Milly and the Macy’s Parade – a Thanksgiving Tradition

Yeah! One of my favorite holidays is almost here. Thanksgiving is a mere blip in the drive to the December holidays, but I love it all the same. Lots of holidays have their traditions, but there is something uniquely special about Thanksgiving. Like many of you, I grew up watching the Macy’s Parade on television Thanksgiving morning. That parade is still one of the highlights of my day. Many moons ago, while living in New York City, Bill and I were walking in Central Park and we spotted a group marching with the new balloon that year: Babar. It was a windy day, and I was awestruck by just how hard it is to handle those balloons. Now, every year … Read more

Madam President by Lane Smith a Picture Book for #TBT

Looking for a little fun and inspiration this election season? Look no further than Lane Smith’s Madam President. We found it to be a wonderful way to introduce hard-to-explain concepts. For example, kids understand that they need to say only kind things, but they don’t generally say “I’m being diplomatic.” Madam President explains diplomacy in a way that parallels a child’s experiences. We’d love to add your review of Madam President to our Throwback Thursday review … after all, what’s a republic without discussion and sharing ideas? Madam President written and illustrated by Lane Smith Hyperion Books for Children, 2008 A president’s work is never done. Follow along with a young girl as she handles all of her duties: meeting with … Read more

Remembering September 11 – #TBT Book Review

Next Friday is the anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attack on US soil. It is always a bittersweet day, and over time our remembrances have embodied what we saw in the aftermath of this tragedy. Carmen Agra Deedy’s 14 Cows for America is one of those books. It is not the only book about September 11, 2001. So in the spirits of remembrance and reflection, I invite our readers to add links to their favorite books (not just our featured title) about the events of September 11. 14 Cows for America written by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah illustrated Thomas Gonzalez Peachtree Publishers, 2009 In June 2002, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah returns to his village in Kenya. … Read more