A couple of years ago I was introduced to the work of award-winning dementia educator, Jennifer Brush, and her use of the Montessori approach with people living with dementia. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, Jennifer focuses first on what individuals with dementia can do. I was excited to learn from her work that reading… Read More


There’s a lot to unpack about diversity in children’s books. While there are many wonderful stories that celebrate the diversity of human experience; in 2018 there is still a disproportion of books with white protagonists, a tendency to tell a “single story” about marginalized groups, a distortion of historical facts, and a need for authenticity… Read More


The impact of story in children’s lives is powerful. Children learn how to experience the world through story. They form ideas about themselves and other people and their relationships. They learn to dream of possible futures. The books we read with our children can set the path for their own self-worth as well as how… Read More


British author/illustrator, Emily Gravett, adds a measure of intrigue, and a dash of humor to her deliciously simple, perfectly fun picture book, Orange Pear Apple Bear. With just the four words in the title (plus one), and expressive, yet uncluttered illustrations, this read-aloud is sure to take a prominent spot in any toddler book basket.… Read More


Most of us will never see firsthand the precious Arctic habitat of polar bears, or the ocean depths that are home to the blue whale. Our adult connection to the wildness of these extreme environments may be described as tenuous. But for children, wildness is the stuff of favorite story books and imaginative play. The… Read More


We’ve all seen a cat . . . right? But author/illustrator, Brendan Wenzel, cleverly reminds us in his latest picture book that “seeing” is personal. They All Saw a Cat  follows the same cat making its way through its neighborhood. “The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws …” The cat… Read More