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Books To Kick-off Summer

Box Play for Kids Summer Books 2014
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
This is our daughters absolute favorite book right now! She loves to draw and paint but is a bit of a perfectionist and gets frustrated when she makes mistakes. This gem encourages finding opportunities to make something beautiful out of something you might think is just a mistake. We love the interactive and 3D components of the book.

Bathing Costume or The Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic
Michael is an eight-year-old Parisian boy who hates his older brother Martin…and the feeling is mutual. He has to spend the summer at his grandparents (without his parents) along with other older cousins who also despise him. Over the vacation, “Michel discovers both independence and real moments of happiness.”

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Watermelon is in season and so we picked up this fun read! Have you ever swallowed a seed? Find out what happens to this adorable crocodile (no spoilers).

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane & Hoda Hadadi
The illustrations in this book are so sweet and magical they will transport you to West Africa. I want to share the beauty of the different cultures of the world with our 5 year old so when I discover books like this I am thrilled and probably more excited to read the book for the first time than she is.
Lalla wants to wear a malafa (the colorful cloth that some Muslim women in Mauritania wear to cover their clothing and heads when they go out in public) so she can be beautiful like her mother, mysterious like her older sister and a fine lady like her cousin. “It’s a story that shows how families are much the same the world over.”

Happy reading!

Favorite Books for October

Our kiddo is learning to read and it’s pretty exciting. I still have to read these books to her but she is definitely picking up words fast!

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Bunny Eats Lunch
I specifically purchased this book because we are having “eating lunch issues”. Our 4-year old would rather spend the 20-30 minutes for lunch talking rather than eating. The adorable bunny eats a yummy array of veggies – carrots, celery sticks and potatoes. The large animated typography is fun to read.

A couple of weeks ago our Chloe went to her BFF’s 5th birthday party. She went to the store with her dad to buy Maggie a gift and instantly recognized her name and insisted on buying it. One for Maggie. One for Chloe. It’s a sweet story of Chloe and her ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters. It’s all about the importance of quality family fun time.

I Want My Hat Back
A bear has lost his hat. What if he never sees it again? This book has beautiful illustrations I DROOL over. I recommend reading each of the animal voices differently out loud and as silly as possible. The kids will love it.

Llama Llama Time To Share
Great rhyming book with obviously a good lesson.

Happy reading!

Favorite Finds at NY NOW 2013

Last week I attended NY NOW which is one of my favorite trade shows all year. Not only do you get to showcase your product line to great buyers from around the world, you also get the chance to spend four fun-filled days making new friends with the other exhibitors. It’s always inspiring and every bit entertaining. And, another great perk is being able to scope out all the cool new products in the Baby & Child section. Below are a few of my favorite finds:NYNOW_ElectrikKidz

Electrik Kids, the brand that makes you want to make babies!” I love that description.
They won the Best New Product in the Apparel category for this darling Japanese-inspired mermaid gown. Congrats Christian and Ariane!


3 Sprouts was created by 3 friends who share a love of babies and an appreciation for unique and modern products. I was obsessed with this whimsical, over-sized Raccoon storage bin and had to have it along with the Camel. Thanks, Amit, for saving them for me!


Home Grown Books combine simple language and interesting subjects to honor kids’ intelligence and create a successful reading experience. Engaging for parents and children alike, the book sets encourage creativity and confidence in the earliest reader. We are proud owners of The Play Set by Cecile Dyer and The Adventuring Set by Case Jernigan. I really enjoyed talking with Kyla Ryman, Founder, who is a reading specialist and advocate of organic learning for young children.


Lollacups are innovative infant/toddler straw sippy cups that are BPA-free and made in the USA. Yay! The product line is adorable. The packaging is perfect. And the masterminds behind this great brand are super, super sweet and I’m honored to call them my friends. Mark and Hanna are a Shark Tank success story!

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Lille Huset is a collection of doll houses and play things to inspire the next generation of makers. The portable, cardboard doll house makes the perfect travel toy. I can’t wait to take them on our next road trip. I featured some of our other favorite travel toys earlier and I would definitely add this one to the list!

Favorite Books for August

Now that we’re back in school mode, we’ve picked out books focused on writing, ABCs, healthy lunches and friendship. Here are a few of our new favorites for August.

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The Obstinate Pen
This gem will have your kiddo cracking up. The entire family loves this one. Great illustrations and a sense of humor.
This is what Uncle Flood wants to write with his new pen: “The following story is all true.
But the pen does not write that sentence. Instead it writes: “You have a big nose!
Who knows what to do with a pen that has a will of its own? Not Uncle Flood. Not Officer Wonkle.
But young Horace has an idea…

This classic has been a favorite for a long time in our house. But we thought it would be a great way to kick off the new Pre-K school year.

Fast Food
I wish I came up with this idea for a book. The food art is so fun and inspiring. Your little one will learn about different modes of transportation while being introduced to fruits and veggies such as plantains, kumquat, snap peas, ginger, rhubarb leaf, Chinese eggplant and more!

I Broke My Trunk
I love to read this one very, very enthusiastically (okay, almost obnoxiously). Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Again, great illustrations and I love the use of talk bubbles throughout the book.

Summer Reading – Top 5

IMG_0713With school out for summer, I thought I would pick up some new books to read with my 4-year-old. Great for bedtime, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon, and, of course, the best way to gear up for kindergarten – here are Chloe’s (and Mommy’s) new favorite books.


The Snail and the Whale
A sweet story about an unlikely pair of friends – a snail that wants to see the world and a whale that is sure glad he met a snail. With its roll-off-the-tongue rhymes, this book is sure to lull your little one to sleep.

My Granny Went to the Market
Work on counting skills while following Granny’s adventures around the world. And this is another fun rhyming book, complete with bright and colorful illustrations.

Flora and the Flamingo
Although this book is wordless, it’s beautifully illustrated and has some fun interactive flaps. This is a great book if you have an imaginative child who doesn’t quite know how to read yet. My little one had so much fun looking at the pictures and telling me all about Flora and her friend, the flamingo.

The Pout-Pout Fish
A light-hearted book that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. The sing-songy, rhyming words and repetitive verses will have your little one reciting this story with you in no time.

Enemy Pie
While this story initially seems to suggest an icky recipe for warding off enemies, stick with it and you and your little one will be in for a super sweet lesson about friendship.