“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” Abraham Lincoln

February 12, 2014

Lincoln knew how to choose best friends! I also am delighted to learn that he loved to eat. I just found out that Lincoln carried gingerbread cookies in his pants pockets, which he shared with friends. A person who loves books and cookies is my idea of an ideal friend.  If you are interested to find out more about Lincoln’s eating habits, check out the recent book, Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times.

What motivates parents to read to their children?

February 7, 2014

Reading brings so many pleasures and benefits but I believe the overriding reason why parents read to their children is that it simply makes them feel  good.  The intimacy of these shared moments are part of what makes parenting so meaningful and satisfying. Lucky are the adults who can tap into the memory of being […]


Peyton Manning, a very good story

February 3, 2014

A recent article in SF Gate, http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Our-economic-future-depends-on-early-investments-5194170.php highlighted the importance of parents talking to their children so when they enter school they are ready to be successful learners. Talking develops a child’s use and understanding of language, which is the basis of reading. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much […]


Children begin to dream their dreams and grow their hopes and aspirations inside the books they read.

February 2, 2014

The books children read have a lasting influence and help shape and change them to become the person they are capable of becoming. A story shows a child who they are at a moment in time and who they might become.  Reading is how children better know themselves. “There is no intellectual equivalent to allowing […]


“At a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”

January 24, 2014

Children come into the world breathing out questions, full of curiosity and stories build on their curiosity, grow their imaginations and expand their capacity to think creatively. It stands to reason that Eleanor Roosevelt said, “At a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, […]


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