What Reading Specialists Want Parents to Know

Posted by on February 2, 2017.

Reading specialists want parents to prepare their children for school by sharing a love for reading, the attitude that reading is important, and the expectation that all children can become successful readers. How to do this? Read to your child daily.

If You’re a Parent and…Harry Potter is an Obsession

Posted by on August 4, 2016.

I missed the original Harry Potter buzz – I’m not sure how as I worked in a bookstore off and on from 1996-2002, during which the first four books were released. I made up for this last week, when I got swept up in my eight-year-old’s excitement over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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.

If You’re a Parent…And Your Child Forms a Book Club

Posted by on March 25, 2016.

Recently, my daughter has started to carry an additional backpack to school – one of those square, drawstring, logo-laden bags that one can often acquire at an event. When asked what she carries in it, she replied, “My book club books!” Here is how the discussion went:

Me: “What does it mean to have book club?”

Her: “Me and Elle read and talk about books.” (Said with some disdain.)

Me: “When do you do book club?”

Her: “At recess.”

Me: “You take the library books outside?”

Her: “Only when it is nice out, we haven’t had book club in a while.”

Luckily for her, she has found special friends who share her love of reading.

If you’re a parent and…your child has no imaginary friend

Posted by on July 27, 2015.

Like countless other children, my son recently saw the acclaimed new Disney Pixar movie, Inside Out. And like countless other parents, I quietly wept through just about the entire movie. Among the many striking moments, characters, and messages in the film was one specific creature who got me thinking – Bing Bong, the since-forgotten imaginary friend to the movie’s protagonist.