Tag: reading

5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Who’s number one? In our humble opinion, you are. Two can be a crowd, if those two are siblings, and they’re fighting over the last yogurt pop. Three is for bears, Musketeers, and Billy Goats Gruff. Four– or, really, fore– is what dad might be saying today on Father’s Day. And five is for these choice picks from the last week. But who’s counting? 1. Dr. Harvey Karp shared his favorite app with us. Can it help you have the #1 Appiest Baby on the Block? 2. Just the fax, ma’am. And the fact is that this amazing new...

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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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New technology turns the page on how kids read

This is a sponsored message from DK Publishing It’s an amazing feeling to watch your child develop a love of reading and learning, especially if you’ve always been a bookworm yourself. But if your son or daughter needs a little more coaxing (especially as school winds down!), the new 3-D Dinosaur and 3-D Human Body books from DK Publishing literally come to life, drawing even the most reluctant readers right in. This innovative series merges what parents love about hard copy books with the wonders of 3-D animation to create an interactive reading experience using “augmented reality” technology. Throughout...

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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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Kids’ books that take the road less traveled

It’s a Pinkalicious world, but I am not a Pinkalicious girl, and neither is my kid. We’re more into the Cowboy & Octopus thing. Of course there’s nothing wrong with loving the books prominently displayed at big box stores, because, honestly, there’s a good reason they’re popular. But there’s also an underground world of independent kids’ books– forgotten books, rare books, books that march to a different drummer. And now there’s a great and trusted way to find and capture these roguish tomes. It’s called One Potato, and it’s a lovingly run blog with corresponding shop on Amazon. One...

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Keep on reading, baby

My oldest daughter’s Kindergarten graduation is coming up (flapping hand frantically at my watery eyes…what? It’s allergies.) and I’ve been wondering what to get her. While we talked about things like a bicycle or a toy she’s been asking for, I think I want something that commemorates the idea of learning and achievement. And the fact that she’s reading. Which also makes my “allergies” act up. The silver-plate or gold-plate personalized bookmark can be ours (or yours) in two weeks or less. You’ve got 9 medium-sized letters (sorry, moms of Aegelmaere) or 3-4 larger ones if you prefer a...

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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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Shel Silverstein, the next generation

Hi. My name is Delilah, and my preschooler is a poetry addict. From Shel Silverstein to Robert Frost, she’s as likely to drop a tome in my lap as to beg to watch Tangled for the fiftieth time this week. So when I tell you that she loves this book, I mean she sleeps with it under her pillow. It’s called His Shoes Were Far Too Tight, and it’s a loving collaboration between celebrated children’s author Daniel Pinkwater, best-selling poet/artist Calef Brown, and the poetry of a much-missed, roly poly fellow named Edward Lear who believed that a little nonsense...

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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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The Children’s Choice Book Awards–One award show you don’t have to stay up until midnight for.

Here’s something we love: Now through April 29, you and your little ones can cast votes for the finalists in the Children’s Choice Book Awards. What a cool way to get your kid involved in picking new titles to grab from the library. The categories are sorted by age, plus there’s Illustrator or the Year and Author of the Year. Winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week and you can help. If you want to discover some new reading material for your early-reading kiddos, check out these finalists in the K through 2nd grade categories. Even Monsters Need...

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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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If you’re tackling tough issues at home, The Gift really is a gift

It’s a given in most of my kids’ story books: Other than the demise of a wicked witch or two, the main characters are going to live until the end of the story. But, I just discovered a timeless, beautiful tale about life–and, yes, its end–that flips the category on its head. If you have a thing for great picture books, you are going to want to have this for your collection. {keep reading for your chance to win one of two copies we are giving away!} The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy may not be the kind of...

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Web Coolness – pretty eggs, new Seuss, tiny Muppets and a blue bear

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Did you see our Editor Liz on The CBS Early Show? Fun Easter egg dyeing instructions on Not Martha (via DesignMom, shown)  A series of “lost” Dr Seuss stories will be published later this year! It’s your last day to enter to win a free family trip to San Antonio from Cool Mom Picks. We’re loving this fun, colorful kids video for Blue Bear by Lucky Diaz. Get ready to replay it a few times. Love how folding paper cranes can help the...

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For a good time, Press Here

I am used to seeing my kids pushing buttons, laughing delightedly as they zoom around another wii game, or play with their father’s tablet. But, let me tell you, I wasn’t prepared to see them having the same reaction to a simple three-color picture book.  With no special effects, bright lights or fancy touch screen, this is a book that will captivate. It just took two words to suck my kids into this new release by French artist and illustrator Herve Tullet: Press Here. And who can blame them? All day long, I tell them not to touch things....

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The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood. (Which are no longer secrets.)

I’ve been a long time reader of Meagan Francis’ blog The Happiest Mom, not only because any mom of five who can string together coherent sentences has my utter respect, but because her straightforward, friendly, and non-judgmental approach to motherhood is refreshing. So when I heard that her blog was the inspiration for a new book, you can bet I wanted to get my hands on it. [See why you need a copy of this awesome book after the jump] The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood is the book I wish I had read instead of all...

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Undecorate my house, please!

My heart skips a beat when a new shelter magazine arrives in the mail, but ten minutes of flipping through the pages usually leaves me wanting more. The houses are too perfect, too expected and too completely out of touch with my life and my very imperfect house. Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio, gets it with her new book, Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design. Undecorate features twenty houses from around the country that, although very different from each other, share a common thread of being chic, personal and exciting. Each house looks lived in by real people....

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A book about seasons as beautiful as spring

Ah spring. The birds are chirping, the buds are poking through the soil, and if you ask the sigOth, miniskirts are making appearances on the leggy 20-somethings in our neighborhood. What’s not to love? Right in time, I’ve found a delicious little book to help the kids understand and celebrate the changing of the seasons. It’s called, aptly, Seasons, and Swiss author/illustrator Anne Crausaz does a beautiful job describing the small joys and big changes that each season brings, starting with spring. This isn’t the same old “oh look–the flowers have buds” kind of book. It reads almost like...

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It’s Dr Seuss’s birthday! Put a candle in those green eggs and ham

Though my sleep-addled brain may never forgive him for Fox in Socks, that tongue-twister of a story my son requested night after night, there is no question that Dr. Seuss’ collection of fanciful stories include some of our very favorite characters and verse. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ 107th birthday, we’ve pulled together some of our very favorite items for those of us who can’t get enough of those magical, Seussical creations. –Christina It’s all about the books, isn’t it, which is why I especially love The Retro Baby’s Cat in the Hat tee (above) which has that classic...

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