MLK Picture BookAmazinggraceStory of MLK


A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler,. Illustrated by Robert Casilla
A good beginning book for kids age 4 - 8. The simple text celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and explains why he is a hero.

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore. Illustrated by Amy Wummer
Simply written for young children to understand the story of his life. The board book format makes it easy for little hands to turn the pages.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
This story demonstrates some of King’s ideals. It is about a girl named Grace and the idea that you can be anything you want.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier
This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America–and the world–forever.

As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson and illustrated bu Raul Colon
The story of two icons for social justice, one African American and one Jewish and how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.

Martin's Dream by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Amy June Bates
Easy to read text (Reading Level 1) and gorgeous artwork, highlights various events throughout King's life.

Martin Luther King Jr. by David Colbert
Designed for older kids, discusses 10 important days in King's life, including, of course, his famous "I have a dream" speech.

National Geographic Kids
Photo Gallery of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life.

This is one of my favorites from the Kidoinfo archives. (First posted 12/30/11.)  Please share your favorite family traditions in the comments.


At every family meal, we go around the table and each person says what he or she is thankful for. - Mark

We love to play short round robin games of either Boggle or Bananagrams at the end of the day.  It's a family event.  We are all in our pajamas, sitting atop the parents' bed with either of those games.  - Josefina

Our family has a basket that we keep full of books in the living room.  Whenever a holiday is approaching, we go to the basement to find the kids' books we've accumulated about that particular holiday, be it Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day or Christmas, and we bring them up and put them in the book basket.  Reading them together gets us all excited for the approaching holiday, and because they only come out once a year, they are extra special.  - Lori


My wife and I have two kids, aged five and eight. We have a few nice traditions emerging around birthdays. We found it impossible to have birthday parties without getting gifts, so rather than saying “no gifts” we got specific. “Bring a photo of yourself” worked well, “bring a photo of an animal” too, and “no bigger than a grapefruit.” The past few years we have asked for pet food and toys to bring to Providence Animal Rescue League. Our pets have all come from shelters so there is a nice connection for our kids. The REAL tradition becomes loading it all into the car and bringing it down to the shelter. We then hang around, pet some kitties, distribute the toys, and when the staff is not too busy they lavish attention on us. Turns into a nice afternoon. - Geoff

After blowing out the candles on the birthday cake, the birthday person gets “buttered”.  A few family members put butter on the person’s nose as good luck.  It helps them slide through the next year.  Sometimes it gets carried away with the birthday person’s face getting quite a greasing! - Amy

Our favorite family tradition is going hiking on New Year’s Day.  This is a great way to confirm the importance of exercise in our lives and spending our free time outdoors and together as a family. - Veronica

My favorite family tradition is one from when I was growing up. Every Valentine's Day (and whenever my parents went away overnight) my mother would use Hershey kisses to make a big "I" and then a giant heart and a "U" on the kitchen table. We used to slowly take kisses out and move the rest around to keep the design for as long as possible. I can't wait to start this for my kids. - Heather

We have an annual tradition of a neighborhood Halloween Party and parade. It’s a great family and neighborhood tradition we all love it b/c we all love socializing with our neighbors while watching the kids play and have fun. - Cheryl

One of our favorite family traditions is carving the pumpkins on Halloween, toasting the seeds, and boiling the pumpkin meat to have some fresh pumpkin for pumpkin pies, breads and muffins. Yummmm!!!!!!!!! - Joan

Every November we create a tree from craft paper on our hall wall and each day a family member adds a leaf for something we are grateful for.  This way before the crazy holiday days we have grounded ourselves in gratitude. - Sunny

We have many traditions! Our favorite holiday tradition is threefold, we always donate and bring to a needy family a complete turkey dinner (with pie);  we always see a holiday show (The Nutcracker, a children's performance, anything really) and we always whip our cream for our holiday pies!  One year we made whipped butter when we were talking instead of paying attention to the whipping cream. - Stacey

Our favorite tradition is that we make my grandmother's Portuguese stuffing every Thanksgiving.  This is a family favorite and everyone gets involved from tearing the bread (for the little kids) up to the actual cooking (performed by Grandpa). - Meribah Dean

Our favorite family tradition at Thanksgiving is to gather for a special breakfast of Apple Cottage Cheese Pancakes in the morning, made by my husband. It is one of the only things he makes, but we are always SO excited for this breakfast. Then the pie baking begins! - Barbi

Every year the day after Thanksgiving we take off to New Hampshire with our son to ride the Polar Express from North Conway.  He loves the magical ride where all kids are in pajamas heading into the mountain to reach their final destination, The North Pole. -Amy Sullivan

