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TALES OF MYSTERY AND MAGIC FOR HALLOWEEN

10/23/2016,

Tales of Mystery and Magic (edited by Barefoot Books) is a collection of stories that include tales of singing elves with magical feet, skeletons that move of their own accord and a heroic blackbird who outwits a powerful king. It also includes a story time CD read by the author, Hugh Lapton, one of Britain’s […]

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ART & CREATIVITY: MY STENCIL KIT BY HERVÉ TULLET

10/09/2016,

My Stencil Kit is the latest from prizewinning creator Hervé Tullet.     Hervé Tullet is the author of more than 75 internationally acclaimed children’s books, including Press Here, Mix It Up!, The Game of Light, The Game of Shadow and The Big Book of Light. All his books seem to take the concept of […]

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CHINESE CULTURE FOR KIDS: LIN YI’S LANTERN

08/28/2016,

How are you? Sorry for the long radio silence, but we were busy travelling to Scandinavia these last weeks. I cannot believe that my kids will be starting school next week and summer will soon be over… Today I wanted to recommend you this fascinating book that I bought some months ago:   Lin Yi’s […]

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SUMMER PLAYGROUND INSPIRATION WITH KID & COE

08/08/2016,

Back in January we featured some fun and bright kids room from different Kid & Coe residences from all over the world. Today we present a selection with some of our favorite backyard spaces from several Kid & Coe properties in USA, France and The Netherlands. I hope you will feel inspired by these amazing […]

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BACKYARD PLAYGROUND INSPIRATION WITH CASTLE & CUBBY

07/20/2016,

Today we travel to Australia to discover the most amazing play houses made from recycled fruit and vegetable crates by Melbourne based Castle & Cubby. If you dream of having a children’s playhouse in your backyard, I think you are going to love this selection of fun cubbies and accesories.       They are […]

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ART & KIDS: THE MAGICAL GARDEN OF CLAUDE MONET

07/06/2016,

We continue our series of art education for children by travelling to France to learn more about Claude Monet and his garden at Giverny. The first step in our journey is the book  “The Magical Garden of Claude Monet” by  Laurence Anholt, a British writer and illustrator. Her books for children include other painters like […]

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JERUSALEM & ARCHITECTURE: THE TREEHOUSE AT THE RUTH YOUTH WING FOR ART EDUCATION

06/29/2016,

Every child’s dream is to have a great treehouse or tree fort.  A tree house combines all things that children love: outdoors, adventure, imaginative play, trees, climbing, fun…Today we discover the most extraordinary treehouse that combines all these elements with architecture, art and design. We travel to Jerusalem fascinated by the entrance courtyard renovation in […]

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NAÏF: QUALITY BABY CARE MADE IN THE NETHERLANDS

06/22/2016,

 You are going to love the story behind Naïf Babycare! Sjoerd and Jochem were unable to find high quality and pure baby skin care products when they became dads:  “We were thrust into the confusing world of baby care and we even started reading labels. Like any parent we only want the best for our […]

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BUDDHIST TALES: STORIES FROM INDIA, JAPAN, CHINA AND TIBET

06/17/2016,

Thank you for your nice comments about The Mountains of Tibet. Today I am pleased to suggest you another book that will inspire everyone who is interested in Buddhist ideas and satisfy anyone who loves a good story: Buddhist Tales.     The whole family can explore the wisdom and compassion of Buddhist teaching through […]

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MISS CUENTOS: PERSONALIZED & ILLUSTRATED STORIES

05/24/2016,

Once upon a time…. Once upon a time there was a pregnant woman named Sara, a talented illustrator who was expecting Alejandro, her first son. During her pregnancy Sara wrote down her own feelings and painted his nursery’s walls.   Alejandro was born on November 19th, and with him it also started Miss Cuentos, a company […]

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JAPANESE ILLUSTRATOR SHINSUKE YOSHITAKE

05/15/2016,

I believe that we can use books as tools for helping children learn about the world. Rather than just focusing on teaching children to read, perhaps we should use literature and books to foster their understanding about the world. Today I would like to suggest you to discover Japan with your kids through 2 great […]

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STRAUSS FOR KIDS: CLASSICAL MUSIC & CARTOONS

04/29/2016,

  Johann Strauss I is probably one of the most famous Austrian composers. His waltzes are a great place to start when it comes to choosing classical music tracks for kids to listen to. Research has proven that classical music has numerous positive effects on children’s development and health. Also, classical music sets a relaxed […]

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TRAVEL & LITERATURE FOR KIDS: IRELAND

04/17/2016,

Tales from Old Ireland in an enchanting collection of favourite Irish folk tales, retold by Malachy Doyle and illustrated by Niamh Sharkey. You can celebrate the wonder of Ireland with this collection of 7 entertaining stories, including the famous legend of the bewitched Children of Lir. The book comes with 2 storytime cd’s with these […]

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BUDDHIST TRADITION: THE MOUNTAINS OF TIBET

03/31/2016,

The Mountains of Tibet is a New York Times Outstanding Children’s Book of the Year and Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year (1987).Written by Mordicai Gerstein, is an inspiring look at life after death for all ages. Mordicai Gerstein has illustrated and written nearly 50 children’s books. He is also a painter, sculptor, designer […]

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ART & KIDS: MIRO’S MAGIC ANIMALS

03/23/2016,

Do you also feel that children naturally love art?  I truly think that art education is a creative opportunity for kids and that early years arts activities can help develop intrinsic human qualities, such as creativity, expression and imagination. The enjoyment of art education has many benefits for kids, but it is not always easy […]

