GIVEAWAY: Madeline at the White House Book & Prize Pack

UPDATE: Jen B. was drawn via Random.org (her Facebook status update was the winning entry!). There's a new installment to the beloved Madeline series, and this time she's visiting the White House! My daughter Eve and I are LOVING Madeline at the White House, which combines her favorite little girls from the "old house in Paris that was covered with vines" with American history and social studies facts about our country...and her hometown of  Washington, D.C.! The story also is based Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Parents’ Night Out This Friday Night! 2 Tickets to the Noyes Children’s Library Gala at Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom

UPDATE: The randomly-drawn winner is Linda R! We all need to get out more. Without the kids. And if it's for a GREAT cause (well, a great cause other than your sanity and romance), then all the better. The incredible Noyes Children's Library is offering one A Parent in Silver Spring reader two free tickets (a $150 night out!) to its gala at the Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom this Friday night, November 5th! It's called Some Enchanted Evening - A Benefit for the Noyes Children's Library Read more...

National Book Festival on Saturday

The National Book Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 3rd and 7th streets from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The event is fabulous, fun and FREE. OK, I'll tell it to you straight: Not only is the event free, you and your child will leave Book Fest heavy with free books and handouts and goodies. Fun for families includes Children's and Teen Pavillions - Rosemary Wells of the "Max and Ruby" series fame and Katherine Paterson of Bridge to Read more...

Noyes Childrens Library Storybook Parade on Saturday in Kensington

Children's literature   +  a parade in which the kids march  + a GREAT cause  =  The perfect Saturday morning activity for all ages! The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation is hosting a Storybook Parade through historic Kensington and family fun fair this Saturday, June 12 at 10am- 12pm at the The Noyes Children's Library. Let your kids hit the dress-up bin and come as a character from a favorite book. Then join Mother Goose, Fancy Nancy, Little Bo Peep, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Cinderella, Read more...

Free Book From Borders for Kids

It's so easy! Just have your child age 12 and under read ANY 10 books (or read 10 books with her). Download and print this form and write down all 10 books. Take the filled-out form to your nearest Borders location (in-store only) and your kid will receive a FREE BOOK from the selections offered - classics, Newberry Medal winners and kid favorites. Do it before 8/26/10 when this offer ends Read more...

DC Parenting Event on Sunday January 31: Free Range Kids – Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry

Lenore Skenazy is a pure punk rock.  She's a committed mother, a freelance writer that regularly pops up in the Holy Grail (aka The New York Times) either with a byline or a pithy quote, and she's the creator of the inspiring website freerangekids.com And she's coming to our town!  She's the latest authored featured in the DC Jewish Community Center's Authors Out Loud Series.  Check out the title of her reading and book:Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Read more...

Woman of the Week & Giveaway: Candor by Pam Bachorz

Update - The winner is Mary Beth! For the first time in months, I was sucked in by a book so good, so engaging,that I didn't want it to end.When was the last time that happened to you? When you picked up Twilight last winter? When your book club read The Time Traveler's Wife? Because this book is a Young Adult novel and a science fictiony novel too, but it's so finely written and deliciously creepy that you forget that the target audience is high schoolers about two sentences in.Candor is the Read more...

Summer Reading Programs at Local Libraries

There's still plenty of time for kids to join the great summer reading programs at local libraries! Although logging books read by or to your child may seem tedious, the process is extremely empowering for new and pre-readers. The incentives and rewards inspire many kids to read more in the summer months. Heck, the reading programs may even get your child to stop whining for expensive outdoor summer activities and instead clamor for you to take him to the free, air-conditioned haven of the library.And Read more...

OMG, My Sister is the Coolest Woman and The New Twilight Book Is Online

The girl on the right is smokin' hot. The one on the left seems to have bad gas. I learned so much this past weekend in Palm Springs from my younger, cooler and infinitely gorgeous sister Sarah. She's an urban planner and environmentalist, has a Master's from the University of Texas's prestigious School of Architecture, parks her toned pert body in Austin with her equally divinely beautiful husband and spends weekends going backstage at ACL and on arty trips to Marfa. When shopping this weekend Read more...