Book Review – Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Swing Time: A Novel by Zadie Smith I am often nervous to read wildly famous books. I fear I have to spend a lot of time explaining myself, if I find I did not enjoy the book. This is based on the assumption that everyone I meet is eager to hear me talk at length…

You’re Welcome, Universe

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner Synopsis: When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with…

How to Teach Children to Read the World

As a first time parent, you are mostly worried about your baby sleeping and eating. When the Egypt Revolution began just 3 weeks after my daughter was born in Cairo, I was trying to get her to sleep to the sound of gunshots. As I was reading aloud, there were military tanks roaring down my street….

Touch and Feel Birthday

This is a sturdy and efficient touch-and-feel image book centered around the theme of birthdays.   On four double pages, we see kids opening presents, playing with toys and balloons, wearing party hats, and eating cake. The birthday presents are shimmering, the wheels of the truck are bumpy, the crown is shiny, and the cake…