Education, Reading

The Benefits of Reading to Children and the Importance Putting the Book Down

Children's books

The most powerful part of reading often happens when you put down the book,” Erin Clabough, Ph.D., says.


The benefits of reading to children are immeasurable, and they have been studied and cited countless times. Articles on the importance of reading to children explain that doing so helps develop children’s communication skills, increases their vocabulary, enhances their creativity, and can deepen the bond between the child and the parent or caregiver. There’s a great post about the benefits of reading aloud to children on Ragamuffin Books.

As it turns out though, how you read to your children also makes a difference. Continue reading “The Benefits of Reading to Children and the Importance Putting the Book Down”

Parenting and Personal Musings

Best Things To Do in Barcelona with Kids


When we moved to Barcelona, we didn’t just have kids; we had little kids—as in tears on the sidewalk, “carry-me-I’m-tired,” “can-we-go-home-now” little. After we arrived, everyone hear about our adventure and where to travel with kids in Europe. The truth is we were just trying to survive the walk to the grocery store with our small children who were used to riding in the car.

While I know we would never have ventured on a European vacation with our three- and four-year-old, I also know some of you parents out there are much braver than we. So for those of you who are ready to explore Barcelona with kids, here are a few of the gems where our kiddos smiled more than they whined. Continue reading “Best Things To Do in Barcelona with Kids”


The Summer Slide: Fact, Fiction, and Differentiation

Summer Slide

Summer is here, and with it comes countless articles and recommendations for parents regarding the “summer slide.”

Just what is summer slide? It is the phenomenon in which children forget some of what they learned during the school year as they relax and play during the summer. Students supposedly lose an entire two months of reading and math skills over the summer. Continue reading “The Summer Slide: Fact, Fiction, and Differentiation”

Education, Uncategorized

The Importance of Play

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A couple weeks ago I met with my daughter’s teacher for our end-of-year conference, and during the conference I asked her, what we should do this summer to prepare my daughter for next year. I was quickly reminded of the importance of play. Continue reading “The Importance of Play”


First Book Trailer Release

Coming Soon: A new kind of picture book for creative children. 

Today, I released a short book trailer on YouTube, which is also now on the home page of my website.

Pablo Picasso once said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain one as he grows up.”

The picture book I will release this fall is a celebration of children’s artistry and imagination. Children will be invited to draw, color, and imagine their own illustrations in The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie.



Children’s Literature Past and Present: What’s Changed?

Library of Congress, Children's Book Week

The world’s largest library, the U.S. Library of Congress recently made a collection of historic children’s books publicly available online. These relics from the past, some of which are 100 years old, would likely not be viewed by children today, but now anyone can view these children’s books for free online. All of the books in the collection were published in England and the United States before 1924 and are no longer under copyright, meaning they can be enjoyed and shared by anyone. Continue reading “Children’s Literature Past and Present: What’s Changed?”

Parenting and Personal Musings

Our Lives in Barcelona: Things We’ve Learned So far


Living in Barcelona

We’ve been living in Barcelona for a few months now, and we’re learning all the important things, like how to say “thank you,” “good morning,” and “doughnut” in Spanish and Catalan, that sandwiches are a breakfast food, and restaurants don’t serve dinner until it’s our bedtime. We’re also learning other important things like how to share toys and cookies at the park, what to do when someone throws sand on you, and what to do when you throw sand on someone else. Continue reading “Our Lives in Barcelona: Things We’ve Learned So far”