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Shira Josephson

My Fav Superhero Is This 8-Year-Old Who Reads to Sick Kids Online. You?

Just like the Neil Young song, we search high and low for a heart of gold. With all the bitterness in the world, we yearn to hear that someone is still good; we want something to hang onto. This past week, I’ll have to say that I did indeed find someone with a heart of gold. And she’s eight-years-old.

 

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Shira Josephson made a choice to give her time away to those who don’t have much of their own. The endearing young girl sets aside a few minutes every week to make a video of herself reading her favorite book picks. There in her room, surrounded by her cute stuffed animals and glittery decorations, she reads to a very special audience: the children who are too ill to leave their hospital rooms.

 

Shira first came up with the idea for her channel, Shira’s Story Corner, when she became a junior ambassador at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. When they couldn’t leave their rooms, even for the visitor’s reading room, she knew she had to give them back their childhood joy of reading.

 

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“It’s been exciting to watch her come up with all these ideas and to help her make them come to life,” Shira’s mom Brooke explains. Sweet classics like Corduroy, Have You Filled a Bucket Today, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and more! And when she’s not in front of the camera reading to the sick kids, she’s raising money for them and writing her own special stories.

 

“I will do everything I can to make the videos special for you, so you don’t feel alone,” Shira says. Take a look at one of her reading videos below. This girl is golden.
 
 

 

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Bookworm

Meet the Four-Year-Old Bookworm Who Read 100 Books in One Weekend!

So what did you do last weekend? Maybe you went out with your friends, had a family event, did some laundry, cooked a nice meal…but did you read 100 books? Now, I could be wrong, but my first guess will be that you most likely did not. It’s okay. Admission is the first step. I did not either.

 

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However, if 100 books in a weekend is your goal, you should be paying attention to Caleb Green. He’s the four-year-old Chicago bookworm who read 100 books. His parents livestreamed it on their Facebook page!

 

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Some of his favorite books have to do with ninjas, turtles, and dogs. An excellent array of choices, I’d say. I have a similar taste in things. All his books were stacked neatly on the floor with his dad nearby if he had any trouble. “I like to read and I want to read some more like my sister,” Caleb said in his Facebook video.

 

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Speaking to The Grapevine, his father explained his hesitance about his son’s ambitious goal. “That’s a lot of books. So at first I had the gut reaction to talk him down a little bit, but he was like, ‘No, I want to read 100.’” Caleb did exactly that in three hours, with the help of a family friend who dropped off more books when he didn’t have enough. Well, ain’t it sweet. He even did silly dances with his sister every time he finished a stack of books!

 

By achieving this goal, Caleb was not only able to get some reading done, but he inspired his dad as well. “I learned to just dream bigger, and I am going to set unrealistic goals for myself this coming year, and I’m going to be inspired by Caleb to not quit on him and just push through it.”

 

Caleb said he wants to be an astronaut and a ninja turtle by the time he’s twenty-three. You know what? I believe he will.
 
 
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Children's Books

The Extra Jumbo List of Kids Books to Spark Your Nostalgia

I try not to drown in nostalgia so much. Doesn’t everyone always say you can’t relive the past? However, relishing in it here and there can’t be that bad. I often find myself thinking back to the good old days when I’d get home from elementary school to watch PBS, Nickelodeon, or, dare I say…Supermarket Sweep with my mom! Life was simple, snacks were fun (and maybe unhealthy), and the books were just top notch.  

 

Our classes would live for the thirty minutes we’d spend at the Scholastic book fair every time it paid us a glorious visit. I recall hungrily circling over the tables set up with book covers looking like a mosh of complimentary colors. Some had familiar character faces, others were new releases. Whether they ended up in my backpack or in the library, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Now, I seem to be drowning in nostalgia all over again because I’ve found thirty-one children’s books that will bring back memories of school days and simple times. I will say this: this isn’t nearly all of the kids books that hold a special place in my heart. That list is endless. But I’m sure these will get your memory going.

