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Picture books where the girls kick butt


The Guardian rounds up half a dozen brilliant picture books where girl characters defy stereotypes: Princess Daisy and the Dragon by Steven Lenton; The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp; The Princess and the Pony by Kate "Hark! A Vagrant!" Beaton; The Fairytale Hairdresser, by Abie Longstaff; Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood; and the forthcoming I'm a Girl!, by Yasmeen Ismail.

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Father and daughter do awesome Beatles "Revolution" cover

Parent-child bonding, done so right.

TSA supervisor calls police on teen for videoing his father's pat-down

A 16-year-old boy was prohibited from video-recording his own pat-down at New Orleans airport -- something explicitly allowed by the TSA -- and when he recorded his father's pat-down, the TSA supervisor at his checkpoint called the police on him.

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What we talk about when we talk about "Internet addiction"

danah boyd nails it: "We blame technology, rather than work, to understand why children engage with screens in the first place."

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WATCH: "Princess Boy's" mom speaks out for LGBT kids' books

Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship sez, "At a public hearing over whether or not to remove LGBT children's books from a public library, one mom's comments stole the show."

WATCH: Chaperone at concert makes the best of a dad situation

Taking the kids to see The Vamps? Might as well bust some old school moves and have more fun a than those bored dads at One Direction concerts.

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Why parents in Cincinnati camp out for 16 days to get a kindergarten spot


Scarce kindergarten places at magnet schools like the Fairview-Clifton German Language School are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to parents who camp out for weeks, clearing their tents every morning so the kids won't be disturbed by the tent-city on the school's lawn.

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The Girl With the Parrot on Her Head


Daisy Hirst's picture book about friendship, loneliness and self-reliance is shot through with delightful absurdity and illustrated with enormous wit.

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HOWTO make Harry Potter pancakes

Saipancakes (previously) shows how far he's come in progressing the art of carbohydrate illustration with these amazing, unbelievable, eye-popping Harry Potter pancakes -- and the video documents his build-process.

Stroller on a longboard


Quinny -- a high-end stroller-maker -- has announced a limited run of strollers mounted on longboards, capable of supporting adults up to 100kg and kids up to 15kg.

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Culturing the critters on an 8-year-old's hand


Tasha Sturm, a lab tech, sampled her 8 year old son's hand when he came in from playing outside in an agar medium, then cultured the microbes that came off in the dish.

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Kickstarting Maker History: a time-travel curriculum for kids


David Hunter (creator of the zombie currciulum units) has a new idea: teaching English, science, history and math through curriculum units that ask kids to pretend to be time-travellers.

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Context: the DRM-free audio edition of my essay collection


Downpour has published a DRM-free audio edition of my essay collection Context (with an intro by Tim O'Reilly), the companion volume to my collection Content (introduced by John Perry Barlow).

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Class of 2015: most indebted in history


A report (issued by a college savings business, caveat lector) says that the US graduating college class of 2015 has more debt than any other class in history.

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Amazon drops "Boy" and "Girl" categories from toy listings


Amazon's toys category is no longer sorted into "Boys" toys and "Girls" toys.

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Lego store detains 11 year old customer, accuses his father of being an unfit parent

Doug Dunlop's 11 year old, Lego-obsessed son is a frequent customer at the Lego store in Calgary's Chinook Mall, where he spends his odd-job savings on new materials -- until this week, when the Lego store management had the mall's security take him into custody.

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