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This image was created by Micah Player, author and illustrator of Lately Lily and Chloe, Instead. (more)

We're Part of the July Extreme Cash Giveaway!
Welcome to the July Extreme Cash Giveaway! (more)

Win “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” App!
If you’re a fan of this site, you know we love the app version of Eric Carle’s classic book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (more)

Win "Jack the Giant Slayer" Blu-Ray Combo Pack!
Warner Bros. is proud to announce the arrival of Jack the Giant Slayer released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 18! (more)

April Extreme Cash Giveaway!
Welcome to the April Extreme Cash Giveaway! Media Darlings has teamed up with some of our favorite blogger friends to give our fabulous readers the chance to win $400 cash! (more)

Win Personalized Gifts, Room D├ęcor, and Party Stationary Featuring the Beloved Classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar™
This is our week for giveaways! (more)

Win a 3-Month Subscription to Conscious Box!
Subscription boxes have become big news. And Conscious Box has agreed to give one lucky reader a free 3-month subscription. (more)

Win "The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey" Blu-Ray Combo Pack!
Just leave a comment to this post with a way to reach you (email preferred) to win The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-Ray Combo Pack. (more)

App Giveaway from Night & Day Studios
One of the best children’s app developers in the business—Night & Day Studios—has given us four great apps for our readers. (more)

Just In Time: December Cash Giveaway!
Welcome to the December Extreme Cash Giveaway! (more)

Merry Classic Christmas!
Just leave a comment directly below (with a way to reach you; email preferred) for a chance to win Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection, Classic Christmas Favorites or Dr. Seuss’s Deluxe Holiday Collection on Blu-ray. (more)

I'll Be "Thunderstruck"
To celebrate the December 4th release of Warner Bros. Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-ray, we're giving away one Combo Pack (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Download). (more)

Why Can’t We Be “Friends”?
Do you love your Friends? (more)

Stand Tall!
New York Times Bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld (Duck Rabbit!, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site) was inspired by last night’s election and the response to Hurricane Sandy to create this charming and inspirational image. (more)

Hurricane Sandy Has Her Way
We're without power here at Media Darlings in South Orange, New Jersey. (more)

How to Help Kids Find their “Spot”
Guest Post by Irene Latham
There’s a lot of talk these days about “passion.” (more)

Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" on Blu-Ray Giveaway!
In honor of Tim Burton's new film, Frankenweenie, we're giving away his last film, Dark Shadows, on Blu-Ray. (more)

We're Part of the Hello Fall Cash Giveaway!
Happy Home and Family and Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog together with the most amazing group of bloggers are bringing you once again another FABULOUS event where one very lucky reader will win $1000 cold hard cash! (more)

Book Her, Gail! Dealing With My Own Reluctant “Reader”
This is one of those good news/bad news stories. (more)

Let the Games Begin: We're Part of the Ultimate Summer Giveaway
Welcome to the Ultimate Summer Giveaway! (more)

Talking to Your Child About the Aurora Tragedy
The unthinkable happened in Aurora, Colorado, in the early morning hours of July 20. (more)

Impromptu Tribute to Sally Ride from Children’s Book Illustrator Micah Player
Our friends at Chronicle Books shared this sweet, simple illustration by Micah Player, author and illustrator of Chloe, Instead created in honor of the passing of astronaut Sally Ride. (more)

Media Darlings Is One Year Old!
Here’s a short recap of our first very wonderful year: (more)

The Complex Issue of Homework – Part 2
In The Complex Issue of Homework Part 1, I wrote about strategies you can try at home to help make homework go more smoothly. Often, one or more of these strategies will do the trick. (more)

The Complex Issue of Homework – Part 1 by Gail Terp
I have very mixed feelings about homework. (more)

Vocabulary Building Ideas for Reluctant Readers by Gail Terp
Readers, new and experienced, often run into difficulties when they aren’t familiar with the vocabulary used in their reading. (more)

Finding the Right Book: Matchmaking for Your Child by Gail Terp
The first step to becoming an enthusiastic reader is finding books that excite you. (more)

My September 11th by Maggie Hames
My Memories of that Fateful Day
I lived in Hoboken at the time. When I saw on tv that a plane had hit the World Trade Center, I raced up my street to the river. (more)

I Call It “Still Life With Cheerios” by Maggie Hames
The First Camera
It was my daughter’s third birthday and like any parent, I thought it would be great to get her an extra special present that would inspire her; one that would stimulate her creativity as she learned by doing. (more)

The First One’s Free. That’s How They Hook You by Maggie Hames
My Daughter’s First Trip to the Movies
My local cinema has a summer program: every Wednesday and Thursday, you can bring your kids to the movies—for free. (more)

I Want Your Job! Media Producer, American Museum of Natural History by Maggie Hames and Mindy Wesiberger
Mindy Weisberger recently gave us the inside scoop on the Museum of Natural History’s new show—Think BIGGEST: The World’s Largest Dinosaurs—that you can still read right here. It left us wanting to know more! (more)

I Was Adopted? by Maggie Hames
Children’s Books that Open Up the Discussion
Whether your child has always known she was adopted or you’re planning the proper moment for your talk, you may find it helpful to supplement your discussion with one of several children’s books created specifically for this reason. (more)

Will the Real Bert and Ernie Raise Their Hands! by Maggie Hames
Puppets With Their Own Spin-Offs
We’re all familiar with the adaptation of comic book characters into live-action films. (more)

Yay! The Commercials Are On! by Jan Hames
Teaching Children to Recognize and Resist Advertising Manipulation
“Mom/Dad, I want (fill in the blank) that I saw on (media du jour)!!!!”
Marketing to kids is nothing new. Anyone who’s grown up in the era of television can sing the jingles for every sugar-coated cereal ever promoted. Anyone remember “oot-fray oops-lay”? (more)