February is commonly known as Black History Month, so it’s a great reminder to add some of these great stories to your child’s library.
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans- $15
Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights by Jo S. Kittinger and Steven Walker- $17
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner and John Parra- $15
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome- $15
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles and George Ford- $6
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson- $14
Brick by Brick by Charles R., Jr. Smith and Floyd Cooper- $18
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass and E.B. Lewis- $17
Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans- $18The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson and Vanessa Brantley Newton- $18
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I still love the Little People of my childhood and I feel that Manhattan Toy’s MiO Collection is the wooden, modern version. The collection has an adorable car and a bus and there’s a trailer that can be used with either one.
The flagship of the collection is the modern, modular dollhouse that is made up of sleeping, eating and working areas and comes with two people.
You can buy different modules separately like this sleeping set,
or the eating set.
Accessory block sets like the woodland with fox and skunk continue to expand creativity in play,
and you’d be amazed at the way you can use the camping set (think adding it to the trailer!).
I’d love to collect them all and can’t wait to see what new pieces are added in the future. So much fun!
I adore the Little People, Big Dreams series of books. It’s a beautifully illustrated set of biographies for youngsters with stories to inspire and heroes to admire.
The next title coming down the line is Rosa Parks, so look for that one as well.
It’s amazing how preschool teachers are able to manage each day with a classroom full of tots when you’re at home tearing our hair out with just one or two. How do they do it? A lot of it is routine and allowing kids to do as much as they can on their own. You can bring home that type of preschool routine and encourage independent responsibility with the My First Cubby from Little Partners.
With six open storage areas and hooks, kids will store their own belongings and will be able to transition more independently from home to going out and back to home again.
This doesn’t mean you’ll never have to tell them 20 times to put their shoes on, but at least they’ll know where their shoes are?
Social media is abuzz with excitement over Target’s latest nursery offerings from celebrity designer, Nate Berkus. His home decor accessories have already been offered at Target for several years, but now, inspired by his daughter Poppy, this is the first time that we can enjoy a line specifically for the nursery.
Target really makes it easy with a full line of coordinated accessories including crib bedding and blankets,
decor pieces, a nightlight,
and even wall decals.
You can already find these items in stores or order them online at Target.com for delivery this week.
The “eco-chic modern teethers & toys” from LexyPexy are creative gifts for tiny hipsters, mini moguls and budding fashionistas.
Baby’s fashion accessories may be your aspirations, but you’ll love seeing them enjoy the most luxe teethers around like the Ava (Chanel handbag), the Everly (Birkin bag), the Sophia (a Céline handbag) or the Wren (Chanel flats).
Pick your favorite or favorites and one day you’ll tuck these into baby’s memory box as a permanent treasure.
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January 5th is National Bird Day, which reminded me of the awesome bird plushies I was admiring at Ikea last week.
Part of the ÖNSKAD collection, this colorful Rooster for $4 will be their partner in playing farm.
The pink Flamingo is a Florida favorite so I may have to snag one for $7 on my next Ikea run.
This “clown of the sea”, the Puffin, makes an adorable friend for $5.
And finally, the Parrot is a beautifully detailed soft toy for $5.
These are some of the most lovely stuffed animals I’ve seen at Ikea and I was truly tempted to grab them all.
Also this National Bird Day, help preserve bird habitats and consider donating to the National Audubon Society.
A Blabla doll is a must-have in any modern nursery, so if we expand that logic, let’s say that these Blabla board books are going to be a must-have for your baby’s first library. With three titles by blabla Kids co-founder Florence Wetterwald, I think you’ve got bedtime reading covered. Given with a knit doll, you’ve got a really incredible gift as well.
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I’m all in with the food truck phenomenon and you can bring it home for your kids with the cardboard truck play “houses” from Famous Oto.
Select the Ice Cream Truck,
or the Taco Truck. $69 each and shipping is free.
Don’t forget to print out a custom license plate for your vehicle as well!