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One thing that sets Angela Addington apart from many other writers is her sincere interest in people’s stories.  There’s a sense that she loves her work because it brings her into contact with so many fascinating people!  When Angela reviews one of my clients’ CDs, for example, more often than not she becomes curious about the artist behind the music and is inspired to “go the extra mile” by pursuing an interview.   Angela’s lucky readers learn not only about the music, but also about what went into creating that music.   In my experience, it is rare to encounter a writer with such dedication to telling the whole story.  Angela’s thoroughness and professionalism are to be admired.  What’s more, she’s a joy to work with:  good humored, organized, accurate, and, best of all, great fun.   I recommend Angela Addington without hesitation and only wish I could clone her!
– Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, Owner, Waldmania Public Relations

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  • Newborn 101 Secrets from Expert Nurses

    Newborn 101 Secrets from Expert Nurses

    Newborn 101Being a first time mom can be scary and there are so many books on the market. Which one do you turn to for the best advice? How about a National Parenting Publications Gold Award Winner?

    Ever wish you could have a baby nurse at home to answer your most urgent questions around the clock? Now you can!

    Carole Kramer Arsenault has spent the last two decades helping parents through pregnancy, labor, and all of their new responsibilities once baby comes home—both as a longtime pediatric nurse, and as the founder of the most highly regarded baby-care service in New England. From the first trimester to the “fourth” (baby’s crucial first three months), Arsenault and her team of professional nurses have seen it all. Now, they share their expert advice on:

    Preparing your home, including safety tips and must-have supplies
    Easing through labor, whether at home or in a hospital
    Breastfeeding how-tos, flexible feeding schedules, and common concerns
    Baby’s essential first days and weeks, and the milestones in between
    Welcoming multiples and caring for preterm babies
    Techniques for soothing baby to sleep
    Postpartum self-care and getting back to your routine

    “[Newborn 101] is chock-full of the kind of practical and helpful information that only an insider like Carole Arsenault would know. This book contains everything a couple needs to prepare for the adventure of labor and birth.”
    —Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

    “The stack of books available on breastfeeding, pregnancy, and postpartum can be overwhelming. Carole Arsenault covers all these topics and then some—including prenatal exercise and nutrition, choosing a pediatrician, raising a ‘green baby,’ and more. The Q&A format and highlighted Baby Nurse Tips make this book fun to read and easy to use. I’m making [Newborn 101] my number one must-read book for new parents!”
    —Tamara Jessiman, Certified Nurse Midwife, Mount Auburn Hospital

    “Birthing and caring for a baby is a transformative experience, and [Newborn 101] helps new families make their way with confidence. It’s highly readable—and packed with insightful and helpful Q&As, lists, and tips.”
    —Johanna Myers McChesney, cofounder and CEO of Isis Parenting, Inc.

  • On the Go with Edushape Travel Brix

    On the Go with Edushape Travel Brix

    edushape travel brixSummer for us means lots of playtime both inside and out, playdates and time spent traveling.  Traveling means time in either the car or a plane with hours of time to keep full with activities so that travel boredom doesn’t set it.  Thanks to Edushape for sending over a Travel Brix kit for us to play with and test.  All opinions in this post are mine.

    Edushape Travel Brix are soft and flexible nubby shapes that easily interlock from practically every side and angle.  The possibilities are endless with all of the creations and cool sculptures you can make.  This toy is perfect for kids ages 3 and up.

    A few notes about this toy.  First, it comes in a sturdy box with a handle which means it’s just as ready for a trip as you are.  There is a travel board included so your kids can build in the car or in a plane.

    Second, this toy encourages creative thinking.  Just imagine all of the things you can build with such a versatile toy.  The set we received had 32 pieces in the set and a sturdy 6″ x 8″ travel board. They also stick together so easily. No matter how high a tower, steep a mountain, staggered a contraption, the projects remain intact.

    Third, it’s safe, washable and durable!  We tossed ours in a bag and threw them in the dishwasher after an adventurous playdate in a sand box.

    travel_brixFinally, the colors and shapes make this an educational toy as well as one that stimulates creativity.  Have younger kids pick out shapes and colors!

    The one “con” of this toy is that you will find yourself wanting more pieces to build bigger creations.

    Visit www.edushape.com for more details and make sure to follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edushape.

    What kids of things will your kids build while on an adventure with Travel Brix this summer?

  • Boredom Busters:  Sticker Books for Kids

    Boredom Busters: Sticker Books for Kids

    Summer is a time for travel and that means time in planes, trains and automobiles. Keep the kids busy with these fun sticker activity books.

    Ballerina Sticker Activity BookWhat is it like to be a ballerina? This delightful activity book raises the curtain on the magic world of dance. Have fun with ballet-themed puzzles, pictures, and games, and create beautiful ballet scenes with over 150 pretty stickers. Decorate costumes and slippers, complete the dressing room jigsaw, and connect the tiara dot-to-dot. Distinctive contemporary illustrations, plus information on first ballet classes, famous ballet stories, costumes, and more, put this in a class of its own.

