What We Are Reading – July 14th

PinkaliciousAaron had to have this book when we saw it in Barnes and Noble. The reason? It was pink. Well mommy does not drop $18.00 on a book just because it is pink (it is his favorite color.) He had a mini-fit in the store (with that behavior he was definitely not going to get the book) and a bigger fit in the car. Once the crying stopped I asked him if he remembered what the book was about; his response, “Being pink”.  I was sure that given some time he would forget about the book.

The next morning he asked if we could go and get Pinkalicious. I told him that we would talk about the book and his behavior with his dad that evening and then we would decide. At dinner he apologized for the tantrum and asked if he could please have Pinkalicious. Call this bad parenting but if my kid wants something he will have to give me something in return. For Aaron that was going to be great behavior during the day, at dinner and bedtime. The kid was flawless. I thought to myself, What else can I use as leverage when the old stand by “just do it” fails? I keep seeing Huff Post articles saying that you should not bribe your kids; but I really doubt half of the people who write these things are actually parents. I do stickers for potty success and books for behavior. It works for me.Besides, bribes get things done! He knew what he needed to do and he did it.

On Sunday when the bookstore opened at 9:00am we bought Pinkalicious. Also on that day, he continued to be a gem of a kid. No I-have-what-I-want-and-now-I-can-act-a-fool tantrums. Sweet and sane for dinner, bath, and at story time where we read the prized Pinkalicious.

By the way…it is actually a really cute story and the pictures are a wonderful combination of photographs and paintings.


What We Are Reading, July 2nd


Joe brought the gift of Marvel into our home this week. We are both loving this series about freshly turned superhero who also happens to be a Muslim teenager simply trying to fit in. I will be taking a trip to Criminal Records to pick up the next two books.


Red Knit Cap Girl


This book has gorgeous paintings that are done on pieces of plywood. Aaron loves the story and the sweet ending. We picked ours up at the library and I will have to buy our own copy before we return this one. Writer and artist Naoko Stoop has written a total of three adventures of this wonderful girl and I can’t wait to read them to the boy.


What We Are Reading, June 16th

Joe and I love to read and it appears that we have passed that gene onto our little guy too. Here is what we are reading and in some cases re-reading in our house now. . .


Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 8.18.53 AM

I am reading this follow up to Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  Her struggle to fit in is one many can relate to and who doesn’t like a
graphic novel to read by the pool?

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 8.17.05 AM

My husband has been reading this one for a while now. This tour of the writers home brings you in and does not let go. Apparently the problem/joy is that you want to Google everything he references to learn more about it.



We picked this book up at the library last week and the boy always wants to read it. A great book for boys and girls who like construction trucks and all of the loud noises they make. Looks like I will be taking a trip to our local bookseller to get a copy to add to our home library.

While many people swear by their e-readers we are a made-with-paper-and-ink book loving home. Whether you like the paper or digital versions, visit your local bookseller, library, or Amazon to find these great books.