Fifty Years of Sunny Days

Can you tell me how to get…how to get to Sesame Street? I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in this world who can’t tell you where on dial (okay, even if there are no dials anymore) to find that famous neighborhood where sunny days sweep the clouds away. I personally have a hardContinue reading “Fifty Years of Sunny Days”

1-4-3 in the (neighbor)hood

“There is no person in this whole world who is a mistake, no matter how different that person may seem.” If you grew up watching beloved children’s television star Fred Rogers, you may already know that 1-4-3 was one of countless ways that he found to tell children how loved they were. 1-4-3 are theContinue reading “1-4-3 in the (neighbor)hood”

Odds & Ends (and the end of an era)

It seemed like an era came to a close on PBS Kids recently, and if you’ve been watching Odd Squad with your kids (or maybe on your own, I do it. It’s okay. It’s a great show no matter how old you are), you know exactly what I’m talking about. PBS Kids recently aired theContinue reading “Odds & Ends (and the end of an era)”

Touring the crayon factory with you, neighbor

Maybe it’s the calm feeling of the wax being poured into the molds, or the soothing narration as each yellow stick gets stacked, sorted, and place amid a rainbow of color sticks for boxing. Whatever the timeless appeal is, every day for the past several weeks (no exaggeration. I mean every day), our three yearContinue reading “Touring the crayon factory with you, neighbor”

Read it again! And again! And again!

Our two and a half year old daughter has a book she adores called 5-Minute Pinkalicious Stories, filled with 12 different stories featuring her favorite animated counterpart, Pinkalicious. It was found in her Easter basket, a gift from that hippity hoppity Easter Bunny, and has become a staple of almost every evening storytime. Twelve storiesContinue reading “Read it again! And again! And again!”

There’s never been a better time to be a PBS Kid (or Parent!)

Did you watch PBS when you were a kid? I did. I certainly can’t remember all of my viewing habits, but I can tell you unequivocally how comfortable, safe, and accepting it felt even as a toddler to be joined by furry friends on Sesame Street every afternoon. Or how I would run to grabContinue reading “There’s never been a better time to be a PBS Kid (or Parent!)”

Agents of Change

Some time back I publicly gushed about what I normally gush about to any parent who will listen – my love of the PBS Kids series Odd Squad. For those uninitiated, Odd Squad is an organization run by kids that investigate anything odd. Be it people who drink lemonade that turns their head to lemons,Continue reading “Agents of Change”

Something very odd is happening

When something’s odd in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Nope, not those guys. Not the ladies currently carrying the torch either. Nope. You’re going to call a group of kids who work for an organization run by kids to investigate the odd. You call Odd Squad. I make no bones about my love ofContinue reading “Something very odd is happening”

The Secret Origin of Curious George!

I love Curious George. I really do. I very fondly remember reading the books as a kid and those cartoons that looked like the books come to life back in the 80s. I even still have an old drawing of George I did when I was seven years old, discovered last year among some itemsContinue reading “The Secret Origin of Curious George!”