Every year during the weekend of Thanksgiving, we head over to Meme & Papa's house for "Grandies PJ Night". Activities include decorating their Christmas Tree, good food and drinks and a matching set of PJs for all the grandkids or "grandies". We start snapping pictures and sooner or later my mom has her Christmas card photo! I think the tradition originally started because my parent's wanted help decorating the tree. Now, the grandkids (ages 3-9) look forward to this fun night and subsequent family gatherings when all of the cousins "just happen" to have on their matching PJs!  - Bethany

My favorite tradition is baking holiday cookies.  I still have the kitchen island that I made cookies on with my mother and sisters as a little girl.  It is such a joy to share the island, the memories, and the cookie recipes with my kids now. - Valerie

Our favorite holiday tradition is our daily "Christmas Magic" Christmas countdown (Similar to the idea of an advent calendar.)  And to answer the question why we celebrate this holiday in our house, we say: “We celebrate Christmas magic because this is a magical time of year...We describe how, at its best, it is a time of extra excitement, celebration, generosity and kindness that, in itself, is magic.  It is a time that people connect with their spiritual beliefs and enjoy the abundance that comes from both giving and receiving.  And it is also a time to be especially compassionate to those who do not have people in their lives with whom they can share celebrations this time of year.” - Marta

The Christmas Imp, a little man with a red peaked cap made out of pipe cleaners who my husband and I hide in a new location in our house every day December  1-24. The idea is that he's there to observe the kids and report to Santa if they've been good. The kids love to find him. On Christmas Eve, he's in the Christmas tree and on Christmas Day he's gone, presumably having left with Santa. This is a tradition that's been in my husband's family for three generations, and each nuclear family makes their own Imp. - Esther & Daniel

At Kidoinfo, we love to learn about and share family traditions and seasonal rituals, weaving those carried from our past with those we initiate with our own children. Today we are honored to speak with Governor Raimondo about the Halloween.

kidoinfo-governor-raimondo-family-halloweenKIDOINFO: Governor Raimondo, as October draws to its climactic close, we are wondering what Halloween traditions you enjoy celebrating with your family?

Governor Raimondo: Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and we enjoy all the traditions – costumes, candy and of course trick-or-treating. This year we’ll be handing out Milky Ways, Hershey bars and Kit Kats.

KIDOINFO: How are your kids planning to dress up this year?

Governor Raimondo: Tommy is going as James Bond; Ceci is going to be a cat.

KIDOINFO: What did you love about Halloween as a kid?

Governor Raimondo: I have really vivid Halloween memories growing up in Smithfield, of trick-or-treating with my friends for HOURS in what felt like a really big neighborhood. I’d come home with an obscene amount of candy.

KIDOINFO: Is there a memorable costume that comes to mind? How did you create it?

Governor Raimondo: When I was five or six I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood, and my mother made me an awesome red cape. It was a great costume.

KIDOINFO: Finally, hungry minds want to know: what type of candy would be most likely to "disappear" first from your kids' Halloween haul? Hypothetically speaking.

Governor Raimondo: Hypothetically speaking, Kit Kats would be the first to go.

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Tourism Council are pleased to announce the City's annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at India Point Park on Monday, July 4th beginning at 4:30PM. This expanded event will feature family friendly activities, a bike parade and valet, live entertainment and a fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.

"The City's Independence Day Celebration is a highlight of the summer season here in Providence," said Mayor Elorza. "I look forward to joining visitors and residents from all of our neighborhoods at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July at this family-friendly, free event and our signature fireworks display."

Screenshot 2016-06-29 09.41.29The City of Providence's Independence Day Celebration kicks off at 4:30PM with a festive line-up of family-friendly programming. Some of the highlights include: Circus Dynamics who will be performing magic shows, the Rhode Island Black Storytellers who will be sharing their special blend of performance-based story-telling, puppeteer Marc Kohler will amaze with his many creations and the K-Rob BMX Stunt Team will present a BMX demonstration.

Children and adults are encouraged to bike to India Point Park and participate in Mayor Elorza's 1st Annual Independence Day Bike Parade. Residents from all neighborhoods are encouraged to join 6:00PM at Providence City Hall as the bicycle-train weaves its way through Downtown Providence picking up more cyclists at India Point Park by the playground at 6:30PM. Participants can park their bikes for no cost at the event's bike valet.

