Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, by Mo Willems

The kids are back in school! Toby’s in second grade and Elsie’s in kindergarten- they’re both in multi-age Montessori classrooms so they’re with the same teachers and in the same rooms they were both with last year. They’re happy and … Continue reading

Smartypants (Pete in School), by Maira Kalman

My kids still have over a week before the start of school, but I’m seeing the influx of “first day” pictures on Facebook and I’ve already filled a corner with stacks of school supplies to bring in. I wrote a … Continue reading

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things, 5/4/15


I decided I’m going to add a new category to my blog, I’m beginning the week with a round up of sorts- interesting articles, videos, links and the like, sometimes book related sometimes not. It’s a bit of a departure … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts- from www.ameliesbookshelf.com

I think it’s a record: three days after Christmas and I’ve packed up the tree. Now I love Christmas, love everything about it- singing carols, decorating the tree, doing the Christmas crafts with the kids, baking loads of cookies, the … Continue reading

I Am Amelia Earhart, by Brad Meltzer

I am Amelia Earhart, by Brad Meltzer, Ordinary People Change The World

After much deliberation, and I truly mean nearly a year’s worth of brainstorming and mind-numbing indecisiveness, a very important decision has finally been reached in our household. They’re going in a totally new direction than I’d expected, and working together no … Continue reading

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld- from www.ameliesbookshelf.com

Today I’m thinking a lot about perspective. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last year worrying that this time of constant uprooting in our lives is detrimental, both to the kids and to me. My husband- meh, he’s … Continue reading

Z Is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zalinsky

Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky, an alphabet book from www.ameliesbookshelf.com

It’s no secret that in the last year or so, my family’s been tentatively parked at a crossroad. Our year of living off the grid in Montana was coming to an end, and while it was a wonderful experience for … Continue reading

Mrs. Fox’s Wedding, by Sara and Stephen Corrin and illustrated by Errol Le Cain

Mrs. Fox's Wedding, on www.ameliesbookshelf.com

One of my favorite things I’ve found in returning to Michigan, where I grew up, is that everyone here seems to have had a period in their lives where they’ve lived without water or electricity, where they hunkered down with … Continue reading

Ladybug Girl at the Beach, by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Ladybug Girl at the Beach

My husband bought a T-shirt a few days ago that has on its front the outline of each of the Great Lakes. Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior- HOMES. Having grown up here, it never occurred to me until now … Continue reading

Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse, by Jean Ekman Adams

Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse- from www.ameliesbookshelf.com

The last I left you, Dear Readers, we were about to leave our little cabin after a year of living off the grid. Well, shortly after, we packed up our ’67 caravan and began our trek across the country to … Continue reading

Young Frank Architect, by Frank Viva

Young Frank Architect, by Frank Viva

I’ve always joked that I should make a category of “Uncle Jess” books, because some of our favorite treasures come from her. (Not him…Uncle Jess is indeed a woman and also my oldest friend, childhood neighbor, and somewhat distant cousin, … Continue reading

Mijn Leuke Kijkboek Met Woordjes, by Richard Scarry

Mijn Leuke Kijkboek Met Woordjes, by Richard Scarry

Here we are, halfway through this trip to the Netherlands. We’ve had glorious weather, and the kids have proven once again to be versatile little travelers. The eight hour time difference threw us for a loop for the first several … Continue reading

Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney- from www.ameliesbookshelf.com

When you were young, do you remember envisioning your life? Like where you’d go, what you’d accomplish? I don’t think I’ve ever had a specific calling like some friends of mine. I know people who would positively die if they … Continue reading

Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Trip Abroad, by Kathleen Hale

Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Trip Abroad, from www.ameliesbookshelf.com

I have the good fortune this week of having the opportunity to raid the bookshelves of my former charges from my nannying days almost 15 years ago. Holy flying time! I’ve been coming across some old favorites (Oh, hello Eloise. Ooooh, I … Continue reading

A Time to Keep, the Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays

A Time to Keep, the Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays

Happy New Year! I know we’re already a week and a half into 2014, I’m kind of in the weeds still. The east coast storm and subsequent airport cancellations kept us in Michigan a little longer than expected, and when … Continue reading