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BEDTIME STORY & READING TO OLDER CHILDREN

03/01/2016,

According to recent research, when children begin to read independently (between the ages of 6 and 9) their parents usually stop reading aloud to them. Yet, most of those children say “they loved it” when their parents read aloud to them at home. And the top reason is that bedtime story is a special time […]

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FRIDA KAHLO: A STORY FOR CHILDREN

02/14/2016,

Alba has edited a collection of tales about great contemporary women like Amelia Earhart, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Frida Kahlo. These children’s picture books feature strong and empowering women. Written by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Gee Fan Eng, Frida Kahlo is the second title of this collection.It is an original and […]

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A JURASSIC GIVEAWAY by SCIENCE 4 YOU: OUR WINNER!

01/26/2016,

Science 4 you is giving dinosaur enthusiasts a chance to win their Jurassic Island. Enter today and you could be the winner that will receive at your home this amazing toy! What do you like more about this scientific toys? Please comment below to win a free Jurassic Island toy (not suitable for children under […]

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FUN AND BRIGHT DECORATION FOR FAMILIES: KID & COE

01/15/2016,

Kid & Coe is an US based company established in 2013 and located in New York.  Founder Zoie Kingsbery Coe created Kid & Coe out of personal necessity. For years she had been traveling the world managing her husband’s music career, kids in tow, and began seeking out kid-friendly property rentals that made her family […]

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PAPER ZOO: CREATING COLLAGE ANIMALS

01/13/2016,

Paper Zoo, by Oscar Sabini, is a charming and creative book edited by Thames & Hudson. You can make collage pictures of animals (a roaring lion, splashing hippo…) with this cleverly designed book, that includes 8 card sheets, 20 patterned paper sheets and 8 collage pockets. In order to make pictures in pocket pages, your […]

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A BEAUTIFUL ARTISAN NATIVITY

12/24/2015,

I have long admired my school friend Virginia Ramos. Mom of 2 beautiful boys, she always had a special talent for anything related to art and design. I remember her love for John Lennon & The Beatles as a teenager, and her strong passion for vintage clothing. Each Advent, Virginia displays a seasonal  artisan nativity […]

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DREAM SNOW BY ERIC CARLE

12/14/2015,

Eric Carle  is a venerable and prolific author who has created a wonderful series of children’s books, including the famous ” The Hungry Caterpillar” loved by children worldwide.  All his amazing stories are simple with beautifully colored pictures. Eric Carle’s new picture book Dream Snow (we have read the Spanish version edited by Editorial Kokinos) is […]

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ELEPHANTS: A BOOK FOR CHILDREN

11/23/2015,

Why do elephants flap their ears? How much do they eat? Why do they roll in the mud? My kids love elephants and they keep asking me questions that I can finally answer after reading with them this amazing book (edited by Thames & Hudson) Elephants will help you discover everything about elephants’ trunks, tusks […]

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SOLAR SYSTEM PLANETARIUM

11/16/2015,

Science is about learning the world and this was a fun project for my oldest son.  He built his own 30 cm glow-in-the-dark solar system planetarium model using 4m’ Solar System Planetarium. This Solar System Planetarium set teaches children about the wonders of the solar system. It is recommended for ages 8 years and up […]

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A FEW IDEAS FOR A SPECIAL AND GENEROUS HALLOWEEN

10/31/2015,

Happy Halloween! What are your plans? I really hope you have a good one! Here are a few things that I would like to share with you about Halloween… so that we can try to make it special also for many other children and their families. – FARE (Food Allergy & Research Education) launched last […]

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ESTER GARCÍA & WHY CATS DON’T WEAR HATS.

10/25/2015,

On this cold Sunday afternoon, I am deeply enjoying Why Cats Don’t wear Hats (edited by Epigram books Singapore), a beautiful tale written by Victoria Pérez Escrivá and illustrated by Ester García.  Why cats don´t wear hats has also been published in French by Editions Tourbillon and in Denmark by Jensen & Dalgaard. It seems […]

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KIDS & DOLPHINS: THE MUNDOMAR DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCE

10/15/2015,

I am so thrilled to share with you one of our favorite family experiences ever: the Mundomar Dolphin Encounter. Mundomar is an extraordinary animal park located in Benidorm, capital of Costa Blanca, Alicante. The Costa Blanca is one of the main tourist areas of Spain and Benidorm is the most important town, with a microclimate […]

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TRUE HEROES: HOPE FOR CHILDREN BATTLING CANCER

10/05/2015,

This is a very touching post about the most amazing and special book called True Heroes, a book that hopes to become the go to inspiration for kids fighting cancer. Every year an estimated 236.000 cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. That is about 720 new kids affected everyday! One […]

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THE BIG ADVENTURE OF A LITTLE LINE

10/02/2015,

I was out walking one day when I saw it. A little line, lying by the side of the road… I put it safely in my pocket And took it home… So begins The Bid Adventure of a Little Line: a magical, creative tale of a boy and his little line, and their marvellous adventures. […]

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MULTIPLE CIRCLES DECORATION WITH KIDS

09/21/2015,

Decorating a kids room should be fun and simple. This seems to be the philosophy of a great French brand that I have just discovered:  Pöm Created in 2011, all their products and decorative accessories are inspired and tested by the 2 daughters of the founder: Maëlys & Chloé. Inspired by the Multiple Circles art […]

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