Tag: reading

A Street Through Time : Timeless

It is rare to find a book that all three of my boys can enjoy together. With such varied interests, I long for something captivating (and non-electronic) that has the ability to sustain their attention long enough for me to take a shower. DK Publishing has answered my prayers. A Street Through Time is a beautiful book, and educational to boot. The premise is simple; each page follows the same street through thousands of years of history using hyper-detailed illustrations. The book begins with stone age hunters, and each page that you flip takes you to another era in...

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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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The cow says moo. That you know of.

Recently, my daughter asked why a friend’s two year-old brother couldn’t “act like a cow” without saying moo. I explained that animal sounds are the first way that children start to understand how to define animals. And that’s why every baby’s first library isn’t complete without at least 17 books on animal sounds. (She bought it, but she still asserted he was cheating at charades.) Well now there’s an all new book about animal sounds worth adding to the bookshelf, written by a very cool mom herself. In her past life, Angela DiTerlizzi was a makeup artist responsible for...

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Teaching kids to read just gets more and more fun.

When my kids were younger, I used to leave the Closed Captioning up on the television so they could get familiar with the words coming out of the mouths of their favorite cartoon characters. Taking this idea one step further and more effectively, in my opinion, are the Readeez series of DVD’s and downloads that we’ve featured both here and on Cool Mom Tech. Now, there’s a new one out that’s totally worth a look for parents whose kids are just learning to read. {keep reading for a great giveaway and a special discount on anything in the Readeez...

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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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Pete the Cat is the new Goodnight Moon

I can’t get enough of Pete the Cat. My kids are enamored. Their classmates are all entranced by the magical feline. Every week, I choose a book for the kindergarten class. But no matter what I pick, Pete the Cat is always read. Well, more like sung. Here’s the backstory: James Dean, an artist in Atlanta with a cult-like following, paints super cool cat portraits. He teams up with Eric Litwin, a children’s musician and storyteller who gives Pete a voice (and some shoes).  They self publish Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. But it isn’t until...

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Personalized books for kids that are better than those other personalized books for kids

I’ve never been a big fan of personalized books. Books on their own can be so magical – why would I need my child worked into the plot somehow? There are a few personalized books for kids that we’ve reviewed that do the job beautifully, but in most that we’ve seen (and not recommended) the added-on details always look like they were, at best, rubber stamped in. Well here’s another one in the former category. Following Featherbottom is a personalized book that is actually done in a nifty fashion. The hardcover child’s book is customized with the child’s name...

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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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