This is a year of great celebration! It’s the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books. When I flip through the pages of a Little Golden Book, I travel back to a time when the Poky Little Puppy nosed through my childhood bedroom, the Fuzzy Duckling swam … Continue readingCelebrating 75 Years of Little Golden Books
Of the 100+ books I read this year, these are the 12 that stayed with me. They share only one thing in common: Each sentence made me want to get to the next one.
Today is Louisa May Alcott’s birthday. When we think of LMA, we think of Little Women. Well, that’s what you think about, anyway. I think of A Long Fatal Love Chase. Here’s a confession: I have never read Little Women. I saw the Winona Ryder … Continue readingDo You Love Louisa May Alcott because of Little Women? I Don’t.
I write a lot about bullies. And unfortunately, there are times when bullies win. It’s unfair. It’s tragic. But it’s true. As we all know, life isn’t fair. As parents and educators, it’s something we have to teach our children. But how do we teach … Continue readingWhen Bullies Win
It’s October 31, which means you’re primed for all things spooky, right? My recommendation is We Have Always Lived in the Castle, the gothic novel by Shirley Jackson. This is one of my favorite books. As with all well-written gothic novels, its atmosphere is … Continue readingSettle down and make yourself uncomfortable
My purse is an abyss of mysterious dimensions. Sixty percent of the time, I can’t find my debit card. Seventy percent of the time, I can’t find my inhaler. Eighty percent of the time, I’m digging for wayward quarters to put in the parking … Continue readingIt Isn’t Just a Library — It’s a Space Ship
I’ve always had a favorite. When I was a kid, I had a favorite stuffed animal (John-John), favorite food (macaroni and cheese), favorite cereal (Cookie Crisp), favorite show (She-Ra), favorite actor (Michael J. Fox), favorite color (red). Judy Blume was my favorite author. Halfway Down … Continue readingOn Favorites: Choosing One and Being One
There are many reasons to love, celebrate, and appreciate picture books. Anyone who knows anything about children’s publishing will tell you that they are incredibly difficult to write, so when you find the perfect relationship between words and images, you’ve stumbled upon something very special … Continue readingA Word About Wordless Picture Books