I Hate Reading to My Kids at Bedtime!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I know that reading to your kids is good for them. But, to be really, really honest? I can’t stand those damn children's books! Every last one of them. The husband usually works late, so I’m stuck pulling bedtime duty most nights. How can I save my sanity without robbing my kids of their bedtime stories? Signed, Go the Eff to Sleep ...more
I enjoyed reading more as my daughter got older. I think it was hard earlier because they were ...more

The Mayhem is Here: The Official Release of Absolute Mayhem

I am vibrating just a bit. Finally, here is the blog post four years in the making. If we want to be technical, it has really been more like twenty-five years in the making. But twenty-one of those years were just spent dreaming...the last four were the ones to see the actual work that made this dream a reality. So let's stop putting this off any long and get right to it then:...more

Baby Reading

Today's post is all about reading to your little one! I never in my wildest dreams thought my baby would be such a little book worm at such a young age! At only 15 months I continually find her flipping through her books! Our stories are WELL LOVED and by that I mean chewed on, spit on, and read a million and one times. I thought I would share all of our favorites so here we go:...more

Remembering Madeline

I most recently visited the delightful Madeline exhibit at the New York Historical Society and thought I'd share a few of Ludwig Bemelmans's illustrations (author and illustrator of all the Madeline books). A few fun facts about Bemelmans….he immigrated to the US from Austria in the early 20th century and it was here that he was inspired to the write the story about a little orphan girl in Paris....more

Delight in Beatrice Potter

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”.“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were–Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. ”...more
CatherineTheWriter  that is precisely her charm, isn't it? unique, charming but authentic and ...more

Wednesday Quotables: Profound Truth Discovered in Children's Literature

Most parents read to their kids for years.  Faced with the prospect of reading the same book over and over, they will naturally chose something that appeals to them and not something they find boring or even irritating. The best kid's books are books that adults love as well.  In fact classic kid's books are ones which convey universal truth in a charming but profound voice, a voice which pierces the heart, mind and soul of parents as well as their offspring. These are the books which are read again and again, treasured from generation to generation....more

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Free Books Every MonthYes, it is true.  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides a free book every month for a child from birth until age five.  I found out about this after I gave birth to Little Bird.  The hospital gave us a pamphlet about it.  It is all over the United states.  According to their website, 670,841 kids in the United States are registered.  They have programs all over the United States, and best of all, it is free.  All you need to do is sign your child up and the books start coming....more

Scholastic Makes Big Changes to Book Order Flyers: Should Our Kids Only Read Grade-Level Books?

Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about elementary school used to be? Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about being a parent of kids old enough to attend elementary school is now? Scholastic Book Orders! I remember sitting on the floor in my parents' living room, poring over the colorful pages, and circling everything I "had" to have this month. My boys now do the same. But this year, Scholastic Book Orders will have a very different look. ...more
I have a couple of flyers in hand, 5th Grade (though my daughter is in 6th) and the "Middle ...more

n Unexpected Gem at the Local Discount Store

So...There I am perusing the aisles of books at the local discount store, Ollie's, and I spot the words "Eleanor the Hippo" mixed in a pile of kids' books. I should state first that I have a small fascination for hippos.  I should also state that I have a small fascination for childrens' books. ...more

Is Franklin's turtle mommy a better parent than me?

 Do you think children's books realistically depict parenting? Should they? The first Franklin book I ever read to my daughter was, “Franklin in the Dark.”...more