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Fred Newman: Growing Up Weird, in Stories & Sound Effects – a Best Beginnings Fundraiser

Sound effects guy extraordinaire Fred Newman – you know him from A Prairie Home Companion on public radio – is performing in a special one-time performance to benefit Best Beginnings. It’s Tuesday, Sept. 1, 7 to 8:30 pm at Snow Goose Performing Arts Theatre.

JOIN the FUN and DOUBLE THE FUNDS! Starting today tickets sales will be matched by a generous donor.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets.


Words Count

Words-Count-logoDiscover creative ways to talk, sing, read, and play with your children every day. Learn more about Words Count, watch the video, and get and share great ideas on our Facebook page!


One young Alaskan recently received the one millionth Imagination Library Book delivered in our state. So who is it? It’s the baby next door. It’s your son. Or your granddaughter. Your hairstylist’s niece. Or your friend’s godson. The fact is, every child enrolled in Alaska’s Imagination Libraries is a part of this celebration – because it took each of them to help reach this incredible milestone. Watch Alaska Imagination Library volunteers celebrate this success.

Pediatricians’ Rx for new parents: Read to your baby.

Pediatrician & book

It was great news recently, when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced it is asking its 62,000 members to urge parents to read to their children as soon as they’re born. For the first time, the AAP will promote early literacy—beginning from an infant's very first days—as an “essential” component of primary care visits. From a pediatrician’s point of view, early out-loud reading is Learn More »