Welcome to my obsession with children’s books–especially the ones that deal with everyday challenges in a fun and compelling way. I’ll share old classics, new gems, and everything in between to help support you and your kids (or just your kids if they like to read solo). Sign up and you’ll get my top-pick resources, delivered to your inbox each month on the full and new moon.


Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole (Puffin Books, 2000)

September 26, 2022

Do you ever feel like your kid is being a smarty-pants? Is this a good thing? For Princess Smartypants—who must avoid all the suitors who want to marry her—it is! “Princess Smartypants did not want to get married. She enjoyed being a Ms.”  She… Read More

Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire (Candlewick Press, 2022)

August 27, 2022

Cress is a young rabbit whose father doesn’t come home one night. Her mother must move her and her brother Kip to a new home and Cress is not happy about it. Not only is the landlord grumpy, the superintendent nosey and the squirrel family rambunctious, but she doesn’t like… Read More

Jessica by Kevin Henkes (Scholastic Inc., 1989)

August 5, 2022

“Ruthie Simms didn’t have a dog.  She didn’t have a cat, or a brother, or a sister.  But Jessica was the next best thing.” Jessica is five-year old Ruthie’s imaginary friend. Jessica does everything with Ruthie.  They eat together, play together, read… Read More

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (Candlewick Press, 2016)

July 28, 2022

Twelve-year-old Carol is not happy about spending the summer before middle school, in New Mexico, on a sheep ranch with her family.  She’s come to help her family move the grandfather she’s never met, into a home for dementia. She not only learns about the sweltering… Read More