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Summer reading lists are WAY cooler than they used to be!

Teachers call it the “summer slide”: three months without reinforcement can cause kids to forget key reading skills they picked up over the course of the school year. That’s why summer reading is so important, and you want to do everything you can to encourage kids to pick up a book every chance they get! The key is to ensure ... Read More »

Magalog Flashback: Creating a Family Soundtrack

What do you get when you combine a catalog with a magazine? Our magalog, Surprises, is your guide to the best of our baby gear selection and the top toys of the season. But there’s more: each issue of Surprises is loaded with informative articles about babies and kids, and common-sense advice that you can use. Just in case you ... Read More »

10 Questions for Laurie Berkner

We are getting geared up for the Life is good Festival this weekend, and if you’re going to be there, chances are you’re excited to see Laurie Berkner perform. I remember the first time I saw her in concert, at First Night 2004 in Boston. I was a mom of one, pregnant with my second daughter, and writing a business ... Read More »

Capturing The Wonder: Turning Stories Into Magic!

by Matt Roberts, Professional Magician There are few things more exciting in life than seeing wonder in a child’s eyes.  As a full-time professional magician, I get to see that wonder every day as I look into the audience at parties, family events and my school fundraising shows throughout the Boston area. A great magic trick is like a great ... Read More »

Sing with your child month: Vanessa Trien exclusive

A special blog post by Vanessa Trien: I sing with my kids. A lot. Maybe even a little too much – my two year old daughter often shrieks, “Stop it, mommy!” But this wasn’t always the case. For the first six months of my son’s life (he’s now six), I was too tired and too overwhelmed to even think about ... Read More »

What a Way-ne to Celebrate!

Wayne Potash is a local children’s musician who was kind-hearted enough to perform in our Cambridge store earlier this summer. He was a hit with the kids and the parents. We love that Wayne not only plays the guitar, but he also plays fun instruments like the banjo and the ukulele. He likes incorporating things like scarves, puppets, parachutes into his ... Read More »

From crying out loud to peacefully sleeping.

Maybe you’ve been there: you’re on your way home from a trip out of town, while the baby screams tirelessly in the back seat. It’s going to be a long ride home. Or, when your baby goes down for a nap or you put him to bed at night, and he just can’t settle down, crying while the minutes feel ... Read More »

Galloping onto the best-seller list

There’s a relatively new board book from Workman Publishing that is creating quite a stir, and small wonder. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before in a board book. Take a look at this YouTube video, and you’ll understand why Gallop is currently #1 on the New York Times Best-Seller List for Children’s Books. The technique is called scanimation and ... Read More »

A must-have calendar for mom

My own mother is a devoted fan of Sandra Boynton’s “Mom’s Family Calendar”, and though the illustrations are irresistible, it’s the clever layout of this calendar that makes her hunt it down year after year. Instead of the traditional grid layout, this calendar looks more like a chart. There’s a column for each family member (up to five total), and ... Read More »