August 31, 2015 |
At a time when many families are looking for back-to-school bargains, others are coming into their pediatricians' offices looking for answers about their children's behavior. "He never stops moving. " "His teacher thinks I should have him tested. " "She can't pay attention in class. " "I think he needs medication to keep him still. " Pediatricians hear these concerns year-round, but they take on a more frantic urgency as school approaches. Many of these concerns are legitimate.
February 6, 2015 |
ILLUSTRATOR and author Eric Velasquez still treasures the books his mother would read to him when he was a child. Even before he could read in English, his second language, Velasquez would flip through the pages with wide-eyed wonder while his mother was away. He would try to remember the stories, and when he couldn't do that, he'd imagine his own story. "Ownership of the books is very important, because you bond with the books," Velasquez said. "The characters are becoming something special for you. " Velasquez is one of 26 authors and illustrators from across the country who will be featured at the 23rd African American Children's Book Fair tomorrow.
February 6, 2015 |
Tonya Bolden, a critically acclaimed author, still fondly remembers her "little book fair buddy," a young boy named Edward who refused to leave her side, year after year, at the African American Children's Book Fair when it first began in 1992. Edward has since grown up, but thousands of other children, parents, teachers, readers, and authors like Bolden keep visiting the fair. This year, the 23d African American Children's Book Fair will be held at the Community College of Philadelphia at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
August 28, 2014
I ALWAYS suspected that regular physical fitness plays a role in the health of the brain. And now, a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience strongly suggests that kids who are more active and physically fit do better in school. According to the study, "Aerobic fitness plays an important role in the brain health of children, especially in terms of brain structure and brain function. . . . These fitness-related differences in brain health are often coupled with performance differences, such that higher-fit children have been shown to outperform their lower-fit peers on tasks of cognitive control and memory as well as scholastic achievement tests in classroom.
February 20, 2014
A STUNNING report coming out next month in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, states that as many as half of parents in the U.S. underestimate their children's overweight/obese status, and 14 percent of parents believe that their normal-weight children are underweight. The study didn't get into why parents thought this way, but I suspect it might be because studies of adults' perception of their own weight have found the same thing. People just can't see the truth: A whopping third of American children (from babies to adolescents)
February 3, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA There was nary a cellphone in sight. Several thousand people, many of them younger than 15, and not a screen to be seen. Saturday in the gym at Community College of Philadelphia, the name of the game was books. We're talking paper here. Print. The unmoving, staunch, typeset word. "They're interested," said Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, who has organized the annual African American Children's Book Fair every year for 22 years. "They're hungry. People come for one reason.
February 1, 2014 |
Bestselling authors and illustrators converge on Community College of Philadelphia on Saturday for the 22d African American Children's Book Fair. Participating in the free fair will be about 20 authors and illustrators including Jerry Craft, award-winning syndicated comic-strip cartoonist of Mama's Boyz ; My Best Friend illustrator E.B Lewis; Floyd Cooper, illustrator of These Hands ; Tonya Bolden, author of Finding Family ; Crystal Allen, author of How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy , and more.
July 20, 2013
Illustrator Marc Simont, 97, whose work adorned some of the most celebrated titles in children's literature, died Saturday at his home in Cornwall, Conn., his son, Marc "Doc" Simont, said. With a pared-down style that matched painterly use of color with loose lines, Mr. Simont illustrated close to 100 books. In 1957, he won the Caldecott Medal, one of the top honors in American children's literature, for his illustrations for A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry. His work also won Caldecott Honor awards in 1950 for Ruth Krauss' The Happy Day and in 2002 for The Stray Dog , based on a story by Reiko Sassa.
May 9, 2013
Congratulations to Frank Patton, who answered 11 out of 12 questions correct to win Kimberly Garrison's fitness quiz. DESPITE the national outcry over childhood obesity and related health issues, American children aren't getting adequate exercise or enough servings of vegetables and fruits every day. What's worse, many public school systems, including Philadelphia's, are being forced into draconian budget cuts that are further dismantling fitness...