Monthly Archives: May 2016

Q&A with Nancy Drew Developer Her Interactive

by Katy Svehaug
May 19, 2016

Since releasing their first Nancy Drew adventure game, Secrets Can Kill, back in 1998, Her Interactive has inspired thousands to pick up a virtual magnifying glass and take on the role of amateur detective—including 2015 STEM Challenge winner Olivia Thomas. Based out of Bellevue, Washington, the Her Interactive team has … 







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The new Misty Copeland Barbie

What Toy Makers Are Doing About Gender and Diversity

by Sandhya Nankani
May 10, 2016

Last week, Sandhya Nankani wrote about the White House Conference on gender and diversity in toys. Here she describes the toy industry’s efforts to break down existing stereotypes and create new narratives that empower girls.   The toy world is abuzz with the recent launch of the newest Barbie doll, … 







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Children's Book Week Poster

The Best Children’s Books from Our Childhood

by Katy Svehaug
May 5, 2016

In celebration of Children’s Book Week and the power of storytelling throughout generations, we asked Cooney Center staff members to reflect on their favorite children’s books, along with the new stories they’re excited to share with their own children. We hope you’ll share your favorites, new and old, in the comments. Executive Director … 







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White House Conference Focuses on Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Media

by Sandhya Nankani
May 2, 2016

April was a busy month at the White House. In addition to the Early STEM Learning Symposium (which Elisabeth McLure reported on last week), the White House also played host to a day-long conference, “Helping Children Explore, Learn, and Dream Without Limits: Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media and Toys.” … 







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