Y is for Yoshiko Uchida

 Each week for 26 weeks, I am publishing a post about women who are not widely known but should be—women who can inspire us, teach us, and encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and reach for our dreams. Week 25 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Yoshiko Uchida....more

Think it Can't Happen? How a Major Publisher Stole Two Children's Books

When I was in eighth grade I wrote two short stories for our English teacher, Mr. Mortem, a malevolent-looking man with a low brow and small beady eyes. We joked that he moonlighted as an axe murderer. But he was even scarier as an English teacher. He snapped girls’ bras in the hallway and terrorized us with menacing-sounding exams called “evaluations,” which turned out to be ordinary multiple-choice tests....more

20 Diverse, Body Positive Books For Kids That You Def Need

Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy. It was only a few years ago that a search for “body positive children's books” would have brought up a disappointing and limited amount of options.But it is officially 2016, and our world has progressed! HURRAH! The measly list is no more!...more

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