(source) I have to admit, as much as I love sand and sun, I get a little bored on destination vacations. I like to get out and explore beyond the beach and immerse myself in the culture of wherever I happen to be, and when I am at a resort I tend to find this a bit more challenging. After my trip to South Carolina, I shared my thoughts on taking small children (under 4) on vacation – do what you want (within reason) because they don’t have the same expectations. They can have fun pretty much anywhere! I was […] Continue reading →

Just before he passed Steve Florio, the former president and chief executive officer of Condé Nast was working on a book however he never had the chance to complete it and the book went unpublished. His daughter Kelly Florio Kasouf now a mother of two, has since written her version of the years she spent visiting her father’s office in New York and later on working at Vanity Fair and Vogue. This modern-day Eloise-style children’s book, titled “The Super Adventures of Sophie and the City: All in a Day’s Work,” follows a little girl who sneaks into a publishing company […] Continue reading →

Though I am a homeschooling mom, September still means new beginnings for my children’s education. This September will be my very first foray into structured learning for my boys. They are quite young, so most of this “structure” will actually be quite laid back, and often times will involve reading more than anything. With all of this preparation, I have been pulling out my stash of the Classic Children’s books that I loved as a child, and plan to read to them this year. I have also found myself reminiscing while sorting through some of the stand-by’s that have been […] Continue reading →

Elton John and his partner David Furnish became parents after welcoming their son Zachary, into the world last December. Like most doting daddies, these two have made a habit of reading to their son every night. Elton spoke to British radio station Magic FM last week and said: “Every night at 6.30pm we read him a story.” “That’s the highlight of the day. I’ve become an expert on children’s books.” Curious as to what his favorite books are? “Of course we’ve done the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’! He likes ‘Stick Man’ and also ‘The Gruffalo’. Author Julia Donaldson is amazing, she’s fantastic.” Oh we […] Continue reading →

“Shoes with zippers, Shoes with straps, Shoes with buckles, Shoes with taps”. And so it goes! Girls will adore Shoe-La-La! the brand new children’s book authored by Karen Beaumont, the New York Times bestselling author of I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! and receiver of the Geisel Honor. Published by Scholastic, this glittery hard cover allows you join four friends as they shop till they drop, looking for the perfect shoes to match their party dresses. They try on every, single pair in the store but, “eeny, meeny, my, oh, my [they] just don’t know which shoes to buy.” In […] Continue reading →

Audrey Hepburn is an actress who is the embodiment of style and the essence of grace. Starring in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday she always lit up the screen, but behind the acting Audrey was also a beautiful person. Four days ago, Harpercollins just released a book for ages 4-8 called “Just Being Audrey”. Following Audrey Hepburn’s life growing up in the WWII-era readers take a look into the actresses life as a child. Audrey always wanted to become a dancer, but faced ridicule from her friends who made fun of her for her tall, lanky […] Continue reading →