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We love art activity books from Tara Books!  Following their books, 8 Ways to Draw an Elephant and 8 ways to Draw Fish comes Twins! What happens when an animal meets its twin? Do they play? Do they fight? Or do they share? Combining drawing and storytelling, the book encourages kids to not only draw…

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Have you ever had trouble figuring what memorable and unique gift to give the children of your close friends and family? I definitely have. The books, toys, and clothes are great, but sometimes you want to show your love and affection with something a little more valuable. Gempetit Gempetit is a line of hypoallergenic 18k…

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It seems like children are transitioning out of picture books too soon. The visual delight of a well-made picture book is something that is lost in the rush to chapter books and advanced reading. Encouraging a budding writer to put their ideas on paper to make their own picture book is even more fun. Besides…

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Learning to write at least some code has become a necessity for all kinds of jobs. Teaching our children to understand and write code has become one of the aspects of a complete STEM education in schools that will prepare our kids for the future. Here are 6 games, apps and websites our kids have…

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Every year my daughter asks for something specific from Santa but she is most excited to receive the surprise, however small, that will be in her stocking that she so lovingly hangs up near the fireplace. Usually my husband makes a quick trip to the store to buy something for the stocking. In the past,…

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Ideal for Halloween, this review of A Tangle of Brungles from Karadi Tales is coming in just a little bit late. Written by Shobha Vishwanath and Illustrated by Culpeo S. Fox, the book is indeed a sinister brew! What the Book is About A coven of witches brew up a potion to summon up Mr.…

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My daughter just started first grade this year and has so far not been an early reader. She reads at what I think is grade level. And I am happy with grade level. Now. But wait, there is a long story of anxiety, worry, pushing, push back and then finally giving up. My daughter always…

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This summer my daughter’s agenda, set by yours truly, is to get bored. My agenda is to not interfere in that process by coming up with projects and other ideas as far as possible. There are times when I have to break this rule, but we are trying.  Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls has been on…

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If you are planning to raise your child bilingual, then quality books in the language you are planning on is a must! If Hindi is your chosen language then we at IMC are really excited about the amazing book choices out there these days. Here are two really well-made books from T4Tales, founded by Pridhee…

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We are turning out to be a road-tripping family. My husband loves to drive, so every chance we get, we get on the road to go to new and familiar places. This usually involves the iPad as the entertainment for our 6 yr old daughter. Now anyone who lives with children knows that cartoon sounds…

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A Village is a Busy Place is a stunning new activity book from Tara Books. The illustrations are in the Bengal style of Patua scroll painting and depicts life in a village of the Santhal people, one of India’s largest indigenous communities. Patua scroll paintings have stories that unfold while the chitrakar sings the story. This book…

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8 Ways to Draw a Fish published by Tara Books follows 8 Ways to Draw an Elephant. The fish is explored from an artists viewpoint using various folk art techniques. Meena, Gond, Madhubani, Patua and Bhil are some of the art forms explored. What’s in the book? The young reader gets to learn some facts about…

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This week a widely shared study has found that as early as 6 yrs old, girls already believe that they are less smart than boys! As a mother to a 6 yr old daughter, this is obviously awful news! It is heartbreaking to me to think that my daughter might potentially be feeling this way!…

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A Mother’s Indecisive Me Time There are some days when you want to explore the deepest of emotions within you. On those days, we tend to read deeply, feel deeply and think a lot. And then there are those days when one wants is a good book to curl up with – a book that evokes and brings out…