One Bad Mother Episode 133: Reading Is FUNdamental, plus guests Andrew and Polly

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Andrew and Polly

Biz and Theresa talk about kids' books and outside of a few, how totally horrible they can be. Is it ok to just skip pages or not even let our kids know some classic children’s literature exists? What about books about TV shows or merchandise -- “And then the little Hot Wheel saved Christmas!” HUH?! Plus, Biz is desperate to hear "those three little words" from Ellis, Theresa is on the other side of Oscar’s surgery, and we have a blast talking about children’s music with performers Andrew and Polly.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, available on iTunes)
Grapes, Andrew and Polly, Odds and Ends
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans


Yay! Books!!!

I'm so glad to hear you guys talking about this– I'm always surprised how little some parent-friends care about WHAT books they're reading to their kids. I figure if I'm enjoying their book too– my kid will notice and see books in an even better light.
We LOVE "OWL AT HOME" and "GRASSHOPPER ON THE ROAD" and all the Frog and Toad books also by Arnold Lobel. That guy was brilliant.
The Little Bear books, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, are great and so sweet too.
Also– the classic Winnie The Pooh books are so amazing– the language is sophisticated in a wonderful way– and they're really funny both to me and to my 2 year old son. (for different reasons)
I agree about the Dr. Seuss books... I know kids like repetition, but I can't handle it. BUT I LOVED them as a kid.

I don't know if this is the right place to share these– but I'm not on Facebook!