Books for Lauren and Alex’s Baby Boy

January 27, 2021

I’ve been conspiring with my dear sister-in-law, Kris Obaranec, to put organize a baby book shower for our adored niece and nephew, Lauren and Alex, who are expecting a baby boy in April.  To do so I’ve culled my Wilde read more »

2020 Wilde Awards for Longer Books

December 13, 2020

Here are the 24th annual Wilde Awards for Longer books.  They are divided into age/reading levels and within those, the books are sequenced based on developmental levels. Early Novels Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet, Zanib Mian (Putnam) The first in read more »

2020 Wilde Awards for Picture Books

December 8, 2020

This is the 24th year of Wilde Awards and if ever there was a need for the perfect book, it’s been in 2020. Here is a list of picture books that encourage connection, conversation and delight. For Babies & Toddlers read more »

First Virtual Wilde Awards Live

November 24, 2020

A week ago I had the wonderful experience of presenting many of my favorite books at the 2020 Wilde Awards “Live” virtually at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Once again, I miraculously talked 50 favorite books in an hour!  If read more »

Sneak Peek 2020 Wilde Awards

November 16, 2020

  This Wednesday, November 18th, at 6pm I will be revealing the 2020 Wilde Awards.  That means, once again, I will do the impossible– talk almost 50 fabulous new books for babies to young adults within an hour.  Here’s the read more »

Finding Home

November 14, 2020

  Three new books show finding home by refugees from different times and places. Below find a video that describes them all.  You can support me, Indie books and children by clicking on the covers pictured below: Butterflies Belong Here: read more »

Pandemic Relief: Part 2

November 3, 2020

We recently returned from a looooong drive to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Green Bay is not just the center of Covid, but home of my daughter, son-in-law and Baby Natalie.  When we last saw Natalie, she couldn’t crawl. Now she’s running. read more »

Pandemic Boredom Relief for 14 months to 10 years

Here are links to the two engrossing hands-on books by Page Street Books. You can order them by clicking on their covers. This supports me, Indie bookstores, and the children with whom you share them! and

Reluctant Listener on Long-Distant Read-aloud Sessions? Humor & Hyperbole Works

October 25, 2020

Right now visiting our 14-month-old granddaughter who backs up into your lap for a read-aloud at least six times a day.  But what do you do if you have a reluctant read-aloud listener and worse yet are trying to read read more »

New discovery in Newbery week

October 17, 2020

In February, in the week that the Caldecott and Newbery books were announced and Valentine’s Day was a smidge away, I discovered this love of a book, In a Jar by Deborah Marcero. Llewellyn collects buttercups, heart-shaped stones and sky read more »