It's no wonder that we, as adults, romanticize childhood, as there is no other time in life so rich with promise and raw beginning. Think back to your own childhood, to the strangeness and stickiness of being four- or five-years-old, to the hugeness of everyone and everythin.... read more
Nights might be short in the summer, yet the warm weather (and no need to get up for school in the morning) make it the ideal time for stargazing. Here are some ideas to get your little Galileos interested in the science behind twinkling celestial bodies. Get MoonyHave your ki.... read more
How is the summer is going so far? Maybe the kids' vacation only began a few days ago, or maybe it's been weeks already. Or perhaps you're still limping across the finish line, pretending to pay attention to final homework assignments, prodding the kids to make thank y.... read more
The monkey bars tease little ones from above from an early age. Kids aren't content to keep their feet on the ground; they want to reach higher and higher, and those elusive monkey bars give them a goal to stretch toward. "Lift me up, Daddy!" she'll say as soon as she spots th.... read more
If ever a boy embodied America's vision of childhood and wild nature exploration, Tom Sawyer would be the one. Curious, impulsive, bold and adventurous—Tom Sawyer can pack a day with so many activities we'd need cart-fulls of energy bars to keep up. Swimming, pirating, explo.... read more
"It's like riding a bike."Our all-purpose metaphor for any skill which, learned once, comes casually back when tried again, usually much later. There's something joyful in this idea—some delight in both recalling the work it took to master the skill in the first place and th.... read more
Starry River of the Sky by Grace LinReviewed by Eliza Clark I have had a difficult time writing this review. Difficult because my nine-year-old daughter won't let me read the book: she is too busy reading it herself. (I've had to sneak a few chapters a day when she's at sc.... read more
Everyone knows that summer is a great time to read. All those summer reading lists make me wish I were back in grade school!Summer is also a great subject for children's books. Summertime means an extra dose of freedom and adventure for kids, so it makes sense that some of the.... read more
It is has been said that those who dwell in the beauty of the trees, will never grow weary to the mysteries of life.In the book Little Bear's Friend by Else Homelund Minarek, the story begins with Little Bear climbing a tree. During Little Bear's journey to the top of that t.... read more
Blame Madison Avenue, but something about Father's Day can seem a little odd. Retro, maybe—but more out-of-touch retro than tongue-in-cheek retro. The ads, the cards, the endless gift guides—they are all themed very "Father Knows Best," complete with push lawnmowers and m.... read more
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