The Next Great Book: Summer Reading, Part One

Posted by on May 19, 2015.

We recently held a book review event for our children’s librarians. We had a panel of four reviewers and talked about new fiction for middle grades through high school.

As I was creating the list of books I wanted to review I realized with no small amount of shock that I had a long list consisting of…historical fiction?!

If you’re a parent and … your child wants to see the world

Posted by on May 7, 2015.

I came home from my term abroad with rolls and rolls of undeveloped film. The excitement of seeing the real photos months later inspired me to document my adventures in scrapbooks. I very rarely looked at the books again…until my daughter’s increasing reading habit prompted the albums’ resurgence (for better or worse).

If you’re a parent and…you’ve got a slugger

Posted by on April 23, 2015.

Well, maybe not a “slugger.” More like a clunker.

His pitching is anything but fast, his tiny hands can barely close his glove, let alone catch with it, and he usually forgets to run the bases when his bat finally makes contact with the ball.

If you are a parent and… your child learns to read

Posted by on March 23, 2015.

Little boy with dinosaur book

I’ll be honest – I burst into tears.

At first I didn’t believe it. Emmett’s friend (who is nine) had been sitting with him looking at a book when she alerted me: Emmett can read. I said, “What?! Really? Are you sure?”

“Watch,” was her response.

If you’re a parent and… your child steals a piece of candy

Posted by on February 13, 2015.

My daughter chose Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm from the school’s free book bin. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle takes to her farm children whose behavior overwhelms their parents and cures them of their bad habits with magic and hard work.

When I first read the book, I thought not too highly of the parents, but in light of a having six year old pushing the boundaries of decent behavior, I admit, I would welcome Mrs.

If you’re a parent and… you’re teaching your kid to have a sense of humor

Posted by on January 16, 2015.

Reading a funny book

My six-year-old daughter loves Sesame Street. I dread the day she feels too mature for the silly muppets with their quirky personalities, multicultural community, easy jokes, and advanced vocabularies. Watching it with her brings back many innocent childhood memories, and I love sharing that with her.

If you are a parent and… every day is Thanksgiving

Posted by on November 25, 2014.

Awesome Book of Thanks

As parents we often exhaust ourselves prodding our kids to use their manners:

“Remember to say please.”

“How do you ask nicely?”

“What’s the magic word?”

“What do you say now?”

We want them to be polite, appreciative, socially appropriate beings, and sometimes forcing them to use manners doesn’t feel like the most effective or authentic way to do it.