The Kind of People Who Ban Books


My daughter is twelve, which means the good folks at Barnes and Noble believe she loves paranormal romance novels and books with vampires in them so much so that 80% of the shelves in their teen section carry one, the other, or some combination of the two. Consequently, it has been increasingly and incredibly difficult […]

September 26, 2013

We Give Books

The Little Literati

One of my favorite websites is The site provides free access to children’s picture books online, and for every book you finish reading on the site, the organization gives one print book to a charity that promotes literacy.    [youtube]The site offers a mix of digital copies of classics and newer books you can […]

September 19, 2013

Confessions of a Slow Reader

Literology, The Little Literati

My twelve-year-old daughter is a fast reader. A suspiciously fast reader. She reads so fast that it makes me a suspicious mother: “You couldn’t have finished. Did you read the whole thing? Even this paragraph?” I pop quiz her to prove her supposed skimming insufficient, and I can never do it, which leads me to […]

September 15, 2013

Bednight and My Goodnight Book

The Little Literati

Ever since my twelve-year-old daughter Daina was little, she called our nighttime ritual “bednight.” Here are a few of the usual contexts: “I’m going bednight,” “I’m ready for bednight,” and “Do you want to go bednight?” Although she’s well past needing anyone to read her bednight stories or to even use the term bednight to make […]

September 8, 2013

How to Make Windows and Doors

The Little Literati

When we give our children books, we are handing them escape routes. One page is a crowbar; another a key. Some stories teach them how to jimmy locks, how to unlatch gates from the outside, how to get out from in and in from out.  These books aren’t books. They are ladders and bridges. They […]

September 6, 2013