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.

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

A Busy Year by Leo Lionni (Scholastics Inc., 1993)

January 5, 2019

It’s a snowy January when two twin mice, Winnie and Willie, discover a tree that can talk! Of course his name is Woody. The curious mice befriend Woody and watch him change each month over a year. They see his buds grow and fruit blossom and his leaves fall—so much… Read More