Kid Lit

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…

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…

100 Best Books for Your Baby’s Library

Building my baby’s library was what got me through pregnancy. During my many years as a teacher, I collected picture books for my future child and once I was actually pregnant, I went all-out building my baby’s library. It was a hobby I relished, as I was determined to have a child who loved to…

Our Four Favorite New York City Books

Penelope was born in New York City and, though we no longer live there, I want her to grow up with a strong connection to the city in which she was born. Last week I had business meetings in the Big Apple and because I loathe being away from her, Penelope tagged along. (I’m fortunate to…

WTF Are Indestructibles?

Indestructibles are an absolute must-have for your baby’s library and, I would argue, are useful even into kindergarten and first grade. “WTF are Indestructibles?” you ask, feeling slightly overwhelmed. Don’t worry. This post will tell you everything you need to know about Indestructibles. Indestructibles are books for babies ages 0 and up. That’s right. These…

Our Five Favorite Stories Right Now

We spend so much time reading, I wanted to share our favorite stories right now. Penelope would be totally content to read the same books over and over. When she  hands me a book to read throws a book in my face and slams her fist into her palm (her version of please in sign language)…

May Is #ThankoRama Month!

Beloved children’s author Mo Willems is gearing up to release his next book in his endearingly silly Elephant & Piggie series. In celebration of this release, this month is #ThankoRama month! I have gradually been adding Elephant & Piggie books to Penelope’s library, as they are simple reads and will be perfect for when she…