Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

It's Wednesday which means it is time for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge hosted by Alyson Beecher at KidLitFrenzy. I love the idea of trying to focus on at least one nonfiction picture book a week here, though I don't always manage to stay on focus. But a new year, a new goal, right? For … Continue reading Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

Sumptuous Storytelling with Yokki and the Parno Gry

One of the things that seems to be happening in many of the public schools, at least in my neck of the woods, is that there is such a focus on test scores, reading levels, and facts that we are spending less time encouraging our children to think and create. Childhood is a time where … Continue reading Sumptuous Storytelling with Yokki and the Parno Gry

On Bird Hill Blog Tour

Welcome to Day #7 of the On Bird Hill Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of On Bird Hill by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Bob Marstall (5/10/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Jane, Bob, and Brian Sockin (CEO and Publisher of Cornell Lab Publishing Group), plus 10 chances to win a copy … Continue reading On Bird Hill Blog Tour

Educating Kids about Alzheimer’s Disease

The aging process is a very difficult thing for anyone to comprehend. Explaining what is happening when Grandma or Grandpa starts to lose their memory or perhaps starts acting differently due to dementia or Alzheimer's is especially challenging because there is no easy way to explain why it is happening. Finding ways to open the … Continue reading Educating Kids about Alzheimer’s Disease

Teaching a Lesson on Kindness through Books

“Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see and learn.” So says Stephen Sondheim in the beginning the song “Children Will Listen.” Sometimes people forget that children are little sponges who soak it all up and they notice everything that we do. In light of everything going … Continue reading Teaching a Lesson on Kindness through Books

Celebrating all types of fathers

Dad's don't often find themselves front and center when it come to children's books. There are many books that don't include a parent at all, but when they do, they are typically mothers taking charge or fathers who are not actively involved. But that is not the case in real life and it isn't always … Continue reading Celebrating all types of fathers

Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster

What if no one likes me? What if I don't know anyone in my new class? What if I fall? What if I make a fool of myself? What if people laugh at me? What if I don't like it? What if I get homesick? Children and anxiety go hand in hand. There are periods … Continue reading Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster