Life, Kids, and Books: “How to Behave and Why”

Posted by on March 17, 2014.

Last week, on a school day, our alarm went off and my husband and I did not jump out of bed. We lay there looking at the ceiling for a few minutes, you know, in dread. It was, as we call it, “time to wake the donuts,” and man, we really didn’t want to.

When Your Kids Read Books You Hate

Posted by on January 27, 2014.

I once read about a woman who banned her kids from reading picture books because she believed her kids were beyond them and should be reading chapter books exclusively.

I have also heard, and I am sure you have too, about parents who forbid books like Captain Underpants, books that are slightly vulgar in a make-kids-fall-off-their-chairs-laughing kind of way.

Life, Kids, and Books: Stick Figure Visits the Library

Posted by on January 8, 2014.

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Bad Kitty is Good Fun

Posted by on November 12, 2013.

Kitties always get a bad rap in fiction, don’t they? You never see an evil witch with a dog as a sidekick.

Even when they are the heroes or heroines, cats tend to be portrayed as sarcastic, cranky, and self-centered. They are the David Spades of the animal world.

“The 100 Best Children’s Books (of All Time!)”

Posted by on October 25, 2013.

There is something about the truly awesome body of children’s books that tempts people to try to separate the cream from the chum. It’s just irresistible.

This week the New York Times noted two organizations that have recently published their lists of the 100 “best books” in children’s literature, the New York Public Library and the British charity BookTrust.

Leaping Tall Buildings In a Single Bound!

Posted by on October 3, 2013.

Can you imagine what it must feel like to be Superman and be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, especially when the world needs you the most?

The sheer joy of such a thing!

To realize you have the talent and the strength to burst through the constraints of the physical world and then finding the will to give it all you’ve got.

Playing “Pick-Up”

Posted by on September 23, 2013.

When I was a kid there was a vacant field in the middle of our block. It was a place from which almost all of us could hear our mothers calling when it was time for dinner, but it was hidden away just enough that we could pretend we didn’t.