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lit 18 Feb 2015

Stephanie Kent is the curator of Call Me Ishmael, a digital library of anonymous stories about books. TWITTER  INSTAGRAM

 
  • Here's one of my all-time favorite TED Talks in which graphic designer Chip Kidd explores "What do the stories look like?" to create unbelievable art for book packaging. (image) [2 of 3]
 
  • NPR's Book Concierge has my vote for best book browsing online. The site has cheeky categories, expert recommendations, large cover art photos... The only thing missing is the delicious book smell. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 16 Feb 2015

Ann Vikstrom wants to save kids indie films.

culture 13 Feb 2015

Sandhya Nankani minds the diversity gap in kids digital media.

food 11 Feb 2015

Heather Greene shares a few at-home cocktail making essentials.

 


  • Based on Celtic folklore, Academy Award nominated Song of the Sea is breathtaking, magical storytelling at its best, and shows that hand-drawn animation is still alive and well. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 16 Feb 2015

Ann Vikstrom is the Programming Director for Facets Children + Youth and is responsible for year-round film programs as well as the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Facets is a Chicago-based nonprofit whose programs use thoughtful, stimulating approaches to inspire critical thinking and expand kids’ worldviews through film. TWITTER  FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM

 
  • The Boxtrolls from Laika, the studio who brought us Coraline and ParaNorman, is a funny, surreal stop motion film that is both entertaining and socially conscious. [2 of 3]
 
  • Winner of both the adult and children’s jury prize for Best Animated Feature at the 31st annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Giovanni’s Island tells a heartwarming story about a turbulent point in Japan’s history, where we learn about the importance of family bonds. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 13 Feb 2015

Sandhya Nankani minds the diversity gap in kids digital media.

food 11 Feb 2015

Heather Greene shares a few at-home cocktail making essentials.

food 8 Feb 2015

Reggie Milligan finds some artisan chocolate gifts for this Valentine's Day, minus the heart-shaped box.

 


  • This bilingual story is a celebration of a little biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl who refuses to be put in a box and confidently embraces her mixed heritage. The beautiful illustrations feature kids of different cultures and colors, and lots of fun details about multicultural life. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 13 Feb 2015

Sandhya Nankani is the founder of Literary Safari, an indie developer committed to minding the diversity gap in kids digital media. Literary Safari recently released Dentist Bird: A West African Folktale, the first in a series of global folktale-inspired game-rich book apps. TWITTER

 
  • Up and Down is an interactive storybook app that uses a split screen format to take kids through a day in the life of two very different children—one in the western Sahara desert and the other in the Western world—and demonstrates the commonalities that tie kids around the world together. [2 of 3]
 
  • Amazon Prime is piloting a bunch of new children's series. Our favorite is Sara Solves It, a math-focused detective show starring a brown brother-sister duo, set in what seems to be NYC, and featuring and a culturally-diverse cast of kids. (More about it here.) I love that culture isn't the show's primary focus, but rather it's just about curious, smart kids who happen to be brown. [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 11 Feb 2015

Heather Greene shares a few at-home cocktail making essentials.

food 8 Feb 2015

Reggie Milligan finds some artisan chocolate gifts for this Valentine's Day, minus the heart-shaped box.

culture 4 Feb 2015

Athena Currey and Adrian Rosenfeld of The Posters get loud!

 


  • Bitters are to cocktail creation as salt is to cooking! It’s an essential element that brings complexity and depth to a drink. Check out The Meadows for a stunning array of bitter choices – it’s where many New York bartenders go for ingredients. While you’re at it, drop a few gourmet chocolates into your cart. Whiskey and chocolate together taste heavenly. [1 of 3]
 

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food 11 Feb 2015

Heather Greene a whiskey expert and the author of Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life  TWITTER  WEBSITE

 
  • Fresh fruits are essential for a cocktail whose aromas literally pop out of a glass. Check out organic fruit-of-the-month clubs like FruitShare, where fresh citrus are delivered right to your door, and try your hand at exotic fruit purees once you get going. There’s a whiskey cocktail recipe in my book that calls for a simple mango-puree, and the lush drink is lovely served on a hot summer evening with Indian Food. [2 of 3]
 
  • Order a couple of essential bar tools from the Cocktail Kingdom for a chic and sexy home bar. They stock top-of-the-line and elegant pieces that professional bartenders from all over the country seek out. [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 8 Feb 2015

Reggie Milligan finds some artisan chocolate gifts for this Valentine's Day, minus the heart-shaped box.

culture 4 Feb 2015

Athena Currey and Adrian Rosenfeld of The Posters get loud!

culture 2 Feb 2015

Brad Montague and 11 year-old Robby Novak, better known as KID PRESIDENT, have your guide to being awesome.

 


  • Stoneground in the Music City, maker Scotty Witherow offers an upgrade to the humble cinnamon heart. [1 of 3]
 

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food 8 Feb 2015

Reggie Milligan co-founded Mantry (The Modern Man's Pantry) an American Artisan food-of-the-month club based in NYC. TWITTER

 
  • Makers of "funky artisan chocolate," Dude, Sweet Chocolate rolls out meedjoul dates, armagnac and chocolate to make this meatless treat. [2 of 3]
 
  • Yes, gourmet marshmallows are a thing. Our call? Irish Hot Chocolate. Float a couple Wondermade Guinness mallows on some Bailey's-spiked cocoa. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 4 Feb 2015

Athena Currey and Adrian Rosenfeld of The Posters get loud!

culture 2 Feb 2015

Brad Montague and 11 year-old Robby Novak, better known as KID PRESIDENT, have your guide to being awesome.

culture 30 Jan 2015

VSL editor Alexa Jaccarino is ready for the Super Bowl.