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Tools for School

Choosing a new pair of school shoes, shopping for new clothes and loading up on school supplies were my favorite parts of welcoming a new school year when I was a child…perhaps you felt the same way. A similar shopping expedition with your children or grandchildren is bound to bring back these positive memories.

Happy Father’s Day

Bruce Feiler, NYT family columnist and the best-selling author of The Secrets of Happy Families, advises us to tell our story: The most important thing you can do may be the easiest of all. Tell your children the story of their family. Children who know more about their parents, grandparents, and other relatives – both… Read more »

Good Reads for Camp

Sandwiched in between ordering and attaching name labels, scheduling doctor visits and filling out medical forms, turning the living room into a packing station, buying endless pairs of socks that would be never be allowed back home, and last-minute trips to Target was the joy of scouring the bookstore with my kids in search of… Read more »

Children’s Stories: Print to Screen

Watching a movie with your grands is another way to enhance and extend a good reading experience—and just plain fun. Of course, many film adaptations don’t quite live up to their literary sources, but movies have their own charms.

Games: Brain Food

What is it that is deaf, dumb and blind and always tells the truth? * Mother’s Day afternoon found us wandering in and out of the inviting shops that line the street in Lincoln Square, a vibrant Chicago neighborhood. I definitely planned to make a stop at Café Selmarie, a wonderful bakery/restaurant which provides charming outdoor… Read more »

Weekly Round-Up

Sharing what I read, saw, learned or thought ~ I know many of you are as entranced with Downton Abbey as we are. We came a little late to the party; by the time we caught up with the first two seasons, the third season had been removed from On Demand and Infinity and not yet released on DVD. What to… Read more »

Celebrate Israel

 I was invited to a 65th birthday party on Sunday and accepted, happily. A joyous event filled with music, family fun and Israeli spirit was held at the Ravinia Festival grounds—a perfect setting. Maybe you’ve guessed…it was JUF’s annual Israel Solidarity Day, a unique musical and cultural experience marking Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. All… Read more »

3 Simple Ways for Kids to Support Boston

Admittedly, this post is not about reading (though you will see there are some words involved). What it is about is empowerment and healing. Translating negative feelings into positive actions makes everyone feel better, children and adults alike (see Repairing the World through the Power of Reading).

Books for Sad and Scary Times

I had planned to write a different post, but I’m finding it hard to disengage myself from what is going on in Boston; this is particularly true because my son has been told to shelter in place in his neighborhood and can see the media clustered outside his window. I know I, personally, need to take… Read more »

There’s A New Library in Town

My first little free library was housed in a large carton on our screened-in porch in our old house. We left the screen lock unlatched so the borrowers could come and go as they pleased. The Lending Library was officially launched one Thursday afternoon as Ashley, Julie, Laura, Laura, and Lindsey (a.k.a. The Car Pool)… Read more »