I was flipping through the internet one day when I saw a tweet that likened Ari Goelman's recently published The Path of Names to a Jewish Harry Potter tale, and immediately clicked over to read the article. You guys probably know by now that I take my 14-year-long Harry Potter fandom and all references to the series very seriously, so of course (of course!) I had to check it out.
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As an avid gamer I often find myself wandering the video game section and observing the myriad of parents attempting to choose a video game for their child. More often than not the parents choose a totally age inappropriate game (Resident Evil for a six year old?) or a game that is just plain bad. I understand that not everyone enjoys video games and that the sheer number of available games can be overwhelming so here is a list of five amazing, fun and educational (!!!) Nintendo DS games for kids that their parents might enjoy as well.
Eric Carle's From Head to Toe is Jasper's absolute favorite book right now. What I like most about this book is that it's interactive — I love sitting and reading for however long Jasper wants to do it, but I also really appreciate a book that gets him up and moving. In this one, you…
I wasn't really cruising for a kid's book about death and/or loss when I found City Dog, Country Frog at our library — honestly, Jasper's just so into dogs and frogs and any kind of animal that all it took was a quick glance at the cover and I was sold. I really had no idea what the content of the book was until our first read-through.
Graphic novels provide an offbeat way for parents to talk about various religions or spiritual beliefs with their kids.
Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) is the offbeat parent's dream book! It's all about letting your kids be their crazy and creative selves.