Category Archives: Opinion

Why Books Will Stick Around… For the Kids

Kindles and Nooks have clearly generated support from a particular style of reader helping e-books carve a healthy chunk out of the printed word market. And the vast majority of e-books are just that, printed words. But a children’s book … Continue reading

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Maggie’s Story – How Would You Tell It?

With tenuous support for his new book and ongoing controversy, many feel that Paul M. Kramer has woefully missed the mark with “Maggie Goes on a Diet.” Regardless of his intentions, the fierce and widespread criticism is a sober reminder … Continue reading

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Kids Connect With “Dot”

Yet another brilliant idea, wonderfully executed, that I can take no credit for… Some months ago, toward the end of a brief visit from my nephew, he handed me a stack of small hand-cut paper rectangles and said, “These are … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line – Where Creativity Begins

This is to anyone who’s ever said, “I can’t draw. I can’t even draw a straight line.” The profound secret I will now reveal is this… Straight lines have almost nothing to do with drawing.  Lines are about character, expression, … Continue reading

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The Un-Science Behind Reading With Your Kids

Childcare professionals the world over agree that reading to your kids is a good thing. But the reasons they cite are almost always based on some developmental study loaded with stats on cognitive development, language acquisition, building context for understanding … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Love Mo Willems

For those who read children’s books on a nightly basis, Mo Willems is a welcome break from the overly crafted rhyming tales of watercolor morality and social justice. He writes and draws brilliant nonsense and fun. Perfect for kids and wonderfully entertaining for … Continue reading

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“Dot Wonders” Reviewed by Helen Jung of the Oregonian

Helen Jung, a reporter and blogger for the Oregonian newspaper in Portland Oregon, was gracious enough to offer a very pleasant review of This is Dot and Dot Wonders. In her review, Helen describes how she and her daughter responded … Continue reading

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