Our Favorite Silly Children's Picture Books!

Silly is one of our family's favorite things. Boy Detective loves to laugh, so it doesn't take much to get him giggling. I'm more of a hard sell ....more

Stop whatever you're doing and read The Princess in Black!

When Candlewick Press offered us a review copy of The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, I said yes! Because who wouldn't want to read this? Incognito princess fighting monsters? ...more

I feel VERY reassured, thanks!

Boy Detective: If I had to go without pizza, or go without you, I would probably go without pizza so I could be with you. Me: "Probably." But you haven't quite decided yet. Boy Detective: Here's the more reassuring thing! ...more

Sins of the Father: Superpowered YA Done Right!

Multicultural and diverse literature has been such an amazing thing for our family. We've had to search for it, but we have found so many wonderful writers and artists from diverse backgrounds, telling stories that star all kinds of characters. Our lives are richer because of these folks' hard work and talent ....more

My 2015 Happiness Project: Month The First

In 2009, Gretchen Rubin published The Happiness Project, detailing her year-long experiments in being happier. I didn't hear of it until November 2013, when my friend Shannon wrote about it at her blog Salt Lick Lessons. And then it took me more than a year to actually read the book... ...because, honestly? ...more

See you in 2015!

Folks, it's busy around here! I have a ton of lovely content just about ready to share with you... but I'm going to wait until January when I can do it right ....more

9 TOTALLY Fun Comics You Should Read!

There are certain comics I turn to for sheer entertainment. Antics, hijinks, wisecracks, and impossible events? Yep! ...more

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (you know what they say about plans)

Candlewick Press publishes so many of our favorite kids books, and they were kind enough to send over Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton. You know that saying "no plan survives contact with the enemy?" That's this book in a nutshell, and it's really funny! ...more

4 Children's Books About Fairies That Adults Can Love Too

Fairies are possibly the most underrepresented imaginary population in quality children's picture books. I don't understand why. My son has always loved fairies, so it's taken extensive digging in the Austin Public Library catalog to create even this short list ....more

Holiday Gift Ideas for Geek Girls (Or Guys)... and a giveaway!

I started to write this as a personal wishlist post... and then I realized that just about everything I want might be great for lots of other geek girls and guys! So we'll call it a gift guide, and clearly I am helping you with your holiday shopping for the geeky people in your life ....more