Read it again! And again! And again!

Our two and a half year old daughter has a book she adores called 5-Minute Pinkalicious Stories, filled with 12 different stories featuring her favorite animated counterpart, Pinkalicious. It was found in her Easter basket, a gift from that hippity hoppity Easter Bunny, and has become a staple of almost every evening storytime. Twelve storiesContinue reading “Read it again! And again! And again!”

For the love of libraries

Repository of knowledge. Information Center. Bibliotecha. Whatever you call it, libraries are the bomb. Do kids still say the bomb? I absolutely love libraries and these days I’ve rekindled that romance after a shifting mindset with an emphasis on simplicity and purging. This summer, Meg and I made it a goal to sort through theContinue reading “For the love of libraries”

I love it when a word comes together

I am fascinated with the ways children evolve from their completely dependent forms – making nothing but sounds or cries, but eventually forming words, then sentences, then complete conversations like little adults. From needing to be spoon-fed mushy puree to sitting down to a meal with mommy and daddy like the little human they are.Continue reading “I love it when a word comes together”

Imagination Celebration – The Imagination Library

As adults, it’s rare that the mail brings us much of anything other than a handful of bills to be paid yet again this month. Maybe the occasional solicitation from the car dealership. But let’s face it, it’s usually bills. Remember when we were kids, though, and something in the mail felt like Christmas time?Continue reading “Imagination Celebration – The Imagination Library”

One Gorilla

Another book recently came our way from Independent Publishers Group – “One Gorilla” by Joy Dey and Nikki Johnson. Amid pages of watercolor images of various animals is a story of one good deed leading to another among the mighty creatures of the jungle, big and small. The overall message of the book is greatContinue reading “One Gorilla”

The Little Mouse Santi

As I’ve mentioned (a lot) in the past, storytime is a very important part of our daily routines. Whether it’s post-bathtime or not, our pre-bedtime ritual always involved getting a few books off our little guy’s bookshelf (although for quite some time he’s been old enough to pick them out on his own), all plopContinue reading “The Little Mouse Santi”

Book Fair Adventures!

When I was in elementary school, there was nothing like the day the teacher would pass out those colored pieces of newsprint paper, folded into a makeshift catalog, brimming with choices of the literary sense. It was like a periodic Christmas catalog hunt, reading through every summary, your eyes passing over every book cover sittingContinue reading “Book Fair Adventures!”

The Real Story of The Three Little Pigs is not what I thought it was

Most of us remember the tale of the Three Little Pigs, right? One builds his house of straw, one of sticks and one of bricks and when the Big Bad Wolf comes calling, it’s only the pig in the brick house, who spent the time working hard on his home instead of goofing off andContinue reading “The Real Story of The Three Little Pigs is not what I thought it was”

Am I getting dumber with age?

I swear I used to be much smarter than I am today. When I was a little kid in elementary school, I had a hand-me-down set of encyclopedias. I couldn’t tell you what brand, but I remember they had orange covers, littered with four or five photos contained in squares on each cover, giving youContinue reading “Am I getting dumber with age?”