What Does a Teen Author and a Teen Hypnotist Have in Common?

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I became a writer by accident. I wrote my first book at age twelve as a seventh-grade language arts assignment for a track and field coach who, randomly, had to cover an English class. Having never taught creative writing before, he gave us carte blanche to work on whatever we wanted–from mid-February through the end of the year in June. True story. The author as a teen in 1978 “This is as good... Read More

Reading Is Fun(damental)

March 1 was the kickoff of the annual Read Across America celebration, which falls on the birthday of the inimitable Dr. Seuss and highlights the importance of developing a love of reading at an early age. But what many don’t realize is that this day marks the beginning of a full year filled with events and promotions around reading to—and with—children. The National Education Association provides educators with materials (check out their new... Read More

One Book I Am Saving for My Child, and Why

As editorial director of NYMetroParents, I see a lot of books coming across my desk (I’m always surrounded by stacks of them, on the floor, my windowsill, the chair purportedly for guests). And as the mother of a 3-year-old and aunt to kids across the age spectrum, I am fortunate to be able to bestow some of these books upon the kids from time to time. But it’s not often I stash away a book for when my son is older. We live in an apartment... Read More

Stuff We Like: Books for Earth Day

By now we’re all (hopefully) as eco-conscious as we can be all year long, but reminders never hurt. So this Earth Day (April 22), be mindful, and make some meaningful changes. Get inspired by the more than 600 million “acts of Green” on earthday.org. And check out these new books for kids that carry an eco-friendly message:   "Mamma's Planet Earth" by Vanessa Valencia Mamma’s Planet Earth Through this heartfelt, rhyming... Read More