His Very First Book is Taking Flight: Meet Karl

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Portland-based author and illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards presents his debut picture book, Fly!, for children ages 3 to 5 at Wordstock this weekend. We caught up with Edwards to talk about his book, what makes reading fun, and why he decided to create stories for kids. The Story Worm can “wiggle.” Ant can “march.” But

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Welcome Home: Wildwood Illustrator Carson Ellis Debuts a New Book


Carson Ellis’s sumptuous, magical illustrations have graced many children’s books, including the wildly popular Wildwood Chronicles and Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead. Home is her authorial debut; it’s received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, among others. We talked to her about her new book, how having kids of her own changes her

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The Knee-High Chef: Kitchen Tasks for Every Age

From math concepts to fine-motor skills, making a meal can teach your kids a lot! Photo by Ryan J Lane.

Love the idea of bonding with your child while promoting healthy eating, confidence, language skills, cognitive development, and physical development? Get your budding sous chef into the kitchen! Sure, it may take a little more time to make a meal and a pinch of patience (plus some extra cleanup), but the benefits are many—and nothing

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7 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Grownups

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By Anna Sachse We’ve all been there. It’s the day before (or day of!) Halloween and your little firefighter/ballerina/robot is demanding that you dress up, too—and you’ve got nothing to wear. My own children have already let me know that the “I’m-dressed-as-a-tired-mommy” shtick I used last year isn’t going to fly. Of course, you can

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Holiday Meal Show Stopper: Orzo-Stuffed Pumpkins

Go ahead and wow 'em!

Every now and then, you want to wow your guests. This recipe, in which rich and creamy orzo is served inside of a baked pumpkin, will definitely do the trick. Serve the pumpkin whole, with the top on, and when guests lift the stem, the aroma of the savory orzo will fill the room, adding even more drama to

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Leaf Love: Make Fall Last Forever!


Autumn can last forever thanks to this nature-inspired project: It’s so easy even the littlest members of your family can help! Simply scatter brightly colored fall leaves across contact paper, frame it up with tape, and use the finished product as a part of your Thanksgiving table—or tape it to a sunny window and watch

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The Enforcer Inside


One of my parenting oaths was that I would never, ever become the disciplinarian for our family. God, how I did not want to be the enforcer. The bag man. The furrower of brows. The dad with the low, mildly threatening timbre. He who must be obeyed or else. I was doing fine until my

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