Tricia Soto

5 Books for Young People about Protest and Social Change

The news around the country about civil unrest, inequality and protest provide teachable moments with young people. Here are 5 stories from history to spark conversation:Markel, Michelle, Melissa Sweet, and Rachel Zegar. 2013. Brave girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909. (find in a library)...more

3 Reasons Children (and Adults) Will Love Cinderella

With "Frozen" being the smash hit that took over the world, you can bet princesses will continue their popularity with girls. Without a new twist in sight, Disney's 2015 "Cinderella," stays true to an old story while remaining vibrant.Here are the top 3 reasons to love the new Cinderella....more

'Maleficent' Movie Review: Why did she curse that innocent infant?

No Spoilers Here... just a few peeks at the lucious imagery of Disney's latest....more

When will Black Widow get top billing?

There are many reasons to like "Captain America: the Winter Soldier" the newest addition to Marvel's superhero movie franchise....more
this is not normally the type of movie i would see but now you have me convinced i should see it!more

Lincoln: The Movie, The Man, The Politics

Speaking about the essence of his newest movie Lincoln, Spielberg said “I did not want to make a movie about a monument. I wanted the audience to get into the working process of the president.” ...more

Getting ready : What to eat - BlogHer '12 and New York

Don't get me wrong: At BlogHer they feed you well. So well it is hard to find the time and the stomach room to sample even a sliver of what the city has to offer. But you should make time. It is NEW YORK, after all. As an extra bonus, the hotel is central to a number of great places....more

Avengers / Comic Book Crafts and giveaway:

Some super cute craft ideas in the comments of my blog post. I especially like the idea of a Spiderman themed baby blanket. Tricia (

Study on Tween Girls Shows Multitasking May Harm Development

"Look at me when I'm talking to you!" It annoyed me when my mom said it, usually because my nose was buried in a book instead of looking at her. In today's world tweens are usually texting, watching videos, playing games, talking on the phone, or all of these things at once. But, a new study finds that multitasking in the tweenage years could be detrimental to their emotional and social development. ...more
@Uncool Mom I'm shy myself and was super-shy in school - my nose was always in a book. I cringe ...more

You have a library card. Don't be afraid to use it : e-reader help from your library

Most public libraries in the U.S. offer electronic books to their members and can be downloaded remotely. ...more
I'd be lost without my library card.more

Learning, History, and "The Help"

While not "based on a true story," The Help, inspired by the author's upbringing in the Jim Crow South has triggered much debate.Whose story is it?Who has the right to tell the story?No matter which perspective you take, it is an opportunity to learn more about the history of our world.Here are a few resources I found that added context and depth to the time period of “The Help.”...more
thanks for this tricia. i think your post presents some interesting questions and links.more