The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8

Crafts for Children
Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com.  Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions.  The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

Risk of Change

Lesbian
Two older lesbians, Meg, a writer, and Joanna, an artist, have joined their lives. Now they search for ways to accommodate each other’s lifetime of established and independent habits, and their individual and complex histories. A history that intertwines with events personal and profound: marriage, children, Vietnam, loss, and lives spent in the closet. Their present lives hold fear: the two women and their trust in each other are being menaced by a homophobe who strikes during the night.Reminiscent of Jane Rule’s great classic Memory Board, Risk of Change is a novel rich in its portrayal of older lesbian lives . At its heart it is a love story, an involving and moving depiction of a deepening relationship and the ordinary events and crises of life, and two very different women in their later years who lead active, energetic lives, and struggle to combine their working lives with their commitment to their love relationship and integration of the history that brought them together.By the author of Lovers in the Present AfternoonA Katherine V. Forrest Selection