May 312014

Now for real actual fun (give it a moment to show up – it’s a big file). This is something we did at the Globe. I wrote it, Kagan McLeod did a phenomenal job on illustration. Thanks to my awesome editor for letting me do stuff I want.

The only way to eradicated false limitations is to stop acknowledging them.

The only way to eradicated false limitations is to stop acknowledging them.

Feb 062014

Just print and cut! Sorry, no boy options: if that is a personal bummer for you, take it up with the God of baby gender assignment for giving me three girls. Also, make sure you print one for every kid in the class because: A. You’re supposed to now, and B. Perhaps you also have memories of getting, like, three cards. It was shitty.


Click on each image to download PDFs, then give it a minute. It should work, but if you encounter problems, heartily complain in a comment and I’ll fix it.


Two per sheet:


One per sheet:


Feb 022014
Little Lola by Julie Saab and David Gothard

Little Lola by Julie Saab and David Gothard

First, you should know that David Gothard is a colleague of mine and he is a terrifically nice and talented person with super-cute kids, which will obviously make this review non-biased, but we’re not running a newspaper here in blog-ville, are we? No, we are not. We love journalism and we love not-journalism.

Second, you should know that I would have liked the book even if I didn’t know David, because I love kids’ books where the narrator reacts to the events unfolding, as opposed to the narrator telling the story. In this book, this device is particularly well-executed because the voice shifts from “this is is Little Lola. She woke up early today” to “Lola! Where are you going?” And then we are all along on the ride together. And the ride, luckily for those of us reading to elementary school kids, is a very fun tour of school goodness. Little Lola hops on the bus to school and does all the fun things that make elementary school some of the finest years of our lives, even though at the time we were too busy worried Mrs. Weasler’s math stink-eye to realize this. Lola, being a cat and knowing gradeschool is awesome, enjoys learning about writing, and reading, and painting, and sharing, and shapes, and childlike enthusiasm. Which is appropriate because that’s clearly what went into writing and illustrating this book.

Oct 082012

The name of the person who is solely responsible for me not posting very much for the last, oh, few months is: Heather Alexander. If you have a complaint, please direct it to her. The GOOD news is that we’ve been so busy because she wrote a book that I love, love, love and was gracious enough to let me illustrate and design it. It’s now available on Amazon, eBook, and Kindle.

The other part of the good and bad news is that I can get back to regular blogging now, but I really miss corresponding with her constantly.

Also, we got a cat. I was thinking something was missing in my life and maybe I should go back to church, but it turns out I didn’t need more God, just more cat.

Aug 162012

We loved “Everything Goes on Land” by Brian Biggs (see previous review!) so we were super excited about the early reader “Everything Goes – Henry Goes Skating,” since Emily, our 5-year-old, is just starting to read. Either that, or she memorizes books. It’s hard to say for sure. Unfortunately, Emily didn’t even get her paws on it before Daisy, the 2-year-old, swiped it and has been hoarding it ever since. She hides it under her blanket until it’s time to read and only then does she take it out; if anyone else tries to touch it she says NO! and crosses her fat little arms defiantly. It’s the only book she lets me to read cover to cover without asking to skip pages.

It follows the basic format of the other one, and perhaps all of the books in this series; Henry, the main character, goes somewhere with his family and they see things that go along on the way: cars, trucks, buses, even horses. I love how, in this early reader book, the word “zamboni” is introduced because it’s a fun word to read and say, and I’m sure when Emily finally gets ahold of the book she’ll feel really good about piecing those sounds together.

I’m not sure what Daisy loves SO MUCH about it, but I suspect it’s the same reason we like “Everything Goes on Land.” It’s just so – happy. She wants everything explained in detail, and the birds with hats are of endless fascination for her. She likes the bus pages a lot, too, which would make the writer glad because we gleaned from the other book how much he likes drawing them. And we’re thankful he does.

Disclosure: I’m not paid to do this review, but I did get the book for free from a super nice person at HarperCollins.