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Our resident children’s librarian, Janssen, has been peppering MPMK with all sorts of great book lists this summer (see them here).  But recently I realized that as amazing as those lists are, I’m not fully tapping her potential.  So, with school back in session, I thought now we be a good time to ask for […]

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I used to find wordless picture books so disconcerting. Where were the words? How was I supposed to know what to say?   Now, though, I love the chance to focus more on the illustrations and also let my child interpret the pictures for herself. It’s so fun to see her figure out the story […]

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Ack!, our in-house children’s librarian, Janssen, has done it again with her latest list of recommended reads!  Llama, Llama Misses Momma is seriously beloved at our house and was a big help with preschool transition, Ramona was one of my all-time favorite characters as a kid, and anything written by Mo Willems is solid gold […]

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Are you spending your summer at the beach, the pool, or the spray-ground? With these heat waves across the country, there’s a good chance your swimsuit or at least your backyard hose is getting a lot of use this year. But if you’re looking for a watery adventure that doesn’t require sunscreen, check out these […]

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Are you familiar with fractured fairy tales? They are stories that spin off the well-known versions of classic fairy tales, and they are usually extremely clever and fun. I loved reading them to my elementary students because they loved comparing the similarities and differences between the stories they knew and the ones we read together. […]

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There’s lots of parts of travel that can be overwhelming (packing for a whole family, anyone?), but the trip itself shouldn’t be one of those things. Some of the best memories of childhood can be the time squished in the backseat of a car with your siblings or experiencing your first plane ride! Whether you’re […]

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Our resident children’s librarian, Janssen, is here today with her picks for injecting a little history into your 4th of July celebration.  Get those library cards ready! Let’s be honest – on the Fourth of July, you’ll probably be outside, watching parades, having a neighborhood BBQ, and watching (or setting off!) fireworks. There may not […]

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Hi friends – how are you?  I’ve been a bit distracted lately, have you noticed?  Hopefully not thanks to the continued great work of our MPMK contributing team.  I’m dealing with a lot that’s taking me away from the blog these days – getting ready to list our house next week, our dog begin seriously […]

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After the popularity of Princess Books You’ll Actually Want Your Daughter to Read, Janssen and I knew we had to do a list for the boys.  We settled on vehicles because that’s what the little guys in our lives are into (and my little girl as well – of course this list is for both […]

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Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project has been on the top of my reading list for a while now (it was the runner up for our last virtual book club selection), so when I heard she had a new happiness book out based on the idea of starting at home, I knew we had to tackle […]

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I’m totally smitten with the reading list Janssen has curated for us this week.  Whether you’re pro-princess or princess averse, we all want princesses with qualities our kids can look up to! Question of the Day Has your daughter gone through a princess phase?  If so at what age did it strike and how long did it […]

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It’s time to wrap up our latest virtual book club selection – are you all caught up?  If not, no worries – it’s never too late to start!  I’ve been a little pre-occupied with the launch of our new eBook, Freezy Peasy: Freezer Cooking Made Easy over the past few weeks (don’t forget: 15% off […]

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