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Product Details

  • Diary: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; Jou edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804185425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804185424
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nationally renowned parenting authority Harley A. Rotbart, M.D. is Professor and Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children's Hospital Colorado and has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996. He is a regular contributor to Parents Magazine and The New York Times. Dr. Rotbart lives with his wife in Colorado; they are the parents of three grown children.

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940 Saturdays is a journal and family activity book in one.
C. Adkisson
I think this book would make a sweet baby shower gift for any expectant parents as well as a nice gift for a parent of any young child!
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I didn't realize that a majority of this book was blank pages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on September 9, 2014
Format: Diary
Did you know there are 940 Saturdays between a child's birth and the day he or she turns eighteen? On one hand, that sounds like a lot of time. On the other hand, I know those days (and years) will fly by. The past 5 months with my son have already flown by and I want to savor all the moments. For that reason, I was intrigued when I saw there was a new book called 940 Saturdays: Family Activities and a Keepsake Journal.

The book was written by Dr. Harley Rotbart, who is apparently a renowned parenting authority. I loved the concept of making the most of all the Saturdays so was excited to read this book. When I opened up 940 Saturdays, I was quite surprised. Let's just say that it wasn't what I expected.

940 Saturdays is a 2-inch thick book - and it's blank pages for you to journal about the Saturdays. Each page has two Saturdays on it, counted by number with space for you to fill in the date and journal about what you did on that Saturday. The concept is good. I want to make the most of every day with my son. That said, the idea of journaling what we do every Saturday - mundane or extraordinary - is overwhelming.

940 Saturdays does come with a booklet insert with ideas for what you can do on these Saturdays. While it was divided by ages, I was disappointed. The booklet is simply a list of hundreds of ideas. It's a bullet list of ideas like draw pictures, play outside, make a collage and visit the zoo. I could come up with these ideas on my own. There wasn't anything particularly noteworthy in this list. Maybe that was the intention. Simple ideas or involved, these 940 Saturdays should be spent enjoying the time with our children.

So, would I buy this book? No.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer to the heart on October 19, 2014
Format: Diary
This product is terrific, when looking for books for a choice to review, I ended up picking this, Some people would get the name confused picturing it as maybe giving you ideas or advice what you can do on Saturday's. But , I knew exactly what to expect , as the title speaks for itself. 940 Saturdays, keepsake journal.

Every page is blank, there are 940 Saturdays which if my calculations are right that would mean it would equal to 18 years. This books was perfect for me as a mother of 3 children the youngest is 4 months and the oldest is 8 years old. We cherish our weekends as a family, even though were not always together as a family with the 2 older ones go to Aunt and Uncles or Grandma and Grandpa's house we always have the baby. But, what we decided is to use this as every Saturday give something special that happened that day, if nothing happened then give a caption of what special things or moments that we cherished throughout the weeks. For instance, this past Saturday which was October 18 2014, our 4 month old little girl started to hold items in her hand especially a rattle and wearing her sunglasses.(not really a normal baby , as babies really don't like hats a glasses on their face) She is special she likes those things, but those are the kid of special moments we want to write down. Yes she has a baby book but their isn't room for every moment and the littlest moments that might not mean something to others it means something to us. I will cherish this book for all of time. I will write down the achievements my other children will do or have done on that day or give a summery on Saturday of each week. But, this is a perfect item for every mom to be or mom of a new baby to capture what baby books don't cover.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2014
Format: Diary
There are 940 Saturdays between the day your child is born, and the day they turn 18. "940 Saturdays: Family Activities and a Keepsake Journal" by Harley A. Rotbart is a fun way to document those Saturdays!

"940 Saturdays" is a surprisingly large journal which consists of 480 pages. Each page contains 2 Journal entries which are numbered from 1 to 940, with a space to write the date and write about what you did that day. The journal also comes with a small activity book which is divided into age groups and lists of activities to do with your children. The activities listed are pretty basic, and most of them are things I have already done with my children.

I think the concept of this book is great! I think it's a wonderful idea to document your days with your kids. I think the message that the author is trying to convey is that we should make everyday count. And while I think this is excellent advice, I would push that statement to go a little further to say "Make everyday count". Why wait for the future? Why wait for the weekend? Document everyday with your kids.

I knew what this book was about when I requested it, but it is not exactly what I was expecting. I didn't realize that a majority of this book was blank pages. That's great and all, but I just expected a bit more input from the author. Great concept, but it falls a little short. I rate this book as 3 stars.

I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.
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Dr. Rotbart is a nationally-recognized parenting expert, pediatrician, speaker, and educator. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Parents Magazine and Parents.com, and previously was a member of the Advisory Board of Children's Health Magazine. He is a consultant to ABC News, a contributor to the New York Times Motherlode and New Old Age blogs, and to Jill Smokler's Scary Mommy. His recent parenting books include, 940 Saturdays, No Regrets Parenting, Germ Proof Your Kids, and The On Deck Circle of Life. He regularly speaks to large national audiences of parents, school, and youth sports organizations, as well as to community groups around the country. Dr. Rotbart also speaks widely to national professional organizations of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. He writes a monthly column for Parents Magazine's "Parents Perspectives" (http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/tag/harley-rotbart-series/).


Dr. Rotbart's national media appearances include: CBS' The Early Show, USA Today, Parents Magazine, Time Magazine, Redbook Magazine, SELF Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Health Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, VIV Magazine, Prevention Magazine, ABCNews.com, USAToday.com, ChicagoTribune.com, MSNBC.com, Livestrong.com. He has made dozens of radio appearances nationally and internationally, including Sirius Radio, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting Company (public radio in Australia), the latter of which can be heard here: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/02/27/4188307.htm).

In February, 2009, Dr. Rotbart teamed with former American Idol Brooke White for a nationwide satellite TV media tour promoting influenza prevention. In February, 2010, he collaborated with former American Idol Danny Gokey for another nationwide flu-awareness satellite media tour. Filmmaker Chris Condayan has prepared a video documentary for parents featuring Dr. Rotbart in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences, which can be viewed at: http://www.microbeworld.org/podcasts/microbeworld-video/238-germ-proof-your-kids-mwv26.


Dr. Rotbart has been a Pediatrics specialist for the past 31 years. His received his M.D. degree from Cornell University. His internship and residency in Pediatrics were at the University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia followed by fellowship in Pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado.

Following fellowship, Dr. Rotbart joined the full time faculty of the University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado. He currently is Professor and Vice Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Rotbart has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996, as well as receiving numerous other national awards for research, teaching, and clinical work. He is the author of more than 175 medical and scientific publications.


Dr. Rotbart and his wife, Sara, live in Denver, Colorado and are the parents of 3, ages 22-27, on whom he continues to practice what he preaches. Dr. Rotbart is also "Coach Harley," having coached youth baseball and basketball for more than 16 years; including 8 years coaching baseball at the high school level. His baseball and softball book for kids and their parents, The On Deck Circle of Life - 101 Lessons from the Dugout (2007; www.theondeckcircleoflife.com ) has been among the bestselling kids' sports books in the country, endorsed by baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. who wrote: "I have shared your book with our Foundation and encouraged them to incorporate the lessons into our character education program. Thank you for contributing to the development of healthy, happy children."

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