Starry River of the Sky by Grace LinReviewed by Eliza Clark I have had a difficult time writing this review. Difficult because my nine-year-old daughter won't let me read the book: she is too busy reading it herself. (I've had to sneak a few chapters a day when she's at sc.... read more
Everyone knows that summer is a great time to read. All those summer reading lists make me wish I were back in grade school!Summer is also a great subject for children's books. Summertime means an extra dose of freedom and adventure for kids, so it makes sense that some of the.... read more
Quick! Your category is inventors! Name as many as you can! I bet you thought of people like Thomas Edison, Ben Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, and maybe even Leonardo da Vinci. Scroll through any who's who list of famous inventors and you might think that girls and women hav.... read more
Kids have their own sense of time. An hour can seem like ages to them. A year is an eternity. To the smallest children, everything is as it ever was, including their own presence in the world. They have no conception of all the changes they will see in their lifetime, .... read more
I have one, a girl who rides horses. And while I would love to tell you: eh, it's okay, not that big of a deal. It truly is a wonderful experience. And maybe that's why it's such an enduring theme for young girls. Riding a horse is an expression of confidence and freedom and p.... read more
Some people theorize that the world would be a better place if more women were in charge. We can't know whether that's true until we try it, but in the meantime, the world does get itself into plenty of trouble. Perhaps that accounts for the special appeal of fictional.... read more
It's nearly June, the kids are in the alleys in their tank tops and sandals, and the air is so thick with sunscreen and chlorine that we can't help but dwell on relaxation and vacation and all the other stuff that makes summertime great. What we love about summer is its abunda.... read more
In the midst of current debates about whether or not women can "have it all" or how much girls will need to "lean in" in order to reach the top, it's worth it to take a look back at history. How have women fought for their dreams in the past? Girls with big goals of their own.... read more
Many kids get hooked on Greek mythology from an early age, but what about the myths and legends of other cultures? Although not as familiar to many of us, Indian and Chinese folklore (among others) are full of equally thrilling stories. It's just a matter of finding the rig.... read more
If your children are in second grade or older, you have surely heard of Percy Jackson by now. He's a worthy successor to Harry Potter (although, honestly, no one will ever take the place of Harry in our hearts): a child who discovers around his eleventh birthday that he is h.... read more
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