Getting cozy with Spider-Man


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

Share a love of books with those you love

bookgiving day bookplate

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, but I’m not one for phony sentimentality. I am a fan, however, of getting books into the hands of kids so that is how I will be celebrating February 14, aka International Book Giving Day. For those of you not familiar with this splendid holiday, it’s aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. Celebrating is easy—simply give a book to a kid! I’ll Continue reading Share a love of books with those you love

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 Bringing books to life

Picture books–a toolbox for life

build the future with books

November is Picture Book Month, and it also happens to be the one year anniversary for Short Tales (yay!). I posted my very first blog post on November 15, 2012. To be honest, I didn’t know how long this little project of mine would last or where I would go with it. In fact, I still don’t really know—but I do know that I’ve enjoyed sharing my love of children’s Continue reading Picture books–a toolbox for life

Have books, will travel

travel kids books

Nothing instills dread in a parent like traveling with a young child. As if long lines, delays, and lost luggage weren’t enough of headache—add a whiny toddler to the mix and you’ve got yourself a perfect storm. I was fortunate enough to experience this first hand last week as I returned from vacation. I have to give little T credit for taking all the waiting in stride. In fact, I’d Continue reading Have books, will travel