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6 children’s books for Easter baskets

When my sons were small, holiday celebrations were a big deal in our house. As the boys got older, though, one time-worn ritual after...

Love in the time of kholera: Kids books about love and kindness

Kids books on the basics of love and kindness (in time for Valentine’s Day) No, it’s not a misprint — “kholera” is the Greek word...

Holiday gift guide: 12 books for Christmas and beyond

The Christmas season is a time of wonder; 12 days of togetherness, sharing and caring. Those experiences --- wonder, togetherness, sharing, caring --- are...

Noted children’s author-illustrators to visit Changing Hands in Tempe

Picture book lovers of all ages will be grateful for the upcoming post-Thanksgiving trifecta offered at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. There’s not...

Childsplay stages “Go, Dog. Go!” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Want to attend a musical dog party? Now’s your chance. Childsplay Theatre brings “Go, Dog. Go!” to Tempe Center for the Arts on weekends Nov....

Author Tom Leveen: The brave new world of young-adult media

The world can be a scary place. As parents, our job is to keep our kids safe and teach them to live in it...

The perfect illustration: Molly Idle’s busy, idyllic life

I know exactly how Tea Rex feels. He’s the semi-civilized tyrannosaur who takes tea with Cordelia and her little brother in Molly Idle’s hilarious breakthrough...

Picture books about storytelling (and why it’s so important!)

“If I had a little book, I would name it Friend. Friend would go wherever I went, our story would never end.” — from...

Road trip? Take a good traveling book for the kids

There are travel books, which take you on an imaginary journey, and there are traveling books, which go along with you and entertain you...

Approachable picture books teach kids to stay safe

For Arizona kids, “summer” is just another word for “more.” More heat, sunshine, sunscreen and ice cream; more hours to fill with friends and family,...

Gold Star Mom honors her son in “Big-Hearted Charlie Runs the Mile”

Each morning when Krista Keating-Joseph wakes up, she gets a reminder of her son. “I check my emails first thing,” Keating-Joseph explains. She’s looking to...

Actually, the magic word is: underpants

And you thought the magic word was “please.” Or maybe “thank you,” or even “abracadabra.” Silly you. Actually, the magic word is ... "underpants." I...

May 1-7: Changing Hands hosts Children’s Book Week events

Changing Hands Bookstore is hosting a week’s worth of special activities to honor the 98th annual Children’s Book Week, which conveniently falls between the...

“Grammy Likes Me Best” authors to sign books at Changing Hands Phoenix

Local children’s authors Terri Mainwaring and Bonnie Apperson Jacobs are excellent examples of doing well by doing good. Throughout their long careers as public...

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s books radiate light and love

I am so sick of woo-woo moments I could scream. Yes, woo-woo moments --- phenomena called synchronicity by physicists and Jungians --- those tiny,...

Remembering “Tuck Everlasting” author Natalie Babbitt

Four years ago at Halloween, my dad died unexpectedly, so for me, my once-favorite holiday lost some of its charm. This year, feeling sad...

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