A perfect family read with children of all ages

February 12, 2015

Parents the world over want the best for their children. I just returned from working in Hong Kong and I had the good fortune to meet and work with so many parents. One dad in Hong Kong, when asked why he signed up for the Master Class on Conversational Reading said, “I learned that I can be a better parent by having more conversations with my son about subjects that matter to him.”

The most important gift we can give our children is our attention and  reading and talking with children about what matters, what I call Conversational Reading, gives us the perfect opportunity to give them the attention they need to thrive.

The habit of talking, sharing with children our thoughts and feelings, about subjects that are important —friendship, kindness, compassion, integrity, doing the right thing— is how we help children thrive and  find their voice and place in the world.

I recently read The Gift of Nothing—a 32-page picture book with Big ideas. The story’s premise: “What do you get someone who has everything?” With both a playful and charming tone, the story begs the questions:

~ What is important, what matters?
~ What do we really need in life?
~ What makes for a good life?”

The book is both good-humored and engaging and it would make for a perfect family read with children of all ages.







Thank You Bring Me A Book Hong Kong

January 27, 2015

I want to thank all the individuals who participated in the weeklong workshops. I was impressed with your enthusiasm and your eager participation. You came to each workshop, energized and ready to learn how to best Conversationally Read with your children. You came to understand: ~ Learning to ask good questions is an essential skill; […]


Don’t Count Books, Count Conversations

January 19, 2015

What matters is not how many books your child reads, it’s how many conversations she has about them.  


“The answers aren’t important really…What’s important is—knowing all the questions.”

January 19, 2015

After years of Conversationally Reading, with adults and children I have begun to believe that the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company, and inside good books. There is more power in the questions we ask, then in the answers we find.The quality […]


Winnie the Pooh is 89 years old but how did he come to be?

January 19, 2015

A real black bear inspired the adoration of young Christopher Robin for his stuffed toy. The bear was called Winipeg, Winnie for short, so named for the hometown of its owner, Canadian veterinary surgeon Harry Colebourn To know the full story, turn to Winnie, by Sally Walker, a new picture book for 4-8 year olds…and of […]


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