In her April 2019 TED Talk, America Ferrera tells her listeners “presence creates possibility.” Her words resonated for me when I first heard them and they still do. Written on a post-it note in my office, these words remind...
In the spring, even before the anti-racism movement went mainstream, I was another Black mom looking for diverse children's books. We have some at home, but I was trying to get my 5-year-old ready for kindergarten by reading a...
I am already terrified that as my toddler son grows, each new year will bring him closer to the day he no longer loves to read. This fear is a result of my profession. Before I became an English teacher,...
My sons love reading books, and we make it a point to attend story time at our local library, as much as possible. Building literacy at a young age is important for transforming kids into socially aware and engaged...
National Book Lovers Day is August 9th, and what better way to celebrate than finding some new children’s books to read with your budding bibliophile? Reading with adults is often the first way kids can learn and make sense of...
In these turbulent times of quarantines and lockdowns, the partial reopening of local libraries are giving us the distractions we need, both as adults and kids. The Kansas City area libraries are partnering with the theme of “Imagine Your...
I am a lifelong lover of all types of books. Still, it hasn’t always been easy to fit reading into my day or night, especially after I became a mom. I’ve learned some strategies over the years from my...
There are so many options to continue your reading habit or literacy learning despite the closure of your neighborhood and school libraries. From e-books to virtual story times to author events, reading during quarantine might be even more fun! Virtual...
I guess it should have occurred to me when breeders would stop taking my calls after I let slip we had an 18 month old, that puppies and toddlers are not a good combination. I guess I also should...
There's nothing quite like cracking open a good book! Summer is the perfect time of year to head outside, find a nice shady spot under a tree, and get lost in a fantasy, romance, or some science fiction. It...
So what is all the buzz with the Enneagram? The enea... .whatta? Yes, I was a little confused when everyone started asking me what my number was. The Enneagram is an ancient system of 9 personality types that are...

A Love Letter to My Books

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To my beloved books on my nightstand, I have not forgotten you. I know it doesn't seem like it, what with the layer of dust blanketing your covers. When I gave you the place of honor on the nightstand, you...

Great Introductions

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My palms were sweaty, and I cleared my throat. It had seemed like a good idea, but now that the moment was here I felt the magnitude of the situation. Two people who had shaped how I view the...
Finding the holy grail of stories that feature good principles, prose and pictures for preschoolers isn’t easy. I’ve spent time trawling the library and internet, so you don’t have to. I’m an English literature major. About the only thing my degree...
When we started our son Jona on solid foods, he devoured absolutely everything. I thought, in the smugness that only a first-time mom could possess, he’d just be one of those kids that wasn’t picky. Well, soon after his...

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Trick (and Trunk) or Treating in KC

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Need an excuse to wear that Halloween costume one more time and add to your candy stash? Check out these fun and mostly free...
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