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Easter Eggs

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Easter Eggs

Chad Bookidis, Cofounder, Dad

September 28, 2018

We have a Friday movie night tradition in our house. Its origin is my own childhood. Growing up, Sunday nights meant popcorn, malts, and The Wonderful World of Disney. Recently, we watched Ready Player One for the fifth or twentieth time. I lose track.

It’s an amazing book (I couldn’t and didn’t put down) and a rock solid film adaptation. I’m pretty psyched for the sequel (novel & movie). If you haven’t read it or seen it, I’ll try not to deliberately give away too many spoilers.

Central to the plot of the story and movie is the Easter Egg. That theme shows up on many different levels. I love Easter Eggs. Which is why I take great joy in hearing my kids talk about or point out to their friends all the visual easter eggs I have shown them in the movie. I can die completely fulfilled knowing I have successfully created another generation of pop culture wonks.

One final note: We’re one week closer to an announcement and the game is afoot! 

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Cliffhanger?

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Who Doesn’t Love A Good Cliffhanger?

Chad Bookidis, Cofounder, Dad

September 28, 2018

Every night, when I stop reading to my kids, it reminds of Arabian Nights where in order to save herself from execution, Scheherazade tells King Shahryār story after story that ends in a cliffhanger.

The relaxed rhythms of summer have given way to walking to the bus by the dawn’s early light and homework afternoons. Books and stories have become a part of daily life for my family.  Any given evening, my three girls are reading books, drawing their own graphic novels, or listening to my wife Paula and I read to them. We try to read fun or inspiring stuff to keep their interest and shepherd their passions for a good book. Right now we’re reading Path to the Stars – A Memoir by Sylvia Acevedo, the CEO of Girls Scouts USA. It’s in preparation for her visit to Austin.

But what does that have to do with a Cliffhanger you ask? Well nothing specifically. Except that every night, when we stop reading, it reminds of Arabian Nights where in order to save herself from execution, Scheherazade tells King Shahryār story after story that ends in a cliffhanger.

I can’t end this post without a nod to a cliffhanger closer to home. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be a couple of hints about a big announcement. So stay tuned!

Think you know already? Email us or post a comment and if you guess correctly, we’ll hook you up with some cool schwag.

BookSpring Book Drive Winner

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BookSpring Book Drive Winner

HappiFamli, Senior Literary Correspondent

September 4, 2018

This past June and July, HappiFamli wanted to collect as many new and gently used books as possible to pass along to BookSpring so that they could distribute them into the hands of local Austin readers. We are beyond thrilled to report that we donated over 1700 books to BookSpring!!!

Did you know that children perform 35-40% better on reading achievement tests when they are given access to books during the summer months in which schools are typically out of session? We wanted to make sure that we were doing our part in bridging this literary gap. So, this past June and July, our goal was to collect as many new and gently used books as we could to pass along to BookSpring so that they could distribute them into the hands of local Austin readers. We are beyond thrilled to report that we donated over 1700 books to BookSpring!!! Yes you read that correctly, 1700 books!!!!

A special thanks to the following businesses who helped with this donation drive:

Our winner of this donation drive is: