Children Just Like Me, by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley

We had a bit of a sick week around here, there’s a bug going around. Staying home from school means lots of resting the first couple of days, but also lots of bouncing off walls when their temperatures are nearing … Continue reading

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Pena

Remember when I first started this blog and I wrote two or three posts a week? Bahahahaha! Such is life. I’m adapting to working outside the house, but now I find my time inside the house is much more precious. … Continue reading

Next Stop Grand Central, by Maira Kalman

My friends, I apologize! I’ve been working from home for a long time now, ever since my daughter was born, and now that I’m working at the library, my cozy sitting-on-the-couch-with-my-computer time is severely limited! I haven’t written in a … Continue reading

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things, 5/4/15

I decided I’m going to add a new category to my blog, I’m beginning the week with a round up of sorts- interesting articles, videos, links and the like, sometimes book related sometimes not. It’s a bit of a departure … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

I think it’s a record: three days after Christmas and I’ve packed up the tree. Now I love Christmas, love everything about it- singing carols, decorating the tree, doing the Christmas crafts with the kids, baking loads of cookies, the … Continue reading

I Am Amelia Earhart, by Brad Meltzer

After much deliberation, and I truly mean nearly a year’s worth of brainstorming and mind-numbing indecisiveness, a very important decision has finally been reached in our household. They’re going in a totally new direction than I’d expected, and working together no … Continue reading

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Today I’m thinking a lot about perspective. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last year worrying that this time of constant uprooting in our lives is detrimental, both to the kids and to me. My husband- meh, he’s … Continue reading

Z Is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zalinsky

It’s no secret that in the last year or so, my family’s been tentatively parked at a crossroad. Our year of living off the grid in Montana was coming to an end, and while it was a wonderful experience for … Continue reading

Mrs. Fox’s Wedding, by Sara and Stephen Corrin and illustrated by Errol Le Cain

One of my favorite things I’ve found in returning to Michigan, where I grew up, is that everyone here seems to have had a period in their lives where they’ve lived without water or electricity, where they hunkered down with … Continue reading

Ladybug Girl at the Beach, by David Soman and Jacky Davis

My husband bought a T-shirt a few days ago that has on its front the outline of each of the Great Lakes. Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior- HOMES. Having grown up here, it never occurred to me until now … Continue reading

Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse, by Jean Ekman Adams

The last I left you, Dear Readers, we were about to leave our little cabin after a year of living off the grid. Well, shortly after, we packed up our ’67 caravan and began our trek across the country to … Continue reading

Young Frank Architect, by Frank Viva

I’ve always joked that I should make a category of “Uncle Jess” books, because some of our favorite treasures come from her. (Not him…Uncle Jess is indeed a woman and also my oldest friend, childhood neighbor, and somewhat distant cousin, … Continue reading

Mijn Leuke Kijkboek Met Woordjes, by Richard Scarry

Here we are, halfway through this trip to the Netherlands. We’ve had glorious weather, and the kids have proven once again to be versatile little travelers. The eight hour time difference threw us for a loop for the first several … Continue reading

Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney

When you were young, do you remember envisioning your life? Like where you’d go, what you’d accomplish? I don’t think I’ve ever had a specific calling like some friends of mine. I know people who would positively die if they … Continue reading