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Nov 04

Happy Picture Book Month!

by Stacey

November is Picture Book Month!  Please be sure to visit the Picture Book Month website to hear from authors, illustrators and picture fans about why they each think picture books are important.

This  year, Caroline leaves for school long before Katherine. I hadn’t realized how much this would change the pace of the morning but it turns out it has been really different. By focusing on one child at a time, there seems to be more down time with each. Katherine and I have been spending some of our time reading picture books.

Here are some of the ones we have enjoyed lately… 20306799

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light. Louise loves art is a celebration of art, individuality and awesome siblings. This one made me smile.


Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea written by Lynne Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca. Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas tells the true story of an elephant seal that insisted on living in the river by Christchurch, New Zealand instead of the open ocean. This was a fascinating tale that led to more research about elephant seals.


Remy and Lulu written by Kevin Hawkes with miniatures by Hannah E. Harrison. This book has accurately been compared to Officer Buckle and Gloria. I would add that it is also a tribute to individuality in art and well worth the read.


Gaston written by Kelly DiPucchio with pictures by Christian Robinson. Gaston is yet another book that celebrates a person (or in this case a dogs) ability to be who they want to be. Individuality seems to my accidental theme this week.


Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori. This book is filled with cute illustrations and a story that- wait for it- celebrate individuality. A penguin and a dragon who are meant to be together. Hard to beat that!

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Nov 03

Could Recess Cure Our ADHD Epidemic?

by Stacey


This weekend there was a fascinating article in the New York Times titled, A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.

Embedded within the article were some truly startling statics about the rise of A.D.H.D in our society.

For example, “The lifetime prevalence in children has increased to 11 percent in 2011 from 7.8 percent in 2003- a whopping 41 percent increase- according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And 6.1 percent of young people were taking some A.D.H.D medication in 2011, a 28 percent increase since 2007.”

The article highlighted many interesting ideas. Of course, many of us have thought about the role that the pharmaceutical industry has had on the increasing diagnoses but have you ever thought about the fact that a short attention span was once very valuable when we lived in a hunter-gather society? The author also goes on to discuss the discrepancy that kids face between their highly stimulating digital worlds and the slower paced world of the classroom.

And then there’s my idea. I know it’s not really mine but I do wonder why we don’t hear more about it.

Recess. Could recess cure our A.D.H.D. epidemic?

I haven’t done the research and I don’t have the statistics but I know subjectively that our school aged children are moving far less than they ever have in the past.

I recently heard about a school that gives their children, through the middle school, two recesses a day. I was so shocked you would have thought they were getting diamonds twice a day. Two recesses per day sounded so luxurious.

Caroline, age 11,  goes outside for maybe five or ten minutes daily (independent of her P.E. time) depending on how quickly she eats her lunch and Katherine, age 8, is lucky if she gets twenty minutes of play time each day. I even hear about teachers who are taking away recess time for inappropriate behavior.

I can’t help but think that the increase in A.D.H.D. diagnoses has something to do with the change in how our schools and curriculums are structured. Younger children are learning harder skills while moving less. How can this not have an impact? And more importantly, when will more people ask these questions?

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Oct 30

Great New Books: Euphoria

by Stacey


My latest review is up at Great New Books. Please stop by and see what I thought about Lily King’s Euphoria.

And we were lucky enough to have the author sign a copy of her book for us so we have a give away running at the site as well. If you haven’t had a chance to read Euphoria yet, definitely enter the give away. It is a great read!

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Oct 29

On Reading Aloud

by Stacey


I recently started reading 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theatre by Sarah Ruhl. Ruhl is a playwright and as such, her writing focuses on play writing which is not a topic I typically think all that much about.

I picked up the book because I loved the title. What’s not to love about a book filled with the things you actually don’t have the time to do? I think it is a clever format and one I might, in fact, borrow someday for an essay of my own but I am digressing before I have even begun…

There are a few gorgeous quotes in the book about writing as a parent pulled from others and also written by Ruhl herself.

Take this for example:

“More than any other human relationship, overwhelmingly more, motherhood means being instantly interruptible, responsive, responsible. Children need one now…It is distraction, not meditation, that become habitual; interruption, not continuity.”

-Tillie Olsen, Silences

Or this:

“I found that life intruding on writing was, in fact, life. And that, tempting as it may be for a writer who is also a parent, one must not think of life as an intrusion. At the end of the day, writing has very little to do with writing, and much to do with life. And life, by definition, is not an intrusion.”

-Sarah Ruhl

Of course, though and not surprisingly, my favorite piece in the book is about reading aloud.

Ruhl begins the piece by explaining that reading was originally only done aloud. It wasn’t until the time of Augustine (350s), when privacy was invented (apparently privacy was invented?) that reading to oneself even became a thing you did.

How amazing it is to think how much this has changed, how little we read aloud in comparison to how things once were. Ruhl writes, “Now all of our acts of reading and writing are instantly transmittable, in silence. In the digital age, we read and digest texts and silently text back, never having read them out loud.”

But then she says the thing that I loved most of all…

“When children are small, we tell them to make a circle and we read to them. When they grow up, we tell them to sit in a corner and read to themselves. In the theater, we ask adults to be children again, to sit in a circle and be read to.”

How lovely this is… we ask adults to be children again. And I challenge us to do the same with our children. To ask our children to be children again and read aloud as often and long as we can. Even and especially after they can read to themselves because there is still something inherently important in hearing the written word spoke aloud.

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Oct 27

Father of the Bride: Romantic Comedy Turned Tear Jerker

by Stacey

imagesRob has a running list of classic movies that he wants the girl to see. There is a great range from E.T. to A Few Good Men to Dead Poet’s Society. The list obviously includes some movies that they could watch now and others that are years away.

