Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

November 20, 2011

Tweet I have just returned from a weekend lecture and workshop at the Princeton Waldorf School with the incomparable Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting.

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Blueberries for Sal 11/18/11

November 18, 2011

Tweet In what may prove to be the shortest blog post ever, today’s Picture Book Selection comes from one of my favorite children’s book authors, Robert McCloskey. Blueberries for Sal As we near the end of Picture Book Month, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Official Picture Book Month website for activities and great […]

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My First Little House Books 11/17/11

November 17, 2011

Tweet My First Little House Anyone who knows me even moderately well understands how much I love the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  No, not the television series (though I can now as an adult see the appeal of it as well), but the original book collection that follows the pioneering family Ingalls, […]

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Imagination Reigns: Harold and the Purple Crayon

November 16, 2011

Tweet “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” ~ Carl Sagan Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson Written in 1955 by Crockett Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon is sure to bring to mind your own childhood reading days.  Children of the 70s, how […]

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Picture Books by Virginia Lee Burton for 11/15/11

November 15, 2011

Tweet We have arrived at mid-month, and the countdown to our final picture book begins. Are you celebrating Picture Book Month in your home? If so, tell me how. Since picture books are an integral part of our daily routine, my children probably haven’t noticed much of a difference, but we are, as always, enjoying […]

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What’s My Picture Book Pick for 11/14?

November 14, 2011

Tweet Drum roll, please … Grandpa Green by Lane Smith On the passionate recommendation of teachers and other mothers, I purchased an autographed copy of this book a few weeks back at my son’s school book fair.  I have yet to give it to him (it’s tucked away for Christmas), so I can’t speak to […]

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Weekend Picture Book Selection! 11/12-11/13

November 13, 2011

Tweet A Child’s Calendar Poems by John Updike Illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman Quickly …. pick your favorite month of the year.  Shall we choose November? The stripped and shapely Maple grieves The loss of her Departed leaves. The ground is hard, As hard as stone. The year is old, The birds are flown. And […]

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Picture Book of the Day for 11/11/11…

November 11, 2011

Tweet A special day calls for a special book, but I simply couldn’t narrow down one picture book by the great Shel Silverstein. Who among us doesn’t recall sitting down to read yet again The Missing Piece?  Didn’t we all receive The Giving Tree as a gift at some point in our lives?  And how […]

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Picture Book of the day 11/10/11 …

November 10, 2011

Tweet All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee “Nanas, papas, cousins, kin Piano, harp and violin Babies passed from neck to knee All the world is you and me” A book that will charm mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and children, All the World celebrates kinship, the interconnectedness of the […]

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Celebrate Autumn

November 9, 2011

Tweet Autumn Song The fiery red and glowing sienna of an autumn oak made me appreciate today the simple beauty of fall. It is a season that calls out to children to frolic in abandoned piles of crunchy leaves and stay outside until dusk.

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