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

My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined….

Any reader of this blog knows that we have a fascination with fairy tales. We also really love fractured fairy tales or the notion of taking a look at classic stories and re-imagining them. My 11 year old actually is planning on writing one of her own. So when the #KidLitExchange posted My Rotten Stepbrother … Continue reading My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined….

Sumptuous Storytelling with Yokki and the Parno Gry

One of the things that seems to be happening in many of the public schools, at least in my neck of the woods, is that there is such a focus on test scores, reading levels, and facts that we are spending less time encouraging our children to think and create. Childhood is a time where … Continue reading Sumptuous Storytelling with Yokki and the Parno Gry

10 Picture Books about the Writing Process

One of the most wonderful things you can do for a child is to teach them a love of books and writing. For some, one comes easier than the other. Sometimes it is a matter of age - you can tell a story before you can actually read or write the words. Sometimes it is … Continue reading 10 Picture Books about the Writing Process

Picture books for Young Writers

These days, schools focus so much on reading that it seems like they are not paying as much attention to the importance of creative writing. That kind of makes me sad. I remember being allowed to just draw pictures and then write the stories or dictate them to a teacher when I was younger. It … Continue reading Picture books for Young Writers