December 18, 2017



June is national zoo and aquarium month, so it’s perfect timing to offer a picture book and plush toy giveaway honoring one of the most famous residents of the Santa Barbara Zoo.   GEMINA: THE CROOKED-NECK GIRAFFE is about a giraffe who was born healthy at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. She lived at… Read more

Truck Stop by Anne Rockwell: Win a Copy Today

Truck Stop by Ann Rockwell

By Julie Samrick Like many other little boys, when my now 9 and 10 year old sons were little they were obsessed with trucks.  They could point out and identify every variety- cement mixers, big rigs, tow trucks, and their favorite— car transporters.   The newly released picture book Truck Stop by Anne Rockwell is perfect… Read more

New Valentine’s Picture Book Giveaway CLOSED


Just in time for Valentine’s Day a new, FUNNY picture book for kids 3-10 is out. The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda A. Ferber is about a kid named Leon- and he has a crush on a girl.  A “let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain” kind of crush. Leon’s got the perfect valentine, but this valentine has no intention of… Read more

Your Child as the Star! Create-a-Book Giveaway CLOSED

"My Christmas Wish" is a sample book title, starring your child

  The one picture book as a child I had the most sentimental attachment to (and still own to this day) is a create-a-book my Grandma Hazel sent me.  In it, I got to be another star of the Flintstones, while my sister also got to play a pivotal role in her own book, which… Read more

Image of Blond Haired Child Begging Sparks Cries of Racism


The photo of a 5-year-old blonde haired child begging in the streets of Mexico has prompted cries of racism. Many feel attention was drawn to the girl because of her light skin and green eyes, yet there are thousands of dark skinned children whose begging is ignored.  The photographer must’ve felt it uncanny to see… Read more

“Glamorous Glasses” Captures “The Grass is Always Greener” Experience for Kids


By Julie Samrick I always wanted a retainer.  I was envious of those kids who clicked and fiddled their retainers around in their mouths so flippantly, so cool, in middle school.   A similar scenario popped up when my son got glasses in kindergarten- other moms quickly began telling me that their children wanted “Super… Read more

Children’s Book Review- Press Here by Herve Tullet


By Amy Schwary Put down the electronics because there is a picture book that is sure to capture the attention of any child. It is so interactive that it is hard to believe that the experience it offers comes from old fashioned printed pages! In his creative book, Press Here, author Herve Tullet invites his readers… Read more

Student’s Photo Banned From Yearbook

the picture in question of Spies

Are cap and gown senior portraits passé? A Colorado girl is protesting her high school yearbook student editors’ decision not to run her racy senior picture.  It was 18-year-old senior Sydney Spies’s peers’ decision, ultimately, not to run the picture, although they are giving her the option to run the picture as an ad at… Read more

December Book Pick: No Two Alike (Review by Amy Schwary)


No Two Alike  by Keith Baker “No two snowflakes are alike, almost, almost …..but not quite” Take a journey with two adventurous birds through a snow fallen forest. Explore the wintery landscape to discover that “no two are alike”…from branches and leaves to forests and trees. This book has very simple yet poetic verse which… Read more

CLOSED The Princess and the Peanut package and a $25 Target Gift Card


A fresh twist on a classic fairytale, author Sue Ganz-Schmitt’s The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Tale tells of one peanut butter loving prince’s search for a real princess- finding that an allergic reaction to one minuscule peanut will set her apart from commoners. Children with food allergies will see their difference as special… Read more