before bed. And each night we read The Sign of the Seahorse:  A Tale of...
A Very Merry Pop-Up Christmas

A Very Merry Pop-Up Christmas

With my husband-the-pilot’s schedule always up in the air (literally) I’m often RSVPing to our neighborhood parties and kid’s gatherings at the last minute. Still, I don’t want to show up empty-handed. So when I find a great holiday gift that...
A Fairy for all Seasons

A Fairy for all Seasons

It’s always nice cracking open some children’s books to get your kids into the spirit of the holidays, but not every parent is looking to do it through biblical tales or the Santa story. A cool alternative: Positive Spin Press offers three fairy...

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