Last Call for Summer Reading!

The Little Literati

In June I challenged readers to take part in The Little Literati Summer Reading Challenge, and I was overwhelmed by the response. From Jacksonville, Florida, to Missoula, Montana, Little Literati picked their books and started off on their separate reading adventures! My littles were included in this challenge (although they’ll be going prizeless; my being […]

July 25, 2014

The Little Literati Summer Reading Challenge

The Little Literati

Get your readers ready! The Little Literati in my house are challenging The Little Literati in your house to some summer reading with a scavenger-hunt twist! Find and read ten books that fit the descriptions below, and keep track of your progress. When you complete the challenge, email your name, mailing address, and list of […]

June 13, 2014

The Cost of Being Bookish


According to the Facebook fish flow, I am supposed to write an assigned number of true things about myself and be thankful for a unique thing each day of the month.  Me: Daina, how many?  Daina: How many what? Kids? How many animals?  Me: Just a number. Daina: Okay, fifty chickens. Me: What? That’s too […]

November 19, 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

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