Sports Illustrated Kids - Brand AmbassadorEach year, Sports Illustrated Kids puts out a call for nominations for SportsKid of the Year. A celebration of children aged 7-15 who have demonstrated "outstanding sportsmanship through their accomplishments on the field, in their classrooms and in their communities," the 2013 SKOTY will appear on the cover of the December issue of Sports Illustrated Kids, receive a SKOTY jacket, and a trip to New York City to accept the award at the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony. The question is: Is YOUR kid the 2013 SportsKid of the Year? If you think they should be, click here to nominate them right now!

I've really been enjoying sharing the world of comics with my kids, and one series we've been known to check out on occasion is DISNEY FAIRIES by PAPERCUTZ. On August 13, Disney Fairies Vol. 12: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure will be released, a 64-page Graphic Novel based on the popular Disney film. Available in both softcover and hardcover editions, it's a new way for children to experience the world of Tink and friends. Papercutz hit The Rock Father with some preview pages, and I'm sharing them with you tonight. Take a look...

Sports Illustrated KidsWhen I became a Father for the first time nearly four years ago, I had no idea that being a Dad would lead to this website, nor that doing this site would lead to relationships with other outfits that would choose me to represent them in helping to share stories beyond that of my own. As of today, I'm proud to reveal that I've joined Sports Illustrated Kids as a Brand Ambassador. What that means is that I'll be working some great content from SI KIDS into the mix here on The Rock Father, all as a compliment to my own stories about getting my little ones active. With my girls in swimming (even Baby Finley, who just turned one) and gymnastics, we've got some athletic experiences in our weekly routine, and as Addie is showing interest in Baseball, Soccer, and Hockey, some new worlds are about to open up, and my relationship with SI KIDS fits in nicely.

Earlier this year, I got an out-of-the-blue email from a guy named Shawn Currie. He and his wife had recently launched Lookio Books, a new publisher of custom, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind children's books. In addition to practically being neighbors here in the area far North of Chicago, it turned out that Shawn is also a fellow "Rock Father" - the former keyboardist for The Blank Theory - a band that had a couple of hits back when I was still pushing records with Sam Goody (a lifetime ago). After chatting about mutual friends and shifting focus from music to kids, Shawn let me test-drive the Lookio System. 

For someone that doesn't have an iPad or tablet, I sure do cover a lot of App-related stuff here on The Rock Father. Why? Because so many of you are rockin' those digital devices with your little ones! If you're an iPad user and are looking for a cool last-minute Mother's Day Gift, the folks at Storypanda have a neat idea: You can make a custom digital storybook with their Apps for FREE through Sunday night. Regularly priced at $1.99 & $2.99, six of their book Apps have been marked to $0. When they hit me with the info on it tonight, they said it was "So Easy a Cat Can Do It." Check out the video below to see how Storypanda works...

It's not every day that I get an offer to review something that's available exclusively in the UK and Ireland, but that's just what happened when the folks at Eaglemoss Collections asked me to check out the first couple installments of their new MARVEL FACT FILES collection. Back in March (I've been busy), a package arrived at Rock Father HQ near Chicago via Royal Airmail, and while it's taken me a bit to share some thoughts, I dug in right away. In fact, with FREE COMIC BOOK DAY having taken place this weekend, and IRON MAN 3 in theaters now, this might be the perfect time to discuss this.

DisneyJr Mag App IconDisney Publishing Worldwide hit The Rock Father with some exciting news for tech-savvy kids and the parents who let them use their iPads: Disney Junior magazine now has an enhanced digital edition for the iPad and iPad Mini, available now on the Apple Newsstand. Building upon the success of the Disney Junior programming (88 million viewers worldwide) Disney Junior magazine has been available in-print alongside Disney Princess, Disney·Pixar Cars, Disney Fairies, Phineas & Ferb, and Marvel Super Heroes. Now, as the first digital mag from Disney, young readers can experience the content in new, interactive ways.

When I was a kid, what was then-known as The Guinness Book of World Records was a big deal. I still remember thumbing through the massive copies that were held in my parent's collection, discovering oddities and being captivated by accomplishments that I could barely imagine in an early-1980s pre-internet world. While I've had a few specialty hardcover editions come through my hands over the years, it's been awhile since I'd checked one out, so when the folks at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS asked if I'd like to take a peek at their Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition, I had to accept the offer. After all, I might be The Rock Father now, but I still have an original NES Power Glove in my garage.

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