A few week’s ago, My Big Fat Greek Wedding was on t.v. and the girls loved it. Father of the Bride seemed like the next logical move. As we settled in to watch, however, Rob and I immediately realized something. A movie that we watched before we became parents could become a very different movie now that we had the titles of Mom and Dad.

Remember Father of the Bride with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton? A light hearted romantic comedy, right? Wrong! Father of the Bride is actually a huge tear jerker that makes you realize how ridiculously quickly your children’s childhoods are flashing before your eyes.

The scene when Annie and her dad play basketball after he has a temper tantrum about the wedding. Fun music, goofy comedy, right? Wrong again. Turns out it is nothing more than an opportunity to cry and wonder if the girls will still want to play basketball with Rob in the driveway next summer or if they will be ‘too cool.’

The scene when George is in jail for trying to buy only 8 of the 12 hotdog buns in the grocery store because there are only 8 hotdogs. Nina refuses to bail him out until he agrees to realize how important his actions are to Annie’s happiness. I remember this scene being funny because of the whole hot dog thing. It is pretty silly after all. Now though, the scene was tear inducing. Such a sweet moment between the two and also such an important reminder about how much our actions and words effect the girls.

More basketball. This time in the snow. And George tells Annie that he is going to remember this moment forever. I guess this was when I really lost it because really, I wish we could slow it all down. And I just want to collect as many of these moments as I can. Those moments that we will remember forever.

Fletch is on the list too. It seems like maybe something along those lines would be a good call for our next movie. Right?

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Oct 24

This Moment: October 24

by Stacey

IMG_5777“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in it’s place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.”


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Oct 23

Old School Blogging: A Few of My Favorite Things

by Stacey


I love the Old School Blogging series at The Miss Elaine-eous Life . This  month’s theme is “A Few of My Favorite Things.”

Here goes…

Cookie: Chocolate chip. Or maybe sugar. Or perhaps oatmeal.

Bath Product Scent: I am so not a fan of scents. There aren’t many that I like and I find that those I do don’t linger anyway. For example, I have never been able to find a perfume that stays on me for more than five minutes.

T.V. Shows: House of Cards, Homeland and Scandal. And my new weakness? The Following. So darn creepy. I’m really not sure why I watch it but I just can’t stop.

Flowers/Plants: Blue hydrangeas or yellow tulips.

Bad-for-me-Snack: Goldfish. I seriously don’t buy them because I eat the whole bag when ever it finds it’s way in to our house.

Magazine: Brain Child. I’ve been reading Brain Child since the girls were teeny tiny. I am so glad that they are now including parents of teens in their writing because scarily enough I relate more to those pieces now than I do to toddler stories and such.

Hobby: Reading and writing and photography.

Holiday: Christmas. Tonight I was driving home and saw Halloween lights on a house and I got all excited for Christmas light time to arrive.

Girls Night Out: Dinner. I really don’t like cooking very much so a good dinner out with good friends and lots of chatting is one of my favorite things to do.

Date Night: I love going out to the movies with Rob. It’s been a log time since we’ve done it. Perhaps I see Gone Girl in my future.

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Oct 22

A Most Anticipated Picture Book and more

by Stacey



Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and John Klassen. This is one of the most anticipated children’s books that I remember in a long time. It makes sense seeing as this duo was responsible for the amazing Extra Yarn and Jon Klassen is responsible for two of the most debated children’s books I know, I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat. Sam and Dave is good. It is better when read with multiple children who can discuss it and it is better when read more than once. I missed something pretty important on my first reading! 20380941

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop tells the story of a little girl and her animal friends who unknowingly (at first) create a library in their forest. It is a sweet story about the power of books and reading.


Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison tells the story of a little pooch who realizes that there is extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary.


Please, Louise by Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison is a story told is gorgeous Morrison prose about the magic of the library. It is truly a love beautiful love story that every librarian and library lover should read.


There Bears in a Boat by David Soman. I love the illustrations in this book. I was feeling so-so about the story (not really loving that the bears lived on the beach) until I read that the book has been described as The Three Bears meets Where The Wild Things Are. Now I think it is pretty great.

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Oct 21

Podcasts: My New Love

by Stacey

Over the summer, I discovered Podcasts. I know I’m a bit late to the party but I am having a lot of fun with this new way of learning and listening.


The first podcast I discovered was The Art of Simple. Anne Bogel, (a.k.a. Modern Mrs. Darcy) one of my favorite bloggers, was interviewed over the summer at Tsh Oxenreider, The Art of Simple. It was so fun to hear Anne talk about her all of her favorite books after reading about them for so long.


Read Aloud Revival. Sarah Mackenzie from Amongst Lovely Things hosts one my favorite children’s literature blog. Her tag line is “build your family culture around books’ and what’s not to love about that. Sarah is a mother to six children and a homeschooler. Her book tastes trend much more classical than mine do but I love her passion and knowledge around reading aloud. She interviews a reading expert on each episode and I learn a ton each time I listen.


TED Radio Hour. This is my favorite of NPR’s many podcasts. Each episodes focuses on a topic and curates snippets from various TED talks. There are then interviews with each of the speakers. Examples of titles include, “The Next Greatest Generation” and “The Source of Creativity.”


Dan Pink Office Hours. This great podcast seems to have disappeared. I have my fingers crossed that it will return because there were always great interviews. Some of my favorites included Amanda Ripley author of The Smartest Kids in the World and Malcolm Gladwell whose recent release is titled David and Goliath.

So… are you a podcast listener? If so, what are your favorites? I would love to add to my list.




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