This week, we publish Part 2 of The Caterpickles Middle Grade Gift Book Guide – 15 Great Middle Grade Novels and 10 Well-Known Series that Kids Keep Checking Out at my middle school library. #books
The Caterpickles Middle Grade Gift Book Guide: Part 1 – Ten Great Graphic Novels
My favorite thing about December is that people start asking me for book recommendations. This year, I've been getting a lot of questions about good books for middle schoolers, so…
“Is a mink a weasel?”
After explaining to my husband how he could tell the difference between white weasels and ermines, his mind had another question: "So, is a mink a weasel?"
Caterpickles thinks too much about Christmas carols: “How do you troll an ancient Yuletide carol?”
Thanks for turning in for another special holiday edition of Caterpickles thinking too hard about holiday songs. This week, we're wondering just what it means to "troll an ancient…
Caterpickles thinks too much about Christmas carols: “What’s a bobtail?”
There's nothing like seeing the lyrics of traditional holiday songs projected in giant letters on a screen in a school auditorium for making you realize just how weird they are. I…
“How can you tell the difference between a white weasel and an ermine?”
After listening to The Nine-Year-Old read Elys Dolan's book Weasels, Daddyo wanted to know how The Nine-Year-Old could be sure that the white weasel who appears briefly in the…
“Is that the real Plymouth Rock?”
On a recent trip to Plymouth, The Five-Year-Old was unimpressed by Plymouth Rock. "Mommyo, is that the real Plymouth Rock? It looks real, but only realish."
“Why did they think T. Rex stood with his tail on the ground?”
The Museum of Science in Boston boasts two life-size statues of the T. Rex. The one in the permanent dinosaur exhibit stands in the now-classic T. Rex pose: the predator in…
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, my then four-year-old daughter spends the day preparing her bike for winter.
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, my daughter and I visit the glycodont at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, the first book in David Petersen’s graphic novel series about a band of warrior mice reads like a cross between Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge and Brian Jacques’ Redwall.
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, my husband teaches our daughter how to use his Giant Camera for the very first time. She was three. We were in Cape Cod.
I joined Facebook a very long time ago as a way to reconnect with old friends, keep my extended family up to date on funny stuff The Youngest Howell said, and of course, post cat pictures. It was fun and seemed harmless at the time. But my daughter is older now, and it’s time to re-examine my social media use.
Mister Monday, the first book in Garth Nix’s The Keys to the Kingdom fantasy series is an extraordinary fantasy novel of competing agendas, time-bending experiences, and mysteriously fatal epidemics.
While watching the election returns out of Kentucky this past week, I found myself wondering what the public art looked like over there. Turns out, Frankfort, Kentucky boasts one of the world’s most interesting and kid-friendly open-air sculpture gardens.
I was shocked to learn that Darwin didn’t believe dogs were descended from wolves. I had just assumed that the idea came from him. Learning it didn’t has me questioning all kinds of things — like do scientists think dogs are related to wolves at all?
A literate gorilla travels the world to prove her best friend’s innocence in The Murderer’s Ape, the award-winning middle grade mystery novel by Jakob Wegelius.