One Cool Friend by Toni BuzzeoReviewed by Ashley YoungElliot, as we learn on the first page of Toni Buzzeo's One Cool Friend, is a very proper young man. He wears a suit and a bow tie and speaks with impeccable manners. When his dad asks if he wants to go to Family Fun Day a.... read more
Unless you live in New York or San Francisco, the neighborhood that you live in probably looks similar to most other neighborhoods: houses with front lawns and backyards and sidewalks and trees. It's lovely, don't get me wrong. But sometimes our city kids want to know what it'.... read more
This Is Not My Hat by Jon KlassenReviewed by Ashley Young When this book was awarded the 2013 Caldecott, it was no surprise to us. This simple but smart book has been one of our favorites since it was published last fall.This Is Not My Hat tells the story of a little fish wh.... read more
Attention spans—some preschoolers seem to be able to sit and focus on a particular task for hours; others start getting antsy within minutes. And, while most children's attention spans increase as they age, sometimes they (and, to be honest, we parents too) are only up for s.... read more
Remarkable by Lizzie K. FoleyReviewed by Eliza Clark My third grader came home from school one day and announced, "All the other girls at school have a special talent except for me." Then she enumerated the other girls' skills: so-and-so is an excellent figure skater; ano.... read more
Even though kindergarten is not necessarily so very different from a good pre-k program, it still feels like a big jump. The hours are longer, and the days more structured. But the biggest difference is that our little ones will be going to the same school as the really bi.... read more
This a great activity for Presidents Day, if your children have the day off or have been talking about the presidents in school. You'll need thin white printing or drawing paper; coins—at least one penny, one nickel, one dime, and one quarter, depending on how many kids are .... read more
Construction paper hearts and decorated shoeboxes. Wobbly first attempts at signing a name, or maybe even just an initial. The joy of opening the cards and reading all of the sweet messages, perhaps eating a few candy hearts along the way. Valentine's Day is a holiday tailo.... read more
With our recent winter blast, some parents may be getting more than a little tired of shoveling walkways and de-icing driveways. Our young children, on the other hand, still get excited every time it snows. They think ice and snow are cool, and it's hard to argue with that. Bu.... read more
At this dark time of year, we can't get enough of celebrating light. Today marks the beginning of Kwanzaa, another occasion for bringing families together by candlelight.Our focus on the creation and nurturing of family rituals this month makes us especially interested in the.... read more
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