Stop whatever you’re doing and read The Princess in Black


When Candlewick Press offered us a review copy of The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, I said yes! Because who wouldn’t want to read this? Incognito princess fighting monsters? Perfect! Art by LeUyen Pham? Even better! I tried only reading part of it to Boy Detective, but that was no good. He wouldn’t let me stop… Read more »

Sins of the Father: Superpowered YA Done Right


Multicultural and diverse literature has been such an amazing thing for our family. We’ve had to search for it, but we have found so many wonderful writers and artists from diverse backgrounds, telling stories that star all kinds of characters. Our lives are richer because of these folks’ hard work and talent. So when Diverse Book Tours was looking for… Read more »

My 2015 Happiness Project: Month The First


In 2009, Gretchen Rubin published The Happiness Project, detailing her year-long experiments in being happier. I didn’t hear of it until November 2013, when my friend Shannon wrote about it at her blog Salt Lick Lessons. And then it took me more than a year to actually read the book… …because, honestly? I believe deep down that my pursuing happiness… Read more »

9 Totally Fun Comics You Should Read


Some comics I read for sheer entertainment. Ridiculous over-the-top plots? Absolutely! Antics, hijinks, wisecracks, and impossible events? Yep! And sometimes that’s just what I’m craving. So here they are! Mystery Society, co-created by Ashley Wood and Steve Niles, written by Steve Niles with art by Fiona Staples. Letters by Robbie Robbins, Chris Mowry, and Shawn Lee. Nick and Anastasia Mystery… Read more »

Shh! We Have a Plan (and you know what they say about plans)


Have you ever been in that meeting where everyone is making a Big Important Plan, and you’re saying “hang on, there may be a problem!” and NO ONE is listening? Candlewick Press publishes so many of our favorite kids books, and they were kind enough to send over Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton. And this book is… Read more »

4 Children’s Books About Fairies That Adults Can Love Too


Fairies are possibly the most under-represented imaginary population in quality children’s picture books. I don’t understand why! My son has always loved fairies, so it’s taken extensive digging in the Austin Public Library catalog to create even this short list. But without further ado, here are the children’s fairy books that have warmed my heart, through their charm and craft,… Read more »