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Playfully Inclusive: Why Diverse Books Matter for Every Child

Playfully Inclusive: Why Diverse Books Matter for Every Child

Books are the gateway to learning. They teach us about ourselves and the world around us. Representation in the media, through TV, movies, and books, starting in early childhood, is an essential element of framing a person's worldview. Children deserve exposure to various books where they can see themselves reflected and others represented meaningfully.  Windows and Mirrors Books provide opportunities for children to see themselves and others represented. Reading a book, or having one read aloud to you, can be like looking into a mirror and seeing someone like you staring back at you, or like staring out a window...

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Brands We Love: OurShelves

Brands We Love: OurShelves

Make It (Your Bookshelf) Cute With OurShelves At the beginning of this month, our friends at LGBTQ+-owned OurShelves will make a special delivery directly to one of our adorable playhouses to kick off Pride Month! We are delighted to reveal these expertly curated diverse children’s books that will arrive in our mailbox and share them with our community! We recently connected with the fabulous folks behind OurShelves, and they have quickly become one of our favorite companies. We are thrilled to spotlight them in this post and share what they do to drive inclusivity in the KidLit (Kid Literature) sphere....

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The Power of Play: How Play Supports Children's Mental Wellness

The Power of Play: How Play Supports Children's Mental Wellness

Play is essential for children of all ages and is a significant factor in their overall mental well-being. This May, with Mental Health Awareness Month in mind, we wanted to share some benefits of playtime to remind you that playtime isn't just fun and games; it has profound implications for kids. Play promotes well-being for kids through cognitive development, emotional regulation, social skills, imagination and creativity, stress reduction, and self-confidence. Our indoor playhouses are an excellent venue for children to learn, grow, explore, and express themselves during playtime. These spaces provide a canvas for children to unleash their creativity and...

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The Mother’s Day Present You Really Want:  Advice from Moms Who’ve Been There

The Mother’s Day Present You Really Want: Advice from Moms Who’ve Been There

Mother's Day This Mother's Day, we wanted to share the most valuable advice we received as parents. We know that caregiving can be hard. Of course, we are grateful for our children and love them unconditionally; this isn't about them (even though it is actually all about them) but about us Moms! We know we can learn from each other's experiences. How can you make little changes that will significantly impact your experience as a mom? Listen to these tips and tricks, shared by mothers at all stages, and see if any are a good fit for you! What we...

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