Guests can enjoy their favorite flavors of the Ocean State with a food truck market presented in partnership with

Local Latin Rockers Santa Mamba will kick off the main stage festivities beginning at 8pm followed by a spectacular fireworks display over Narragansett Bay at 9:15pm. Immediately following the fireworks display the crowd is encouraged to stick around and dance the night away with a very special guest performing on the main stage.


The rain date will be July 5, 2016.

Additional sponsors of the celebration include the Department of Parks and Recreation and

We are working closely with our public safety agencies to ensure that this year's event is fun and secure.

The City will also be observing the following traffic plan to ensure easy access in and out of India Point Park on July 4:

By Michele Meek, ShelfDig

No one can deny the convenience of online shopping. Even my grandmother is ordering gifts from Amazon now. Still, many of us want to support our local stores. And believe me, the stores want that too.

So a group of us created ShelfDig—a website that enables you to browse and search the store shelves right here in Providence.

This year, why not try to buy all (or at least most) of your holiday presents locally? I’ve compiled a list of gifts for babies, children and teens, and you might be surprised by the variety of gifts you can find right here in Providence, many of them even locally made.

Gifts for Babies & Toddlers


Screen-Printed Onesies

These cotton baby onesies make unique gifts. Each one has its own decoration—a series of hearts, a tiger, or Martian. Locals might especially appreciate the “Don’t Mess with Rhode Island Either” design with a little RI within an outline of Texas. | $22

Cool Pop Teether 

Teething babies (3 months and up) will enjoy this colorful silicone teether in the shape of an ice pop. | $9.95

Animal Ornaments

These porcelain animal ornaments created by New Jersey artist Beth DiCara make a charming decoration for children’s rooms (although they’re definitely for show, not for play). | $18

Baby’s First Book: Nesting Dolls

Rag and Bone Bindery's best-selling baby book helps parents keep memories and mementos from baby’s first year. | $72

Milkbarn Swaddle Baby Blanket 
These 100% organic cotton swaddle blankets decorated with white roses or little foxes are perfect as nursing covers or stroller blankets. | $27

Annicke Mouse: Handmade Stuffed Animal

Made from light brown organic cotton fleece, with a hand-embroidered face and striped cotton lining on her floppy ears, Annicke is perfect for newborns because it doesn't have any buttons or strings. | $42

Gray Baby Kowali Kozyhat 

Gray and black fleece hat for babies. | $22

Plush Mini Creatures 

Handmade colorful soft toy stuffed creatures by Mr. Sogs Creatures. | $18-$46

Little Miss Austin: A BabyLit Counting Primer 

Designed to introduce 'little bibliophiles' to the romantic world of Jane Austen with a stroll through one English village to meet two rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the five Bennet sisters encounter four marriage proposals. | $9.99

Star Capes

Let kids create their own superheroes with these locally-made shiny and whimsical star capes. | $26

123 Beach Board Book

A beach-themed counting book is perfect for Ocean State children and babies. | $7.95

Touch and Learn Preschool Playbook

Preschoolers can learn numbers, alphabet, spelling and more with this compact electronic learning device that looks and feels like a book. | $23.99

Lion Bookends

Gold or white-colored lion bookends can decorate baby’s room. | $40

Gifts for Children


Handmade Car Seat Organizers

A great gift for kids and parents, these organizers hang from the back of the front seat and contain compartments to hold pens, pencils, books, tablets and more to keep children’s activities (read: clutter) in the car more organized. | $39

Lacing Cards Children’s Art Set

Children ages five and up can practice ‘sewing’ with these Children of the World Lacing Cards set from Eeboo. | $18

Children’s Height Chart

This refrigerator magnet height chart helps keep track of kids’ height. | $12.95

Wooden Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set 

A Melissa & Doug wooden cupcake set includes cupcake tray, cupcakes, icing tops, cupcake sleeves, candles, icing markers and oven mitt so children can celebrate birthdays any time they want. | $19.99


This variation on Bingo has been a favorite in our house. Both pre-readers and readers alike can play (recommended for ages four and up). | $19.99

Hand-Stitching Project: Owl

Crafty kids will enjoy being able to hand-stitch (with a little help, perhaps) their own stuffed animal. The kit includes pattern, instructions, and all materials necessary to complete the animal. Also available in Cat, Kangaroo, Fox and Whale. | $20

Skull Piggy Bank

These colorful ceramic skull-themed piggy banks can contain loose change in older kids’ rooms. | $15

Roominate Chateau Wired Building Kit

This Roominate chateau-building kit includes wires and designable furniture to teach children important STEM-related skills like basic circuitry, wheels and pulleys, and creativity. | $49.99

