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National Adoption Day

The Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 20 this year) is National Adoption Day. The day is designed to bring “awareness of the more than 120,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States.” To recognize this day (and National Adoption Month), follow the age-level specific links below...

The early bird catches the...

...gummy worm?! (No birds were injured or fooled.) On this unseasonably warm New England autumn day -- and with a handful of Halloween candy still left in the kids' bags -- here are some books about birds and more birds, worms, and candy. Reviews are from the Horn Book Guide/Reviews Database -- subscribe; and...

Boston's New Mayor

...and in local news, Boston voters have elected Michelle Wu to be the first woman, first woman of color, first person of color, first Asian American, and first mother (!) to be elected as mayor. Current acting mayor Kim Janey -- the first woman, first woman of color, first person of color, and first...

School daze 2021

How's everyone's school year going so far? Almost three weeks in, my kids -- who'd been remote for 1.5 years, who can believe it?! -- are thrilled to be physically around (but not too close to) their friends (even as I worry...). Don't forget to check in with the teachers and...

Books for Yom Kippur

This year -- 2021/5782 -- Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins this evening, September 15, at sundown. Following Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, these are times for family, community, and self-reflection. The following books could be useful for sharing with children and/or for generating discussions. All reviews are...

ABC Your Way to Confidence

Velena Collins Smoot is the author of the picture book ABC Your Way to Confidence, illustrated by Whimsical Designs by CJ, and self-published. She's family with someone I consider like family (Hi, Winsome!), and I was happy to be able to learn more about her very personal and heartfelt project. Follow @abcyourway on...

National Parents' Day

The fourth Sunday of July is National Parents' Day. (Oh, shush up -- it is too a real thing!) Established in 1994, this is a day for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in bringing up their children.” At Family Reading we extend that to include all caregivers, especially...

We're venturing out

For more than a year, we’ve stayed a safe distance from everybody else, worn facemasks, followed guidelines, and scanned the horizon for the specks of approaching vaccines.  When vaccines arrived, we older ones got in line; but our daughter, like so many daughters, impatient to see us inoculated (and also, perhaps, impatient to have loving and protected grandchild-caregivers again) jumped on the internet and found us appointments an hour...

Treasuring when "nothing happens"

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I admit I was immediately skeptical when I received a copy of the picture book Peanut Goes for the Gold by Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye fame, with illustrations by Gillian Reid. Though I’ve watched and enjoyed the show with my teenage daughters, I have a healthy suspicion of celebrity-penned children’s books. My leeriness was coupled with an...
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