Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 2014

By Rachael Herrscher

It's almost here, both daunting and glorious - SUMMER! Every May we start making our "Summer Bucket List" with all of the things that we'd like to do.  The list includes all kinds of fun things, and inevitably has a list of all of the things I think we should be doing to resist the urge to lay on t... Read More

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer

By Rachael Herrscher

So many good movies in the next year! The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless.  The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons f... Read More

The Book Thief Kindle Fire Giveaway

By Rachael Herrscher

Raise your hand if you've read the book! If your hand is not raised, you know what book you need to add to your Christmas wish list. And you're going to have to get it as an early Christmas present because you're going to need to read fast so you can go and see the movie in the theaters. I have a... Read More

The BIG List of Summer Reading Programs

By Amy Allen Johnson

School's almost out!  Around here, we're looking for ways to keep our little readers turning the pages all summer long. Have you signed up for any summer reading programs? My kids are completely driven by stars on charts.  We've been to our local library, which is the natural spot for a summer rea... Read More

Books for Coping with Stranger Danger

By Shannon Breuner Nelson

It's at the top of the news hour almost every night.  Abductions, attempted abductions, child predators, missing children.  It's nonstop, and it's scary.  It's important to talk with your child about strangers and what your expectations and rules are regarding people that you don't know, but how ... Read More

Books for Coping with Temper Tantrums

By Shannon Breuner Nelson

We've all been there. You're out and about and something happens. You look at them the wrong way, you pick the wrong color sippy cup, you grab the wrong jacket, and the ultimate meltdown begins. And you're left trying to control the crazy. If you've experienced a temper tantrum storm at your house o... Read More

Childrens Books by Famous Authors of Adult Books

By Erica Fehrman

Happily, I just stumbled on a post of children's books by famous authors of adult books -- authors like Langston Hughes, Salman Rushdie, and Aldous Huxley.  The links at the end of the post include other children's books, including one by Andy Warhol.  Thanks to Brain Pickings for these and other... Read More

Recommended Book Series

By Erica Fehrman

I love to read and tend to churn through books so fast that sometimes a good series is the only way to handle my turnover rate.  I was the kid who skipped the first 5 chapters of Babysitters Club books because I didn't have time to waste on all those repeat character descriptions.  What I haven't ... Read More

Beginner Chapter Books for Kids

By Vanessa Brown

We are just now entering the new world of chapter books for kids.  Boy, is it nice for my oldest daughter and me to read something that has more of a plot, story line and character development to it! I have noticed that with these chapter books she becomes really attached to the characters.  She... Read More

Muffy Mead-Ferro

By Staff

I grew up on a cattle ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After spending nearly 20 years working as a copywriter in advertising, my first book, Confessions of a Slacker Mom, came out in spring of 2004 and made the San Francisco Chronicle's best-seller list. My second book, Confessions of a Slacker Wife,... Read More