Children’s Literacy Blog

Best Books for Busy Moms

Like many moms, I am a busy mom, so I wanted to share a list of what I consider to be the best books for busy moms. No matter how hectic life gets, I always try to prioritize reading with Penelope because it’s a massively important investment in her future and the easiest way I…

Children’s Illustrator Jonas Sickler

It’s no secret my love for Workman Press’ Indestructibles runs deep. I’ve mentioned them in several posts, one of which garnered the attention of Indestructibles illustrator Jonas Sickler. Obviously, getting Jonas Sickler’s attention with my blog that mostly only my grandma reads was a career high for me. Jonas Sickler is a super talented illustrator. His…

Book Behaviors

I am a firm believer in nurturing early literacy behaviors, or book behaviors. Penelope is almost 2 1/2 and spends a significant amount of time each day “reading” books. She cannot yet decode text, but if you were to interrupt and ask what she is doing she would say, “I reading.”  People tend to confuse the concepts…

Learning Letter Sounds

Knowledge of letter names and shapes is a strong predictor of children’s success in learning to read. Penelope knows all her letters except V and W. I give her a hall pass on those because they are kinda confusing. (Don’t even get me started on K and X!) Why am I so obsessed with making sure she…

Cancer Hates Kisses

Three months after the birth of my daughter, Penelope James, I found a lump in my left breast and it was cancer. Cancer Hates Kisses is the story of how my daughter, with her smiles and laughter and snuggles and love, helped me to be a cancer-fighting superhero. I found that spending time with my daughter, even…

Six Books Celebrating Strong Girls

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a strong girl. Moreover, I’ve been thinking about how to raise a strong girl. Because I believe picture books can begin to teach Penelope about herself and the world, I’ve recently been choosing to read books that celebrate strong girls. Being a strong girl…

A Literary Christmas Tradition

Having a baby provides the perfect opportunity to invoke our own family traditions. (For example, the obligatory screaming Santa photo.) This year we will introduce a new tradition centered around literacy – a literary Christmas tradition. I recently learned that Iceland has a literary Christmas tradition called the Christmas Book Flood. In Iceland everyone must receive at least…

Five Fun Alphabet Books

Though we have several alphabet books in our home library, with Penelope’s voracious appetite for learning letters, I needed a break from the books we already read at least 100 times. Here are five fun alphabet books we found at our local library. Happy ABC’ing! (Remember: If you purchase on Amazon, use the smile.amazon.com link…

Alphabet At Bats

Penelope will turn two in about a week and I am very proud to report that she knows all of the letters of the alphabet except F, U, V, W, Y and Z. My almost-two-year-old knows 20 out of 26 letters in the alphabet. She can’t speak in sentences. She can’t really jump. And 95%…