Archive for March, 2016

Win Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Game

Win Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Game #YOKAIWATCH

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

It wasn’t hard to convince my 5th grade son to try out the Nintendo Yo-kai Watch video game on his 3DSXL. In fact, he was surprised and elated when the game arrived in the mail, but not sure how it happened. Usually, he orders his games online, and tracks the arrival diligently, to the hour! It’s unusual that I’d have a video game lined up for him!

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Rice & Rocks cover reveal

Cover Reveal for Rice and Rocks!

Today, I am doing the cover reveal for a diversity picture book called Rice & Rocks. I met author Sandra L. Richards through Instagram and I’d encourage any new authors to meet bloggers through social media. It works!

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Make Pie for Pi Day 3.14.16

Making Pie for Pi Day: 3.14.16 (rounding up!)

My mathematician dad would be proud that I’m celebrating Pi Day today and have been for the past few years. Last year, I found Pi Day cartoons which I found hilarious. I looked that the relationship between Pi and The Golden Rule and how Pi tells stories. I even celebrated Tau Day which is 2x Pi.

Pi Day

Image from Randomly Yaya

Let’s Celebrate Pi Day:  March 14, 2016. That’s 3.14159 (rounded up) to 3/14/16!

Pi Day is March 14th! It’s the only number with its own holiday! Most scholars consider Pi to be the most important and fascinating number in all of mathematics. Technically, the mathematical constant pi is an irrational, or never-ending number, created by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter. It is a number that begins with 3.14 but then goes on and on never repeating itself for infinity.

Did you know?

  • Pi Day (3/14) turns out to be Albert Einstein’s birthday!
  • Pi, more commonly known by the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, is the most widely-known mathematical constant in the world.
  • Pi was not easy to calculate. People died trying to figure it out!

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African-American Pioneering Female Musicians

African-American Female Musicians Picture Books

March is Women’s History Month so I’ve started off with a video of a musician that is new to me, Hazel Dorothy Scott, a jazz prodigy who was prominent during the 1930s and 1940s. I could not find a picture book biography on her (yet) but here’s hoping that someone will write out. In the meantime, below the video I’ve rounded up picture book biographies of other women who paved the way in music. Have I missed any? Please let me know and I’ll add! Thank you!

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Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

I was fascinated by this video of artisans creating terra cotta tiles. It’s such an involved process to make a single tile, especially shaping each one. This makes me appreciate mosaic tile artworks much more!

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My Story of Brownstone Living

My Story of Brownstone Living

My husband and I were living in West Los Angeles (before kids) when I decided to move back to Boston to return to the company that I had co-founded during college with two friends. I flew back alone to hunt for an apartment. I was tired of driving one hour each way to work and my dream was to walk to work. My Boston friends suggested the South End.

Brownstone Living

When I was in college, I came to the South End to volunteer at the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter. It was a rough neighborhood, split by the proverbial railroad tracks on the wrong side. I remember running in elated fear from a homeless man, either mentally unstable or on drugs, who chased my friend Neal and I to the subway station screaming incoherently at us and making threatening gestures.

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Top 10 Super Hero Girls

Top 10 Undercover Super Hero Girls

I’m really excited to have author Lisa Yee guest posting today! She has a new middle-grade novel series showcasing the DC Super Hero Girls. This new series brings all-new stories to life beyond what was in cartoons and will let the Super Hero Girls have new adventures!

In Yee’s middle grade series, these iconic DC Comics characters are your {typical} high schoolers. Ok, maybe not. At Super Hero High, the galaxy’s most powerful teens nurture their powers and master the fundamentals of what it means to be a hero.

In the first book BY LISA YEE!!, the student body is about to meet their strongest classmate yet – Wonder Woman!

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS #1: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High released a few days ago, on March 1, 2016. Get it while it’s hot off the presses!

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Basketball Books for kids

March Madness: Basketball Books for Every Kid (ages 4 and up)!

This basketball post was inspired by The Harlem Globetrotters video that I watched on The Kid Should See This. It’s a wonderful combination of Stomp and the Globetrotters.

Then I learned of the sad passing of the “crown prince” of basketball Meadowlark Lemon at age 82 just recently so I dedicate this list to him. He brought so much joy to everyone with his basketball skill and humor.

Even though my kids are not currently playing basketball, I believe that basketball is for everyone. My kids’ elementary school uses the NCAA basketball playoffs for a March Madness Reading Competition that gets everyone reading like crazy in order to win an extra Physical Education session. The competition itself is more about reading than basketball, but each class draws a college team and extra points are earned if the team does well.

Basketball for sport. Basketball as music. Basketball to get kids reading. It’s very versatile!

Why not read basketball books this March to get in on the madness? What are you favorite basketball books? Thanks for sharing! Read more…

Jane Goodall: Women's History Month

Jane Goodall: Women’s History Month

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. National Geographic

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall was the first to discover that wild chimpanzees were capable of making and using tools, a revelation that turned the scientific world upside down. What’s amazing to me is that she didn’t have a background in science. Fifty years later, Jane Goodall’s work is more important than ever.

Gombe Forest in Tanzania

 Map from Betchart Expeditions.

60 Minutes goes with Jane Goodall back to the Gombe Forest in Tanzania for an intimate look at her chimpanzees. Join them for this inside look. Read more…