Fall Reading for Children of All Ages

Eight beautiful books on friendship, identity and the world around us

Earlier this year we became smitten with the messages, meaning and heart of “Lulu is a Rhinoceros,” a powerful book for children by Jason and Allison Flom. Pets, the quest for identity, friendship and the value of animals in our lives all make for important themes—worth instilling in youth and revisiting time and time again at any age. The following eight books address various aspects …

Jason + Allison Flom’s Charming, Impactful “Lulu is a Rhinoceros” Book

A real-life bulldog addresses self-identity in a world imagined by her family and artist Sophie Corrigan

Flipping the final page of “Lulu is a Rhinoceros” affirms one thing: truly impactful storytelling marries an important character with a thoughtful plot—all through a resonant message. Music industry icon Jason Flom, his daughter Allison Flom and illustrator Sophie Corrigan carefully craft all of the above with some rhyme to pepper the playfulness. It’s no ordinary children’s adventure, as identity and acceptance are tackled along …

The Disappearance of the Middle Child in America

In the ’70s, the most common family unit in America featured four children, according to a Pew Research Center study from 1976. At that time, only 24% of mothers between the ages of 40 and 44 had birthed just two children. Today, however, the default family size across America has shrunk to two children per unit. The Cut attributes this many things, including the fact …

Sustainable LEGO Blocks from Plant-Based Plastic

New LEGO blocks made from polyethylene (which is based on and sourced from sugarcane) are to be released this year, beginning a new sustainable direction for the iconic company. While the material is flexible and soft, the new blocks will be identical to those made with conventional plastic, meaning LEGO can continue to keep their promise that any of their blocks made over the past …

Chile Kills Cute Mascots to Fight Obesity

In a move that nutrition experts are calling “the world’s most ambitious attempt to remake a country’s food culture,” the Chilean government is banning cute marketing ploys to sell junk food. They’ve killed Frosted Flakes’ Tony the Tiger, Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah and various other cartoon mascots. This same law prohibits the sale of junk food (ice cream, potato chips, etc) in schools, and resulted in …