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As we approach the final stretch of 2017, it’s time to explore what’s on the horizon for emerging readers. I can tell you, the colder months will not disappoint. We have spinoffs of cherished classics. Messages of hope and inspiration weaved into the breathtaking pages of brilliantly illustrated picture books. And some whimsical tales guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your child.


Here are some of the most anticipated books of fall/winter 2017 that are perfect for the young reader:

 

Good Day, Good Night

written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Loren Long

(October 3, 2017)

“Goodnight Moon” has been loved by generations. “Good Day, Good Night,” a previously unpublished picture book from Brown, is destined to become another universally treasured page turner. The sun rising is the start of a beautiful new day for a little bunny. He spends his waking hours saying hello to all those around him. When the sun starts to set, it’s now time to say goodnight. Good night, kitty. Good night, bear. Good night, people everywhere. “With pleasing echoes of Brown’s famous classic, including bookends of a cow jumping over a moon, this bedtime story will entice families back again and again,” says Kirkus Reviews.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

by Dan Santat

(October 3, 2017)

We all know what happened to Humpty Dumpty. Poor guy. In this lively epilogue to the classic nursery rhyme, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator, Dan Santat, shares what happened after the fall. Humpty had been an avid bird watcher, who spent his time high on the city walls. Now, he’s terrified of heights and sad that he can no longer do the things he loves to do. Can he muster the courage and overcome his fears? “More than a nursery rhyme remix, Santat’s story speaks boldly to the grip of fear and trauma, and to the exhilaration of mastering it,” says Publishers Weekly.

It Takes a Village

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

(Sept 12, 2017)

Penned by Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton and illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee, “It Takes a Village” is the picture book companion to Clinton’s 1996 New York Times bestselling book of the same name. In a very divided country, and world, the book reminds us all that we are stronger together. Little ones will love the story of how one community came together to make their village a better place.

I See You

written by Michael Genhart, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

(October 9, 2017)

This wordless tale depicts the trials of a homeless woman whom only one boy can see. For a year, only he sees all that she endures having no home and very few personal belongings. Not to mention, not a soul reaches out to help her. Finally, in a heartwarming display of compassion, the little boy acknowledges her with a simple gesture. “I See You” is an ideal conversation starter to approach the difficult subject of homelessness.

La La La: A Story of Hope

written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Jaime Kim

(October 3, 2017)

Kate DiCamillo, a Newbery Medalist and former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, uses only one word, a girl singing “la,” in this much-anticipated picture book. The little girl, in search of a friend, sings “la, la, la,” hoping someone will sing in response. When she’s met with silence, she gathers the courage and ventures further out into the world – singing to the trees, the bees, and all the creatures around her. Silence. Finally, she hears an amazing sound. Is it the friend she’s been looking for?

The Nutcracker in Harlem

written by T.E. McMorrow, illustrated by James Ransome

(September 19, 2017)

In this jazz-inspired retelling of the classic Christmas story “The Nutcracker,” a young girl discovers her voice during the Harlem Renaissance after an enchanted toy comes to life on Christmas Eve. This is one book that deserves a place on every young reader’s bookshelf. Aside from holiday magic, the end provides a dose of history about the Harlem Renaissance and what motivated the author to write this book with a jazzy twist.

Little i

by Michael Hall

(September 5, 2017)

From the acclaimed and bestselling creator of “Red: A Crayon’s Story” and “Wonderfall,” comes a new book about the adventures of Little i. When his dot falls off and rolls into the ocean, Little i embarks on a journey to rescue his trusted companion. This delightful book teaches children the important lessons of self-confidence, belonging, and growing up, set to the tune of the alphabet.

The Bad Mood and the Stick

written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

(October 3, 2017)

Lemony Snicket is back! In “The Bad Moon and the Stick” the bestselling author reveals how a bad mood is contagious and can cause grief as it travels from person to person. The simple story offers a fresh, thoughtful, and extremely humorous retake on the traditional way we often talk about grumpy moods. It’s okay to be unhappy, but there are better ways to overcome the crankiness – and before someone else catches the mood.

 

The Magic Misfits

written by Neil Patrick Harris, illustrated by Lissy Marlin

(November 21, 2017)

Everyone’s favorite award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, debuts a series about a street magician who finds friends and magic in a New England town. In this first book, Carter the street magician runs away and winds up in a sleepy little town in the northeast. Things turn wonky when B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive and began stealing from the town’s people. Carter teams up with five other boys, including an illusionist, to bring down the unruly bunch and save the day. “I read this book with excitement, delight, and the increasing suspicion that it was going to make me disappear,” said Lemony Snicket.

In Your Hands

written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illlustrated by Brian Pinkney

(September 12, 2017)

A black mother expresses the many hopes and dreams she has for her child in this breathtaking picture book about a mother’s enduring love. “The moving, poetic text offers both love and reassurance for children and a way to explore some difficult social issues. Insightful, poignant, groundbreaking – and a reminder that the lives of all children are also in our hands,” says Kirkus Reviews.

What upcoming children’s books are you excited to read? Share in the comments!

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When you become a parent for the first time, there is an undeniably steep learning curve. Add to that the struggle of sorting through fact and fiction when it comes to advice and—whew—it's enough to make you more tired than you already are with that newborn in the house.

