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.


Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran (Harper Collins, 1991)

July 3, 2019

It was a rocky hill in the Arizona desert with nothing but sand, rocks, old boxes, cacti and desert plants. Marian called it Roxaboxen. It was an enchanted place—brought to life by the children’s imagination. Marian, her siblings and friends create a village and lively play worlds using what they… Read More

Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski (Henry Holt and Company, 2015)

May 18, 2019

I love seeing the dandelions pop up on my lawn in May and watching the bees return. When my kids were younger they made signs saying “Save the Bees, Keep the Dandelions”. We knew how important the bees were to our eco-system but we didn’t know that honeybees perform a… Read More

Old Turtle by Douglas Wood (Scholastic Press, 1992)

March 19, 2019

When Old Turtle spoke, all the beings of the world became quiet and listened. She hardly ever said anything. It started out as an argument long ago. Back then, all the beings of the world (animals, rocks, wind, water, trees, birds, and fish) could understand each other. The argument was… Read More

Holes by Louis Sachar (Scholastic Inc., 1998)

March 4, 2019

This dark, funny, and clever story takes place at Camp Green Lake, a boys’ detention centre. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. And the boys spend all day digging holes to “build character.” This book is about bad boys being punished in harsh conditions. It’s an edgy read… Read More