Get a green start to your Earth Day

Get a green start to your Earth Day

This year for Earth Day, instead of confusing my four year-old son with talk of his “carbon footprint,” I plan to mark the day by sharing the four age-appropriate “Green Start” board books from Innovative Kids. The adorable soy-based ink...
B is for Blondie

B is for Blondie

I completely understand that repetition breeds learning, but seriously, can someone come up with something other than the extremely original A is for Alligator and B is for Bumblebee? Well leave it to the Aussies to shake things up with Never Mind Your Ps and Qs:...
The incredible, edible, obedient egg

The incredible, edible, obedient egg

Raising two voracious but sometimes picky readers, I’ve learned that there are a few factors that go into a guaranteed successful kids’ board book: Simple concepts, not too many words on each page, and ideally, anything a kid can touch/move/smell/poke/feel...
Keeping them in the tub without having to sing

Keeping them in the tub without having to sing

I don’t know about you, but I can only reprise the entire Annie soundtrack for so long without wishing for amazing tricks to keep my daughter motivated to scrub. And now, I can. By whipping up amazing dinosaurs (yes, dinosaurs) with Jurassic Towel Origami by...
Double-dare you not to love this book

Double-dare you not to love this book

When The Daring Book for Girls came out, I bought copies not just for my own girls, but for their friends.  If I could have afforded it, I would have gone around handing out the book like a missionary. Authors Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz are back starting...
Everybody farts

Everybody farts

We made a trip to the emergency room recently with the wee one (everything is fine).  She was scared, we were scared, and only maudlin humor would do. Fortunately, we had along Fiona Bayrock’s Bubble Homes and Fish Farts, an entire nonfiction children’s...
Books for boys, beyond baseball

Books for boys, beyond baseball

When I go to teacher conferences, the thing I hear the most about my son– always said with great reverence– is, Wow, he sure likes to read! I come from an entire family of readers, so this doesn’t seem odd to me… but it is odd, because boys...
Crackity SNAPPITY POPPITY Pop!

Crackity SNAPPITY POPPITY Pop!

I’m a woman without singing ability. Also, my sense of rhythm is limited to 4/4 time. But when my daughter developed an interest in scat after hearing about it on a kids’ television show, it was time for some musical research. No need for my kid to be...

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