What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

September 16, 2014
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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
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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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Making in Queens: What’s New at NYSCI

August 18, 2014
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Today we enter the netherworld of summer in NYC. My Facebook feed is full of first day of school pictures, but here in NYC, we don’t start for over two more weeks. But summer camps have all ended as well, so it’s up to us to entertain the kids. Might I recommend the New York Hall […]

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Finding New Shows for My Boy: Violence and Sexism Edition

July 26, 2014
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Oz: Mom, can I watch this show? BOOM! SMASH! PUNCH! EXPLODE! PUNCH! Minor narrative insertion. PUNCH! PUNCH! Me (to Oz): Sorry, little man. I don’t think this is a show for 4-year olds. Me (to self): Or anyone for that matter. Oz: How about this show? [Watch show for a while…] Me: Are there really […]

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Maleficent: A Complicated Villain

June 7, 2014
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  Olive had a day off from school this week and on a whim while we were killing time between appointments we went to see Maleficent. I had shown Olive the trailer a while back and she said she wasn’t interested, but I had been reading about it being a great feminist film so I talked […]

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Prehistoric Funtime Off the New Jersey Turnpike

June 6, 2014
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Last weekend the family and I were invited to a blogger day at Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus, NJ. It’s one of those things I’ve heard about and thought, yes, one day let’s get a car and go do that dinosaur thing in New Jersey, so I was glad to get the invitation as a […]

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Interview with a 9-Year-Old

June 4, 2014
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It’s hard to believe my wee little girl is now a beautiful 9-year-old. What an amazing age… still so interested in the world around her with little of the snark that goes so week with tweendom. And yet, she gave me answers to my annual interview questions with no interest in expanding on those thoughts. So, […]

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Happy Birthday to Meeeeeeee

May 22, 2014
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Six years ago I had an idea to start a blog as a way of keeping up with the world of kids’ media. And while there have been times life has pulled me away from blogging, I love having this platform to share the things that I love. Thanks, as always, to everyone who swings […]

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My Favorite Thing About Zita the Spacegirl

May 21, 2014
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I couldn’t be happier to be a stop on the “My Favorite Thing About Zita the Spacegirl” Blog Tour in celebration of the release of the third book in Ben Hatke’s amazing Zita the Spacegirl trilogy. Olive and I have formed a very special relationship with this particular heroine. For the uninitiated, the story begins when […]

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Minecraft: Beginners Don’t Stay Beginners for Long

May 19, 2014
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If you’re an average human being who exists anywhere near computers, you’ve most likely heard of Minecraft. Now, if you’re a game designer who works on games for kids, you’d better know it. Until I had a kid who reached Minecraft age, though, I didn’t motivate myself to give it a go. I just faked my […]

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