In the 1920s and 30s in America there was a movement to combine Mother’s Day and Father’s Day into one singular holiday. The goal was to honor parents equally and it was also an effort to decommercialize the holidays. As is the case now when economic times are tough, the Great Depression caused a retail push to buy more, more, more. Americans spend an estimated $11.1 billion on dear old dad, with spending for Father’s Day catching up to (and by some estimates even beating) Mother’s ... Continue Reading
Give inexpensive and environmentally-friendly gifts this Father’s Day.
Discover vibrant and fascinating spring traditions around the world.
Learning about various cultures is always fun and enlightening, not just for adults - but kids as well. This spring, people around the world will participate in activities and fun. From the ancient to the modern, these spring traditions and festivals may inspire something new you'll want to try with your family. India: In the spring, north India celebrates a festival called Holi. The celebration is marked by lighting bonfires called Holika. Both children and adults chase each other and throw ... Continue Reading
Dead people and dark stories aren’t new to fiction, but why the influx in paranormal creatures?
Whether it's vampires (the undead), zombies (the really dead), or ghosts (the haunting dead), the fascination with paranormal books and dead people overall in children’s fiction has boomed over the last few years. And it doesn't matter the age. You can find dead characters in middle grade/tween books like The Graveyard by Neil Gaiman (boy who lives in a graveyard), The Riley Boom series by Alyson Noel (a dead girl who catches souls) and VC Andrews dark fairy tale of the The Dollanger saga ... Continue Reading