Just like those childhood games of telephone when one statement would get twisted by the time it was told a dozen times, there are many parenting misconceptions that still tend to get traction. This is especially true with myths about bottle-feeding—something that the majority of parents will do during their baby's infancy, either exclusively or occasionally.

Here's what you really need to know about bottle-feeding facts versus fiction.

1. Myth: Babies are fine taking any bottle

Not all bottles are created equally. Many parents experience anxiety when it seems their infant rejects all bottles, which is especially nerve wracking if a breastfeeding mom is preparing to return to work. However, it's often a matter of giving the baby some time to warm up to the new feeding method, says Katie Ferraro, a registered dietician, infant feeding specialist and associate professor of nutrition at the University of California San Francisco graduate School of Nursing.

"For mothers returning to work, if you're breastfeeding but trying to transition to bottle[s], try to give yourself a two- to four-week trial window to experiment with bottle feeding," says Ferraro.

2. Myth: You either use breast milk or formula

So often, the question of whether a parent is using formula or breastfeeding is presented exclusively as one or the other. In reality, many babies are combo-fed—meaning they have formula sometimes, breast milk other times.

The advantage with mixed feeding is the babies still get the benefits of breast milk while parents can ensure the overall nutritional and caloric needs are met through formula, says Ferraro.

3. Myth: Cleaning bottles is a lot of work

For parents looking for simplification in their lives (meaning, all of us), cleaning bottles day after day can sound daunting. But, really, it doesn't require much more effort than you are already used to doing with the dishes each night: With bottles that are safe for the top rack of the dishwasher, cleaning them is as easy as letting the machine work for you.

For added confidence in the sanitization, Dr. Brown's offers an incredibly helpful microwavable steam sterilizer that effectively kills all household bacteria on up to four bottles at a time. (Not to mention it can also be used on pacifiers, sippy cups and more.)

4. Myth: Bottle-feeding causes colic

One of the leading theories on what causes colic is indigestion, which can be caused by baby getting air bubbles while bottle feeding. However, Dr. Brown's bottles are the only bottles in the market that are actually clinically proven to reduce colic thanks to an ingenious internal vent system that eliminates negative pressure and air bubbles.

5. Myth: Bottles are all you can use for the first year

By the time your baby is six months old (way to go!), they may be ready to begin using a sippy cup. Explains Ferraro, "Even though they don't need water or additional liquids at this point, it is a feeding milestone that helps promote independent eating and even speech development."

With a complete line of products to see you from newborn feeding to solo sippy cups, Dr. Brown's does its part to make these new transitions less daunting. And, for new parents, that truly is priceless.

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Jessica Simpson celebrated her baby shower this weekend (after getting a cupping treatment for her very swollen pregnancy feet) and her theme and IG captions have fans thinking this was not just a shower, but a baby name announcement as well.

Simpson (who is expecting her third child with former NFL player Eric Johnson) captioned two photos of her shower as "💚 Birdie's Nest 💚". The photographs show Simpson and her family standing under a neon sign spelling out the same thing.

While Simpson didn't explicitly state that she was naming her child Birdie, the numerous references to the name in her shower photos and IG stories have the internet convinced that she's picking the same name Busy Philips chose for her now 10-year-old daughter.

The name Birdie isn't in the top 1000 baby names according to the Social Security Administration, but It has been seeing a resurgence in recent years, according to name nerds and trend watchers.

"Birdie feels like a sassy but sweet, down-to-earth yet unusual name," Pamela Redmond Satran of Nameberry told Town and Country back in 2017. "It's also just old enough to be right on time."

Simpson's older kids are called Maxwell and Ace, which both have a vintage feel, so if Birdie really is her choice, the three old-school names make a nice sibling set.

Whether Birdie is the official name or just a cute nickname Simpson is playing around with, we get the appeal and bet she can't wait for her little one to arrive (and her feet to go back to normal!)

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As if we needed another reason to shop at Target, our favorite store is offering some great deals for mamas who need products for baby. Mom life can be expensive and we love any chance at saving a few bucks. If you need to stock up on baby care items, like diapers and wipes, now is the time.

Right now, if you spend $100 on select diapers, wipes, formula, you'll get a $20 gift card with pickup or Target Restock. Other purchases will get you $5 gift cards during this promotion:

  • $20 gift card when you spend $100 or more on select diapers, wipes, formula, and food items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock
  • $5 gift card when you buy 3 select beauty care items
  • $5 gift card when you buy 2 select household essentials items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock
  • $5 gift card when you buy 2 select Iams, Pedigree, Crave & Nutro dog and cat food or Fresh Step cat litter items using in store Order Pickup
  • $5 gift card when you buy 3 select feminine care items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock

All of these promotions will only run through 11:59 pm PT on Saturday, January 19, 2019 so make sure to stock up before they're gone!

Because the deals only apply to select products and certain colors, just be sure to read the fine print before checking out.

Target's website notes the "offer is valid using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock when available".

The gift cards will be delivered after you have picked up your order or your Target Restock order has shipped.

We won't tell anyone if you use those gift cards exclusively for yourself. 😉 So, get to shopping, mama!

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