Candlewick Press, independent publishers of kids books like Guess How Much I Love You and the Where’s Waldo series, just kicked off a year-long video campaign called “We Believe in Picture Books” to honor the importance of these stories to children.
They’re posting a new video each day at readingstartshere.com and will continue to do so for a full year. Each clip shows an author or illustrator explaining their artistic process when creating the books–or young readers sharing just how much they love reading them. So far, the videos have included an interview with author and illustrator David Ezra Stein talking about his picture book Interrupting Chicken, and Megan McDonald, author of the popular Judy Moody series.
If you or your kids are passionate about picture books, get involved by submitting your own video through the program’s website. Click here for the submission guidelines, and don’t forget to check out the vid below.
What picture books did you read to your young children? Do they enjoy reading the books on their own? Tell us your stories below in the comments!
Disney-Pixar fans, rejoice! The second phase of Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort opened this Monday, adding 480 family suites inspired by Lightning McQueen, Radiator Springs, and other features of their much-loved Cars franchise.
After passing Sheriff and Doc Hudson at the hotel’s entrance, kids can take in scenes like Luigi’s Casa Della Tires and Tow Mater Towing before settling into supercharged themed rooms with Cars-inspired artwork, carpets and furniture. The resort’s centerpiece is the Cozy Cone Motel, complete with orange cone-shaped cabanas surrounding the Cozy Cone Pool.
This phase of the resort comes on the heels of the Finding Nemo section, which opened in May. For kids and parents nostalgic for some of Disney’s classic films, two new areas based on The Lion King and The Little Mermaid will open in August and September.
As part of the coverage of the 2012 Presidential election, Yahoo! News has debuted “Remake America,” a webseries profiling six families as they try to reclaim the American dream. Each week, another five-minute episode puts a personal spin on issues like unemployment, foreclosure, and the mounting healthcare costs that are so common in today’s economy. But they’re not going it alone—each family gets help from career gurus, personal-finance experts and medical professionals as they fight to make ends meet. Viewers can connect by sharing their own experiences on dedicated comment threads or voting for which step each family should take next. Check it out below.
Do you think these videos paint an accurate picture of America today? How are these issues affecting your family?
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still stuck on what do to for the special mom in your life, look no further than this week’s top pins! Check out our ideas for everything from delicious weekend dishes to sweet and simple gifts you can make with your kids.
Trying to find a way to sneak more vegetables into your children’s meals? The two cups of zucchini in this Blueberry Zucchini Bread make this a healthier alternative to regular muffins or breakfast pastries, and the 20-minute prep time means it’s easy to make ahead and enjoy all week long.
Whether you find an old-school photo booth at the local mall or use some family snapshots, this handmade bookmark is a great gift for the reader in your life. Simply glue the pictures to a piece of card stock and personalize the other side. We used the word “mother” in different languages, but you could try a handwritten note or a favorite memory from the previous year.
Have a complete gourmet lunch at home when you try this Chicken, Mozzarella and Basil Panini with a side of Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips. To save time, make the sandwich with leftovers from earlier in the week or pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. The chips are a great alternative to fried ones, and since they aren’t prepackaged you can season them however you want—we tried a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.
Creating custom-made art can be as easy as 1-2-3. First, cut out several equal-sized rectangles and write a single letter on each, making sure they’re easy enough to read in a photo. Next, pose your kids—or yourself!—holding each sign up for the camera. Finally, print out the pictures in black and white and arrange them in a frame so they spell out your message of love.
Any kid will tell you that everything tastes better when it’s on a stick. For this twist on the classic Root-Beer Float, just freeze a layer of soda in plastic molds or cups before topping it with softened vanilla ice cream. For a fancier popsicle, tilt the cups so the soda freezes at an angle before adding the final layer. Hide a maraschino cherry at the bottom for an extra surprise.
To celebrate Mother’s Day and everything that moms do, the Toy Industry Association is launching their first annual “How Does Your Family Play” contest. Mothers with children of all ages can submit stories about a beloved playtime memory or a favorite way they have fun with their kids. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $200 American Express Gift Card, two second-place winners will receive $50 to spend on Amazon.com, and four third-place winners will receive $25 gift cards to Starbucks. To enter, send your stories (75–100 words; pictures optional) to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mother’s Day” in the subject line. For more information, visit the official site by clicking here. Goody luck!
Enter our Ultimate Baby Shower Sweepstakes for a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes. Goodies include everything you need to throw a fantastic baby shower for yourself or the special mom-to-be in your life. Babies will love playing with toys like the plush Jungle Safari Stack-Up, a Stow & Go Activity Cart and Rattle Around Monkey. Parents can use the three $200 gift cards to stock up on flowers courtesy of FTD, custom-made invitations from Tiny Prints, and gourmet food and wine from Dean & Deluca. Increase your chances by entering every day between now and May 19. Goody luck!
If you’re looking for inspiration for fun crafts to try out this weekend or ideas for some simple, kid-friendly recipes to cook next week, you’ve come to the right place. This is the first installment of our new weekly Pinterest roundup, where we’ll feature the most popular pins from all the Parents pinboards. Check them out below, and leave a comment telling us what you like to see most on Pinterest!
Bring the kid’s menu home with these low-fat chicken strips. They only take ten minutes to prep, and you can make them even more fun by serving it with your kid’s favorite dipping sauces. The best part? Since they’re baked instead of fried, each serving only has 6 grams of fat!
To make this adorable ladybug, have your child dip yarn into a blend of equal parts water and glue before wrapping the sticky strands around two different-sized balloons. Let them dry completely before popping the balloons and adding antennae made from chenille stems and black felt dots to the body.
These healthy Blueberry-Banana Stacks are guaranteed to make snack time more enjoyable. Get the little ones to help pile each treat up, and watch them disappear as fast as they can make them.
Looking for custom invitations for your kid’s next birthday extravaganza? This cupcake invite is only one of the many free templates you can choose from, and we’ve made it easy to make them your own. Just download each pattern, fill in your information, and print them out!
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