There are very few Gen Xers who can’t sing along, word for word, with Lisa Loeb’s 1994 hit song, “Stay (I Missed You).” It became the soundtrack for a generation, a sweetly poignant tribute…to the complexities of holding on to love while trying to figure out who we were. In the two decades-plus since the song was released, Loeb has done so much: She’s built up a multi-faceted career that encompasses music, film, television, voice-over work, and children’s recordings. She’s put out multiple albums — including the Grammy-winning… >> Read More
Stephanie Wittels Wachs was changing her baby's diaper in the bathroom of the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston in February 2015 when she got a call from an unknown number in Los…Angeles. This is how Wachs learns her brother, comedian Harris Wittels, died of a heroin overdose at age 30. She relays the story, in painful detail, in the opening pages of her memoir, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss. Harris, writes Wachs, "was the success story every Jewish mother… >> Read More
Mara Wilson knows a thing or two about the excitement of storytelling. Though she's most famous for starring in the beloved film Matilda — based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book of the same…name — Wilson is a writer, too. You could say her entire life revolves around the magic of books. So it's fitting that Wilson, 30, is judging Roald Dahl Estate's Imaginormous Challenge Writing Contest for children. The contest is unique because it isn't about writing the perfect story — rather, it's about having a wonderful idea for… >> Read More
April doesn't always have to be the cruelest month. It's also #NationalPoetryMonth. Because despite what you (and especially your kid) might think, poetry is fun. Really!
Case in point: a new…illustrated poetry book for kids, H Is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z, written by the late poet Sydell Rosenberg, is a delight from beginning to end. As the title indicates, it's an A-Z compendium of haiku that brings out the joy and the poetry in ordinary moments we experience everyday. Rosenberg, who… >> Read More
Author Jane Yolen may be most famous for How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? — but she's actually written so many books that you can read one each day for a year. She's also a mom of three and a…grandmother of six — so, you know, she's pretty busy. Yolen, 79, began writing children's books more than 30 years ago. But she changed the game completely in 1988 with The Devil's Arithmetic, a young adult Holocaust fantasy-ish novel (with nearly 2 million copies in print in the U.S. alone) that was unlike anything else. The… >> Read More