Children Just Like Me, by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley

We had a bit of a sick week around here, there’s a bug going around. Staying home from school means lots of resting the first couple of days, but also lots of bouncing off walls when their temperatures are nearing … Continue reading

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Pena

Remember when I first started this blog and I wrote two or three posts a week? Bahahahaha! Such is life. I’m adapting to working outside the house, but now I find my time inside the house is much more precious. … Continue reading

Next Stop Grand Central, by Maira Kalman

My friends, I apologize! I’ve been working from home for a long time now, ever since my daughter was born, and now that I’m working at the library, my cozy sitting-on-the-couch-with-my-computer time is severely limited! I haven’t written in a … Continue reading

I Am Amelia Earhart, by Brad Meltzer

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

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

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

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

Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling

I’ve lived in the mountains, and I’ve lived on the ocean, but I’m a Great Lakes girl at heart. I’m writing this post from my childhood bedroom almost a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. It’s the first Christmas I’ve spent … Continue reading

Adèle & Simon, by Barbara McClintock

I remember being a little girl and climbing onto the kitchen counter to watch my big brother out the window walking down the long driveway to wait for the school bus. I remember that feeling of being left behind, of … Continue reading

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat, by Susanna Reich

I once was accused of being a francophile, as though I ought to be ashamed of being enamored with all things French- like I shouldn’t admire their style, romance, and sophistication. If the intention was to insult me, it wasn’t … Continue reading