Celebrating Remarkable Women

Posted by on August 25, 2016.

This summer we’ve been basking in the glory of so many female heroes, in politics and in sports especially. I didn’t get to watch much of the summer Olympics, but I sure did read about many of the extraordinary feats of athleticism and personal, political and historic victory.

If You’re a Parent and…You Aim for a Less-Screen-Summer

Posted by on June 29, 2016.

In most of my life roles, I can feel overwhelmed by the information on how to be or do them better, how we can achieve that ideal balance where all parties (kids, friends, coworkers, and family members) feel heard, valued, and bolstered as individuals and also “team” members.

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’.

The Next Great Book: Holiday List

Posted by on December 17, 2015.

Our good friend Jane Knight at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier has done it again! Here is her list of recommended children’s and young adult books for this holiday season.

Gift Ideas

You’ve all asked for more Harry Potter “stuff” and this is the year for that!

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?!

CLiF Spotlight: Why Book Drives Work

Posted by on January 22, 2015.

A few books collected for CLiF by Bear Pond Books

Define “the best.”

Here are three possible answers: Indie bookstores, the people who support them, and the people who run them.

This year, the generous patrons of five bookstores donated 789 books to the low-income, at-risk, and rural kids CLiF serves. 

The Next Great Book: Holidays 2014, Part Two

Posted by on December 9, 2014.

Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

This is the second half of Jane’s holiday recommendations. For Part One, click here.

And now a handful of outstanding picture books, because I cannot choose just one (ever!).

  • Sidle on up, pardner, for a hilarious Wild West caper by the outlaw author/illustrator duo  Bob Shea and Lane Smith.

The Next Great Book: Holidays 2014, Part One

Posted by on December 8, 2014.

Nuts to You - Lynne Rae Perkins

I’ve got lots on my mind as I think and write about books and giving this holiday season. But I think Kyle Zimmer, President of First Book in Washington DC says it best for me when she spoke at the National Book Awards ceremony this past month:

 

“In this country that we are so proud of, 45% of our children are being raised in homes that are poor or near poor.

The Next Great Book: How to Get Boys to Read Books

Posted by on May 19, 2014.

Boys with books

The last time I was volunteering at a book giveaway, where we let each child in the school pick out a new, free book to take home, I had several middle school aged boys say to me “There’s nothing here I want.” Or “I don’t see anything I like.” It’s times like that I try not to deflate like a balloon.