A September Poem

September The breezes taste Of apple peel. The air is full Of smells to feel- Ripe fruit, old footballs, Drying grass, New books and blackboard Chalk in class. The bee, his hive Well-honeyed, hums While Mother cuts Chrysanthemums. Like plates washed clean With … Read More.


Classics on Tuesdays – The Etch A Sketch

Its bright red frame isn't showing signs of gray. Its silver-gray drawing surfaces hasn't lost its shine. Its width still measures a trim of 9 ½ inches… but the Etch A Sketch Magic Screen® is almost 40 years old. It seems like only yesterday when the first Etch A Sketch® toys … Read More.


The Scraps Book – Notes from a colorful life

Oh, Lois Ehlert…you make my heart sing! And yes, I think art chose you, too. But…I also think that it helps to have parents who encourage and share their own talents with their children, whatever they may be. I love that Lois's parents gave her a table of her own where she could … Read More.

Classroom scene in Washington, D.C. elementary school - children working with blocks and at blackboard in mathematics class c. 1900.

Favorites on Friday

Where did the week go?!?  So hard to believe that another Friday has rolled around. I finally have some daffodils popping out, but the ground is still way to wet to get outside and do any meaningful gardening. Some interesting things for you to read today…I tend to focus so … Read More.


Do you read chapter books to your toddler?

Last month while Beanie was visiting, I ran across a cute book that I wanted to read to him. I was a little concerned that it was a chapter book, but it was relatively short and well illustrated, and so I thought…why not! And so we began at nap-time with the first chapter of … Read More.


An April Poem

April It's spring! Farewell To chills and colds! The blushing, girlish World unfolds Each flower, leaf, And blade of turf- Small love-notes sent From air to earth. The sky's a herd Of prancing sheep, The birds and fields Abandon sleep, And jonquils, … Read More.


Classics on Tuesday

A Child's Calendar Poems by John Updike, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. A Caldecott Honor Book in 2000. We have been printing these poems each month and will continue to do so throughout the year. … Read More.