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3 Picture Books That Aren’t (Just) for Pre-readers

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I have made it clear that we read a lot over here, and we read a lot of different things. But sometimes there’s fun to be had in not reading at all. Some of our favorite books don’t have any words, but they’re not necessarily just for little kids. Telling the story of what’s happening in the pictures is what ... Read More »

5 Classic Books/Series Your Kids Should Know About

5 great classic books/series your kids should know

Last night the girl knew just what she wanted to read at bedtime. She ran out to the living room to dig in her book basket and came back with a copy of Make Way for Ducklings (which we’ll talk more about in a minute). As we were reading, she asked why the drawings weren’t in color. I said “because ... Read More »

The Tall Black Lady Smiling

maya angelou influence

I wanted to name my daughter Maya. Maya Angelou may be the reason I am a writer. She was probably the first female writer who I really read in high school, who made me feel like everyone has a story that is worthy of being told, and indeed must be told, in order to be fully ourselves. She absolutely shaped ... Read More »

Why Writers Need to Be Readers

reading isn't boring

Every now and then you’ll come across a writer (often an unpublished writer, but still) who says they don’t read. They’ll offer as an excuse the need to keep their voice pure, to stay inside their own heads. To which I say, if your voice is that vulnerable to influence maybe it’s not that great to start with, but that’s ... Read More »

Joyce Carol Oates on Writing and Reading

Joyce Carol Oates gave a reading here last night, and while the time we got with her was much too short, I certainly found it inspiring. She mostly read, but she talked a little bit about what it means to be a writer. She said that it is a spiritual practice, a way to tell other people’s stories and to ... Read More »

Monday Inspirations, Reading Edition

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Lots of things have been hitting my radar recently about reading and how most of us are not doing enough of it, or at least not doing it well. Of course first was the NPR April Fool’s joke, in which they posted an article on Facebook ostensibly about how people don’t read anymore. The trick was that when you clicked ... Read More »

On Reading “A Room of One’s Own”

room of one's own

The prompt this week for that weekly art journal page challenge I’m doing was “somewhere,” and as I was reading it the first thing that popped into my read was “A Room of One’s Own.” My page turned out to be one of those “better in my head” moments, but it did cause me to go and actually read the ... Read More »

Cute Halloween Ebooks for Kids

meegenius reading app

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids beyond trick or treating for Halloween, check out the new Halloween-themed ebook bundle from MeeGenius. MeeGenius is a free app for kids aged 8 months to 8 years that encourages reading on electronic devices. It can be downloaded on the iPhone or iPad, and comes loaded with four free ... Read More »

Of Sponges and Starting Over


I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately. I’m feeling like more of a hermit than normal, like it’s not worth it to leave the house for just about any reason. I love home, and when I think about trips I’d been planning for later in the year it just makes me tired. I’d rather be with my loved ones. ... Read More »

Sip Some Sangria with the TMI Mom

Disclosure: Heather sent me a digital review copy of her book so I could write about it. I’m not much of a fiction writer, but I’ve always enjoyed concocting stories about strangers. I love imagining how that single running shoe ended up in the middle of the street, where that woman on the airplane is going, what life is like ... Read More »

How I Choose What to Read

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I love to read, but since the Bit came along I feel like I don’t read enough and I’m not reading the “right” things when I do. I read a lot of knitting books (hey, it’s my job) and try to balance that with things I want to read and things I feel like I should read. I know having ... Read More »