When the new movie This is 40 opens tomorrow, I predict many married couples will be filling the theater seats, and all I can say is this– prepare to laugh, cringe, and laugh some more. […]

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On Friday, December 21st, a new movie hits the theaters and the title is not the only direct thing about the film. This is 40, starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, and written and directed […]


A little girl named Luna lives in a snowy world with her best friend Bear as her closest neighbor, residing in a snow cave nearby. From the opening pages of Tracey Corderoy and Sophie Allsopp’s […]


Alex Lyons starts her work day before 6:30 each morning. At least the commute from her bedroom to her living room couch isn’t too tough, but that walk is often the only movement she gets […]


I remember the day my young daughter pulled a book off the packed shelf in her room and was immediately drawn in by the verdant cover image. As she looked through it for a few […]


Third grader Stella Batts has completely charmed my children. We’ve read the first two chapter books in the new series from Sleeping Bear Press, and when number three found its way to my house, my […]


If you have a son in the 8 to 12 year old age group, chances are you’ve heard of Guys Read, the web-based literacy program created by kidlit guru Jon Scieszka. In addition to the […]


Love and marriage follow a predictable pattern in our western culture, specifically in that they typically happen in that order. When Anne Blythe finds herself climbing out of yet another failed relationship at thirty-three, she […]


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The bond between mom and young child makes delightful fodder for picture books. As Mother’s Day approaches, Toni Buzzeo’s adorable new book Stay Close to Mama explores the theme with love and tenderness. A young […]


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In Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s debut novel Girl Unmoored, a vulnerable middle schooler with an unusual name is about to discover that she is much stronger than anyone gives her credit for. As narrator, Apron Bramhall […]