Local students review the best new children's books
Fri Apr 3
My sister, Lindsay Esposito, teaches third grade at P.S. 36 in Staten Island and invited me in last week to talk to her class about how we review books, CDs, movies, restaurants and toys here at Time Out Kids (the students are learning to write their own reviews). After talking to them about my job as an editor (they were shocked to hear that my work also has to go to a "teacher"—aka my boss!) and what makes a good review, they broke up into groups to read and review some books I had brought with me. I was very impressed with what they had to say. Below is a sampling of their work! "I liked City I Love because I could make a connection with the title because I love the city too. The poem "City Summer" was really funny. The pictures were really good on that page. I liked how the author matched the pictures with the poem. The poem about the taxi was confusing. I didn't really understand it. You can read the book with a parent so you can learn about the city."...
Peeps on parade!
Fri Apr 3
Every year around Easter time, the Chicago Tribune sponsors the "Peeps on Parade" contest, and invites folks to submit Peep-centric dioramas using any theme they wish—as long as they include the colorful, sugar-coated marshmallow creatures. There are some great entries this year , though I think last year's still take the cake. Some are cute ("Peeps on the Bus"), some hilarious ( "Mr. Peepoff Behind Bars for Peepvestment Fraud"), some a nod to current pop culture ("Peep on Wire"), some touching (" A Flock of Peeps and a Miracle"). There were 90 submissions this year, and all of them are certainly worth a click through. Next year we should totally submit a "Peep Out NY Kids" one, with little peeps playing in Madison Square Park, hanging around the Empire State Building, riding the Staten Island Ferry, and noshing on some Magnolia cupcakes. Ah, we can dream, right? Happy Peepday!
Tomorrow is the last day to apply to UPK
Thu Apr 2
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the last day to submit your lottery applications for universal pre-k to the DOE. You can apply online or hand in a physical form. After that, all you have to do is sit back and stress. Families will be notified with school assignments the week of May 18. Good luck (and wish me luck too, please!)
Peekaru? More like PeekaPOO
Wed Apr 1
This hideous garment is sweeping pretty much every blog and news hub in existence, but we still had to share it on the off chance you'd been spared this eyesore. Behold: the Peekaru! Though the makers play it off as a kind of baby carrier/cover, it really just looks like some freakish one-eyed Teletubby. Plus it's 80 bucks! Hit up mom4life.com stat if you're interested in buying one. While you're there, check out the rest of their equally nutty products, such as the Babykeeper that allows you to hang—yes, hang—your child from public bathroom stalls while you pee, or the T-shirt for dad that reads, "Without me, there would be no bump." Classy.
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