Demolition: Book Review

Author: Sally Sutton  Illustrator: Brian Lovelock On the cover: From the huge crane with a swinging ball (crack!) to the excavator that rams the walls (wham!), this rambunctious demolition, reverberating with sound words, is guaranteed to keep kids’ rapt attention.  Crush the stone,  Crush the stone,  Chip and grind and munch.  Make new concrete  from… Read more »


The Story of Ferdinand- Book Review

Author: Munro Leaf  Illustrator: Robert Lawson Best for kids: Who love to smell flowers On the cover: In Spain lives a big and strong bull whose name is Ferdinand. Unlike the other young bulls, Ferdinand does not like to fight. He would rather sit  in the shade of his favorite cork tree and smell the… Read more »


Maybe Days: Book Review

Author: Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright Illustrator: Alissa Imre Gies Best for kids: in foster care On the cover: Will I live with my parents again? Will I stay with my foster parents forever? For children in foster care, the answer to many questions is often, “maybe.” Maybe Days addresses the questions, feelings, and… Read more »


What a Happy Marriage has that a Crappy Marriage doesn’t

With affair season upon us, it felt appropriate to acknowledge a few of the attributes that truly happy couples have in common. Yes, I’ve worked with domestic violence victims, rape victims, taught classes full of teenagers about healthy relationships and I have a few close friends.  But that’s only part of where I am coming… Read more »


8 Reasons to do whatever you want

I love working with teenagers. They have this view of life that’s bursting with unbridled possibilities. They honest to goodness believe that if they really wanted to, they could be a freaking astronaut. They literally think that if they simply decided that’s what they were meant to do, then they could do it. They fill… Read more »

Thanks McD

Thank You, Poverty

Dear Poverty, Thank you. There are numerous things I know now that I didn’t know until you were breathing down my neck. I needed that breath. You see, I never did understand what my Dad meant when he said things like, “Do you want it or do you need it?” and I never understood why my mom would… Read more »

big molly

Book Review: Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Author/Illustrator: Patty Lovell & David Catrow For Ages: 4 to 8 Best for kids into: new school, new people On the dust jacket: Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bull-frog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn’t mind. Her grandmother has always… Read more »

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