Here are some links to my posts that recommend some of my favorite products and services…


Autism’s False Prophets by Paul Offit

The Bipolar Child by Dr. Demitri Papolos

Death From the Skies by Phil Plait

Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy

Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan

Parenting Inc. by Pamela Paul

PLAY: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Dr. Stuart Brown

Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter

Raising Freethinkers by Dale McGowan, Amanda Metskas, and Jan Devor

Trick or Treatment by Edzard Earnst and Simon Singh

Children’s Books:


The Frog Scientist by Pamela Turner

Hoaxed: Fakes and Mistakes in the World of Science by Jude Isabella

Jane and the Dragon

National Geographic’s Our Universe


They Might Be Giants – Here Comes Science



Evolution: How we and all Living Things Came to Be

Fly Me to the Moon

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs


Museums & Science Centers

Boonshoft Museum in Dayton

Boston Museum of Science

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Indianapolis Children’s Museum


Astronomy Cast

Hubble & Spitzer HD Vodcasts


Savage Lovecast

Skeptic’s Guide To The Universe

Skeptic Zone


Cavity Fighting Lollipops

Cutter Advanced Bug Spray

First Alert Optical Smoke Alarm

Sigg Water Bottles


House Husbands of Hollywood



American Humanism Association

Atlanta Zoo

Camp Inquiry

Camp Quest

Foundation Beyond Belief

Yes Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds


  1. I searched your blog because I’m very skeptical of the “Your Baby Can Read” program advertized on TV a lot lately. I’m a participant on the Skeptalk (email discussion list for fans of the Skeptoid podcast). Today a thread emerged on this topic. It seems even more ridiculous than the Baby Mozart craze a few years back. It claims to teach toddlers to read actual words before they are even verbal!

    Do you have a review of this product and I’m just not finding it?
    If not, would you consider evaluating this program? I hear it’s $250! A lot more expensive than a Mozart CD.

    • I haven’t heard too much about this, but I’m betting a few of our regulars might have an opinion.

  2. Laura, you might be interested in reading our blog post written by David Elkind PhD, about Teaching Babies to Read, which addresses these early learning programs:

  3. This is a fine list, but any recommendations on pregnancy and baby books?

    – father to be (found out 3 days ago 😀 😀 :D)

    • Congratulations!

      I recommend “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Dr. Weissbluth, but that’s anecdotal from personal experience. And though I haven’t read it, I would recommend Dr. Ari Brown’s “Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year”. Dr. Brown is pro-vaccine and her perspectives are science-based, but obviously you’ll want to decide for yourself.

      • Thank you!

        Baby 411 is purchased along with Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.

        Judging from my experience with friends and family I’m entering a phase of life where science, reason and logic seems to be the exceptions and not the rules…

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