Tag: history

She Persisted: Chelsea Clinton’s new children’s book becomes a best-seller in one day.

It’s no surprise that She Persisted is now the title of an upcoming book about history-making American women. What’s more interesting though, is that it’s a book written for children, by none other than Chelsea Clinton. The phrase has certainly blown up over the past month, becoming a deeply personal mantra for women. It began back in February when the statement was first uttered — not as a compliment, but as as a scolding of Senator Elizabeth Warren after she was silenced in an attempt to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor during a hearing. Since then, I’ve seen those words on more than...

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16 fabulous, famous women coloring pages celebrating our favorite boss ladies.

One of the great ways to get our kids excited to learn about anything at all is through crafts and coloring pages. So for National Women’s History Month this year, we searched the web to find some of the very best printable coloring pages featuring groundbreaking American women. We tried to stick with really good renderings of the women; so these are more lifelike than cartoon-y. Also, wow. It was hard to stop at just 16. A follow-up may be in order! Some of these famous women coloring pages are free, and a few cost a little bit to support the...

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Web Coolness: Women’s History Month art, the Fearless Girl statue that lit up the internet, and more

here are a few things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   For Women’s History Month, love all the amazing artwork honoring women heroes in film, art, science, and history from Etsy artist The Film Artist. However you participated in International Women’s Day, here are 11 fantastic ideas that you can put to use every day, any day to help raise up other women. The invisible work of women feeding their families. The Fearless Girl statue that lit up the internet this week.   Brittany Packnett writes a beautiful Twitter thread about personal integrity...

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The hip, historical t-shirts for kids we’re obsessed with right now

Like the rest of the country, I’ve been a little Hamilton-obsessed lately. So when I found these hip, historical t-shirts for kids at Wee Rascals that have that same hip, historical bent as the musical that’s on everyone’s mind these days, I knew I had to share. And with President’s Day coming up next week, I have the perfect excuse to order these for my own kids. Related: A patriotic T-shirt that reminds us of what makes America wonderful.   Related: The ultimate girls in STEM book of kick-butt Women in Science This indie shop was started by two moms who wanted to...

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What did Frederick Douglass do? This wonderful book helps kids find out.

This week, I am under the impression, for some reason, that lots of folks are searching for information on Frederick Douglass: Who was Frederick Douglass? What did he do that was so important? How did he earn a place in the new Smithsonian African-American history museum? If you’re a parent or educator, this is a good opportunity to rush to your local library, Amazon, or your local bookstore. Then check out the brand new biography picture book, Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History, by the late Walter Dean Myers. Related: 10 outstanding Black History Month books for kids of all...

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15 amazing Langston Hughes quotes to help start important discussions with your kids

Today marks not only the beginning of Black History Month, but the birthday of the beloved, brilliant, prescient poet Langston Hughes, who would have been 114 today. As with all essential writers throughout history, his words live on long past his death in 1967. In fact, so many Langston Hughes quotes, thoughts and lines from his poetry are as relevant today as they ever were. One of the things I like to do with my kids from time to time, is read them a quote then discuss it. It’s actually amazing how kids even as young as four or five can have some basic...

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The best lists of the best children’s books of 2016, all in one place

Once again, we’re happy to have compiled the best lists of all the best children’s books of the year, curated by the top publishers, reviewers, organizations, and bloggers we respect. And boy, was it a fantastic year for children’s literature and storybooks. You’ll surely find lots of great new discoveries from the New York Times to the American Library Association, from NPR to well-curated blogs like Brainpickings and Brightly and…well, us! So start with our own list of the best children’s books of 2016, then check out some other perspectives. We bet a few of your kids’ favorites will be on here, and you’ll surely find some new ones you’ll be excited to add to...

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18 best children’s books of 2016 | Editors’ Best of 2016

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at our picks for the best children’s books of 2016 — according to our editors, writers, and of course our children! What a perfect way to kick off our Editors Picks of the Year. As our readers know, we all adore books here at Cool Mom Picks and we’ve collectively read hundreds of great kids’ books this year, from the sweetest board books for babies, to excellent picture books for early readers, to compelling graphic novels  — and it’s not an easy job to whittle it down to just a few favorites. Ultimately, we go with the books...

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Wishing you a happy Hamilton Hanukkah! From Cool Mom Picks and the Maccabeats

Those of us Hanukkah revelers have always had slimmer pickings when it comes to great modern music. But now Adam Sandler and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings have some great new company thanks to the Maccabeats, who are just out with Hasmonean: A Hamilton Hanukkah. If you have been loving Hamildolph as much as we all have, I think you’ll also dig this version of Lin Manuel Miranda’s opus, which happens to be a good history lesson too. Especially for those of you not quite as familiar with the backstory behind the Festival of Lights. Related: 8 of the most amazing printable Hanukkah coloring pages, one for each crazy night Oh and the...

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Web coolness: Halloween help galore, a defense of working moms, and women over 96 making us ugly cry. In a good way.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   IWaited96Years.com: Must-see portraits and stories of women voters, all born before the 19th Amendment passed in 1920. Check out the I Waited 96 Years Facebook page for even more. Sniff. 7 fun election activities and printables that are great for kids. Self-care tips to get you through the election.Help is here! Online trolls lead to the cancellation of one of the few woman-written Marvel comics. (Get it together, Twitter. And Marvel.) The sweetest story about one little girl’s kindness to a stranger. What is sex like after...

