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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Our love of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD has been well-documented here on THE ROCK FATHER, pre-dating my work with the PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) program. From the fantastic show from The Fred Rogers Company, to the wonderful toys by JAKKS Pacific and the infectiously-good soundtracks, the adventures of Daniel and his friends have been a daily part of our lives for a few years now. For 31 Days of Halloween comes a new book from Simon & Schuster's Simon Spotlight collection - HAPPY HALLOWEEN, DANIEL TIGER! Written by series creator Angela C. Santomero, this 14-page "Lift the Flap" Board Book is perfect for youngsters preschool to second grade, bringing some pumpkin-spiced charm to the Neighborhood of Make Believe...

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bootoyouAs a wise man (Ron Swanson/Nick Offerman) once said, "There is only Doc McStuffins." True, that as a parent, I view and cover the excellent Disney Junior series often, and I wouldn't do so if it wasn't good. The show has infiltrated all aspects of our lives at this point, and as such, it finds it's way into this year's 31 Days of Halloween with DOC McSTUFFINS: BOO TO YOU!, a touch and feel board book from Disney Press.

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If you're like me, you're always looking for, and absorbing inspiration of garden and landscape projects, filing-away a nearly infinite potential "to-do" list, while staying current on all the latest ideas and trends. The only limits: time, money and space. But one can certainly explore the possibilities, and with that in mind, the folks from Schiffer Publishing sent over the details on two new books for garden and landscape inspiration. Personally, I'm digging the idea of training fruit trees as noted in the first title...

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Last month, while I was attending the PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, I, along with the rest of the PBS KIDS crew, took a little "field trip" across the Golden Gate Bridge and up to Corte Madera for a stop at Pottery Barn Kids. Now through July 17, Pottery Barn Kids in partnership with PBS KIDS are holding a Summer Reading Challenge that's designed to "inspire a love of learning and literacy for kids and families throughout the summer months." Children are invited to "take the challenge" by reading 8 books from a specially selected list of 20 children’s books - each chosen based on favorites identified by Pottery Barn Kids customers. To celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, PBS KIDS, Pottery Barn Kids and THE ROCK FATHER are getting one (1) lucky reader hooked-up with a $25 Pottery Barn Gift Card! Details below...

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By definition, KEITH RICHARDS is, indeed, a "Rock Father," but the type of excess that THE ROLLING STONES' guitarist is known for doesn't exactly line up with the title of "Children's Author." That changes today, with the announcement that a childhood experience detailed in Richards' memoir, LIFE, has been adapted by Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro for the new picture book, GUS & ME: THE STORY OF MY GRANDDAD AND MY FIRST GUITAR. Featuring illustrations by Richards' daughter, Theodora, the book will be released in hardcover and ebook on September 9, 2014 via Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 

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Is it too early to think about Christmas 2014? Nah... never too early! 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the animated classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (first aired back in 1964), and to celebrate this milestone of Rudolph's travels to the North Pole and the Island of Misfit Toys, the folks at Silver Dolphin have announced a special pop-up book using actual images from the iconic TV special.

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