"You're a disgrace!"

You're a Disgrace - Italian Without Words

© Dan Cangelosi and Joseph Delli Carpini from Italian Without Words with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Swimming 'Ool

Swimming 'Ool

Swimming in the swimming pool
is where I like to “B,”
wearing underwater goggles
so that I can “C.”
Yesterday, before I swam,
I drank a cup of “T.”
Now the pool’s a “swimming ool”
because I took a “P.”

Text © Kenn Nesbitt reprinted from Miles of Smiles, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter.

Poetry Olio

The International Literacy Association Conference is less than a month away!  

Join your favorite poets for an evening of poetry and laughs on Saturday, July 15 at 7:30pm at Hyatt Regency Orlando, Plaza International Ballroom H.

2017 Poetry Olio


by Dave CrawleyCannonball

The lifeguard won’t let me go back in the pool.
He tells me I’ve broken his number one rule.
He didn’t approve of my summertime smash—
The Sultan of Soakers, the cannonball splash.
The cannonball calls for an uncommon flair;
with legs tucked beneath me, I soared through the air.
With a splash that would make me the talk of the school,
I think that I just about emptied the pool.
I splashed Mr. Meese and his silly new hat.
I splashed Mrs. Simpkins, who called me a brat.
I splashed Suzy Smith from her head to her feet
and even the lifeguard, whose whistle went tweet!
So now here I sit in the heat of the day.
No running. No splashing. And no way to play.
My friends are all swimming and staying real cool,
but the lifeguard won’t let me go back in the pool.

Text © Dave Crawley reprinted from Rolling in the Aisles, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter.

Rally for Kids 2017

Rally for Kids 2017Join the authors of Discipline with Love & Limits at the Rally for Kids 2017: Pulling Together to Raise Kansas City Kids

Celebrate parenting and thank everyone who pulls together to keep our families rolling along! Grandparents, pediatricians, nurses, social service agencies, childcare providers, teachers, coaches, first responders…all who help build a consistent caring, supportive, protective community for our children.

Saturday, June 10 from 11:00am-1:15pm

Park Place
Ash Street and 116th Place 
Leawood, KS

Sponsored by:
Park Place | Shawnee Mission Health (LIV) | Raised with Love and Limits Foundation

Raised with Love and Limits Foundation

For complete details and events visit the Park Place website.

Dealing with Morning Sickness

Giving Birth with Confidence

If you’re suffering from pregnancy nausea, one way to cope is to think of your baby getting strongly established in you, making his or her presence known, helping your body adjust to his or her needs. You might also keep this in mind: One researcher has said that the term morning sickness should really be changed to wellness insurance; pregnancy nausea may be linked to better birth weights for babies. If nothing else works, keep your eyes on the road ahead; morning sickness will end eventually. For most women, it goes away somewhere between the third and fourth month.

Giving Birth with Confidence is available in stores and online.

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The Rope Warrior comes to Tolono

"If you learn one trick on your first day, that's already more than the tricks I learned on mine because I didn't have any so. It's a lot of fun, takes a lot of practice, and you have to be ready to make a lot of mistakes" -David Fisher 'The Rope Warrior'

Cool Jump-Rope Tricks You Can Do! is available in paperback and eBook in stores and online!

New Poetry Programs

Authors in Schools

Bruce Lansky at a school visit

Poetry Month is almost over, but you can keep the fun going with two new Giggle Poetry programs Bruce Lansky developed:

A new entertaining workshop for middle-school students with a STEM/STEAM approach that gets them started writing humorous, free verse poems on scientific subjects (Science was never this much fun!). 

And "Poetry Madness" a highly engaging assembly program featuring performances by students and teachers plus writing workshop for high-school students to get them started writing sonnets like Shakespeare’s famous 18th sonnet and poems like Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” to name just a few.

For more information on inviting Bruce to your school, please visit


Giving Birth with Confidence

What makes Giving Birth with Confidence different from other pregnancy guides?

Learn straight from the source at Lamaze International's official blog:
Pregnant? Read this Book About Birth First, Early & Often.

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Now Available

Giving Birth with ConfidenceGiving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE & Charlotte DeVries is the updated 3rd edition of The Official Lamaze Guide and is the first and only pregnancy and childbirth guide endorsed by Lamaze International, the leading childbirth education organization in North America.

Giving Birth With Confidence empowers women to approach pregnancy and birth with knowledge and confidence.  This book simplifies the amazing process of pregnancy and childbirth, offering women and their partners trusted information and the best available medical evidence.  It helps mothers to understand their options and make informed decisions that support the safest, healthiest birth possible.

This new edition includes updated evidence and information on:

  • How vaginal birth, keeping mother and baby together, and breastfeeding help to build the baby’s microbiome.
  • How hormones naturally start and regulate labor and release endorphins to help alleviate pain.
  • Maternity-care practices that can disrupt the body’s normal functioning.
  • The latest recommendations on lifestyle issues like alcohol, vitamins, and caffeine.
  • Room sharing and cosleeping: the controversy, recommendations, and safety guidelines.
  • Out-of-hospital births are on the rise: New research and advice on planned home birth, including ACOG’s revised guidelines, which support women’s choices and promote seamless transfer to hospital, if needed.
  • The importance of avoiding unnecessary caesareans for mother and child. Includes the new ACOG guidelines on inductions and active labor.
  • The research in support of the Lamaze International’s “Six Healthy Birth Practices.”

About the Authors: Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator with over 30 years of experience. She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council. Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamaze International’s board of directors, and a current board advisor.

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