Seeds of Change Children's Book Review

This is an excerpt from today's NaBloPoMo post on my blog......This gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of Wangari Maathai and how she created peace through her connection to the environment and her love of people. It begins when she is a little girl and her mother tells her about the mugumo tree. Her mother explains how the mugumo is a home to many creatures and how it relates to the memories of their ancestors. Wangari loves the mugumo and promises never to cut it down. ...more


Book Review - The Chronicles of Prydain books 1&3 by Lloyd Alexander

I'm in the process of considering a move from Shelfari to Goodreads, and decided to look at some of my book reviews on Shelfari (one of many reasons I'm only *considering* the move, since I would hate to lose all that intel!)...more

Books for Boys—Where are the Girls?

One of the topics I tackle in my book is male dominance in children’s popular culture. I note in the book that “...the culture that surrounds boys and the mythology that emerges from it are distinctly male....more

New Picture Books Showcase Universals of Working Parents

Two new picture books highlight the concerns of children and their working parents—and also remind us of the universals of parenting, even across diverse groups. Monday Is One Day, by Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic Press), is poem from a working parent to a child. “The hardest part of going to work is being apart from you,” it begins. “Let’s count the days till we’re both at home with a special thing to do.” Each page then shows a different family and a different activity—splashing in puddles, playing with dinosaurs, enjoying cuddles—as they name the days of the week and count down to and through the weekend....more

Writing with my kids

So I've been doing a lot of non-writing lately. Or, more accurately, writing for purposes other than other's enjoyment, as that's the only way I can think of accurately describing a Needs Assessment document or a Benefit Communication Piece. I mean, I'm sure the people reading the needs assessments and benefit communications feel very...entertained in some way or another, but those venues are not typically accessing the creative part of my brain, thus I don't think of them as "writing" exactly....more

Excited! A favorite book - The Magic Thief - is on the 2012 Rebecca Caudill list!

I just love it when books I love get noticed by others, thereby bringing them more readers, more of an audience, and hopefully enticing those authors to Keep Writing Us New Stuff, because after all, most readers are addicts of a sort....more

My reading round-up, YA and Middle Grade sci-fi and fantasy

I had put some thoughts together about what I've been reading lately for another board and thought I would share them here, too. But first, I'm curious - does anyone else use Shelfari to track their reading? I like to track what I read, and have used Shelfari in the past, but my account is out of date at the moment while I consider several things. ...more

Awesome, great news. I will definitely check it out (and meanwhile, it occurs to me that I never ...more

Reading with Teen Reads Week

Did you know it was the Young Adult Library Services Association's Teen Reads Week? I didn't, but now I do thanks to a great post by sassymonkey on BlogHer....more