There's nothing better than a mystery, is there? When you want to lose yourself in a book, just pick up one of the great mystery writers, and off you go. A good detective story is absorbing, relaxing, and it keeps the wheels turning in the old brain. But what about the y.... read more
When you spend countless hours reading books out loud to your young children, you hope they'll soon grow into avid independent readers. But best intentions and efforts aren't everything. Some kids are just more reluctant readers than others.Often, these are children for .... read more
"To watch children at play is to see the mind in all its uninhibited glory." So said David Wiesner, the acclaimed children's book illustrator and storyteller, in an acceptance speech for the Caldecott Medal. As a child, Wiesner continued, he and his friends "re-created our wor.... read more
You don't need us to tell you that glittering princesses and their associated fairies, prince charmings, and evil foes are among the most common and intense of preschooler passions. And in a challenge to every parent's sense of moderation, those princesses are everywhere. From.... read more
Cooler weather is finally here, and the time is right for campouts, both at home and out in the woods and the wilds. And what, besides s'mores and campfires, makes for picture-perfect camping? Why, a scary (but not too scary) story, of course . . . one that's just right for .... read more
In today's economy and with today's tight budgets, the library has become more important than ever to family fun. The library is the perfect source of free reading materials for the whole family, but it's also so much more. Children's rooms are now decked out with toys and puz.... read more
I'll never forget the time -- the first time, that is -- my daughter told me she hated me. It's irrelevant in that emotional moment whether the hate is real or justified. All you know is that the person you love more than anyone -- the person you loved through the sleep de.... read more
Reading takes us far and wide, to all corners of the globe and of the human imagination. It also zips us around all of the amazing ins and outs of our glorious language. We love nothing more than reading great books aloud to our kids, and we hope that lots of reading .... read more
One of the quiet moments parents enjoy most reliably with their kids is reading together. Those cozy twenty minutes before bed give all of us a chance to calm our minds at the end of the day. On some especially busy days, those twenty minutes may be the only time when .... read more
We love books because they invite us in to a wonderful, imaginative world. Sometimes, it's very close to our own lives. Other times, it's fantastical and draws us into a bigger world full of new and interesting things. For children, every day is like this, sometimes to a sur.... read more
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