All Are Welcome – A Book Celebrating Diversity

I realize that everyone is in summer bliss at the moment, but depending on where you live, school could be right around the corner. The school that my kids go to begins on August 14th, so teachers are gearing up for students to be coming in. While the news often focuses on all of the … Continue reading All Are Welcome – A Book Celebrating Diversity

Family is Family

One of the wonderful things about Multicultural Children's Book Day is books promoting the fact that no matter where we live, we are one family. There are a number of books right now that show that families are family no matter where you are or how you are made up. I love the notion of … Continue reading Family is Family

Free to be Yourself

I love the idea of books that show kids that they can be whoever and whatever they like. One kid might love playing sports. Another might be a theater lover. One might want to play with trucks and another wants everything to be glittery and stylish. Friends don't have to agree on everything, as long … Continue reading Free to be Yourself

Diverse Books, Now More than Ever

Diversity in children's literature has always held a strong place in my heart and is something that I promote at every possibility. When Charlottesville happened, I couldn't wrap my head around how our country had seemingly traveled backwards in time. I went back to check out books that focused on diversity, that focused on the … Continue reading Diverse Books, Now More than Ever

Dear Dragon

We have recently started encouraging our daughters to get into the "old fashioned" concept of writing letters to pen-pals. J has started writing to a cousin and some of E's closest friends will be moving away this summer. With that in mind, finding Josh Funk's new book, dear Dragon, has been an absolute delight. The … Continue reading Dear Dragon

The Homework Machine – A story of ethics

What if you had a machine that could do all of your homework for you? Would you share that information? What would you do with all of the extra time? How would you feel about using the machine? These are all questions that come up in Dan Gutman's The Homework Machine. The Homework Machine tells … Continue reading The Homework Machine – A story of ethics

Learning to Share – The Olive Tree and Multicultural Childrens’ Book Day

It is once again time for the Multicultural Children's Book Day. I was honored to participate in this event last year and am thrilled to be a part this year. When I go through the books that we read, we actually read a ton of books that fall into the multicultural category, but I know … Continue reading Learning to Share – The Olive Tree and Multicultural Childrens’ Book Day