Tag: books

Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons is a parenting guide full of what we all need: Laughs. Lots of them.

If you loved the best-selling Sh*tty Mom book as much as we did when it came out four years ago, you will be as excited as we were to get our hands on its much-anticipated sequel, out just this week. If you couldn’t guess it from the title alone, Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons is a parenting guide like no other. And that’s a very, very, very good thing. Let’s just say it feels like a parenting book from some renowned mom guru kidnapped by the writing staff of SNL and plied with lots of merlot. This follow-up title by authors and NBC TODAY Show producers Alicia...

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Parent Hacks is the book that will literally change parents’ lives. Here’s why.

We’ve been friends and fans of Asha Dornfest, and her brilliant website Parent Hacks, for a full decade, since we both got started at the very same time. In fact, if you click that link, you’ll see we first touted the brilliance of her site back in April of 2006 (wow!) referring to it as the antidote to the disappointing Dr. Expert parenting book that everyone raved about. Over that time, Parent Hacks grown to be such a helpful resource for millions of parents that, at long last, Asha has compiled the best of the best of 10 years of parent-generated tips in a new must-have parenting book. Parent Hacks: 134...

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Novels written in verse (yes!), for kids, are must-reads for National Poetry Month

I have a new obsession: novels written in verse. Seriously, I’m flying through a few of these books a week and the best part? My kids are too. The fact that these novels are poetic gives them a lyrical beauty that’s missing in a lot of plot-driven stories for kids, and yet they’re still fascinating page turners — a must when you’re trying to capture a tween’s attention. Even the most pesky readers who feel poetry is boring with a capital B are likely to be hooked after the first couple of pages. I pretty much guarantee it. Related: More of our favorite poetry...

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Making chemistry more fun with My First Science Textbooks

Anyone of us parents who can still recite the Preamble to the Constitution thanks to the animated shorts of Schoolhouse Rock knows how much kids can learn (and retain) when information is presented in the right way, a.k.a, learning without realizing you’re learning. So, we are so intrigued by a series of beginner chemistry books that hope to make the behaviors of protons, neutrons, and atoms as absorbable as, say, the superpowers of Spiderman. My First Science Textbooks by Genius Games founder John Coveyou is currently blowing up Kickstarter by reaching over 10 times its goal. Clearly, there are a lot of us parents who want...

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9 of our favorite children’s books to help you welcome spring.

Finally, spring. And with that extra hour of daylight and warmer temps, I’m looking forward to dinners on the porch, flowers in full bloom, and plenty of family time outside. And when we’re ready to come in, kick off our shoes, settle into the couch, I’ll be ready to encourage some reading by keeping a small stack of spring books on hand. The books I found range from brand-new titles to can’t-miss classics that parents will gladly read aloud over and over and over again. Each book shows the beauty of the changing seasons, the importance of waiting for the good stuff...

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Where’s Warhol? Not hiding in a red and white striped shirt, that’s for sure.

When I first saw a copy of Where’s Warhol?, I had to laugh at this clever twist on the incredibly popular Where’s Waldo books that I devoured when I was a kid. I mean, Andy Warhol was better known for donning a platinum wig than a red-and-white striped cap, but the super-social iconic artist was always just as easy to spot in a crowd. In this new book by art historian Catherine Ingram and illustrator Andrew Rae, it may be a little easier to spot him than Waldo, but no less fun. Here, Andy Warhol makes an appearance in a dozen famous moments you may recall from Art History...

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Turning kids into readers: 3 simple tips from LeVar Burton to help your kids get excited about books

As avid readers ourselves, it’s probably no surprise we try to get our kids excited about reading every chance we get. But, some kids are harder than others (funny how that works), and finding creative ways to motivate less eager readers can be tough. And that’s where LeVar Burton comes in. Yes  that LeVar Burton! He happens to be our very special guest on this week’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz. (Is it so wrong if we insert toddler-decibel squealing here?) We’re beyond thrilled that he took time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about how he got...

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An honest review of Marie Kondo’s newest book, Spark Joy: Does it light a fire or lack a certain spark?

It was with immense excitement that I ordered Marie Kondo’s newest book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. After all, it’s been a year since I wrote about her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and put it to the test in my own home. Turns out, my post on whether her Konmari method of decluttering will work specifically for parents ended up being one of the most popular posts of 2015 on Cool Mom Picks. I guess “tidying” is a hot topic among us parents. Go figure. As for Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy, while the...

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My First Book of Girl Power. Lasso of Truth, not included.

Hold on to your bracelets of submission, ladies. We’ve found a smart new gift for girls. My First Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg teaches our little girls what it means to be strong, important, and powerful. The geek in me loves that I’ve found a cool, comic book-inspired gift for the kids in my life (they’re all getting one of these now, by the way), but it’s the mom in me that adores that this board book is not just a nod to comic book culture. There are some important lessons for all kids — boys and girls of all ages — in the pages of...

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4 Valentine’s Day books for kids that you’re going to love too

It’s no secret that a good book is one of our favorite ways to celebrate holidays and important milestones of pretty much any kind, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. So, we’ve collected a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day books for kids this year so you can share the love with your kids too. I find them all to be sweet but not-too-sappy books that you’ll want to read again too. Which is a good thing, because our kids have been requesting them non-stop. CMP is an Amazon and rstyle affiliate.   Related: 21 cool Valentine’s Day gift ideas for...

