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What's the first thing you think of when you hear "Jane Fonda"? It's probably not "adolescent sexuality expert."
Yet the 76-year-old actress says she spent several years researching and writing "Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More" (Random House, $17), which hits bookstore shelves this week.
"I have a...Read more »
Chef Melissa d'Arabian, star of Food Network's "Ten Dollar Dinners," knows a thing or two about healthy eating for less. The mother of four and cookbook author was raised on a shoestring budget, which is how she developed a coupon-cutter mentality.
Through her cooking show and various cookbooks, d'Arabian has shown it's possible to feed a family of four for under $10. She recently teamed up...Read more »
Instead of arguing about homework and chores, Jennifer Paquette, formerly from Smithtown, and her teenage son, Nicholas Perrotti, banter about dialogue and grammar. On weekends, the pair spend time discussing characters, plot development and more for a mythology series they are writing together.
"The Awakening of Agnostos" (Write More Publications; $9.95), written by Paquette and her then-14-year-old...Read more »
Meet American Girl’s 2014 Girl of the Year doll: Isabelle, age 10, who studies ballet at a performing arts school in Washington, D.C., and loves to design ballet costumes.
The 18-inch-high doll is available for only one year. She has long blond hair with removable tips highlighted pink as well as mix-and-match dance fashions. Three fiction books complement the doll — “Isabelle,” “Designs By...Read more »
What’s one blunder Snooki confesses she made with her newborn?
Strapping an iPad to his crib.
In her new book, “Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama, and all the Messy Milestones Along the Way” (Running Press, $22), “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi talks about how she and her husband, Jionni LaValle, used the iPad when their son, Lorenzo, now 16 months old, was...Read more »
East Rockaway author Barry Edwards McNamara explores the bullying of students with special needs in his new book “Bullying and Students With Disabilities: Strategies and Techniques to Create a Safe Learning Environment for All” (Corwin, $31.95).
McNamara addresses classroom and playground teasing, taunting and physical aggression aimed at atypical students. “There is a very limited but emerging...Read more »
"Because of Winn-Dixie” author and Newbery Medal Award winner and honoree, Kate DiCamillo, was named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
DiCamillo's platform is "Stories Connect Us” and she will be serving in the position during 2014 and 2015. The inauguration ceremony will take place on Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Library...Read more »
Do you feel stressed and frenetic as a parent? Author Kristen Race will talk about how to decompress and manage modern-day family life at 7 p.m. today at the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington.
Race has written “Mindful Parenting: Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids in Today’s Hectic World” (St. Martin's Press, $15.99) to help what she calls “Generation...Read more »
Port Washington author Beth Ain’s series for second through fifth graders, “Starring Jules,” has been chosen in the "Best New Series" category of Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Books of 2013.
“We do the Ten Best every year because we are huge fans of children’s books. Helping parents sort through the thousands of children’s books that come out every year is a great service...Read more »
Randi Zuckerberg is the former marketing director of Facebook, and the sister of its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, which is why the topic of her latest venture -- a children's book -- may surprise you. In Zuckerberg's writing debut, entitled "Dot," she tells the story a little girl who is way too obsessed with social media and technology. Dot may love tapping on her tablet, but by book's end,...Read more »