A Study of Harry the Dirty Dog

Inspired by Allie's author signing post, the boys and I read one of my childhood favorites, the Harry the Dirty Dog series by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. In a deeper "study," we found lots of interesting things in these classic stories.

An Unorthodox Author Signing

Allie and the girls have been attending weekly story times at the library and the village bookstore while in Cape Code. This week they met author and illustrator Bob Staake. Read more about their adventures.

On the 100th Reading of Dragons Love Tacos

We've read Dragons Love Tacos so many times that we've come up with our own versions to mix it up a bit. See how we keep a book entertaining after reading it again and again.

Reading Every Day…on Vacation

Vacationing with your favorite books isn't always doable. A couple books and you'll be deep in overweight luggage fees. But finding ways to read every day on vacation can be an adventure unto itself. Check out our tips and see what we discovered.

Rediscovering Favorites and Finding New Ones

In a dusty Rubbermaid bin, old books transported Allie back in time. From these old favorites, she and her girls discover a new one, The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Our Garden Starting with Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!

Our garden is growing. I know…basil and beans won’t feed us all summer long, but it is cool to eat food you grow. And it all started with a book. Learn about how we make our garden grow and the books that inspire us.

Discovering New Books with Allie

Through potty training, Allie and her daughters discovered Leslie Patricelli. Let them introduce you to her simple, humorous books and get ideas for discovering new books with your kids.

Stinky & Dirty ABCs and 123s

When I first started posting on Instagram about books the boys and I read, my friends with daughters commented that they were intrigued by our boy books. Boy books? I never thought of our books [...]

Summer Learning in 10-15 Minutes a Day

This summer we have lots of camps, sports, and pool time planned. But I have learning planned, too. The key for me as a working Mom is to make it fun and easy. Why summer [...]

Prevent the Summer Slide with Reading

Summer vacation is here…or nearly depending on where you live. Are you cheering or booing? While I’m happy to be free from a school schedule, I’m terrified at the same time. As my sons get [...]

Being a Happier Parent

I’m reading The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin. It has me [...]

Mother’s Day Guilt

Mother’s Day. I have to say, I have mixed feelings about the holiday. To me, it is what Valentine’s Day is to my husband—a Hallmark holiday. That said, I appreciate that Valentine’s Day reminds us [...]