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Author and Illustrator Websites

By Cathy Chesher / As I was planning a recent storytime featuring Pete the Cat, I made a quick visit to the publisher’s website to get the download of the accompanying Pete the Cat song. This made me think of all of the other wonderful author, publisher and illustrator websites out there that enhance many…

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Fun Gift Ideas

My cousin has three girls under the age of 12, and two of them happen to have December birthdays. That means a LOT of present-shopping this time of year! As I was searching the web for ideas, I came across a really cool website for toys that I thought I’d share with you: FatBrainToys.com. What…

Ideas and more ideas

I have recently discovered the website Pinterest. I have now spent way too much time perusing recipes, cute photos and craft ideas. For those of you still blissfully ignorant of this website, it is essentially a bulletin board of photos that people have “pinned” with comments for all to see. These photos link to the…

Think Like a Preschooler

Boston’s Early Childhood blog had a great post recently. It has to do with how children and adults answer four simple questions. The majority of adults get the answers wrong. Curious? Here are the questions: 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? 2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?…

Resource for Parents: Info on Movies, Shows, Games

How do you determine whether a movie/TV show/video game/app is appropriate for a particular child? Theoretically, there is a rating system in place that is suppose to help, but I find it so broad that it is not very useful (‘E’ for “Everyone” does *not* really fit everyone). Luckily, there is an extremely helpful website…

The Greatest Gift

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  I find myself thinking and rethinking to decide on the perfect gift for my loved ones.   It’s easy to get caught up in the sales, deals, etc.  and forget what’s really important. I am a whole-hearted believer in Love and Logic and wanted to share this recent e-mail…

Families, Food and Fitness Info at Your Fingertips

You may feel like you’re on information overload sometimes with so many options –– good old word of mouth with friends, families and neighbors, Facebook, Twitter, television, radio, newspapers, the Internet, healthcare providers, childcare providers, teachers, etc. You may find yourself overwhelmed and exhausted trying to find the time to sort through all of it,…

A “How-To” Resource

Recently I discovered a great website for parents. It is NOT a parenting website. Instead, it presents instructions on how to do all kinds of everyday and extraordinary things. It has instructions for cooking, crafts for all ages, DIY projects, sewing projects and trouble-shooting projects. Let me give you an example. On this website, I…