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Web coolness: The Maya Angelou doc, an entire city of women, the ultimate in cosmetic geekery + more

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. And….it’s been a tough week. So nothing heavy. Just optimism and fun. We hope you like them too. Tonight, the premier of the Maya Angelou documentary, Still I Rise.  Here’s where to find tickets. 15 terrific strong girl costume ideas for Halloween. (Add Maya Angelou to the mix, while you’re at it.) Absolutely love this story: A barber who charges less when kids read aloud to him. Bravo, Alex Fuller! Whoa — our kids never had a science fair project like what this 12-year-old girl created. Why...

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Web Coolness: The making of the newest American Girl doll, hilarious pregnancy costume, and last chance to enter our huge sweepstakes

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   The making of Melody Ellison, the newest American Girl doll. Amazing read. Can’t wait to take our kids to the brand new National Museum of African American History & Culture! Until then, check out the website which is pretty great too. What happens when you try to live life as the perfect traditional mom for a week?  Bless these moms for trying! Would you intervene if you saw this happening to a kid in public? A new study suggests racial bias is pervasive...

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A fun interview with Anne Holton, wife of Tim Kaine, about parenting, politics + funny tweets | Spawned ep 50

This week on Spawned with Kristen + Liz, it’s our golden anniversary, and we’re extraordinarily thrilled to be joined by an incredibly special guest, Anne Holton, wife of  Senator Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for Vice President. But wow, Anne is a powerhouse working mom in her own right, having raised three “independent, strong-willed children” (in her words) while working as a legal aid attorney, a Judge in Richmond Juvenile Court, and until very recently, the Virginia Secretary of Education. We honestly didn’t expect to laugh so much, and we think you’ll love Anne like we did, in this incredibly enjoyable, relatable discussion. We talk...

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Why I’m emotional about 19th Amendment Day this year, and links to help kids understand the importance.

I am finding myself a little choked up today, on the anniversary of the 19th amendment, in a way I can’t recall ever feeling before. Maybe it’s because this is the first August 18 in which we have a female presidential nominee from a major party. Maybe it’s because this is the first presidential campaign year in which my daughters are old enough to be interested and following along, and I can start to see their own paths as educated and engaged voters of the future. Or maybe it’s just because I’m hitting the age myself where I have enough life behind me to be...

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Important links we’re reading on a somber week. Because #blacklivesmatter.

Each Friday we offer up web coolness, a collection of our favorite links, videos and articles we’re liking around the web that week. But this week, in light of the horrific murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that are weighing so heavily on our hearts right now, we wanted to share some links specifically around the subject of these tragedies. You’ll find an array of diverse voices and points-of-view that have resonated with us, personally, in various ways. You may not relate to all of them. That’s okay. We think it’s important to hear lots of perspectives. If you are hurting so much you can’t...

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Web coolness: A big week for girls, Father’s Day gift help, the cutest teacher gift, and what you might not know about Muhammad Ali’s views on family.

Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   This week, parents let their daughters stay up late to witness history. One of our favorite mom bloggers explains why she brought her young daughter with her to vote in California. Female political trailblazers your kids should know, from Jeanette Rankin to Shirley Chisholm to Sandra Day O’Connor. So many beautiful tributes to Muhammad Ali this week, but we love these reflections from his daughter Hana, about his wonderful views on family. Plus her Instagram feed, including the photo above, is just lovely. Another day,...

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Happy birthday Jane Goodall! 5 fun, easy ways to introduce her to your kids

Is there one kid in the world who isn’t fascinated by animals? (Answer: no.) So today, Jane Goodall’s birthday, is a perfect opportunity to cozy around your tablet or computer together and dig into her life just a bit. Especially if you think her legacy is limited to her work with Chimpanzees. Here are five places to start.   1.  Read a quick bio of her on the wonderful The Reconstructionists site, an homage to amazing women through history. Their Jane Goodall page includes a fantastic illustration and Goodall quote from Lisa Congdon, that would happen to make a nifty screensaver for...

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Web coolness: Frida Kahlo Easter eggs, bad news about homework, big Mo Willems news and more

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   It’s Women’s History Month! Check out this DIY Frida Kahlo Easter egg tutorial (or Easter huevos?) at Little Inspiration. Learning about Jane Goodall. 10 celebs standing up for women’s empowerment. Get hopping…or shopping with this list of the coolest bunny Easter basket gifts for kids of all ages. Another challenge to homework: Kids should learn primarily through play until they’re 8. Wow, huge: Birth months correlated with ADHD diagnosis. Or, misdiagnosis? (h/t blurb) Recovering from St. Pat’s? Check out Kristen’s honest post on what...

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The political baby onesie that hopefully every party can agree on.

I know I’m not alone in wanting to hurl my laptop out the window many times during what’s probably been the most contentious election cycle of my lifetime. So I had to just stop, smile and breathe a little sigh of relief when I saw the new Let’s Be Friends baby onesie from our friends at Wry Baby. If you’ve got a politically divided family that’s starting to block each other on Facebook,  I’d say this is the onesie to put your baby in every single visit until November. And probably beyond. With a collection of happy states from coast to coast holding hands, (though why so...

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The Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring pages. Free, printable, and making history.

You can’t have a conversation about Women’s History Month without including second female Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s fought tirelessly for women her whole career, and following the success of the best-selling Notorious RBG by Irene Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, SheKnows has put out a series of printable Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring pages. You’ll find 10 pages of RBG riding a unicorn past a rainbow, posing in her own superhero outfit, sporting a tattoo, and taking a selfie on a phone. There are also the less blatantly hipster ironic images of her giving the thumbs up, or just posing like her badass,...

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