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Category Archives: Books & Music

In the kitchen with Dr. Seuss

When I saw a sample copy of the new Green Eggs & Ham cookbook, inspired, of course, by the stories of Dr. Seuss, I was completely charmed. As an avid lover of cookbooks, I was delighted to see a collection of kid-friendly recipes that are both outrageously creative but also eminently doable (with enthusiastic adult participation). The author, Georgeanne Brennan, ... Read More »

Face to Face with Dr. Ferber

If you have had a baby within the last 30 years, chances are you’ve heard of Dr. Richard Ferber, or at least you’re familiar with the verb, to “Ferberize.” For anyone still in the dark, this term has become synonymous with the “cry it out” method for getting babies to sleep through the night. And while there are parents who ... Read More »

Ralph is back – finally!

For almost a year, since Ralph’s World signed on with Disney, his recordings have been a seriously endangered species. For reasons I still don’t completely understand, Disney didn’t rerelease his existing CDs, and his previous label stopped producing them. So we haven’t been able to perpetuate our Ralph addiction for quite some time. Now, Disney has just released a really ... Read More »

Think you can?

On August 24th, Jumpstart is trying to set a world record for the largest shared reading experience ever. The chosen title? That evergreen classic, The Little Engine that Could. To participate with your children, go to www.readfortherecord.org and register to read. There will be events all over the country on that day, including a great looking celebration at the Boston ... Read More »

Fun Workbooks? Is there any such thing?

In the brave new world of Baby Einstein, many parents are always on the lookout for ways to make their kids smarter. The Kumon method, founded in Japan 50 years ago, has slowly gained solid footing as the world’s largest supplemental education provider. With over 1500 centers in the US and Canada, Kumon is a popular choice for parents looking ... Read More »

“Thanks” for the Grammy

Sadly, our beloved Ralph’s World did not win the Grammy yesterday for best children’s album, losing out to a compilation of songs from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood (stiff competition). But, another favorite of mine, Marlo Thomas, did walk away with the prize for “Thanks and Giving All Year Long”, her worthwhile (and long-awaited) follow-up to the venerable 1972 classic, “Free to ... Read More »

Ralph’s World nominated for a Grammy

When my first daughter was about 9 months old, I was desperate to find some great music we could both enjoy listening to. When she was very young, I could depend on anything with a strong beat to soothe her (I still remember the look of shock on a friend’s face when my baby started wailing in the backseat and ... Read More »