Wild about The League of Seven

One of the best experiences as a book loving mom is to watch your child go absolutely crazy for a new book. There have been many books that J has devoured in the past - Harry Potter, Land of Stories, and The School for Good and Evil to name just a few. But we have … Continue reading Wild about The League of Seven

A New Year and the Year of the Dog

As the New Year approaches, we are often encouraged to make resolutions and usher in the coming year with thoughts of new beginnings, introspection, and the plan to be the best you in the coming year. For my column in OutreachNC, I was encouraged to write about books that touched on this subject. Most young … Continue reading A New Year and the Year of the Dog

Hosting a book club on Matilda

Maybe a year ago a good friend started a kid's book club for our, at the time, first graders. Most of this had actually started because a few of them had gotten into Harry Potter and they had a lot of fun watching the movie together and then discussing the differences. So when deciding to … Continue reading Hosting a book club on Matilda

Learning from the American Girls

Last weekend I had an unusual opportunity to have a long uninterrupted conversation with my soon-to-be-8 year old as we drove to see Wicked. She was telling me about books that she was reading in class when they have some opportunity for free reading. Apparently, she is almost finished with the Addy books from the American Girls … Continue reading Learning from the American Girls

Making the Civil War real

We stopped off at the library today before the roads got their first snow of the year. You must understand, we live in North Carolina and school was cancelled today when they thought that snow would be hitting us around noon or 1pm and they wouldn't be able to get the high schoolers home in … Continue reading Making the Civil War real

encouraging new books

Children are creatures of habit. They find something that they like and they stick with it. When J was really little, it was Dora everything. When she first found the Magic Treehouse and Rainbow Magic series, we went through them as if there were no other books out there.  E, my 3 year old, is currently … Continue reading encouraging new books

classic chapter books

I haven't been posting much recently because J has gotten sucked into the world of Harry Potter. I encouraged her to start reading book 1 with me just after Halloween to try something outside of her normal style and she just finished book 2 tonight. What started as me doing most of the reading, and … Continue reading classic chapter books