    • Age Range: 6 and up
    • Grade Level: 1 and up
    • Paperback: 48 pages

    haunted house sticker bookWhile we know it’s not Halloween, who doesn’t love a Haunted House and the ghosts, goblins and vampires that go along with it. Enter . . . if you dare! This spooky haunted house has bats and monsters and a mad doctor who carries out creepy experiments. With more than 250 stickers, children can make every room even scarier by adding bugs, ghosts, witches, worms, and skeletons. The finale, for those brave enough, features a treasure hunt for kids to find things they may have overlooked at first glance.

    • Age Range: 3 and up
    • Grade Level: Preschool and up
    • Paperback: 32 pages

    Activity AtlasYoung explorers: grab your ticket to a world of fun! Featuring 12 fully illustrated maps, this atlas is jam-packed with information about the different continents and each region’s wildlife, food, architecture, and culture. The journey continues with more than 250 reusable stickers, eight perforated postcards, and a pocket-size passport with quizzes and cool facts. Curious kids will dream about their adventures to come.

    • Age Range: 5 – 9 years
    • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
    • Hardcover: 31 pages
  • Do you know who Grace Hopper was?

    Do you know who Grace Hopper was?

    It’s Science Saturday and we’ve got a great book for you today.  Do you know who Grace Hopper was? You can find out in this delightful story with beautiful illustrations. She is truly an inspiration!

    “If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.”
    The inspiring story of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science—is told told in an engaging picture book biography.

    Grace Hopper Queen of Computer CodeGrace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly was “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys. With a wealth of witty quotes, and richly detailed illustrations, this book brings Hopper’s incredible accomplishments to life.
    Age Range: 5 – 8 years
    Grade Level: Kindergarten and up

    About the Author & Illustrator

    Laurie Wallmark has degrees in Biochemistry from Princeton University, Information Systems from Goddard College, and Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut book Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (Creston Books) received four starred reviews, praise in The New York Times, and numerous awards. Laurie lives in New Jersey. Follow her on Facebook: @lauriewallmark.

    With a BFA in Illustration and Entertainment Arts from Pasadena Art Center College of Design in 2007, Katy Wu has worked for Google, Laika, Pixar, CinderBiter, and Simon & Schuster. Grace Hopper is her first picture book. Having worked on such projects as the feature film Coraline, and various shorts (La Luna, Car Toons) as well as CG, 2D, stop motion, online games, and content for social media platforms, Katy is an incredible talent. She lives and freelances in New York City. Follow her online at katycwwu.tumblr.com.

  • Introduce Your Kids to French or Spanish This Summer

    Introduce Your Kids to French or Spanish This Summer

    First Words FrenchFrom Bonjour! to Au Revoir we loved this introduction to French. Each page has a word in English, the word in French, the French pronunciation and an illustration. The genius of these books is in their simplicity. Beautiful illustrations and a clear pronunciation of the words help young and old alike learn a new language.

    Bring the French language to life with this beautifully illustrated children’s book from Lonely Planet Kids. Perfect for the whole family, First Words French features 100 words to use while traveling, from food and transport, to animals and weather.

    Each word is accompanied with a bold illustration and a simple pronunciation guide to make the vocabulary fun and easy to learn. Plus, its small size means it’s a handy addition to any trip to France or a French-speaking country.

    • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
    • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
    • Series: Lonely Planet Kids
    • Paperback: 208 pages

    First Words SpanishIf French isn’t your foreign language of choice, you can always check out the other First Words books by Lonely Planet as they have one for Spanish as well as English.

    About Lonely Planet Kids: Come explore! Let’s start an adventure. Lonely Planet Kids excites and educates children about the amazing world around them. Combining astonishing facts, quirky humor and eye-catching imagery, we ignite their curiosity and encourage them to discover more about our planet. Every book draws on our huge team of global experts to help share our continual fascination with what makes the world such a diverse and magnificent place – inspiring children at home and in school.

  • Books About Bedtime

    Books About Bedtime

    Bedtime can be hard. The kids want to stay up, but they are tired. Mom and Dad just want some downtime. Here are some fun books to read at bedtime about bedtime.

    hildie biterpicklesHildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep
    By Robin Newman
    Illustrated by Chris Ewald

    Hildie Bitterpickles is a witch who needs her sleep. Her quiet neighborhood has been turned upside down with the sudden arrival of the old woman in her shoe, big bad wolf, and other fairy tale characters. What will Hildie have to do to get a quiet night’s sleep?

    “A witch’s search for a good night’s sleep results in numerous run-ins with nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters in this entertaining story from Newman (The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake) and newcomer Ewald. A redheaded young witch named Hildie can’t get to sleep after a giant moves in next door with a “noisy beanstalk elevator” that goes “clangity, clank, clunk all night long.” Then an elderly woman with a “gazillion” noisy children shows up (their home is part Converse sneaker, part retro mobile home), and a wolf huffs, puffs, and blows the roof off Hildie’s house. After enlisting the dubious services of a realtor rat, Hildie realizes that there really is no place like home, using ingenuity to solve her neighbor problems. Sound effects and Hildie’s irate interactions with black sheep, blind mice, and other recognizable characters more keep the story moving quickly, and this is an exceptionally strong debut for Ewald. His gauzy, caricatured images meld playful modern details with familiar storybook figures—readers will have fun spotting cameos by Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, and more. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)”
    -Publishers Weekly