I found out the best news today. My favorite chubby baby, Fiona the hippo, will be getting her own book--which means you should be adding it on all your gift lists.
If you haven't fallen in love…with Fiona yet, you should now. She was born at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden prematurely--and since, all of her videos have gone viral (which can be found searching the hashtag #TeamFiona). Her survival is one of inspiration, especially in a year that has been tumultuous at best for many. Zoo director Thane Maynard, as a… >> Read More
“I hate this stupid book! I want to kill it!” shouted my son, the avid reader, after initially digging in to his summer reading assignment. Strange. I didn’t think this novel assigned by a…beloved teacher would cause problems. I figured my boy was just in a dramatic mood. It happens a lot (yep, he’s mine!) so I told him he could read it later. But every time I brought it up, he would read something else. I insisted he stop procrastinating. He refused; I offered to read the… >> Read More
Reading books that have girls as main characters, who go on adventures just like the boys do, is necessary to every child's growth. Whether it's Hermione from "Harry Potter," Anne from "Anne of Green…Gables," or Matilda from "Matilda," there are so many good stories for kids to learn about gender stereotypes--and how not to fall into them. Here are my picks: 1. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren Pippi doesn’t live by anyone’s rules but her own. "I don’t think you have a very nice way with ladies,’ said Pippi.… >> Read More
This weekend, I officiated my brother's wedding.
It was an incredible, exhilarating, romantic, and emotional few days filled with naches: joy, family and friend reunions, dancing and a few moments…of being verklempt (weddings bring out my Yiddish, clearly). But then, yesterday afternoon, I took a rare few hours off to recuperate. My husband and I retreated to an undisclosed and lovely location while our baby son was in the hands of his fabulous babysitter and I lay down for a few hours and read… >> Read More
Dolly Parton, our favorite country singer and debutante, founded Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in 1995, as a way to get kids around the country reading. This month, they reached their usual…goal (an exciting one!): They mailed out over a million books, about 92,000,000 being free. This month, @DollysLibrary sent 1,091,724 books, bringing the total number of free books mailed to 91,821,039! https://t.co/ZY4p6xAoCb — Imagination Library (@dollyslibrary) June 27, 2017 What made Parton start the program? Apparently, the reason is very close to home: Her dad… >> Read More