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Thanks to recommendations from friends, President Obama’s reading list of 2018, and a variety of other resources, I enjoyed and recommend the following books in the memoir, autobiography, and humor categories…

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Book Review: All the Women in my Family Sing

During my travels and “me-cations” this summer, I read All the Women in My Family Sing. It’s an anthology written by women of color from various backgrounds who share their personal stories and experiences about immigration, self-identity, career, justice, beauty, and more. Contributors you may recognize include: America Ferrera, Samina Ali, Natalie Baszile (Queen Sugar), Porochista Khakpour (Sons […]

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“P is for Petersen” Alphabet book about cars, enjoyable for kids and parents alike

Late last year, when we attended the special media preview for the Go Kart exhibit at The Petersen, “Sidewalk Speedsters”, we met children’s book author Glenn Oyoung. Glenn is the author of the book “C is for Car” and recently released the book, “P is for Petersen”, with illustrator Scott Park. We received a review […]

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Two books that introduce kids to musical instruments

My daughter and I received two books to review: Poppy and the Orchestra and Poppy and the Brass Band. These books are beautifully illustrated by French artist Magali Le Huche. An adorable, curious dog named “Poppy” is the star, and together with a menagerie of animals, they introduce the sounds of instruments through a sound board with strategically placed […]

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Lil’ Libros Books are the cutest way to learn Spanish with your kids + BOOK GIVEAWAY

I took Spanish for three years in High School, but never excelled to conversation level. I understand it more than I can speak, and know a few words here and there. Now that I have a child, I see it as a fresh start for me to try again and for us to both learn […]

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Book Review: “You Made Me A Mother”

Recently, I received the book, You Made Me A Mother, written by Laurenne Sala and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. It’s become a favorite of my daughter’s – so much that she asked me to do story time with her last night instead of her father because she wanted me to read it to her (I previously explained […]

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“Could You Hug A Cactus?” Book giveaway and Q&A

Quirky rhymes paired with hand-painted illustrations: Could You Hug a Cactus? is the newest collaboration by Phillip Van Wagoner and Spencer Smith. Friends for over ten years, with Michigan roots, these Los Angeles transplants recently self-published their first book, funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Could You Hug a Cactus? was written for young readers (6-9), appreciated in new […]

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I bought the book, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

A couple days ago, I saw an article about this book, The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep. This is a new safe and innovative way to help your child fall asleep and is recommended by psychologists and therapists. “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” will help you accomplish the task of getting your […]

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“At least she’s a girl,” – something parents say without thinking twice

A friend of mine recently posted this link from a news story about a 14 year old boy who committed suicide because he was constantly bullied because of his small stature. Lamar Hawkins III, whose family affectionately nicknamed him “Shaq,” because his big personality, took his own life last week in the boys’ bathroom of his middle school […]

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Local Kickstarter to Back: Neapol Goes to Ice School – a Children’s Picture Book

Neapol Goes to Ice School – a Children’s Picture Book by Dave and Sophie Phillips I went to grade school where most of the students, including myself, had a parent in the military. There was a constant rotation of students leaving and arriving, cliques never really formed. That was all I knew until my father […]

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