This post is brought to you by Let’s Play, an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group that provides kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority by building and improving playgrounds and donating sports equipment to groups in need. I’m a Let’s Play Ambassador and was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Playgrounds complete a neighborhood; they allow kids to socialize, learn and simply play. Families are the backbone to a neighborhood, because their bonds keep children and families there for generations.  In East Point, a community in the metro Atlanta area, a brand new playground is there for generations of kids to play with at the John D. Milner Athletic Complex courtesy of Let’s Play.

This is a complex that was just down the street from where I used to live. The old playground did anything but attract play. Its colors were dated and the play aspects that it had weren’t as interactive as today’s kids require.

Call it the influence of Ninja Warrior or the increased athleticism of today’s children, but they need more than four-chain steps, monkey bars and a platform.

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We partnered with Let’s Play and KaBOOM! to build a new playground in an area of town where we used to live. It went from empty lot to playground in 6 house-benefiting generations of kids in the future.

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What is a Snurtch? A Snurtch is that (id) inside all of us that does the opposite of what we should. My adult Snurtch makes snide or sarcastic comments when they’re not needed. Thankfully the adult version of my Snurtch is rarely seen. For children though their Snurtch is seen on a daily basis and that is the premise behind The Snurtch. The book follows Ruthie, a typical first grade student who likes school, but has a problem with her Snurtch when she’s there.

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Everyone has a snurtch. This is the story of how a first grader learns to deal with hers

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All age comic books for September 28

September 26, 2016

Do you have an upper elementary or middle school girl who is looking for something? Check out Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle graphic novel from Razzle Dazzle Unicorn.
That age group will also like Jonesy trade paperback, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
All young readers will absolutely love Star Wars I Am Little Golden Books Library. It’s a chance to share Star Wars books for kids of any age. Elementary ages and up are able to read them and anyone will like looking at the art.

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Capturing Cresselia, a middle school Pokemon reader for boys or girls

September 25, 2016

This is a genre book that will target those certain kids and be the best thing that they read this month. It might also help some of those reluctant readers who play Pokemon, but just haven’t found the books that speak to them.
If that’s the case then this is your sign.
Each chapter in Capturing Cresselia is about 9 pages and there’s nothing objectionable in the content at all. There is one group of bullies that are competing against our team, but it’s done in a spirit that kids will be able to relate to. Set against the Pokemon backdrop are more than a couple side stories that each member of the team has to overcome.

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Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy, all age graphic novel greatness and more

September 24, 2016

What’s great about Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy for young readers is that it combines two key aspects of our favorite comic books into one, utterly original creation. It has the fun art of The Simpsons. Moose, rabbit and their forest friends are fun and radiate happiness. It’s a happy world they live in that’s packed with an undercurrent of adventure. It also has the fantastically weirdness of Adventure Time, but it’s toned down just a bit. Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy is simpler than that, but still very silly for young readers and maniacally happy for anyone.

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Dear #FutureYou, don’t wig out-here are some tips #ad

September 23, 2016

All a couple of those guys did was let theirs grow out several inches. They got a haircut and their discarded hair was glued standing up onto a thin layer of rubbery material that will seamlessly fit on top of your head. Got it?
You’re got that look don’t you? You could be happy about the work, paycheck or perhaps slightly bummed about that receding hairline. I know, when The Terminator came out you were merely saying that you’ve got a high hairline and that it wasn’t retreating. Yeah, that idea never went anywhere and they don’t hire dudes with a head full of hair to co-host a toupee infomercial, do they?

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The Late Jurassic, detailed, educational-all age, dinosaur book

September 22, 2016

Kids will fall in love with the illustrations and unlike most dinosaur books that are OK for children, it doesn’t sugar coat the dino world. There are some illustrations that feature various dinosaurs eating, but it’s not graphic and is done is such a manner that even our 4 year old can look at them. It’s not bloody or over the top, but it gets the point across that some of these creatures were the biggest, most brutal predators ever to roam the Earth.

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How This Book Was Made, brilliant, unusual and really funny

September 21, 2016

How This Book Was Made is a great book. Our 6 year old likes it, but we read it to him first. As a children’s book, for ages 7 and younger, parents will want to read it to them a couple times so that kids can understand the pacing, humor and some of the bigger words. Kids 8 and up will love the absurdity of the situations, subtle recurring sight gags (like the tiger) and the variety of the art.
Some of the art are drawings of the author writing or arm wrestling with a tiger. Other illustrations look like it’s a physical thing, a 3D paper creation of a skyscraper or model of the Earth. And still some pages are a blend of the two, like when the pirate crashes through the bulkhead of the ship; it has the feel of real cardboard set against a pencil created pirate.

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