Geomag Color

This classic Geomag product contains magnetic rods and nonmagnetic steel spheres that combine to create an unlimited number of structures, for ages three and up. | $36

Peruvian Musical Instruments

Form your own kid band with a bamboo flute, painted maracas, a wooden mallet and metal chimes, and other instruments. | $10-28

Shrinky Dinks Refill Pack 

The old-fashioned technology of Shrinky Dinks still amazes. This refill pack includes six sheets of shrinkable plastic so children can imagine their own shapes and designs. $9.50

Set Card Game

This game of visual perception is officially for ages 8 and up, but we’ve played it with children as young as four (for them, we often take out one of the ‘layers’ – shading, shape, color, number). It’s as fun (and challenging) for adults as it is for kids. | $13.99

Make Your Own Bunny Puppet Kit 

Children ages four and up can make their own bunny puppet with this kit that includes a plush puppet body, fabric puppet parts, non-toxic glue, and instructions, along with puppet show ideas and a stage scene ready to color. | $18

Monster Pendants

These locally designed pendants by Lucky Bird Studios and Fishcakes feature a variety of themes to suit any tastes, from ‘I Heart Pie’ to ‘I Heart Pi’. | $26

Small Earthlust Water Bottles

Kids will find these BPA-free stainless steel water bottles with bird, elephant and owl designs ‘very grown-up’. | $16

Children’s Books

Ada Books offers gently used children’s books like Pairs: Twins and Other Twosomes, Mad About Monkeys and Leo: A Ghost Story. | Various prices.

Snap Circuits: Light

This circuit kit includes 55 parts that snap together with ease so children can make projects like a strobe light or lights that change to the beat of music.  | $79.99

Toysmith Juggling Balls

A set of three colorful juggling balls is perfect for beginners. | $ 7.95

Gifts for Teens



Choose from a variety of colorful skateboard decks, then choose a wheel color and truck to design your own skateboard. | $50 for decks; $20-$50 other parts.

Vampire Earrings

Here’s a pair they might not have already—a pair of vampire earrings. | $10

Fjallraven Kanken Backback

This iconic Swedish-designed backpack is durable and water-repellent, with adjustable straps. | $80

PARL Paw Print Bangle 

Animal lovers will appreciate this handcrafted paw print bangle with 20% of your purchase donated to the Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL). | $35

The Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck 

An illustrated Tarot card deck created for the first time tarot card user. | $24

Decorative Cell Phone Covers

Celebrate sports teams (Yankees, Bruins, etc), Superheros (Batman, Hulk, etc) and other themes with a decorative cell phone cover. | Various prices.

Joe’s Jeans

Ripped jeans, white jeans, or simple blue jeans by Joe’s Jeans. | Various prices.

Earrings from Around the World

Earrings in a variety of shapes, colors and styles from around the world. | Various prices.

Leather-Bound Journal

A leather-bound journal (various sizes) makes a great gift for a budding writer or artist, or any teen that might appreciate the “old-fashioned” arts. | $32-42

Rhode Island Bag

This natural cotton canvas bag features a Rhode Island map filled with pictures, icons and city names. | $20

S'well Wood Collection Water Bottle 

This stainless steel water bottle, painted to imitate wood, keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, or hot for 12. Plus, for every Wood Collection bottle sold, S’well will plant a tree. | $36-48

Classic Books

In this selection of remainder books from Symposium, you’ll find classics like Ulysses or On the Genealogy of Morals, along with books by Nabokov, Faulkner, Proust, Hunter S. Thomas and Chaucer. | Various prices.

Rock Earrings 

Providence-based artist Margaret Hinge makes these handcrafted stone earrings. | $40


How about a shiny new bicycle? Find road racing, touring, upright hybrids, and mountain bikes in all colors and sizes. | Various prices.

Round Hanging Terrarium

Here’s an idea for an eco-friendly room design—grow a plant in a round hanging glass terrarium. | $30.50

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels and comic books, like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby and Gahan Wilson’s Sunday Comics, fill this shelf. | Various prices.

Hair Sticks

Made from carved wood with white inlaid patterns, each of these hair sticks features a unique design. | $12

Converse Sneakers

The classic sneaker still holds up—high-top and regular Converse sneakers in all colors. | $50

Designer Sneakers

Or if you know your teen wants the Nike Air Huarache or the Adidas Tokyo Purple Sneakers or the New Balance 996, browse this shelf for designer sneakers. And when you buy local, it makes it easier to exchange for a different size! | Various prices.

