Reading breaks out

The Eight-Year-Old just finished reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. She loved it.

The Eight-Year-Old just finished reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. She loved it.

Daddyo, sleepily, on a recent Friday night: “Shall we have Family Togetherness A-Team time? Or should Reading break out?”

The Eight-Year-Old, excitedly: “Let’s have Family Togetherness Reading of Different Books Time!”

While The Eight-Year-Old scrambles to find her latest book, Mommyo pulls out her iPhone surreptitiously.

The Eight-Year-Old, darkly: “They have to be actual books to qualify, Mommyo.”

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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