grandparenting

A Picture is Worth…

Book love can take many forms. Last year, I came across a lovely way to pay tribute to the books that are meaningful to you or to those you care about. Since 2007, artist Jane Mount has been creating detailed and colorful paintings and prints of book spines. I fell in love (I’m not alone)… Read more »

Calling All Grandpas (not just Republicans)

This past February marked 40 years since my father passed away. At the time of his death, he was a grandfather of six. I wish he knew that all these years later, his grandchildren (2 of whom are grandparents, themselves) would hold vivid and treasured memories of him close to their hearts. Through his words… Read more »

Repairing the World through the Power of Reading

As a grandparent, you can be a role model for reading. You can also be a role model for giving. I suggest you combine the two by finding a way for you and your grandchild to help promote literacy on a local or global basis. Children benefit greatly from experiencing the joy associated with giving… Read more »

Teacher Interview: Laurie Bagan

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Laurie Bagan, an experienced preschool teacher, who shares her enthusiasm for reading with her class. She is also the mother of three, a new grandmother and, I am happy to say, my friend. Welcome, Laurie!

Books about Passover

The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated with a ceremonial dinner called a Seder. At the heart of the Seder is the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. Jews are commanded to retell the story: You should tell your children that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me… Read more »

Books with a French Accent

Recently, my book club read Bringing up Bébé, Pamela Druckerman’s account of raising three children in France. In fact, my local library was a stop on her current book tour and drew many admirers of her work (well, there was also French pastry involved). The popularity of her book had me thinking that perhaps your… Read more »

Books Bridge the Distance

Reading to your grandchildren can be one of life’s pleasures. Imagine it…a sweet toddler on your lap…or your best little buddy nestled against you. Sounds great, of course, but what about those of you who do most of your grandparenting long-distance? In that case, unfortunately, reading to your grandchildren is relegated to your infrequent visits…. Read more »