ShelfDig enables shoppers to browse, search and discover online the products available in stores in their local community. A semi-finalist in the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, ShelfDig currently has partnerships with over 60 stores in the Providence area and launched to the public in the beginning of November 2015.


This Halloween, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is encouraging food allergy families to start a new tradition: painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on your porch as a sign to other families managing food allergies that you have non-food treats available at your home. Your teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!

Purchasing inexpensive non-food treats to hand out is a great way to include all children in trick-or-treating, and FARE hope that the Teal Pumpkin Project will be a tradition for years to come.

Examples of non-food items include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils.


Print out FARE’s teal pumpkin poster to post next to your door to notify visitors that you are handing out non-food items in support of all children with food allergies.

Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This year, you can be part of an even bigger movement by joining 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project.



I have been a big fan of StoryCorps since it began 10 years ago with their mission to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. Reminding us of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, StoryCorps is creating an invaluable archive for future generations. I love listening to the stories and the idea of preserving my own.

storycorps-mom-compilationIn honor of Mother's Day, StoryCorps reminds us to talk with other mothers. StoryCorps has made it easy for us to preserve the stories with their now free app (download the app here) and has even suggested questions to get the conversation rolling.

Using the app's step-by-step directions, it's simple to honor your mother while preserving her wisdom, memories, and voice forever at the Library of Congress.

If you're unable to be with your mom this weekend, StoryCorps suggests getting together with a sibling, friend, or spouse and share some stories about a woman who means a lot to you. Listen closely—you never know what you'll learn about the extraordinary women in your life!

Questions to ask your mom...

Ooops! Mother's Day is this Sunday and you may well have forgotten or not got around to making a card or grabbing a gift for that special Mom in your life. Check out these easy ideas for all ages (including adults) to save your bacon just in time for Sunday morning!


Paper Flower Pot (Food, Love and Life)


Yarn hearts (hello, Wonderful)



Personal Book about Mom (hello, Wonderful)


Paint Swatch Coupon Book (Shannon Berrey)


Newpaper Page about Mom (Martha Stewart)


Flower Power Mommy (hello, Wonderful)


Finger Print Plant Pot (Kids Stuff World)


Since our local elementary school has tightened food rules to restrict giving candy etc, we have been trying to think up some easy ideas for non-food Valentines gifts for my daughter's first grade class.  Here follows some multi-age, inexpensive ideas to fit the bill.

* Fabric Hearts (image shown above). Can be made out of scrap fabric and filled with dried lavender.


* Heart-shaped bird treats.  Pop a mixture of gelatin and bird seed into heart shaped tins.  Check out this easy recipe for more details.


* Friendship Bracelets for your classmates (also keeps children occupied on snow days)!


* Yarn hearts - I love this easy, inexpensive idea which could be made into any shape.


* Valentine bubbles - great for younger children to give to their preschool friends.

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* A useful pencil decorated with a handmade heart or wound up in a cute caterpillar paper.

Happy Crafting and Happy Valentines Day!


We have decided to celebrate the magic of snow (and lack of the white stuff in the northeast) by hosting a Snow Party - complete with stories, crafts, science experiments and snacks. Followed by a trip outdoors in real snow if the temperatures drop and the rain changes to snow.



paper snowflakes  | bugs and fishes

Cut snowflakes from folded paper, paper plates or round doilies.

stars wars paper snowflakes | matters of grey

Think of snowy Hoth. Make Star Wars themed snowflakes. (how-to)

quilled paper snowflake

Quill a snowflake from paper strips. (how-to)

snowstorm  |  craft stylish

Make an indoor snowstorm using Avery labels and dental floss. (how-to)

snowglobe | martha stewart

Make a snow globe from old glass jars, greens, plastic toys, distilled water, glitter, and glycerin. (how-to)

window cling snowflake  |  family fun

Make window cling snowflakes with glue and glitter. (how-to)

collage snowman | kidoinfo

Collage a snowman using paper, old magazines, buttons, sequins, sticks and old ribbons.
Inspired by Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. (how-to)


Learn about the seven basic snowflake shapes here.

borax crsytal snowflake | martha stewart

Make crystallized snowflakes with Borax, hot water and pipe cleaners. (how-to)
Learn the science behind the Borax crystals.


snowflake cookies | pink martinis and pearls

Bake and decorate snowflake cookies. (recipe)

snowflake tortillas | family fun

Make tortilla snowflake snack. Fold and cut tortillas as you would paper snowflakes, coat with a little oil or butter. dust cinnamon or , bake first and dust after with confectioners sugar! (recipe)


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