Thank You Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is a name that I remember hearing over and over as a child. She changed the face of sports as we know it and helped usher in more respect for female athletes. Granted, Title IX had happened one year prior to her historic match with Bobby Riggs, but she was like the … Continue reading Thank You Billie Jean King

Thinking Outside of the Box with Goldie Blox

Getting girls excited by STEAM projects is incredibly popular right now. So we were very excited when the GoldieBlox team came out with their first chapter book for young girls this past May. I immediately purchased the first one for my daughter and she loved it. While she is a complete fashionista, E is also … Continue reading Thinking Outside of the Box with Goldie Blox

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

When I first heard that Shannon Hale was writing a graphic novel memoir I knew that it was one of those books that I was going to have to get my hands on. Thanks to NetGalley, my daughter J and I were able to read this before it actually came out, but I also still … Continue reading Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Ada Twist, Scientist

When our copy of Ada Twist, Scientist arrived last week, we were all super excited having absolutely loved Rosie Revere, Engineer. Now, I'm honestly not sure which we love more! Ada Marie Twist, named after Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, is a precocious little girl who doesn't speak until she is 3 when she comes … Continue reading Ada Twist, Scientist

A Far Cry from a Damsel in Distress

We read a lot of princess stories. I've been surrounded by princesses and fairies for years. But we have always done a pretty good job of bringing non-traditional princesses into our mix. I always enjoy reading other people's lists of books, so I try to create them myself (when time allows). I've been putting this … Continue reading A Far Cry from a Damsel in Distress

Learning about strong women from picture books

In the past few months, I have seen my older daughter get a stronger appreciation for serious issues - politics, injustice and discrimination. She learns a great deal from the books that she reads, but also from the conversations that we have. Obviously, the political primaries happening and my not so quiet dislike for certain … Continue reading Learning about strong women from picture books

For the Right to Learn – A beautiful biography of Malala Yousafzai

I have long been fascinated by the story of Malala Yousafzai. As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She risked her life to get information to the western world about how important education was for all children in Pakistan and how … Continue reading For the Right to Learn – A beautiful biography of Malala Yousafzai

Dream Big Little Girl

As far as our society has come, it can still be challenging to find books that encourage little girls to consider anything and everything in terms of what they are capable of. We love finding good books that also reinforce the message that girls can do anything they want. In honor of women's history month, … Continue reading Dream Big Little Girl

When the Student Teaches the Teacher – The Wonderful book Willow

When we first opened the pages of Willow, the strains of Harry Chapin Carpenter's Β "Flowers Are Red" floated through my head. Given that this was a favorite song from my youth, I was immediately captivated by this book. Multiple readings with my 4 year old only made the book that much better. Willow is the … Continue reading When the Student Teaches the Teacher – The Wonderful book Willow

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