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Squishy Press| Healthy Books for Hungry Minds

Anyone who’s taken care of a baby or toddler know that they love to put things into their mouths. And books are certainly no exception. But what are they exactly sucking, chewing and teething on with their board books? Most likely, these books contain laminates, foils and potentially harmful glues—not a great addition to their… Read more »

Stories from My Grandparent

Readers of my blog know that I place great value on relating family history to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On occasion, I have quoted from Bruce Feiler’s book, The Secrets of Happy Families, in which he advises us to tell our story: The most important thing you can do may be the easiest of all…. Read more »

Interview with the Author of GG and Mamela

I’m excited to tell you that I have written a picture book released today! A couple weeks ago, Audrey Moon, editor of my local online newspaper (which publishes my blog posts), interviewed me about my book, GG and Mamela. She asked some interesting questions, and I hope I furnished some interesting answers. I decided to… Read more »

Books—and more—about Passover

I am rerunning a previous post with a few additions. The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated with a ceremonial dinner called a Seder. At the heart of the Seder is the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. Jews are commanded to retell the story: You should tell your children that day, saying,… Read more »

Good Night, Animal World…A Kid’s Yoga Bedtime Story

About the Book Title: Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story  Author: Giselle Shardlow | Illustrator: Emily Gedzyk Publication Date: September 20, 2013 | Publisher: Company: Kids Yoga Stories LLC | Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: 2.5 to 6 years Summary: Say good night to the animals of the world! Calm your mind and body… Read more »

Picture Book Biographies to Delight Baby Boomers (and Kids!)

Creative nonfiction is the fastest growing genre in children’s publishing. Simply put, it is non-fiction that reads like fiction. Although everything is factual and actual, these books neither look nor read like a textbook. Instead, you’ll find expressive, colorful—even lyrical— language employed. These stories feature a strong protagonist, interesting settings and an exciting narrative arc…. Read more »

World Read Aloud Day and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

World Read Aloud Day, always held on the first Wednesday of March, falls on the 5th this year. Last year more than one million people participated in this movement established by LitWorld, a wonderful non-profit organization that celebrates the power of word and story and promotes global literacy through their many worthwhile campaigns.

Kiddin’ Around in the Kitchen

Other than reading together, what activity can you do with children that creates memories, strengthens bonds and is fun and rewarding? Well…actually, quite a few. But there’s only one that produces a—hopefully—delicious result: cooking! And although any time of year is great for whipping up something delightful in the kitchen—hey, we always gotta eat—winter is… Read more »

A New Year’s Wish… and a Last-Minute Idea

I would like to offer my good wishes for a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year to all my readers and supporters. I sincerely hope that you are able to realize your best visions for 2014.