Getting To Yes

I'm not sure he quite gets how this trick is supposed to work... Boy Detective: You love me, right? Me: Yes ....more

5 Kids' Books About Boys That Adults Can Love Too

I am remiss! Back in 2013, I posted our list of favorite kids' books about awesome girls, but I haven't given the boys their spotlight! Let's remedy that ....more

10 Must-Read Comics About War

I don't watch many war movies, or read military history. These graphic novels about war, though? Some of my favorite comics ....more

Eight Years

Until today, I would have told you that I post a wedding picture every year on our anniversary, except for the year I was not blogging, and last year when I posted a picture of the inside of our freezer instead... and backdated it. Today I discovered that I also skipped year two ....more

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (who can't stop being awesome)

It was a good day when the folks at Candlewick Press sent over a review copy of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. I feel like I should send them a handwritten thank you note! As soon as I read it, I knew Boy Detective was going to love it ....more

It's like time-traveling self-sabotage, and it must end!

Dear Future Me, Okay, I get it. All those things I don't want to do? You don't want to do them either ....more

5 Kids' Books About Nature That Adults Can Love Too

We read books about a LOT of different topics. But there are some topics that may not come up when you're asking "What do you want to read about next?" In our house, "nature" would never be one of the answers to that question! However, the following children's picture book about the natural world have been hugely popular at our house, for kiddo and grownups alike ....more

10 Comics About Growing Up

Many people hear "comic books" and think "superheroes" and/or "kids," but the graphic novel format is being used to tell a variety of stories. Autobiographical, memoir, and "slice of life" comics, written for a grownup audience, seem to have exploded in the last few years... or maybe that's just when I caught on? ...more

The Worst Witch: Kids' Book Giveaway!

When the folks at Candlewick Press offered to help me host a giveaway of The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, it didn't take me long to say yes! In our family we love Halloween-themed books, and we love finding well-written girl characters. Mildred's not a bad kid, but things just don't seem to go right for her at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches! ...more

The phone call you don't want to make

Hearing people yelling in the street near our loud neighbors' house, I pull back the office curtain to check it out... C-Man: I think it's basketball. Me: Football ....more