G’ma Book Club

Book Surprises

July 5, 2016

When I send books to Boston, I never know what’s going to be a hit.  I had several surprises when I visited in June.   I’d sent a pre-Father’s Day book and was shocked to learn it was such a read more »

Monkey Boy

March 27, 2016

Catie and Zach’s Baba and I have a plan.  Their maternal grandmother has found a wonderful bookstore nearby that has author signings, an Unlikely Story (http://www.anunlikelystory.com/).  We both watch events and I tell her when I think the kiddos would read more »

Heart Warmth

February 15, 2016

This weekend I turned my kitchen into a linzer cookie factory.  This reflected the gratitude I felt at the spirit of giving on Valentine’s Day. Four giant boxes have arrived from publishers–not for me, but for Aulander Elementary, a school read more »

Fuel your child’s love of vehicles with these books

February 3, 2016

Zach, my busy 16-month-old grandson, brakes for vehicle books. When the adults around him run out of gas, fueling his book obsession gives everyone a needed pit stop. Lately I’ve been tanking up on current titles. Zach has asked for read more »

Zach gets it!

October 28, 2015

  He’s not much older than a year, but apparently Zach gets the significance of the brightly colored envelopes that arrive from G’ma.  Instead of taking a book to his daddy to read the other night, he brought a newly read more »

G’ma Changes Her Mind

October 23, 2015

Catie’s book review changed my mind about reading novels aloud and now I seek out appropriate early chapter books.     This search led me to give up another bias when I reconsidered Shannon and Dean Hale’s .The Princess in Black read more »

Ladybug Girl

October 15, 2015

Ladybug. It’s Catie’s nickname, how she dressed for her first birthday, and it’s one of her favorite characters, Ladybug Girl!   On October 22nd, David Soman will be at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill at 4 to sign books.  And read more »

Henry Colangelo + Claire Chu=Baby Chulangelita

October 4, 2015

My daughter met Henry Colangelo when she was in college.  They traveled the world together, teasing and supporting each other. Then Henry met Claire and I think everyone who knew Henry fell as much in love with her as he read more »

A Change of Hearts About Novels for Tots

September 27, 2015

Catie’s First Book Review This was published in the Charlotte Observer, September 25, 2015 and the Raleigh News and Observer, September 27, 2015 “Can you recommend novels to read aloud?” my son texted me. He had no idea how this read more »

More of the Same

August 26, 2015

It really helpful to spend book time with my grandchildren so I can better judge what to send. Zach is constantly in motion so flap books that read quickly engage him for a few minutes before he’s off exploring again. read more »