Archives for July 2013

Happy Swimmer

The Water’s Fine!

Swimming Can Boost Your Child’s Fitness and Confidence – and It’s Fun By Lori Zanteson For most L.A. families, summer means swimming – lessons at the community pool, trips to the beach, excursions to local lakes, even the thrill of a water park. Definitely the coolest way to beat Southland heat, swimming is also one of the best ways to get kids active and outdoors. And those strokes, splashes and dives are not only a blast, they’re dripping with all-around benefits that help keep kids safe, fit and healthy now and long into their futures. “Swimming is terrific for kids!”...

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A Local Crop of Kids’ Books

Shop these independent stores for personal recommendations and great family fun By Ronna Mandel If you only shop online, you’re missing out on input from some of our city’s most enthusiastic and knowledgeable kid-lit experts. To find bookstores that felt “just right” for this roundup, I channeled Goldilocks and made tracks for the independents – the magical, privately owned bookstores located throughout Los Angeles. Pages, A Bookstore: 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach; 310-318-0900; www.pagesabookstore.com. Close to the beach, this South Bay bookstore has a thriving kids’ department with inviting beanbag chairs. The staff is passionate about books, and co-owner Margot...

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Story Time

Bringing Up Bookworms

Build your child’s love of reading with these tips By Christina Elston The Velveteen Rabbit wasn’t Jennifer Graves’ first love. Snow White is the first book she remembers falling for as a child. “I thought it was so scary, but I wanted to read it again and again to get to the end, where everything works out,” she says. She enjoyed lots of other books, too – Frog and Toad, Where the Wild Things Are, and books by Judy Blume. For a few years when Graves was a teen, reading took a back seat to other things. And then one...

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