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Take a Look, It’s On Your iPad…Reading Rainbow!

Take a Look, It’s On Your iPad…Reading Rainbow!

As a child, I loved Reading Rainbow and hearing the show’s theme song still brings back happy childhood memories. I can be anything Take a look It’s in a book A Reading Rainbow A Reading Rainbow I loved the way classic Reading Rainbow episodes featured books with few bells & whistles, and I credit the show with inspiring a lifelong love of reading. Since I’m a fan, I was delighted to learn that Reading Rainbow has returned in the form of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Educational, entertainment, Featured, Free, Kindergartners, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age), Uncategorized

Help Support First Book

We’ve enjoyed being a part of the Random House Read & Play Summer Fun Community and chatting with moms about their favorite books, how they encourage their children to read and the way they can use books to discuss difficult topics like bullying. We also talked about how much we treasure the time spent reading with our children– whether it’s snuggled up in bed, cuddling on the couch or sitting at the kitchen table.  Reading … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Contests, Educational, Featured, Language, Learning, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, Reading, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious

Join Us for a Live Chat with Author Trudy Ludwig

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic are important, but so is character education. As your children head back to school, you’ll want to talk to them about what it means to be a good friend and how to deal with bullying.  Books are the best way to introduce and discuss difficult concepts like bullying or fitting in at school. One of my favorite authors is Trudy Ludwig, and I’ve recommended her books “My Secret Bully” and “Just Kidding” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Featured, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious

From Left to Write Book Club Day: In Stitches by Anthony Youn

From Left to Write Book Club Day: In Stitches by Anthony Youn

As I read plastic surgeon Anthony Youn’s memoir In Stitches, I empathized with Youn’s feelings of isolation and awkwardness as a teen. I admired his work ethic and respected all of the hours of studying and sleeplessness that Youn endured to become a surgeon. But one thing disturbed me: Youn’s own description of himself as an ugly duckling who needed plastic surgery in order to correct his own jaw. In Youn’s mind, the surgery was transforming. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Body After Baby, Books, Featured

“The Help” Prize Pack Giveaway!

“The Help” Prize Pack Giveaway!

In February of 2009, I wrote a praise-filled book review on Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. You can read it here. When I heard that Dreamworks was turning the book into a film, I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to do with it. This past weekend at BlogHer, I was given the opportunity to see the film in advance. Based on how much I enjoyed the book, I was weary of how … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Contests, entertainment, Featured, Movies, Uncategorized

Celebrate Pretend Play with The Costume Trunk

Celebrate Pretend Play with The Costume Trunk

At the Book Blogger Convention this year, I met the founder of From Left to Write, an innovative online book club. Every month, they select a book and ask bloggers to share their thoughts about how the book inspired them. This month, the selection is The Costume Trunk by Paddywhack Lane creator Bob Fuller. Here’s more about the book: Courtney’s birthday is finally here, and she has invited all of her friends to the celebration! After blowing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Dress-Up, Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Learning, Play, Play Sets and Figurines, Pro-Social Skills, Reading

Books Turned into Movies

Books Turned into Movies

Last Friday night, as a part of our project with Random House, The Random House Kids Read & Play Summer Learning Community, we were a part of a live chat of which the subject was “Books turned into Movies.” Of course the obvious ones were discussed first: Harry Potter, Twilight, The Cat in the Hat, Marley and Me, Pride & Prejudice, etc., but once we started getting deeper into the conversation, we were amazed at how many … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, DVD, Educational, entertainment, Featured, Movies, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Uncategorized

The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

With a combined total of five young children, two careers, four blogs, and dozens of regular clients, Debbie and I have searched hard for work-life-family balance. We both admire Colleen Padlla of Classymommy.com and Audrey McCelland of Momgenerations.com for the paths they have trail-blazed, finding a way to be simultaneously successful in the family world and the working world, all from their dining room tables! New mothers can put years of hard work spent in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Advice), Featured, Mommy Blogs, Parenting Blogs

Random House Summer Reading Community

Random House Summer Reading Community

This summer, Mamanista is very excited to be teaming up with Blog Frog and Random House to become a part of the Random House Summer Reading Community! We strongly believe in the importance of reading in the lives of young children; literacy is the keystone to academic success and confidence. The Summer Reading Community’s objective is to act as an online space where devoted moms can connect with each other and share resources to help keep … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Educational, Featured, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Uncategorized

Dream Big with Paddywhack Lane

Dream Big with Paddywhack Lane

I’m excited to announce that Paddywhack Lane’s new picture book “The Costume Trunk” and line of coordinating toys is now available at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and online at www.paddywhacklane.com. In “The Costume Trunk,” a group of children discover a magic costume trunk which becomes the passageway to the enchanting land of Paddywhack Lane, where you can be anything you want to be if you just believe. The coordinating toys (aka “Costumed Kids”) are simply adorable. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Gift Ideas, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School)