Community Bookstores, Crayons, and Geocaching: Two Cents with's Jennifer Ford

Every week, we invite interesting people from all walks of life to share their "Two Cents," a quick question-and-answer format we think you'll enjoy!

Easy Sudoku Giveaway!

We just got our hands on some super-fun educational activity books for younger children: Easy Sudoku Sticker Puzzles featuring the characters of Nick Jr.'s Go Diego Go! and The Backyardigans!

These books encourage problem-solving and logical thinking, and we're giving them away!

Just be one of the first 5 people to review 3 parks (or museums, or beaches), and we'll send an Easy Sudoku Sticker activity book your way!

Chinese New Year in the Park (plus Giveaway!)

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we're giving away three copies of Feeding the Dragon, a cookbook and travelogue through China written by the adventurous brother-and-sister duo Nate and Mary Kate Tate. 

Park Bench Books (Columbus Day/Native American Day Edition)

Did you know that Columbus Day is called "Native American Day" in South Dakota, "Discovery Day" in Hawaii and the Bahamas, "National Day" in Spain, and "Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity" in Argentina?

For good and for bad, the meeting of the Americas and Eurasia (and later, Africa) changed the world. Learn more about the pre- and post-Columbian worlds with one of these fascinating reads:

For the Adults:

Park Bench Books: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did you know that a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. can be found at Westminster Abbey? 

Park Bench Books: Chinese New Year Reading Recommendations

What do Abraham Lincoln, Pablo Picasso, Mao Zedong, and Dr. Dre have in common? According to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, they were all born in the Year of the Snake (in 1809, 1881, 1893, and 1965, respectively).

2013 welcomes the return of the Year of the Snake, so we've rounded up some of the best books about China's history and culture for both children and adults. Read them on a park bench, at the beach, or cozied up at home with a cup of tea:

Park Bench Books: Black History Month Reading Recommendations

From the Three-Fifths Compromise to the Emancipation Proclamation, from W.E.B. DuBois to Muhammad Ali, from Harlem to Selma, the history of African-Americans is inseparable from the history of the United States of America.

Spring Break Fun: Five Inspiring Ideas

Wondering how to keep the kids entertained during Spring Break? Make the most of the time off with these five ideas:

1. Get outside!