The Eight-Year-Old browses our bookshelves


The Eight-Year-Old, while browsing through our bookshelves, stops abruptly at a shelf full of pastel-spined books.

Mommyo, curiously: “What are you looking at, The Eight-Year-Old? My books on child behavior?”

The Eight-Year-Old: “Yeah. Why do you have those?”

Mommyo: “They are my attempt to understand you better.”

The Eight-Year-Old: “Can I read them? I don’t understand me at all.”

And with that, we’re off. Caterpickles is taking a short break to enjoy what’s left of the summer before it’s gone. I may post occasionally this month, but regular posting won’t resume until school does. See you in September!

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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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