Beyond the Book: The Life and Lies of Laura Ingalls Wilder

My family’s love affair with Laura Ingalls Wilder runs deep.  Not only did my mother read the series as a school girl in the 1950s, she also read them to me in the mid 1970s.  The production of the Little House on the Prairie television series sent us into a frizzy.  Shoot, I was even…

10 Things No One Warned Me About Being a Parent

There was never any doubt in my mind that someday I would be a father.  When my mother asked me years ago how many kids I hoped to have I replied, “A houseful!”  Erin always wanted to be a mother, although I can’t say she had the dream of having a huge brood the way…

The Book that Saved my Life

I’ve always been a rule follower.  Even as a kid I never got into trouble.  I would sit in my playroom with my denim record player listening to books on 33 1/3 records and follow along with the floppy paperbacks until they nearly fell apart.  Other times I wrapped construction paper around empty cereal and cracker…

Want to Raise Great Kids? Make the Little Things Important

When people find out we have four children, they often ask us how we do it. Erin and I usually smile and nod since the question assumes that our life is chaotic.  I certainly don’t see it that way and I fee comfortable in saying that Erin would agree with me.  We have four kids, so it’s…

The Peril of School Librarians in the Age of “Fake News”

It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the political creep into our personal and professional lives.  When I became an elementary librarian, I thought I could avoid politically sensitive topics because most of those issues are not age appropriate for my little folks.  To be clear, I never bring up politically sensitive topics in my…

Child of Anger: Carl’s Adoption Story

*Note- Some names have been changed to protect privacy.  Immediate family members and close friends’ names have not been changed. Ah, my little monkey-butt.  It’s hard to know where to begin.  So much of Carl’s story has been a whirlwind of emotion, drama, and ultimately, healing.  Before we met Carl our social worker told us…

Reliving the Joys of Harry Potter

Legend has it that at the height of Charles Dickens’ popularity, American readers waited on the docks of New York City’s southern tip for shipments of the latest section of his then-current novel.  In modern times a few books crept into subsets of our culture when we weren’t looking.  After the release of the third and final…

Three Awesome STEM Picture Books to Inspire Young Minds

I have grown to adore picture books over the last three years.  Not only do they give us beautiful, compact stories, they also put thoughtful works of art in the hands of children.  Except for science fiction works, it’s difficult to find books that fit the increasing emphasis of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and…

Toddlers are Evil

This post is intended to make you laugh.  If the title offends you, stop reading and look up the term “hyperbole.”  If you currently own a toddler or if you are the previous owner of a toddler, put everybody to bed, pour  yourself your favorite beverage in a clean Mason jar and enjoy! When we…