What: Book-release party for DC BABY, featuring children’s entertainment by Oh Susannah! and light refreshments.
When: Sunday, November 20, 2:30-4 p.m.
Where: Jonah’s Treehouse, 2121 Wisconsin Ave. NW, C-1 Level, Glover Park, Washington, DC.
It’s a party, and the public is invited! Jonah’s Treehouse will host a free extravaganza with music, food, and play this Sunday, November 20. The event celebrates the release of DC BABY: A Handbook For Parenting In (& Around) the Capitol City by Sarah Masterson and allows families to experience the fun of Jonah’s Treehouse custom play studio firsthand.
The new book is a 352-page encyclopedia of information and recommendations for parents and parents-to-be in the District, Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland, covering everything from pregnancy to preschool, playgrounds and playgroups, storytimes, outings, health care, shopping, babyproofing, enrichment classes, parenting support groups, and much more.
Entertainment will be provided by award-winning local children’s musician Oh Susannah! (a.k.a. Susan Berg McNelis), who is featured in the book as one of DC’s best kids’ entertainers. Tasty treats will also be served.
Jonah’s Treehouse, the Glover Park setting for this kid-friendly extravaganza, offers an innovative play and movement curriculum that is the talk of the town. Featured in The Washington Business Journal and spotlighted live on the Channel 5 Morning Show, Jonah’s Treehouse offers a custom studio where crawlers, toddlers, and preschoolers are free to move and climb in a safe, challenging environment. The studio boasts bridges and slides, cylinders and tunnels, soft mat shapes, ropes ladders and trapezes, bouncy balls and more! Jonah’s Treehouse is also the DC BABY favorite for early childhood enrichment classes.
Kids of all ages, along with their parents and caregivers, are invited to the free event. The author will be on hand — along with her own DC baby, Ava Louise — to greet families and sign copies of the book, which will be available at a discounted rate to all attendees.
BABY: A Handbook For Parenting
Date: November 11
Author Sarah K. Masterson knows a great opportunity when she sees one. In early 2005, Masterson, a former research fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, returned unexpectedly to Washington from her native Texas when her husband, Noah, accepted a job in Bethesda, MD. The Mastersons had a one-year-old daughter, and in preparation for the move, Sarah looked for a comprehensive book about parenting in DC. She couldn’t find one, so she decided to write it herself.
The result is DC BABY: A Handbook For Parenting In (& Around) the Capitol City, a 352-page encyclopedia of information for parents and parents-to-be in the District, Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland. DC BABY covers everything from pregnancy to preschool, with chapters on Playgrounds & Playgroups, Storytimes, Daycare, Outings, Health & Safety, Shopping, Transportation, and much more. Mothers and fathers will rejoice in the thorough coverage of birth doulas, midwives and OB/GYNs; nannies; kids’ classes; resources for special-needs children; listservs; dining out; shopping for gear; and seasonal goings-on.
Sarah and Noah, a financial marketing professional, made the unusual decision to self-publish DC BABY. “I knew that if we sought a traditional publisher, it could take a year or more for the book to arrive on shelves—and by that time, some of the information would be outdated,” Sarah says. “When the book was half-written, my husband and I agreed we should publish it ourselves. Noah did the layout, and two months later it was off to the printer!”
To help promote the book—and to provide free daily tips to other DC parents—the couple launched a website, www.dc-baby.com. The site features Sarah’s daily blog posts as well as links to other DC parenting resources. Visitors to the site can also purchase the book—and DC BABY gear, such as infant creepers, tote bags, and T-shirts. (Locally, the book is available at Dawn Price Baby and other fine boutiques; visit the website for a complete list of vendors.) DC-baby.com was an immediate success, garnering much praise from area mothers, and a loyal subscriber base.
Now, with the publication of DC BABY: A Handbook For Parenting In (& Around) the Capitol City, a valuable niche has been filled—and the Mastersons are already planning the sequel. “Some have suggested we expand into other cities, but as our daughter grows older, I could see us publishing a book for DC parents of school-age children,” Sarah says.
Could DC KID be on the horizon? Only time will tell.
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