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12 romantic Valentine’s gifts for him under $50 | Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2016

We love the idea of romantic valentine’s gifts for him that don’t break the bank, which is why we scoured the web for some of the coolest ideas for the lucky man in your life that all happen to be under $50. Of course, we won’t discourage a bigger, more expensive gift, of course, but we think these still get the Valentine’s Day message across.  Just don’t forget the card! All gift ideas have been determined by our editorial staff. There is no compensation for recommendations. Cool Mom Picks is an Amazon and Reward Style affiliate.   Check out more of our Valentine’s...

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The book guaranteed to get more kids wanting a bath. Okay, and probably a puppy.

The new Bathtime with Theo and Beau, from blogger turned social media sensation Jessica Shyba is the book that you think it will be, if you’re familiar with the original Naptime with Theo and Beau. Expect adorable, silly, awwww-invoking photos of her 2.5 year-old son bathing with the world’s cutest SPCA rescue puppy, Theo. (Yes, Theo is the dog. We get confused too sometimes.) While it’s designed for the youngest readers (and us sentimental parents), even my older girls want to tear out every photo and hang it on their walls next to the BB-8s and Kylo Rens. The photos, from the two pals getting...

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One of David Bowie’s greatest hits, reissued

There’s no question that David Bowie had a huge impact on the world of music, which is partly why we can’t stop talking about him. So today we are so happy to discover that the iconic 1987 David Bowie READ poster has been reissued by the American Library Association. As part of an entire series of ALA celebrity posters started in the 80’s, David Bowie, an avid reader, was one of the first celebrities to agree to pose for the campaign. He looks pretty spry for 40 in his letterman jacket, doesn’t he? A far cry from his look in Labryinth. At 22″ x 34″,...

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The 2016 Coretta Scott King book award winners: Great reads for MLK Day and beyond

I don’t want to let holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day slip by with my kids thinking it’s just an extra day off of school. So if you’re like me and are looking for some ways to honor the spirit of MLK while you’re home today, we highly recommend you check out last week’s winners and honorees of the 2016 Coretta Scott King book awards which we briefly mentioned in our roundup of all the best book lists and award-winners of the past year. This is a list of winners we share each year because it’s important for us to seek out diverse stories from diverse authors, that aren’t always...

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Friendships and middle school collide in Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The other night my ten-year-old son was looking for something to read at bedtime. I handed him my review copy of Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, not sure what to expect. When I checked on him an hour later, he was just a few pages away from the end of this 250-page graphic novel. And the next night, he snagged it to read a second time. That’s saying something. So, when I saw that the book became a Newbery honor recipient this week — the award for great writing, not illustration — I knew I had to take a look too. Related: The ultimate list of the best kids’ books...

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The ultimate list of the best kids’ books of 2015: All the annual best-of lists and award winners all in one place.

We’ve loved our annual new year tradition of compiling the best kids’ books of the year, thanks to all the major (and not entirely major) best-of lists and big children’s book awards of 2015 from publications, experts, and organizations we respect. We’re talking everyone from the New York Times and the ALA to NPR, and smaller but beautifully curated lists from the likes of Brainpickings and Brightly. While we recently put together our own list of the best children’s’ books of 2015 that we’re quite proud of, there’s no way we could get through every new book released. So we hope you take a look...

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The best children’s books of 2015 : Editors’ Best of 2015

What a treat it is to put together our list of the best children’s books of 2015. Not that it’s easy; we’ve collectively read hundreds of great kids’ books this year — from cute, sweet board books, to excellent picture books for early readers, to heart wrenching YA chapter books — and it’s always a job to whittle it down to just a few favorites. Ultimately, we went with the picture books that we’re gladly picking up to read out loud to our younger kids for the hundredth time and the chapter books that are sparking great conversations with our tweens and teens....

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Crayon Crunch: Personalized books get kids with special needs in the story too.

We’ve mentioned before that only 3% of children’s books feature characters of color, and there are even fewer that feature kids with special needs. This makes me really sad for the millions of kids out there who want to open up a book and see someone they can identify with in the story, who looks like then. If you’re a parent who’s struggled to find illustrated kids’ books that represent your children, I’ve got good news. Crayon Crunch is an indie company that makes custom, personalized children’s books with characters that your kids will absolutely connect with — because your child is the main character....

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The Only Child by Guojing: A beautiful new wordless book your child will love, whether they have siblings or not

Every once in a while, a children’s picture book will capture me in a way that I just don’t expect it to. The Only Child by Guojing is one that has got me right now. This beautiful story, told only through illustrations, includes a little child and snow and a reindeer, which makes it a nice read for this time of year, but it’s so much more than that. This is a beautiful story about realizing you’re lost, making new friends, and finding your way back home again. Chinese illustrator Guojing grew up a very lonely only child in China, and this book is loosely based on an...

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Sponsored message: GiftLit curated book-a-month subscriptions let you give the gift of reading this holiday

This is a sponsored message from GiftLit. You really can’t go wrong when you give books over the holidays, but a special way to make your gift keep on giving all year long is a personalized subscription to GiftLit. GiftLit offers more than 100 different collections in their book-a-month subscriptions — from board books that encourage a love of reading in toddlers, to teen and adult book collections on topics as specific as fantasy and magic, American History, or just the best new releases of the month. And now there’s a special offer for Cool Mom Picks readers, just in time for a perfect Hanukkah or Christmas gift. – Don’t...

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