All Joy and No Fun Review in the Washington Independent Review of Books

I was honored to be asked to review an interesting new parenting book for the Washington Independent Review of Books.All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is written by Jennifer Senior, a contributing editor at New York Magazine. Unlike traditional parenting tomes that focus on how parents affect children's development, this book turns the equation upside down and explores how children change the adults in the family.Insights I found most remarkable:Most adults Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Children’s Tea & Scary Mommy Reading Tickets at JCC Greater Washington Book Fest

The Lessan’s Family Annual Book Festival at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville opens Friday, Nov. 8 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17. This year's 44th annual show will feature more than 20 authors (many of whom are local) with books covering all aspects of Jewish life as well as topics of general interest to families and children.  Check out the calendar of all the authors and events. The JCCGW asked me to highlight two special Read more...

#NatBookFest This Weekend on The Mall

The National Book Festival is a two day festival occurring on September 21-22, 2013, on the National Mall in Washington between 9th and 14th Streets.  The learning and fun happen on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m. The event is free, no tickets necessary, and happens rain or shine.Follow the news about the event on Twitter @librarycongress, and use the Festival hashtag, #NatBookFest Cool Stuff for Families Download the Children's Guide for the National Read more...

Scary Mommy’s New Book and Sunday Reading in Bethesda

Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) is Scary Mommy Jill Smokler's second book, the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood. Jill will be reading from and discussing the new book this Sunday at the Bethesda Literary Festival!I adored, loved, devoured Confessions, and I have just downloaded Motherhood Comes Naturally to my Kindle. Like her famous, incredibly hilarious and truthful blog, this new book Read more...

Great New Books By Local Authors: Washington’s Finest

Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery is the first children’s book written and illustrated by National Air and Space Museum employees. The book tells the true story of this distant world through whimsical artwork and entertaining dialogue, for ages five and up. The National Air and Space Museum is offering Pluto's Secret book launch events, one on March 15 at the building in Washington, DC and another on March 23 at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.Kid Trips Northern Read more...

babyGap Free Event for Families on Saturday January 26

I am so excited to team up with babyGap and Milk+Booties in promoting childhood reading and the launch of the brand-new Peter Rabbit line at babyGap with a free family event!  On Saturday January 26, I will serve as a guest reader of the newly-released The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson, illustrated by Eleanor Taylor and authorized by the estate of Beatrix Potter. I adore hosting story times for children in my home and community, and I cannot wait to share this engaging new story Read more...

Corinne Keeps Us Cool: New Column on A Parent in Silver Spring

The wickedly smart and funny Corinne Gracyalny has joined the A Parent in Silver Spring staff to help keep the calendar up to date and packed with loads of awesome activities for families.Corinne is a recent Maryland graduate who majored in communication, and as a fashionable woman in her twenties can contribute key coolness insights to us slightly-older parental units.Recently she attended a book signing in Bethesda featuring Capital Girls series authors Marilyn "Maz" Rauber and Amy Reingold. Read more...

Free Frankenweenie Movie Tickets and iBook

What can be better than Tim Burton + Disney + animation = Frankenweenie? Why, getting Frankenweenie for FREE, of course!Free Movie Passes for Frankenweenie If you would like first-come, first-served movie passes for a free 3-D showing of Frankenweenie on Tuesday October 2 at the Regal Majestic Silver Spring, go the A Parent in Silver Spring Facebook page.  Hit that Like button if you have not already and then click on the Frankenweenie icon at the top of the page. There you will receive directions Read more...

National Book Festival on the Mall Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23

The National Book Festival takes place on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets this weekend Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5:30 p.m.  The event is free, no tickets necessary, and happens rain or shine. Cool Stuff for Families Download the Children's Guide for the National Book Festival: The guide provides families with insider tips to navigate this fabulous annual event, and locate the children’s and teen’s authors appearing Read more...