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
Professors at universities have spent a lot of time arguing over “the classics.” Which books get to be a part of that lofty category? Which books should all liberal arts students read before they graduate from college? Rivers of ink have spilled in wrestling.... read more
Summer is a time for exploring new things and trying out new ideas. It's a time when our children are set free from the strictures of school and homework, and allowed to do things just because they find them interesting. Now, sometimes that's searching for toads in the backyar.... read more
When I was expecting my first child, some friends threw me a baby shower. But it wasn’t your typical shower of baby clothes and blankets. Instead, it was a baby book shower. Each friend chose a favorite book for our baby to be, and that was the start of our children’s h.... read more
Getting the family ready for summer is not nothing. It may sound to some like no big deal. (I mean, what do the kids really need? A pair of flip-flops and a bathing suit?) But as any hands-on parent knows, there's more to it than that. Camp forms (oh, the forms!), packed lu.... read more
Some say that reading a book is the best kind of road trip. With squirmy children along for the ride, it could be argued that's doubly true. After all, Madeline gives a wonderful tour of Paris, and we might as well be staying at The Plaza ourselves when we're reading Eloise.... read more
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