Brad Meltzer “I am Abraham Lincoln”

February 24th, 2014

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Heroes. We all need them, we all love them — and the message of new books by a bestselling thriller writer is that each of us can be a hero.

Brad Meltzer is already author of the books “Heroes For My Son” and “Heroes For My Daughter,” but those books are aimed at parents, adults. His two newest books are the first in a series of books for kids.

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“I am Abraham Lincoln” and “I am Amelia Earhart” are Meltzer’s foray into children’s books, a genre he’d always longed to be in.

And his enthusiasm for these stories is infectious.

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Jim Gaffigan “Dad Is Fat”

June 14th, 2013

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan is an observer, He makes us see people and things in a different way — including his own children. Five, now.

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His book “Dad is Fat” expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children – everything from cousins to toddlers’ communication skills to the eating habits of four year olds.

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Will it remind you of Bill Cosby’s “Fatherhood”? Many say it will. Continue to the interview > > >

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Paul Tough “How Children Succeed”

September 14th, 2012

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If your son is getting really good standardized test scores in school, he’s succeeding, right?

If your daughter just aced her SATs, that’s success, isn’t it?

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No, not necessarily, says journalist Paul Tough. He wondered, why do some children succeed while others fail?

In his new book “How Children Succeed,” Tough says the traditional measures of success are not the ones that really matter. He argues that instead of a high SAT score, we should aim to teach children skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

It also turns out, meeting and defeating obstacles is crucial to our brain’s ability to help us succeed in life, and Tough found that both very poor children and very affluent ones are at a disadvantage.

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Kristi Yamaguchi “It’s a Big World, Little Pig!”

March 16th, 2012

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Poppy the ice-skating pig embarks on an exciting new adventure, in Olympic gold medal skater Kristi Yamaguchi‘s new children’s book called “It’s a Big World, Little Pig!”

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We met Poppy in Yamaguchi’s first book “Dream Big, Little Pig!” Now Poppy is off to the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris — she’s thrilled, but also nervous, and a bit scared.

But we’re pretty sure Poppy will emerge victorious — not unlike Kristi Yamaguchi …..

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Duggars Await Their Twentieth

November 8th, 2011

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Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are about to become parents – for the twentieth time.

As People magazine reports:

“We are so excited,” says Michelle, 45, who is now about three-and-a-half months into her pregnancy and due in April. “I feel good. I am past the sickness stage now.”

Last summer, of course, we met the Duggars when they were touring the nation for their book “A Love That Multiplies.”

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