Tag: books for parents

Mom entrepreneurs: your bible has arrived.

One of the things that I love best about Cool Mom Picks is its suppport of entrepreneurs, and mom entrepreneurs especially. (Also the fact that they don’t call them “mompreneurs” but that’s subjective.) So of course I’m excited to introduce you all to Jill Salzman, who is definitely onto something with her website and now, her book just for those of you with creative juices flowing that want to take it to the next level. In Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs, Salzman is speaking from a great deal of experience. She’s the brains and energy behind...

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Our favorite Dr. Seuss books – Happy birthday Theodore Geisel!

Of all the children’s books we have amassed on our collective bookshelves over the years, there are several Dr. Seuss books that my would be in the short stack of our kids’ favorite titles. We suspect the same would be true for many of us grown-ups. So in honor of both Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday and the Read Across America campaign begun in his honor, the Cool Mom Picks contributors have each picked one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books to share. It’s interesting how a book choice says so much about the reader! We’re pretty sure you’ve got...

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A special book for a mama’s special thoughts

When our daughter was born, I did what so many mamas do: I started a baby book. I wanted to capture everything about her, along with the wonderment of being a new mom; I’d lost my own mother to cancer a year earlier, to the date, and I thought writing about motherhood would somehow connect grandmother, mom, and baby. At least I hoped so. But because our daughter arrived five weeks early, I wasn’t entirely prepared–so the “baby book” is a little slapdash. It’s, uh, not even a book. It’s an ever-growing Word file. Inspiring? Not so much. That’s...

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Is that a Picasso on your fridge?

Dan Consiglio is the amazingly talented and funny author of the blog What My Kids’ Art Says. It’s a great site because Dan isn’t afraid to call it like it is. He looks at children’s artwork with the lens of an erudite art critic, not a “my child is amazing and therefore everything associated with her must be” parent. The results are absolutely hysterical, and now they are now in a clever paperback that will have you in stitches. Is That a Picasso on Your Fridge? is like taking an art history class on a roller coaster. You know...

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Kawaii Five-0

If you’re a go-getter sewing type who hasn’t quite go-gotten around to making all of your Christmas presents yet, you need to check out two adorable sewing books by Choly Knight. Sew Kawaii! and Sew Your Own Pet Pillows will have you practically delirious from all the cuteness. Seriously. I can hardly type this post because I’m overwhelmed by the all-out adorableness of the jellyfish purse in Sew Kawaii! I haven’t tried any of the projects, but most look doable by a novice like me – only a few are marked as intermediate level. So I love the approachability...

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No more tears

My first two children were so easy to feed, I assumed it was due to my superior parenting (and cooking) skills that they would gobble down whatever I put in front of them without too much nose wrinkling. And then I had my son who humbled me and turned me into one of those crazy parents who beg their child to eat anything. So when I heard that Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, was coming out with a book to help us parents with picky eaters, I had only one question: Will this work with...

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A baby book for the modern mom

More than 10 years ago, author/illustrator Sara Midda first published a lovely baby book as an alternative to those structured, rigid baby books with all those intimidating lines. (You know the ones.) Only for some reason, I just discovered it. Good thing, because today it’s just as relevant as ever.  Simply titled Baby Book, the first thing you’ll notice is the loose, fun watercolor illustrations that remind me a bit of the wonderful R.O. Blechman. Next you’ll be struck by some subtly cheeky prompts that put you at ease right away. Like, “don’t worry if you don’t hand-calligraph every...

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Embrace pregnancy one pretty page at a time

When I was assigned to check out a pregnancy journal for Cool Mom Picks, I jokingly responded that I’d do it as long as I didn’t have to get pregnant. Well, here I am (no, not pregnant!) flipping through Embrace: A Pregnancy Journal and suddenly I’m kind of longing to be. It’s just that the book, filled with Nikki McClure’s gorgeous paper cut illustrations and beautifully simple writing and drawing suggestions, is so darned romantic, it’s hard not to get caught up in the dreaminess of it all. With sweet and unique directions to draw or write about everything...

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Happy Chaos – parenting words to live by.

As a child of the 80’s, Soliel Moon Frye and I go way back. I have a glorious memory of dressing up as Punky Brewster for Halloween one year, which involved mainly pig tails and lots of bandanas. Her character was so bold and confident and I loved everything about her. Now, 25 years later (has it been that long?) I’m falling in love with her again as the author of a brand new parenting book, Happy Chaos Soleil, if you weren’t aware, happens to be one busy mama. She’s got her own organic kids’ clothing shop in LA,...

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Mothers of Intention: Using our outside voices

My interest in politics has ebbed and flowed over the years, but since I’ve become a mother, public policy has taken on a whole new personal relevance for me. I’ve got three kiddos whose futures will be affected by the decisions of political leaders, from our local school board all the way up to the federal government. That’s a pretty sobering realization. But it’s an exciting one too, and that’s what prominent political blogger and mom Joanne Bamberger showcases in her new book, Mothers of Intention. Featuring an array of powerful essays by bloggers — including our own Kristen...

