Of Mice and Readers

Several of children’s literature’s best works feature mischievous and loving mice as the main characters.  From Stuart Little to Angelina, children have delighted in these furry and funny mice adventures. The characteristics of mice have been found in literature for many years, and I’ve always been fascinated with how we love literary mice, but sometimes… Continue reading Of Mice and Readers

Nursery Rhymes: Language & History

Many children grow up with a copy of Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes on their bookshelves; in fact, I can remember our copy quite clearly because it was practically an antique with yellowed pages.  Eventually, our mother got us a colorful, updated version of the rhymes – really, so we wouldn’t ruin that beautiful book! Nursery… Continue reading Nursery Rhymes: Language & History

Toddler Toys We Love

If our toddler was a blogger, I think he’d wax poetic about the following list of toys that he enjoys on, if not daily, a weekly basis.  When considering purchases, I’ve always found other “real life” recommendations very helpful in decided where to spend.  Many of these including have been gifts or holiday gifts.  Personally,… Continue reading Toddler Toys We Love

A.A. Milne: The Author Behind Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne was the author behind the world’s most lovable literary bear, Winnie the Pooh. Born in 1882 in London, Milne was the son of a schoolmaster.  Milne was on the front lines during World War I in France but was eventually discharged for illness. It’s been recently discovered that Milne was a secret propagandist writer for Britain during… Continue reading A.A. Milne: The Author Behind Winnie the Pooh

Memorial Day: Young Adult Reads to Remember

Memorial Day is our nation’s special holiday to honor those who have served in our military  as well as those honored soldiers who gave their lives for our freedoms. Here are some of the novels about war, sacrifice, and growing up that made a mark on me from my high school readings lists. In fact, this is… Continue reading Memorial Day: Young Adult Reads to Remember