What a week

As I struggle to come to terms with our country’s new reality, the urge to throw some words together is reawakening. I find myself more inclined to write when I’m feeling down (you’d think I had a miserable adolescence if you ever read through my old journals), and unfortunately down is where I’m at these days. Everyone was so eager for this dreadful election to be over. Now it is, Continue reading What a week

April Fool’s Part IV

DIY Lorax forest

For the past three years I’ve surprised my son with a bookish prank on April Fool’s morning. The first year was a spontaneous arrangement I put together of his stuffies reading books. Simple, quick and he got a kick out of it. Little did I know back then that I’d be racking my brain each year to come up with a something new for April first. Now that T is Continue reading April Fool’s Part IV

Getting cozy with Spider-Man

Personalised-Adventure-Book-Spiderman-1

It’s been over ten months since my last post. Yikes. No doubt that has a lot to do with my doing a bit of career exploration over the past year and half. Quite an adventure, but that is a story for another time. I’ve landed safely back in academia which suits me just fine. For now. This Wednesday is World Read Aloud Day. To those of us who read daily Continue reading Getting cozy with Spider-Man

Bibliotherapy: the good, the bad & the ugly

books are cheaper than therapy

I’ve always been a big fan of using picture books to help my son approach new experiences in life (and when you’re a kid most everything is a new experience!). He transitioned into preschool with ease, enjoyed his first plane ride, and has no issues with going to the dentist—in part I think because we’ve read books that familiarized him with all these situations. Recently, however, when I wanted to Continue reading Bibliotherapy: the good, the bad & the ugly

Long live the letter! 11 books that celebrate writing

children's books about letter writing

I’m fortunate that my father still lives in the same house I came home to when I was born (many moons ago). The house is teeming with memories of my youth stashed beneath my bed, tucked into closets, and hidden in the attic (letters, artwork, yearbooks, postcards, photographs…). I love having these bits of personal history to look back on, but every now and then my father threatens to move Continue reading Long live the letter! 11 books that celebrate writing

April Fool’s Book Prank Strikes Again

Dig Dogs Dig scene

Hard to believe April is already upon us. We’re still eagerly awaiting for the Spring weather to arrive, but April Fool’s waits for no one! In keeping with tradition, I pulled a little bookish “prank” on my son. I scanned his book shelves for inspiration and when I came upon Dig Dogs Dig, it hit me—I’ll recreate a construction site of truck-loving dogs excavating a dinosaur bone! Dig Dogs Dig Continue reading April Fool’s Book Prank Strikes Again