Reading to Your Kids is a Crime

Do you read your kids a story before bed? The National Children's Reading Foundation recommends that you spend twenty minutes each day reading out loud to your kids. The problem is, if you follow the NCRF recommendation, you'll be committing a crime....

How to read to your kids

I don't think anyone would disagree that reading to your kids is one of the most important things you can do for them during their early years. In fact, I would even go so far as to say it should be mandatory. That would include Florida, which, accor...

Libraries doing well in poor economy

Have you hugged your librarian today? Now is a better time than ever to at least go in and say hi (you might want to save the hug for another time). Ohio librarians are reporting that libraries are more popular than ever, due in part to a struggling ...

The long, sordid tale of E.B. White's "Stuart Little"

After a bedtime routine of bath, brushing teeth, and book reading, my daughters still often resist settling in under getting under the covers and settling in for the night. So we started a new routine where, once they are tucked in and quiet, we turn...

Surprising and kind of shameful: hating story time

Before I became a Mom, I envisioned an idyllic night-time routine with my fleece-bottomed little one: reading gripping children's books by the spill of light from a bedtime table. I pictured chubby fingers tracing story lines over varied and imaginat...


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