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An entertaining read, news archive and reference source all-in-one, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts remains a classic compendium of the most notable people, places and events, trusted and enjoyed by everyone from children to adults, presidents to parents, teachers to journalists.

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Teach Your Kids about Election Day: Books and Apps


Election time can be such a busy time. As moms, we’re trying to sort out all of the candidates and issues for ourselves, both locally and nationally, but we want to keep our children informed and involved in the process, as well.

In our family, we’ve started a new tradition of recording the Presidential debates as well as the national evening newscast through our DVR, so that – once the homework is finished, we can all sit down and watch the coverage. We like to speed through the commercials, and we find ourselves pausing the broadcast frequently to explain things or give extra background information. It takes a good deal of time each evening (and, to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t actually happen EVERY evening), but every little bit helps. Any kind of dialogue we can have with our kids over the candidates and the issues facing our country is time well spent.

On that note, here are a few fun books and apps and to help teach kids of all ages about voting and the founding of this country.

Disney American Presidents App

From Disney Publishing Worldwide. Available online for $3.99
A fresh, new way to learn about the extraordinary men who inhabited the oval office and set the course for our country, just in time for the Presidential elections and inauguration! Sit in the oval office and flip through the Unofficial Scrapbook—you’ll find plenty of amazing stories and new perspectives about the men who helped shape our nation on the windy road to our modern Presidential elections.
Platforms: iOS


Grace for President
Grace for President
Available online from for $15.99
Where are the girls?” When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the “best man for the job”-and seems to have captured all the male votes-while Grace concentrates on being the best person. In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought-and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.


Phineas and Ferb #10: Ride the Voter Coaster!
Phineas and Ferb #10: Ride the Voter Coaster!
Available online from for $5.99
When a junior mayor election is announced in Danville, Phineas and Ferb decide to run against each other! This 8×8 features an original story and a pull-out poster.


John, Paul, George & Ben
John, Paul, George & Ben
Available online from Amazon for $12.23
Once there were four lads. John [Hancock], Paul [Revere], George [Washington], and Ben [Franklin]. Oh yes, there was also Tom [Jefferson], but he was annoyingly independent and hardly ever around. These lads were always getting into trouble for one reason or another. In other words, they took a few. liberties. And to be honest, they were not always appreciated. This is the story of five little lads before they became five really big Founding Fathers.

Cool Things – A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

Here’s a new book to check out with your kids:

A Random Book about the Power of ANYone
A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

When Talia Leman was just ten years old, she rallied students from four thousand U.S. school districts to report more than $10 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.  Then she founded RandomKid, a nonprofit organization that brings youth together across the globe, providing them with tools and resources to create positive change.

Today RandomKid has unified the efforts of 12 million children bringing aid to four continents. In Talia’s new book A RANDOM BOOK ABOUT THE POWER OF ANYONE, Talia Leman – now seventeen and a senior in high school— shows readers how to find their passion and make room for life’s surprises, demonstrating that everyone has what it takes to make a difference for anything that matters to them.

Passionate about the potential we all have inside us, Talia writes, “The truth is, our power comes from being who we are, exactly as we are, and doing what we do, exactly as we are compelled to do it! When you spread value—by generously giving it away from the genuine place of you—people sit up, wake up, and pay attention.”

Writing with enthusiasm and humor Talia shares her secrets for being greater than you know how to be, including:

·         Sideways is a better way to go forward

·         If life gives you lemons, lemonade is just one option

·         Too many cooks is the right number

·         Purpose happens by accident

·         It’s not about thinking outside the box; it’s about not having a box at all

Read more about A Random Book about the Power of ANYone at amazon.

Things We Love – Mogul Mom (How to Quit Your Job, Start Your Own Business and Join the Work at Home Revolution)

Mogul Mom - How to Quit Your Job, Start Your Own Business, and Join the Work-at-Home Mom Revolution (Mogul Mom Work-at-Home Book Series)
Mogul Mom – How to Quit Your Job, Start Your Own Business, and Join the Work-at-Home Mom Revolution (Mogul Mom Work-at-Home Book Series)
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Review by: ACMMom

Becoming a parent to a newborn is something that changes your life forever. After taking time off work for the first months and then facing the prospect of leaving your baby with ‘strangers’ to go back to a 9-5 job might be quite scary. At this point you might be thinking/dreaming of starting your own business, making some money from home so you can be there for your baby. It’s not an easy decision to make to let go of your regular pay check to start something new and unknown. However, if you have what it takes, running your own business is very rewarding and is more likely to fit around your baby and family.

“Mogul Mom” is a motivating book (available in both paperback and Kindle editions) to read if you are interested in reading about other women’s experiences of starting their own business. The book isn’t a step-by-step guide on getting it off the ground, but it is a book full of information and inspirational stories of women entrepreneurs. Reading through their various profiles will give you valuable food for thought to become your own boss. It allows you to pick out the best of all that made them successful and avoid the mistakes they made along the way.

Overall, this is a very motivational book for women by women entrepreneurs in how to become a confident and successful entrepreneur. No more commuting, rushing out of the door and pestering bosses. Instead you’ll be able to put your energy into raising your family and growing your business.

Read more about this title from Amazon:
Mogul Mom – How to Quit Your Job, Start Your Own Business, and Join the Work-at-Home Mom Revolution (Mogul Mom Work-at-Home Book Series)
No More Office. No More Commute. No More Missing Time With Your Kids. Working outside the home is one of the hardest things a mother can do. You’re away from your kids, you have less time to handle household responsibilities, and you can’t enjoy family time when you are home because you’re exhausted! Within this book you’ll find both information and inspiration to remove you from this “rat race” and start successfully working at home! You’ll learn: – How to decide, without any risk, if working from home is right for you and your family. – The best way to choose a work-at-home business you’ll love! – A quick and easy way to set up your home business (and start making money) – Where to attract clients. and how to keep them coming back! – What you must know about your first year of business (This will keep you stress-free and guarantee success!) – How to manage your time so both your family and business are taken care of – The “self-care” balance – Exactly how to take care of your body, mind, and spirit Also included are personal interviews and profiles of 33 successful work-at-home moms. These women are just like you and share their candid and honest experiences about building a business from home. You’ll be inspired by their stories of self-empowerment and get ideas for your own work-at-home business. If working from home is something you’ve dreamed of, but you haven’t quite taken the leap, this book will show you exactly what you need to do to make it happen. Andrea Clayton is a former office manager who left the 9-to-5 world to work from home as a freelance writer. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three young children.