Best of the Best: Top Picture books of 2014

best Picture books 2014

It’s hard to believe this is already the third year in a row I’ve put together the Best-of-the-Best picture books list. Three years ago I was a new mother getting ready for my first holiday season as a parent. I had just started blogging and was trying to think of a post that might actually be helpful for overwhelmed parents who don’t have the time to catch up on all Continue reading

Lovely Letters: Alphabet books worth a second look

Alphabet City

Every child’s library needs an alphabet book or two. But let’s face it, the shelf life for these can be fairly limited. Once your little one has mastered the ABC’s, storybooks soon take over. And let’s be honest, there are plenty of alphabet books published that don’t deserve valuable shelf space. But then there are those that are so visually pleasing that you’ll want to hold on to them long Continue reading

Change is afoot

Ah, a rainy Saturday afternoon and a napping toddler—a perfect time to sit down and write. Unfortunately, I’ve come to the decision that I simply don’t have these moments often enough to justify hosting this blog. I have so many posts in my head that I would love to work on—hidden library gems in NYC, old picture books worth a second look, profiles of Brooklyn based authors and illustrators, quirky Continue reading

Bringing books to life


I’m a big fan of incorporating books into play with kids. Whether it’s a craft project, pretend play or an April Fool’s prank, using themes and characters from your kids’ favorite books is an easy and fun way to get them excited about reading. Some picture books lend themselves particularly well to arts and craft projects (have you seen what people are concocting out of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar?). Continue reading

Farewell. For now…

time to say bye bye

Just a quick note to announce that Short Tales will be going on hiatus for the time being. I’ve decided to direct my copious free time (ha!) towards helping out with my husband’s new shop, Peck’s. He’s done a stellar job getting the place off the ground, but it’s a bit much for one person to handle so I’m going to help out where I can (mostly with marketing stuff, Continue reading