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11 Fun Activities for 1-Year-Olds from Parents Magazine

These indoor activities are designed to boost your 1-year-old's growing skills.

Between his newfound ability to walk and constantly improving language skills, your 1-year-old is so much fun to spend time with—which is important, because your interactions with him are essential to her development.
"Between 12 months and two years, kids are starting to do things on their own, seeing cause and effect, and actively engaging with others in their environment, " says Robert Myers, Ph.D., a child and adolescent psychologist, founder of the Child Development Institute, and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. "Parents stimulating them, interacting with them, teaching them things, and exposing them to age-appropriate challenges and experiences is very important to encouraging development, and to the children exploring on their own and learning from interacting with their environment." Bu…
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3 Questions with children's author Greg Foley

Author Greg Foley answers three questions he has always wanted to be asked.
I’ve got a great idea for a children’s book – What should I do next?  Like many children’s authors, this is something I get asked all the time. My advice to anyone who wants to write children’s books, is to start with a children’s writing workshop. Doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend course, online or a night class (my fav). It’s where I started, learning the most basic rules and practices. One of the best tips I received was not to share my work with friends and family, because you’ll just get compliments. Instead, as with any craft you should share with other people who are trying to do the same thing. My first book, Thank You Bear, is about the creative journey. You think you have something great and the world is full of cynics. There was even a blog post I saw that used Thank You Bear as an example of the types of people you’ll encounter as an entrepreneur. In the end all you need is the right advocate. 
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The 11th Annual Children's & Teen Choice Book Award Winners!

And the winners are....

K-2nd Grade Book of the Year:   Poor Louie, written and illustrated by Tony Fucile

3rd- 4th Grade Book of the Year: 50 Wacky Things Animals Do, by Tricia Martineau Wagner, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros

5th-6th Grade Book of the Year: The Losers Club, by Andrew Clements

Teen Book of the Year: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Check them out today!!

Great Picture Books About Women Pioneers

Enjoy these wonderful titles about those women who have persevered!

Caroline's Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully

Danza! by Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Walmark

Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot by Matthew Clark Smith

Martina & Chrissie: the Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports by Phil Bildner

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, Designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Jeanne Walker Harvey

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson

Women Who Run the World

Here are some great titles about women who have impacted history!

Awesome Women Who Changed History: Paper Dolls  illustrated by  Carol Del Angel

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World by Laura Barcella

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

More Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines for Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle Roehm McCann

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary  Black Souls by Tonya Bolden

Rad American Women A-Z by  Kate Schatz

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton

This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, & Rebels by Linda Skeers


Are Baby Carrots Good for You?

Have you heard rumors that baby carrots are dipped in chlorine? Here's what parents need to know about the safety of these kid-friendly veggies and whether they really are soaked in chemicals.  By Sally Kuzemchak/ Parents Magazine They're one of the kid-friendliest vegetables around, yet there are still plenty of parents who wonder whether baby carrots actually "count" as a veggie—and plenty of wild rumors flying around the internet about whether there's something subpar (or even risky) about them. I talked to the folks at Bolthouse Farms, one of the largest farming companies that specialize in carrots, to get the truth. Here's what you need to know: Myth: Baby carrots aren't "real" carrots. Baby carrots are indeed carrots. Compared to the larger carrots they produce, Bolthouse Farms uses a different seed for growing baby carrots. The variety is especially sweet, grows longer and narrower, and has a small core. This carrots are picked when they&#…

What is Homeschooling All About?

More parents are now choosing to homeschool instead of sending their children to public or private schools. Learn more about the homeschooling movement and what's involved when parents educate their kids at home. By Jamie Martin/ Parents Magazine Why do parents choose to homeschool? In what regions are homeschools most popular? Homeschooling is a progressive movement around the country and the world, in which parents choose to educate their children at home instead of sending them to a traditional public or private school. Families choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons, including dissatisfaction with the educational options available, different religious beliefs or educational philosophies, and the belief that children are not progressing within the traditional school structure. The homeschooling movement began growing in the 1970s, when some popular authors and researchers, such as John Holt and Dorothy and Raymond Moore, started writing about educational reform. They sugg…