Monday, January 16, 2012


"One-match Bluestem" they call me. Well, I call me.

My mommy made the socks. They are toasty and warm.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Boo's book recommendations

Boo is in third grade and is a voracious reader. Half of my life's ambition is realized. One kid down; one to go. We go to the library weekly, and I often reserve books online and pick them up when we go -- a service I LOVE. Nothing brings me greater joy than hearing about a good book and surprising Boo with it. Please share your recommendations!

Disclaimer: I have only read a few of these books. I'm not a fan of censorship. Shocker, I know. Boo is allowed to read whatever she likes.

Here are the top two books she gushes about:

Books in a Series

What is it with kids in this age group and series books? Most of these are well-known, but maybe the list has an idea or two for parents of kids who like similar books:
  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds (also their Stink books)
  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall
  • Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
  • The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler and Sarah Gibb
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
  • Sophie the Great by Lara Bergen
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee
  • Non-fiction American Girl books (like Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them)
  • Klutz books (like Me and My Friends: The Book of Us)

 Graphic Novels

Boo is seriously into this genre. Yesterday she asked me the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel. I said length. I just looked it up and apparently that's as good an answer as any. Binding is a side effect of length, right? 
  • Owly by Andy Runton ("sad")
  • Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi ("lots of action. Like Star Wars. Don't read them at night when no one is around.")
  • Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper
  • And a shout-out from me: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Wordless. Beautiful. Recommended for all ages.)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Boo does photography

Boo took this photo with the iPad, edited it with Snapseed (cool free app) and emailed it to me. What a crazy world we live in. Remember when all we had was canvas, paint, and a stick with some horsehair?

She said something about Blue Bear being a girl, and I said, "What? Blue Bear is a girl now?" and she answered, "Of course! He's always been a girl." So that clears that up.