Category Archives: Children’s Books

Gossie Big Book

Gossie by Olivier Dunrea is finally available in big book format.

This is so exciting!… Read the rest

Hater Fairies, UNITE!

So it was  just a matter of time until Rainbow Magic broke out with The Princess Fairies.

It's All Fun and Games Until Maddie Decides to Get Medieval on You

And now is the time. We have Hope the Happiness Fairy (woted Most Obvious), Cassidy the Costume Fairy (voted Most Likely to Be Entertaining), Anya the Cuddly Creatures Fairy (voted Most Likely to Wedge in as Many Hooks as Possible), Elisa the Royal Adventure Fairy (my life is kind of a Royal Adventure), Lizzie the Sweet Treats Fairy (voted Most Likely to Turn Out to Be a Stripper), Maddie the Fun and Games Fairy (voted Most Likely to Poke You in the … Read the rest

Guys, I Don’t Have a Good Feeling About This


Read more about the book here. I really like Chris Colfer, but I’m not preordering this for the library. If people start asking for it or it goes bestseller, I’ll buy a copy.

Either that or I’m waiting to see what MotherReader has to say about it.… Read the rest

Board Books I Like: Go Baby Go! by Marilyn Janovitz

Go Baby Go! by Marilyn Janovitz has a great cover: a smiling, big-headed baby in a baby swing with his/her (I think you could interpret either way) arms thrown wide on a bright lime green background with yellow flecks. It’s welcoming and stands out in the board book bin. The book itself focuses on baby spending a day outdoors with the family cat and dog doing things like making mudpies, playing in the pool, and having a picnic. The text is longish for a board book but also rhythmic: “Now we want a bottle/Then we’ll want a burp/Our little baby … Read the rest

The Butterfly Effect

Things have been happening around here.

For instance, yesterday Rochester was hit with a plague of butterflies. Just now, looking out my office window, I counted about ten of them flitting around. They’re fun when you’re outside on foot, but if you drive through a swarm in your car, it’s disturbing. Butterflies make a bigger thunk than you’d expect. Also, the June bugs are out, and the May flowers all bloomed weeks ago and are spent. The world seems to be reflecting the mildly controlled chaos in my life as I’ve been running around doing social things, working like … Read the rest

Dear Boxcar Children, I Think Your New Covers Are Ridiculous

Exhibit A:

The Boxcar Children Abomination

Exhibit B:


Lightning Thief


You can read more about my issues with The Boxcar Children covers here and here. Usually I’m all behind updating covers, but I think in this case it’s a mistake. The whole appeal of The Boxcar Children is that they’re retro, and they had this highly recognizable and popular brand going. I’m ordeirng this, but I’m irritated about it.… Read the rest

The Neverending Story

Bastian liked books that were exciting or funny, or that made him dream. Books where made-up characters had marvelous adventures, books that made him imagine all sorts of things.

Because one thing he was good at, possibly the only thing, was imagining things so clearly that he almost saw and heard them. When he told himself stories, he sometimes forgot everything around him and awoke–as though from a dream–only when the story was finished.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, translated by Ralph Manheim

The Neverending Story was a great favorite of mine when I was a child, both … Read the rest

Quotable Saturday

Always be kind to animals,
Morning, noon, and night;
For animals have feelings too,
And furthermore, they bite.
-John Gardner, “Introduction” in A Child’s BestiaryRead the rest

I Am Invited to a Party by Mo Willems

So yesterday Jason and I spent some time in the Story Room practicing telling I Am Invited to a Party by Mo Willems with this swell new felt board I made. During the two months I was working on this particular felt board, I often wondered if it would work and if we’d use it enough to justify my time and effort.

I didn’t have to wait long for an answer.

When we were practicing, even though we were all rough and halting and laughing, kids started wandering toward the room. Some came in and listened to us tell the … Read the rest

What We Did in Storytime Today and How It Worked Out

“1, 2, 3, We Are Dancing”

Whenever Jason plays this song (which he wrote), it is stuck in my head for the rest of the day. So right now, my internal soundtrack is blaring, “1, 2, 3, we are blogging now. We’re happy as can be, because we’re blogging. So sing along with me, and keep on blogging. Until we get to 1, 2, 3.” It seriously works for all daily activities. Unfortunately. Great storytime song, though.

Jason does this thing where he has the kids do stretches. During this today, one of the girls shouted at me, “Don’t … Read the rest