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February 24th, 2010
New service lets you read books from anywhere in the world
When do you have the best bonding experiences with your kids? For many, it’s the quiet times just before bed or a lazy Sunday afternoon where you and your kids can get lost in a story together.
Now, what if you never got those moments? For parents who travel frequently or relatives who live far away, it can be tough to build that special bond. That problem led one dad to create Readeo, a new site that offers a shared reading experience called BookChat. The service lets friends and family read stories together no matter how far apart they are.
Once you become a Readeo member, you get access to their library of quality books (along with their video chat system) that lets you share storytime anywhere in the world. They’ve launched with about 30 titles in their library, with more being added every day.
But please, be responsible: use Readeo when you truly need to be away; reading bedtime stories from a bar isn’t a good look.
February 23rd, 2010
Kidlit master returns with tales for the littlest bookworm
For years, kids have delighted at the work of Mo Willems. The prolific author/illustrator, best known for Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) and Elephant and Piggie (There is a Bird on Your Head), has a knack for diving into kids’ minds. He’s talked about how his books are filled with the same pure emotion that kids constantly feel: joy, anger, and jealousy. Read more
February 22nd, 2010
Plush toys straight from the minds of kids
What if kids could design their own stuffed animals? They’d probably look a lot like Aminals, a new line of soft toys that gets its design inspiration from kids’ drawings. Read more
January 29th, 2010
Vilified by the media, NYC mom has inspired a parenting movement
Two years ago in New York City, Lenore Skenazy handed her 9-year old son a subway pass, twenty bucks, and said good-bye, leaving him to take the subway back home. Is this the heartbreaking story of a child’s abduction? Nope. Her son was fine—in fact he loved it. But when Skenazy wrote about the experience, angry parents wanted to see her locked up for child abuse, and she was dubbed “America’s Worst Mom” by the media.
Cut to 2010, and Skenazy has become the “Generalissimo” of the Free-Range Kids movement, which she calls “a common sense approach to parenting in these overprotective times.” We recently spoke with the always funny and outspoken Skenazy.
January 27th, 2010
Two great websites let anyone become an expert art collector
It used to be that the art world was just for those with private jets and Swiss bank accounts. Luckily, thanks to the magical powers of the internet, it’s easy to get a crash course in art collecting.
But wait, why art? Well, besides being nicer to look at than peeling wallpaper, it produces all sorts of benefits: art boosts kids’ imagination, improves their sense of craftsmanship, and even helps with problem-solving. And one of the easiest ways to inspire an early love of art in your kids is by surrounding them with colorful and vivid imagery.
January 14th, 2010
Fun food idea makes it easy to have pancakes anytime
“Dad! Make us pancakes!!!!”
If your morning has ever started with a tiny person demanding pancakes, then you’ve probably gone through this debate in your head: Hmm, pancakes would be good, but aren’t the eggs a little old? Plus, the kids’ll just gobble them all up in five minutes while I spend the next 20 minutes doing dishes. “Nope, sorry, not today. Let’s have cereal!” you say to your disappointed audience.
January 11th, 2010
Indie shirtmaker creates collections of heroes and villains for kids big and small
December 24th, 2009
Vintage recordings encourage imagination, while you save your voice
Do you have fond memories of sitting next to your orange Fisher-Price record player, listening to story albums like “The Rescuers” or “The Story of Star Wars” over and over? Now kids can relive the experience, thanks to a few children’s storybook collectors Read more
December 10th, 2009
Awesomely strange photos show shopping mall Santas of another era
Nowadays, when taking the kids to see Santa, there’s a level of quality you’ve come to expect. The Santas all have real white beards, sport fresh-pressed red velvet outfits, and sit in front of perfectly decorated trees that put Martha Stewart to shame. Sit the kids on the jolly man’s lap? Of course! Santa has surely been Read more
December 8th, 2009
Whatnot Workshop lets you channel your inner Jim Henson
Sure, everybody knows about Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and the rest of The Muppet Show’s big-name stars, but let’s salute the unsung heroes of the show: the Whatnots. These hard-working Muppets were the wacky-looking extras that appeared in the Read more
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