Required Reading

Traveler, mom, and sometimes Red Tricycle contributor Sarah Franklin put together a book that we think everyone needs to read for inspiration before departing on summer vacation with the kiddos. How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel: and Other Misadventures Traveling with Kids (Seal Press/May 2008/$15.95) tracks the travel tales of thirty-six women and their little ones around the world. From Disney Land to Europe to Graceland, How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel is full of cringe-worthy moments--lugging a toddler's entire wardrobe to Brussels--and laugh-out-loud mishaps--just what do twin toddlers get up to on a thirty-nine foot sailboat? Whatever you're going through aboard planes, trains, and automobiles, you've found a great read that will let you know we're all in this together.


No big travel plans this summer? We've also discovered a book that's all about how to fill your baby-raising everyday lives with fun. Self-professed "geeky girls" and minds behind, Heather Flett and Whitney Moss compiled The Rookie Mom's Handbook: 250 Activities to Do with (and Without!) your Baby, based on their popular website content (our go-to guide during Baby's first months). The book is filled with playful and useful tidbits (sized so that new moms can read them during, say, a 3 a.m. feeding) for what do to with little ones from zero to twelve months. We love the guide's focus on maintaining your womanhood once you've entered motherhood. Should be required reading for all PEPS/new moms groups.



How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel: and Other Misadventures Traveling with Kids
Seal Press/May 2008/$15.95

The Rookie Mom's Handbook: 250 Activities to Do with (and Without!) your Baby
Quirk Books/May 2008/$14.95

To order, call:
Elliot Bay Books, 206-624-6600 (or your favorite local bookstore)

What a Ride!:
Merry Go Round has been a one-stop shop for all things baby & child for over 50 years...
Let's Get Ready to Tumble:
The Bus Stop, a large playspace with a school bus theme and gorgeous murals of Northwest...

Other tidbits....

The Scoop: We were stunned when, new to Seattle, we ventured to the Skagit Valley strawberry fields with Little One and tried our first fresh, local berries. Read more.

Welcome to the Playhouse: Excited parents, caregivers and kiddos have been peeking through a Greenwood Ave window for weeks; they're drawn by the orange, purple and green decor. Read more.

Best Spring Day Trips: Itching for a road trip? Check out our picks for the best Spring Day trips, including the Tulip Festival insider tips... Read more.

Seattle and Eastside Neighborhood Round-Ups: You're getting a little stir-crazy at home and have logged myriad hours at the tugboat at Bellevue Square? Why not explore some of the kid-friendly shops, acitivites and restaurants in a neighborhood near you? Read more.

Be Cool: It just got a bit easier to be green. Meet your friends in the fight to help our hot planet. Read more.

In the Bag: Ahh, the Mama Shuffle. That dance we do to make sure we've got all of baby's accessories in tow. Not to mention the cell phone, wallet, keys, and sunglasses. Read more.



Schoolhouse Rock

Get ready to rock. Kid-music maker SteveSongs makes his Seattle debut in a benefit concert for Children's Hospital on May 17. Compared to James Taylor --only with quirkier lyrics --Steve Roslonek's (a.k.a., SteveSongs) kid-tested, parent-approved acoustic grooves like the "Library" and "The Pirate Song" (Arrr!) always get little ones movin' and groovin'.

Concert proceeds go toward Children's Hospital uncompensated care program. Ranked as one of the best children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Child magazines, Children's serves as the pediatric hub for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

SteveSongs Concert to Benefit Children's Hospital
May 17, 11 a.m.
Kane Hall, University of Washington
Admission: $12 adults/$15 at the door; $10 kids 2 and older/$12 at the door


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