Who Needs Pictures in a Picture Book?

November 16, 2014

  You know, I kind of feel bad for celebrities. When they write children’s books they have to survive a higher level of critic and lit snob scrutiny than the average writer Joe. (They usually cry all the way to the bank, though, so I don’t feel too bad for the scrutiny.) Then there’s the […]

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In the MoMA Studio with Matisse

November 9, 2014

When I was pregnant with Olive, I thought my maternity leave was going to be one big art walk–galleries and museums every day. Only now do I understand why other parents laughed at me. No new parent has that much energy. We did make it to one show, though, a Henri Matisse show at the […]

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Welcome to Your Awesome Halloween

November 1, 2014

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween! This year both of our kids wanted homemade costumes, and nothing makes me happier. Since November 1 of last year, Olive has said that she wanted to be a pancake. Yes, a pancake. Having few sewing skills, we lucked out when we found a big sheet of 1-inch-thick […]

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9 Awesome Books for Makers

September 29, 2014

While at Maker Fair NY, I got to have a look at the new books from two of my favorite science educators. Kathy Ceceri and I wrote on GeekMom together, and she’s currently About.com’s homeschooling expert. We already have Kathy’s book Robotics at home. It’s a great primer about what constitutes a robot, and it has 20 […]

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Lego Builds Your Flatiron Dreams

September 26, 2014

One recent evening my husband came home and said, “Hey, guess what’s opening up next to Eataly?” and I was all “I KNOW! LEGO FLAGSHIP STORE!” I knew this because I was about to take a tour of the store building in progress. It’s pretty fun watching the details of the store coming together. You […]

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Taking My Mini-Makers to Maker Faire NY

September 26, 2014

Did you make it to Maker Faire NY this year? I managed to be so focused on finding things for the kids that I totally missed the adults-only maker exhibit (slightly NSFW). Oh, well. Next year. Here are some of the things we did find. It may not seem like much, just a ball controlled […]

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Interactive Imagination with Hervé Tullet

September 22, 2014

I was about to write about Hervé Tullet’s new book Mix It Up when I realized that I’ve never written about his book Press Here on Media Macaroni. No book makes Ozzie giggle the way Press Here does. It’s an interactive book in the most conceptual sense. You’re invited to touch each page in some way, then you turn […]

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Want to Be a Pirate? Here’s How!

September 19, 2014

Avast, me hearties, ’tis Talk Like a Pirate Day! This oddest of holidays hits extra close to me heart this year because I’ve been working on a pirate-themed game for the past six months. But what if you don’t know how to talk like a pirate? There’s a book for that. How to be a […]

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What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

September 16, 2014

With mere days left of summer, the kids are finally settled back into school, so I’m hoping to get settled back into blogging. Here’s a little snapshot of what we did this summer. If it were up to her, Olive would have played Minecraft every waking second, but she also enjoyed some great city camps, including […]

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Time for Curious Kids: Animals, Robots, and Time Travel

August 20, 2014

I know Time for Kids as a staple of my daughter’s classrooms, but they’re also a great publishers of nonfiction with high appeal for kids. They recently sent us three of their books to get our trivia brains fired up. Time for Kids Big Book of When invites kids on a journey through time, documenting a wide array […]

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