May 15, 2019

Because I always feel a deep sense of hope and renewal each spring, I share this poem with you.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

“Hope “is the thing with feathers -

That perches on the soul –

And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – i...

April 15, 2019

The “Learning about Me and You Series” by Cheri J. Meiners contains wonderful books that help young children learn about how they fit into their world and how others relate to them.  The series contains books about play, belonging, feeling, sharing, listening and speak...

February 26, 2019

I have to admit that I love all the new books about feminism that have been written specifically for children. Early empowerment is a beautiful thing! 

One of my favorites is Baby Feminist, a lift-the-flap book, which depicts a diverse group of women who have each made...

January 28, 2019

The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin was, without a doubt my favorite “new parent” gift.  It offers compassionate, practical parenting advice like this gem:

If you want your children to succeed,

show them how to fail.

If you want...

November 22, 2018

This was a day when nothing happened,

the children went off to school

without a murmur, remembering

their books, lunches, gloves.

All morning, the baby and I built block stacks

in the squares of light on the floor.

And lunch blended into naptime,

I cleaned out kitchen cupboar...

October 24, 2018

I recently discovered the Clive board book series by Jessica Spanyol and I’m completely captivated by it.

Each story follows Clive and his friends as they explore various role-playing activities.  In one story, Clive is a waiter.  He seats his guests, shows them his han...

September 16, 2018

It’s September again, the kids are back in school and our family calendar is filling up.  It’s the time of year that I long for the slow, leisurely pace of summer. 

Wait, a picture book by Antoinette Portis, with its simple text and illustration...