Pilar’s post about collecting vintage Hardy Boys books inspired me to seek out stories of my favorite childhood detective, Trixie Belden. Score! I found a bunch on eBay and Etsy featuring this scrappy 13-year-old amateur sleuth and her trusty Bob-Whites of the Glen crew.  If you have a middle grade reader, they may find Trixie […]


One Saturday morning I couldn’t easily stand up after the morning cartoons ended. I was four. I announced to my mother that I had appendicitis. She said something along the lines of “Nonsense.” But I did have a fever. So, she took me to the doctor and he sent us to the hospital for an […]


Our friends’ daughter just bought this book, The Day the Crayons Quit, at her school book fair. I saw it when we went to their house for dinner last night, and I liked it so much that I sat there reading it instead of being good company. It’s so clever, and the illustrations are great.


My mother-in-law gave my daughter this sweet book last year and we are just now reading it. The book’s namesake, a 100 year-old doll named Hitty, tells her life story up to this point — and boy has she gotten around. First published in 1929, author Rachel Field was inspired by a carved wooden doll […]

nerd alert

I just discovered the blog Nerd Alert, which has great book reviews written by Phoebe, the middle-school aged daughter of Jenny and Andy of Dinner a Love Story. It’s fantastic—the selections are unexpected, she gives age recommendations, and just enough of a sense of story that you can figure out if it’s up your kid’s […]

book a day

Early every morning when I make my way to the computer at the kitchen counter where I work, I go on Twitter pretty much straight away. I have this great practice, which is to look out the window at the morning sky (#Sky) and write what I see in 140 characters or less, the grey […]


The Tree Book for Kids And Their Grown-Ups is everything you have ever wanted to know about the trees you walk by every day, broken down by buds, leaves, bark, flowers, and seed. A perfect kid birthday gift for that no-Barbie, no-SpongeBob, hard-to-please Brooklyn parent.


Is your child an avid reader or a reluctant one? Having been a bookworm, I felt very comfortable when my first son seemed to be born with a love of books—it felt like an inherited trait. The next guy, well, he liked construction, then soccer, and then environmentalism and then cooking. His love of reading […]


Zero the Hero is a math-lesson picture book that doesn’t feel anything like a lesson, because it actually tells a story. Author Joan Holub and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld (who clearly has a talent for this sort of thing, having also illustrated the similarly clever letter book E-mergency last year) make the titular digit a sympathetic outcast […]

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