7 Picture Books for Kids Who Want to Learn Something New

By Lela Nargi Every now and then, a kid stumbles upon some new information that delights him almost beyond reason. And so begins the pursuit to discover everything he possibly can about his latest passion—whether it’s machines, or artwork, or the stars, or an unfamiliar language. And although nothing can take the place of firsthand […]

Kid-Lit Author Linda Urban on the Joys of Reading

By Lela Nargi Having just released her latest book, an action-packed mystery for kids age 7-10 called Milo Speck, Accidental Agent, kid novelist Linda Urban took time out of her busy author schedule to chat with us about the importance of reading, writing, and building worlds on a page to allow kids to explore who they […]

Chudney Ross is Bringing Literacy to a New Generation at LA’s Books and Cookies

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By Lela Nargi On a low-slung strip of street halfway between the skate shops of Venice’s Muscle Beach and the boutiques of downtown Santa Monica, Chudney Ross has opened her kid-centric outpost, Books and Cookies. Twice. Aiming to provide what she calls a “literacy-based experience” for the area’s burgeoning young family population, in 2011 Ross […]

Meet Kate Talbot: Successful Author, Content Creator, and Digital Strategist… and an UrbanSitter Babysitter!

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Kate Talbot has built her successful career by using digital storytelling to empower communities at brands like Kiva and Virgin America, as well as scale early-stage startups for growth. In her free time, she writes for online publications like Social Media Examiner and KISSmetrics, educating small business owners and entrepreneurs on how to successfully use […]

Tips for Summer Reading

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Summer is all about unwinding and taking a break from the routine and demands of the school year, but it shouldn’t be an excuse to take a vacation from reading. Experts tell us that kids lose core reading skills and are at risk of falling behind when they don’t read over summer break. Reading keeps […]

2014 Award Winning Children’s Books

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If your bedtime story books are feeling a little tired, you’ll appreciate having a few new picks to add to your shelves. The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced the 2014 winners of the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, among other awards for outstanding children’s books and videos. You can always trust that books with these […]

Cool Ideas for Keeping Preschoolers Busy on Hot Summer Days

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Summer is chock full of opportunities for entertaining and enriching little kids’  development through new experiences and activities. Check out these ideas for summer activities for the 3-5 year-old set. They’ll come in especially handy during the dog days of summer, headed our way. 1.  No-Stress, No Mess Water Play No pool or even a […]

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday (and Read Across America Day), March 2

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The beloved children’s author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss, was born March 2, 1904. Children around the world celebrate his birthday by reading his treasured books and spending time in school and at home doing fun activities that reflect his brilliant work. Don’t miss out on the chance to have some fun with your kids! Here […]