 

 

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

 

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2. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

 

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3. Paddington Bear by Michael Bond and R.W. Alley

 

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4. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

 

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5. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

 

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6. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

 

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7. Goosebumps: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb by R. L. Stine

 

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8. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

 

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9. Hurry Up, Franklin! by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

 

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10. The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

 

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11. Thank You, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Barbara Siebel Thomas

 

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12. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard

 

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13. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

 

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14. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

 

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15. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

 

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16. Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey

 

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17. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

 

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18. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

 

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19. The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff

 

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20. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

 

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21. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

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22. Corduroy by Don Freeman

 

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23. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White and Garth Williams

 

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24. Just Me and My Little Brother by Mercer Mayer

 

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25. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 

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26. Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey

 

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27. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

 

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29. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Board Book by Beatrix Potter

 

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30. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

 

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31. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and William Nicholson

 

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32. Arthur’s Birthday by Marc Brown

 

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Enjoy yesteryear my friends. 

 

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'Where's Waldo'

The Unfair Reason Why Waldo’s Not What He Used to Be

I’m not really into being bamboozled, and, boy, do I feel bamboozled right about now.

 

At some point in our youth we were all given the glorious and challenging book that is Where’s Waldo? Nothing makes you ooze nostalgia quite like that signature red and white striped sweater and hat set. Plus those round spectacles are quite suave. I’ll say this: he is one sneaky dude, but good men are hard to find these days, and, apparently, so are small men…

 

In a study shown on Slate, they discovered that the reason Waldo is so hard to spot these days isn’t our aging brains. He’s just grown a hell of a lot smaller. More specifically, 80% smaller. Since 1987, kids (and some easily amused adults) have been able to find Waldo without an unreasonable amount of trouble. However, in recent years Martin Handford has decided to up the challenge, because, well, that’s what the people want.

 

Check out this scale:

 

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On the left is a scene from a 1987 book and the right in from 2009. On the left Waldo takes up a good amount of space as he travels through the snow. As for the right, it took me a good few minutes to find him in the prehistoric mess of a scene. Yes, I do wear glasses and contacts, but that’s not the point. If you need a hint, go to the 40 mark on the tape measure and move right. See that little face behind the huge dinosaur and wild jungle growth? Yeah, that’s Waldo. His notable sweater that helps him stand apart from the crowd is no where to be seen. How unfair.

 

 

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Slate’s chart shows Waldo as the ever-shrinking man over the years. In addition to scale, his visibility quickly declined as the number of objects in the scenes quickly increased, because why not? From 225 figures to 850, that’s a huge jump! But I guess nothing is like the good ol’ days and people want to pump their neurons with a good Waldo search.

 

If you have someone in mind that would like one of the Where’s Waldo books this season, just make sure they’re going to be up to the challenge.

 

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Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein

An Ode to Selena Knocks Harry Potter off Amazon’s Top Spot

Everything needs a little diversity, right? From food to music to books, we all need a variety. This is what the two authors/moms believed when they created this children’s book, which has become a total hit.

 

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Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein decided to give young readers everywhere a little more diversity with The Life of/ La Vida de Selena, which will be released March 2018! These two women wowed us all by capturing Selena Quintanilla’s early years of life and performing while she was in her family’s band, Selena y Los Dinos. 

 

This little book gives us life events, fun facts, and beautiful illustrations by Citlali Reyes of the unforgettable Mexican-American singer. 

 

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But the lovely Selena isn’t the only one to get the storybook treatment. Three years ago Rodriguez made a collection of children’s books called Lil’ Libros to honor other Latino legends like Frida Kahlo and Celia Cruz. The two mompreneurs wanted to give all children the chance to have a book they could relate to by making it bilingual.

 

And get this: not only did Rodriguez create the petition for MAC Cosmetics to carry a Selena-inspired makeup line (a limited edition release in 2016) but her and her co-author topped three different Amazon charts!

 

The book comes out in March 2018, but it’s already managed to knock Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone off the number one spot on Amazon’s Libros en Español list! Now, if you ask me, that’s pretty damn cool. Get your Selena storybook here.

 

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