Why We Created a Personalized Children’s Book Company

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Why did we create a personalized children’s book company? Here’s our story.

In 2005, my wife and I were expecting our first child. On a whim, I wrote and illustrated several crude storybooks. I loved the idea of giving our future kids one-of-a-kind gifts.

My name is spelled Philip with one L. And as a kid, I always hated being unable to find my name on the personalized key-chains at the gas station. As we narrowed in on a couple boys and girls names, I realized our child was going to be even less likely than I had been to find their own personalized keychain.

So I set out to make a book that would solve that problem. My first attempts were… not good. But I’ve always had a stubborn streak. More…

How Superheroes Empower Kids

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*National Superhero Day is April 28th

“I believe there is a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, and makes us noble” – Aunt May, Spiderman

What is a superhero?

A superhero, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; an exceptionally skillful or successful person.

Benefits of Superhero Play

As kids, we all played some sort of make-believe, whether we were superheroes scaling buildings to save someone in distress or princesses protecting their family and fighting for their dreams.

This make-believe play allowed us to be someone else: to be bigger, older, and stronger.

We were able to overcome obstacles we ordinarily wouldn’t be able to; we became fearless, courageous, and confident.


Eight Ways To Strengthen Your Relationships With Extended Family

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*This post was written by Caitlin, a member of the MarbleSpark team*

Building relationships with your extended family doesn’t necessarily come easy for us all. It’s a conscious choice that we have to make once we become older.

And let me tell you, it’s one of the best choices you can make! More…

Momaha Reviews Every Hero Needs a Sidekick

Omaha couple creates book for kids expecting a new sibling

By Ashlee Coffey, editor of Momaha.com

Mar 28, 2017

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On Christmas Eve, my son Sam excitedly ripped open a present from his aunt and uncle. Underneath the wrapping was a book.

But this was no ordinary book.

“It’s me! It’s Sammy!” he squealed.

The book, “Every Hero Needs a Sidekick: The Adventures of Super Sam,” featured detailed drawings of Sam as a superhero. He couldn’t believe it.

He brought the book to me, climbed into my lap and immediately had me start reading it. Inside, the book features beautiful artwork of Sam as a superhero, leaping tall buildings and outrunning a speeding train.

But the story is what will get you. It’s about preparing a child for the birth of a sibling.


Top 10 Reading Games For Kids

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​Teaching children to read is not easy, but one thing that really helps is making it fun! Reading games for kids does just that.

When you make learning to read an engaging, enjoyable experience for the whole family your child is more likely to continue to read throughout his/her lifetime.


Reading To Kids Is More Than Brain Food

Reading is powerful brain food, but the power of reading to kids lies in the bond we develop with our children over a shared book, a shared moment of magic.


​I’ll never forget the moment we found out we were pregnant with our first child.

Words like excited, scared, nervous, terrified, joyful, happy and every other adjective in between described us and the utter awesomeness of this little miracle that would make our family grow.

And like a lot of new parents, we devoured every parenting book, attended every new parent class and were given lots of advice from not-so-new parents on what to do and not to do- whether we asked for this advice or not!


The Surprising Science Behind Your Child’s Development

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What if we are raising our children to succeed in a world that no longer exists?

That is the forward-thinking question pediatrician Laura A. Jana, M.D., asks in her new book, The Toddler Brain. Over a cup of coffee, I interviewed her about why she felt compelled to write this new book.

I met Dr. Jana 10 years ago when we were looking for childcare for our oldest son. At that time, she owned Primrose School of Legacy, a childcare franchise of Primrose Schools.


Kids and Screen Time: Why It’s Important To Monitor

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Reading to your children has long been considered a healthy practice. It helps you engage with your child and builds a relationship, but new studies show this practice is much more important than that.

The topic of discussion here is kids and screen time (using digital devices) versus good old fashioned reading, and according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited.


7 Really Cute Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

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Easter- one of our favorite holidays- represents love, life, family and sacrifice to us. Our kids get some of that, but if we’re honest, what they really love is the Easter egg hunt, candy and gifts! Can you blame them!?


Our Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes and Rhymes

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Happy birthday, Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) by Brad Sneed

Today would be the 113th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Seuss was a creative genius. Did you know he produced two Oscar-winning films during WWII? Of course, most of us know Dr. Seuss best for filling our children’s bookshelves with hilarious, touching picture books filled with his unique illustration style and tight verse.

To honor his birthday, here are a few of our favorite Dr. Seuss rhymes:

“And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”