Call it the end of the "which was better: the book or the movie" debate. With the superb Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD series, the answer is clearly both! These DVDs read (or sing) and animate your child's favorite bookshelf treasures. Same gorgeous illustrations .... read more
Forget the "-damental" part: reading is just fun! When did we make this distinction where reading is schoolwork, stories are for bedtime, and books are best for those who can be quiet and still? Sure, it's hard to befriend a character when you can't hear his story over the .... read more
As the summer winds down, the start of a new school year is fast approaching. For many children this will mean their first entry into the world of preschool. Understandably, this transition will be met with the full range of emotional responses, from excitement and curiosity, .... read more
For some families, the summer camp schedule is in full swing, but for many others trying to make ends meet in this tough economy, a lot of the activities have been the At-Home or Do-It-Yourself guide, which makes it more of a challenge to keep your child engaged all this time..... read more
Truth be told, nobody adores the Great Bedtime Tango that we parents go through every night with varying degrees of intensity, passion and flair. The cajoling, the histrionics, the tyranny of the clock as it ticks later and later... Ah, but there's the rub: later towards what?.... read more
Your pediatrician may well have warned you that your 18-month-old might start showing signs of some pretty vivid dreams. She may not have mentioned, however, that those dreams might swell into full-fledged nightmares over the next few years. Further, she may not have ment.... read more
Whenever I hear a parent or teacher say "good job!" to a child (or to anyone!), it makes my skin crawl. I know it is said with good intentions, but it is such a bland phrase. It is a "verbal doggie biscuit," to quote a well-known educator. All that it says to the child is Mo.... read more
He might call them fireflies. He might call them lightning bugs, though in truth he says it more like "lightin' bugs." He might have run around filling a jar with them just last evening. He might have never, ever seen a real one. But no matter, all kids love fireflies. Lightni.... read more
We love reading with our little ones at any old time of day -- morning, noon or night. But especially at nighttime. And as the darkness falls a little bit earlier each night, now that we've passed the summer solstice, we appreciate our cuddles with bath-scented, pajama-clad ch.... read more
A friend turned me on to Switch on the Night by Ray Bradbury (published in 1955 by Pantheon Books with original illustrations by Madeleine Gekiere), calling it one of her favorite vintage children's books of all time. Apparently, she bought a first edition for a song at a used.... read more
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