Discovering Jane Austen

Children today do not often read the classics. Not in the same way they were encouraged and assigned when I was younger. But some classics and some authors have always held an important place in the discussion of literature. The works of Jane Austen are some of those works. There are two beautiful picture books … Continue reading Discovering Jane Austen

Picture Book Biographies of Literary Giants

One of my favorite books when I was younger was Little Women. I still have my beloved copy for my daughters to be able to read. J has read an abridged version, but hasn't yet delved into the meaty version of the classic yet. So finding a beautiful biography of Louisa May Alcott was like … Continue reading Picture Book Biographies of Literary Giants

The Westing Game

There is something truly joyous when your children read and ENJOY books that were childhood favorites of yours. Not that we don't adore new books (we are currently fighting over an Advance Review Copy to be shared soon), but there are times when you remember that classics are classics for a reason. The latest in … Continue reading The Westing Game

Traveling the World through Fables

"Long ago, everything from the changing of the seasons to the passage of the Sun through the sky was an unsolved mystery. So people came up with stories to explain how things came to be. These stories - known as myths or fables - varied from place to place, but all had a shared thread … Continue reading Traveling the World through Fables

Serving Up Soup from a Stone

Over the years, many have told the story of Stone Soup in which hungry strangers trick a town into feeding them by making soup from a stone. As with many folk tales, the story changes with each retelling, but the backbone stays the same. A hungry stranger, or two, enters a town. When the locals … Continue reading Serving Up Soup from a Stone

Starting a love of Shakespeare with Anook the Snow Princess

In my random grabs at the library, I picked up a book called Anook the Snow Princess, by Hans Wilhelm. This story was inspired by Shakespeare's tale King Lear and while both girls enjoyed the story, it was J's desire to know more about the story of King Lear and Shakespeare in general that made … Continue reading Starting a love of Shakespeare with Anook the Snow Princess

Hosting a book club on Matilda

Maybe a year ago a good friend started a kid's book club for our, at the time, first graders. Most of this had actually started because a few of them had gotten into Harry Potter and they had a lot of fun watching the movie together and then discussing the differences. So when deciding to … Continue reading Hosting a book club on Matilda

Lessons from Leo Lionni

Every once in awhile you find an author that just clicks with your child. For E, one of our current favorites is Leo Lionni. His books appeal to both of us with Β wonderful artwork and lessons. Without being pedantic, his books talk about issues of community and creativity, encouraging children to make the most of … Continue reading Lessons from Leo Lionni

Hooray for Dr. Seuss!

My daughter's elementary school is in full swing Dr. Seuss celebration this week, so I thought it seemed appropriate to to throw in some Dr. Seuss love. I have been a long time fan of Dr. Seuss and even wrote a term paper on him in high school. My love for his stories has changed … Continue reading Hooray for Dr. Seuss!

a lucky find – the lion, the witch and the wardrobe

I went into one of our local used book stores the other day and made a great find - an illustrated abridged version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I've wanted to bring J in to the world of Narnia for some time, but we started with The Magician's Nephew and I believe … Continue reading a lucky find – the lion, the witch and the wardrobe