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Join us at BlogHer for the most important conversation on parenting ever

Going to the big BlogHer conference in San Diego in August? So are we! And what’s better, we’re hosting an awesome discussion with two of our favorite ever bloggers, Alice Bradley of Finslippy, and Eden Kennedy of Fussy–also the authors of the brilliant book Let’s Panic About Babies. Thanks to our sponsor BillMyParents (which you must check out stat, especially if you have kids of spending money age), we’re going to answer your questions about parenting in the digital age. If you can’t join us in person (which we’d love you to do!) then let us know your questions....

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The economics of a better marriage

I’ll just say it: I’m not a self-help book kind of person. Spousonomics arrived in the mail and languished on my desk for months; because, really, a book about using economics to master love and marriage? Ooooookay. But then one day I started reading it, and I couldn’t put it down. Authors Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson not only use economic theory in Spousonomics to explain why a 50/50 split in housework won’t work for most couples, they manage to make the explanation interesting. And it’s funny–like, laugh-out-loud funny–even as it explains that, hey, this is all about finding ways...

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Samuel L. Jackson reads the “Go the F*** to Sleep” book

After reading the encyclopedia of bedtime stories, singing four rounds of Twinkle Twinkle, and then providing my kids with snuggles, kisses, and several glasses of water, I go from sweetly shushing to sleep to bribing and begging them through gritted teeth and eyes rolled back in my head that silently say “Go to sleep already!” Except usually with a few expletives involved. Apparently I’m not the only one. The awesome new bedtime book “Go the F*** to Sleep,” which is for us parents, not kids, obviously, will have you nodding your head–that is if you can control it while...

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Homemade baby food – You can totally do it!

It’s that time for me again. Time to stop being baby’s sole source of nourishment and start making some food for him the other old-fashioned way. (Aside: I’m so lazy. One reason I cherish the first six months of my kids’ lives is because I don’t have to cook a thing for them.) Lucky me, then, that I have a copy of a really fabulous new book to help guide me through it. Simply arranged by age and category, the recipes in The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet are delicious, nutritious, and meant to take less than...

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It’s a toddler’s world after all

I’ve read enough expert-y books about how to deal with toddlers to know that the only way to really remain sane through those challenging years is to laugh it off.  And that’s exactly what this new hilarious book had me doing. The World According to Toddlers is the new release from CMP fave duo Shannon Payette Seip and Adrienne Hedger, whose funny books If These Boobs Could Talk and Momnesia had us shooting lukewarm coffee out of our noses. This one however,  is the funniest one of the trio, because what better comedic material is there than toddlers, right?...

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Poems for new parents that even the sleep-deprived can enjoy.

I say we all need more poetry in our lives, but poetry so often seems to be one of those tricky things, like an exotic fruit. You enjoy it when you come across it, but it’s not part of your regular consumption, especially when you are a harried mom. Which is a shame, because that’s possibly when we need it most. I’ve just discovered a lovingly put-together, eclectic collection of poems that any literary parent will want to take a look at. Morning Song focuses on celebrating new life. In fact, Poems For New Parents is the subtitle, but really, the poems, songs and...

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How Boys + Books = BFFs

 Pam Allyn knows books, and she knows boys; she also knows, as a literacy expert, that for a variety of reasons, our boys are more vulnerable to being left behind academically and succumbing to undesirable behaviors if they’re not proficient readers. That’s why she started Books for Boys a decade ago, a literacy mentoring program for at-risk youth in NYC’s foster care system. Allyn believes that engaging boys in reading can quite literally change their lives. And that goes for all of our boys–hence her new book designed to assist parents and teachers with all reluctant Y-chromosome readers from...

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter – so what are we going to do about it?

If you have daughters, if you know daughters, if you have ever bought a single Disney Princess gift for someone else’s daughters, you simply must read Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. (Quick! Before you bypass the art supplies and mindlessly reach for a Tinkerbell hand mirror at the toy store.) Be assured this is not some dogmatic, finger-wagging tome about how Ariel and Barbie are ruining our world. Using her own experiences as a feminist mother trying to come to terms with a tiara-happy daughter (I can relate!), Orenstein’s book...

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Hey kids – Go play outside!

Here in Atlanta where I live, the weather has been nice since the beginning of March, which means my kids have already exhausted Hide n’ Seek, Freeze Tag, and two entire boxes of sidewalk chalk. So when I saw this book when I was at the Mom 2.0 Summit in New Orleans last week, I knew I had to pick it up. All it took was one quick flip through Jennifer Ward’s Let’s Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get Your Kids Closer to Nature for me to know that I had to buy it. Packed with great...

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A world without fish? Say it isn’t so.

Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, a new book weaves together all the intricate threads –biology, climate, culture, economics, evolution, food, history, and politic — that combined, makes up the rich tapestry of our world. And it does so gorgeously. With fish. Written by Mark Kurlansky, a former commercial fisherman New York Times best-selling author, and all around cool guy, World Without Fish is a captivating (fish) tale. It explains for both adults and kids how the fish we most commonly eat may very well be gone in another 50 years, unless there is a profound shift our eating –...

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