Do we still need those things called books?

By Lisa Clancy, MSLS   We’re having a month-long celebration of the people who make our libraries run, who help us find the books we need, and who always know how to research topics for reports and term papers. In this 3-part series, we asked librarian extraordinaire Lisa Clancy to answer a few questions about […]

Where Do Poems Come From?

I’m asked that question a lot. Where do poems come from? Where do you get your ideas? It’s like one of those questions we hear from our children, “Where do babies come from?” A wise parent will offer an explanation based upon what they think is appropriate for the age and level of understanding of […]

Every 4 Years…

Once every four years, we elect a new president, watch the Olympics, and experience the bewildering phenomena of Leap Year.   We have a family friend whose daughter was born on Feb 29th, and my kids love teasing her about how she is really only two years old. However, every four years, this kid gets […]

Find a New Love this Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day is almost here. My mom always gave me Valentine’s Day cards and a small box of candy, so we give our kids cards and candy as well. However, it occurred to me that with classroom Valentine Day parties and the like, this starts to translate into a lot of candy. So this […]

Invent It Challenge Week 4: Create It!

The 2016 Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge is finally off and running. This year, kids ages 5 to 21 need to identify a real-world health problem and come up with a solution to the problem. Each entry must follow the seven step invention process spelled out by our partner, the Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab. For the next 7 weeks or so, […]

Valentine’s Day: Spread the Love

One of the most beloved features of our magazines are the gorgeous, creative, high quality illustrations that fill up each issue, created by amazing and talented artists. For more than 40 years, we have seen imaginative young readers respond enthusiastically to not only the wonderful stories we feature, but by the world-class illustrations that accompany them.   By including stories, […]

Discover Your Very Own Story Generator

Like everyone else on the East Coast, I was snowbound this past weekend. It was really nice to be home with my favorite people with nowhere to be (except outside shoveling). I did discover though, that we were spending a lot of time with the television on. Since we generally adhere to pretty strict screen […]

Invent It Challenge Week 1: Think It!

The 2016 Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge is finally off and running. This year, kids ages 5 to 21 need to identify a real-world health problem and come up with a solution to the problem. Each entry must follow the seven step invention process spelled out by our partner, the Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab . For the next […]