Last week, the American Library Association announced the winners of their awards for the best books of the past year. We were excited to see that one of the top honors was given to one of our favorite authors. The 2014 Newberry Medal, awarded annually to the author whose work.... read more
All of us who care about our good green earth are doing our best to cut back on paper. We get ourselves off catalog and junk mail lists, receive electronic bills, and bank online; we email, text, and read the news on the web. With a houseful of children’s paraphernalia, the .... read more
Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday, and history tells us that more than 100 million people will tune in to watch the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos. We think it's a good bet that your family will be watching, too. Below are a few suggestions for making your Super Bowl .... read more
Some kids are born readers; they devour books as fast as the library can stock the shelves. Others need a little coaxing. No matter which type of reader you have at home, magazines are an excellent way to get kids reading. For a voracious reader, magazines are full of stories .... read more
In the midst of current debates about whether or not women can "have it all" or how much girls will need to "lean in" in order to reach the top, it's worth it to take a look back at history. How have women fought for their dreams in the past? Girls with big goals of their own.... read more
I once heard about a man who read the entire Oxford English Dictionary, all twenty volumes of it, from cover to cover. It took him twelve months to do so. When asked why, the man said that knowing the exact, if obscure, words for things made his experience of the world riche.... read more
No two words can make a parent's blood run cold quite as quickly as "I'm bored." That's especially true when those words are spoken before you've even finished your morning coffee. To help you deal, we've pulled together five easy, fun ways for you to respond when your kids dr.... read more
One of the most beautiful things about childhood is the endless possibility. As adults, we tend to stick to what we know. Kids just don't know how to limit themselves in this way. It doesn't occur to them that never having done something means that they can't cook or knit or p.... read more
Being a parent is nothing if not a balancing act, and we're usually balancing lots of different interests and needs all at the same time. Sometimes it's a balance between sibling needs, sometimes it's a balance between indulgence and firmness, and often it's a scheduling balan.... read more
It's a funny thing about reading stories to small children. With a cozy, blanket-clutching child firmly ensconced on your lap (next to you is not close enough—he must be on the lap, you read stories in which a small child (or animal proxy) ventures forth on exciting ques.... read more
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