News You Can Use – The Common Sense Census: Media Use in Tweens and Teens

Common Sense Media released a large-scale study that explores young people’s use of the full range of media and technology. It offers a comprehensive picture of the use of media by kids, ages 8 to 18 in the U.S., including the level of enjoyment, frequency of use, and amount of time devoted to a wide array of media activities and devices.
11.3.15

Summer Adventures: Letterpress in LA

In this digital age, it may be hard for children to fathom—and for some adults to remember—that the printing of type was once a hand-set labor of love.  Letterpress originated in the 1400s and was the primary form of printing …

5.30.15

A Game that Teaches Digital Citizenship to Middle Schoolers

digcompwebCommon Sense Education released an exciting new educational game today that will help middle schoolers understand the basic tenets of digital citizenship. The term "digital footprint" evokes scenarios that parents comprehend in a nanosecond, But, it takes more time for kids to learn that …

5.1.15

YallWest Festival Features YA Books and Authors, April 11-12

The YALLWest Festival debuts at the Santa Monica Public Library this weekend, April 11-12 with a stated goal to “celebrate and empower our tribe of readers, writers and creators.”

YallwestThe sister event of YALLFest, a fun lit festival based in …

4.7.15

You Tube Space LA & YouTube Kids

We stumbled upon one of LA’s coolest spaces last week, YouTube Space LA – a place for creators of content to play to their heart’s content. Nestled in the construction zone of the emerging Playa Vista work and play space, …

3.15.15

TFS Discount to Lit Lovers Escape in Beverly Hills

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Longtime Family Savvy friend Julie Robinson (pictured here with writer Tobias Wolff) is an accomplished book club leader who has created a local festival at which readers can meet their favorite authors. Dubbed the Beverly Hills Literary Escape, this …

10.1.14

Book Report: The State of our Educational System

As the school year approaches, it’s good to take a moment and think about the point at which our individual and collective educational efforts are aimed. The race to get into the ‘right’ schools is all encompassing at each step …

8.28.14

GIVEAWAY: 100 Things to Do in LA Before You Die

 Enter to Win a Copy of a Just Published Book about LA

100 THINGS

If you’re short on inspiration for things to do on the weekend, Carrie Kim’s new book will help jump start your planning. A freelance writer and designer, Kim …

6.11.14

A No Brainer for Parents: The 529 College Savings Plan

My favorite author discovery of late is George Saunders, who just came out with a delightful book called Congratulations, by the wayIn it he urges kids to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives, with words of wisdom gleaned from

4.25.14