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From Animalia to the Moopaloop – Graeme Base’s new creation

It’s been 30 years since Australian Author Graeme Base wrote and illustrated the award-winning Animalia, one of the most successful children’s alphabet picture books of all time. Still loved by children the world over, and with more than three million copies sold, I asked Graeme for his thoughts on why Animalia has been so successful […]

Kids Are Not Supposed To Die - Especially At Camp

Kids are not supposed to die - especially not at summer camp. But "supposed to" didn't matter last week when 11-year-old Jadyn Larky died in a freak accident at an overnight camp in southeastern Indiana. While Jadyn slept, or tried to sleep during a severe thunderstorm, lightning struck an otherwise healthy tree near her cabin. Show More Summary

How to Train a Dragon Play

My kids were so excited when the new series of How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge came out on Netflix. The series engages all my kids of various ages (ages 8-15). Like many things my children enjoy, it extends to their play. When it comes to preparing for the school holidays (especially if […]

Instead I Held You

Today my patience has run thin and all I could think about was having a few minutes to myself, but as you fell fast asleep on my chest, it was an easy choice despite a list of things needing to be done. Because instead... I held you. I...Show More Summary

Should Kids Be Allowed In All Restaurants? Yes

I'm no stranger to the kids-in-restaurants debate. It's been going on for a while, and I always like to keep tabs on it, because I feel pretty strongly about my own point of view. I've stayed silent mostly, because I didn't really want to rock any boats. Show More Summary

This Charity Is Handing Out Zika Prevention Kits To Homeless

One nonprofit is making sure some of the most vulnerable members of the community are protected from the Zika virus. On Monday, Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, Florida began giving out about 150 Zika-prevention kits to homeless individuals, according to Fox News. Show More Summary

Little girl pens sweet note to those affected by West Virginia floods

A small glimmer of hope has arrived for victims of the West Virginia floods in the form of a child's letter.

How We're 1 Step Closer to Stopping the Spread of the Zika Virus

Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that has been frightening everyone since it started sweeping the Americas and Caribbean earlier this year, may soon be much less of a worry. Thanks to scientists testing vaccines on mice, a vaccine that...Show More Summary

Looking Back to April, May, June 2015

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Last year I did a regular feature on The Book Chook, where I looked at popular posts from previous months and years. Today I'm re-visiting popular posts at The Book Chook from April, May and June of 2015. Show More Summary

24 Well-Dressed Bridal Parties Who Kept Things Short And Sweet

Floor-length dresses might be the norm when it comes to bridesmaid attire but that doesn't mean you should rule out shorter hemlines entirely. Below, 24 bridal parties who rocked short dresses and looked cute as hell doing it. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. Show More Summary

24 Tweets That Sum Up Being A Woman On The Internet With An Opinion

Being a lady is hard. Being a lady who expresses an opinion on the internet can be even harder. Any woman who's ever been online knows that the internet is rife with sexism and misogyny. From obnoxious trolls reminding women to "getShow More Summary

Coping with Secondary Infertility

By Angela Le We often think of infertility as an issue for first-time parents, but for some, the fertility challenges don't begin until they're trying for their second (or third or fourth) time around. Secondary infertility -- the inability...Show More Summary

When Your Pregnancy Isn't Perfect

By Nikki Ostrower I always imagined my first pregnancy to be nine months of looking and feeling my best ever. I fantasized about flaunting my bump in beautiful, form-fitting dresses and rocking that quintessential glow. When I got pregnant with my daughter, Emma, I had totally mastered the art of bringing order to chaos. Show More Summary

Why I Became A Sports Fan

I never knew much of anything about professional sports. I grew up in a family where no one watched or talked about professional sports, unless you count golf and the finals at Wimbledon, which according to my husband, you don't. I currently live in a professional sports crazed family. Show More Summary

This Summer I Will Give My Kids The Gift of Boredom

I remember my childhood summers fondly, as many of us do. Those halcyon days in which I would leave the house after a still sleepy, leisurely breakfast of cereal that I made myself and come home only for lunch in the middle of a day spent entirely outdoors. Show More Summary

13 Stars Who've Reminded Us That All Bodies Are Beautiful

Like it or not, social media has given everyone a platform to be heard -- including the haters. Celebrities are not immune to this phenomenon and, given their larger reach, likely get insensitive and downright mean comments way moreShow More Summary

The Dumping Ground

I was feeling frustrated the other day and I couldn't exactly put my finger on why, but then it hit me: I am the dumping ground. I knew it, but I didn't really know it. You know? Life completely changed the moment we brought our second child, Ciro, home and I mean that in all of the beautiful ways life changes with a new baby. Show More Summary

What Pat Summitt's Death Can Teach Us About Early Onset Alzheimer's

The news of Pat Summitt's death continues to ripple through the sports world, but it also shines a crucial light on another community: those who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Summitt, who became the winningest coach in theShow More Summary

The Best Change About Baby #2

By Sarah Ann Noel The second time around is totally different, isn't it? Maybe your bump is getting less attention, and you thought that'd be a relief, but you also kind of miss it. Certainly you're not blissfully arranging a tidy pink or blue nursery with all of your spare time--you're chasing another kid, you don't have spare time. Show More Summary

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