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

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

New children’s books featuring the Big Apple

flat iron in little elliot

Everyone gets a kick out of recognizing a familiar scene from their hometown in a movie. I still can’t watch The Squid and the Whale without pointing out the old crappy building I used to live in (can’t say I miss having no sink in the bathroom). The same goes for books—kids love seeing familiar sights from their city on the page. Lucky for us, there is no shortage of Continue reading New children’s books featuring the Big Apple

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 Best of the Best: Top Picture books of 2014

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 Lovely Letters: Alphabet books worth a second look

Having fun with food: 10 funny food picture books

funny food picture books kids

Lately, food has played a very significant role in my family’s life. My husband just opened a prepared food shop in our neighborhood, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. In honor of his dedication to providing good food for his family and now for the while neighborhood, I wanted to curate a list of food picture books. I soon realized that “food” is way too broad a topic, Continue reading Having fun with food: 10 funny food picture books