Shipwrecks, Flying Pigs & Talking Fruit: VT PBS Kids’ Writing Contest

Posted by on April 27, 2017.

What do shipwrecks, flying pigs, and talking fruit have in common? There were all featured in story submissions for the Vermont PBS Kids’ annual Writing Contest, which I had the pleasure of judging last week.

Last Friday, I joined nine other writers, librarians, and members of educational non-profits at Vermont’s PBS headquarters in Colchester to review 106 compelling stories written and illustrated by talented students from all over the state. 

Children’s Books to Open Hearts & Minds

Posted by on November 23, 2016.

I am writing this from my lovely little bubble of Bear Pond Books. I think we can all agree it’s been a busy, distracting fall. I know that my book reading time has taken a precipitous fall because of it.

Your Kids Are Paying Attention: How to Talk to Them About Politics

Posted by on November 11, 2016.

I don’t want to talk about politics. You don’t want to talk about politics. But let’s talk about how we talk to kids about politics. Because they’re paying attention, and if we don’t help them frame what they’re hearing in context, they’ll fill in their own blanks.

If You’re a Parent and…Your Child Wants a New Pet

Posted by on September 8, 2016.

My daughter lobbied hard for a fish. I put it off until after summer travels, but I had to make good on my promise after Labor Day.

I got a book about caring for fish out of the library; I wanted us prepared for the cleaning, feeding, and choosing the correct fish for our environment (our environment calls for the most low-maintenance fish possible).

The Next Great Book: Summer Reading 2016

Posted by on June 14, 2016.

by Jane Knight – Bear Pond Books

As I write this, there are four middle school kids hanging out in our play space in the Children’s Room at Bear Pond– ‘The Chicken Coop’—they are reading picture books to one another, laughing and reminiscing about their ‘childhood favorites’.

CLiF Spotlight: Encourage Children to Choose Their Own Summer Reads

Posted by on June 9, 2016.

Summer is a magical season for kids – a time when they finally get to make many of their own decisions.  Except when it comes to reading. This summer millions of children will be slogging through a school-assigned reading list. And that may not be such a good thing.