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25 March 2011

Prompted by a visit from her niece, Rachel revisited the stories from Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel. She's glad she did -- bedtime stories have lessons for grown-ups, too.



Waiting for What You Want

25 December 2012

Allison read Olivia Helps with Christmas to her niece and nephews and commiserated about how hard it is to wait for what you want.



Pets Help Us Be Present

2 July 2013

Allison read Guardians of Being and celebrated the anniversary of meeting her fabulous dog, Joey, 13 years ago today.



Mindfulness for Your Children or Your Inner Child

24 December 2013

Allison read Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Sline and was so glad to learn about a mindfulness book and audio exercises for the child in all of us.



The Gift of Nothing

23 December 2014

Allison read one of her favorite books, The Gift of Nothing, and began the process of slowing down and disconnecting from work so that she can lean into a bit of a break during this holiday season.



9/11 Stories of Survival, Healing, and Hope

27 June 2017

Allison watched the musical, Come From Away, and read The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story by Cheryl Somers Aubin. Both are poignant and beautifully told stories with insights about healing and hope in the aftermath of September 11, 2001



Seven Good Words for 2019

1 January 2019

Rachel read Tomorrow I'll Be Brave with words and pictures by Jessica Hische. Not only did it help her consider her intentions for the year ahead, it also inspired a new monthly feature for our blog.



Choose Your Words

1 February 2019

Rachel read The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds and was even more inspired to be like Jerome and choose her words carefully. Whether you're practicing empathy and understanding others, or sharing your own story and hoping to be heard, words hold power.



Finding Home

1 March 2019

Rachel read Home by Carson Ellis and was reminded that people plant their roots in all sorts of different places.



How to Be You

1 April 2019

Rachel read How to Be a Lion by Ed Vere and appreciated that quiet can be loud and that words can, in fact, change the world.



Imagining Infinity

1 May 2019

Rachel read Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford with illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska and thought about ways to make the conceptual more concrete. She also paused, simply to marvel at the infinite.



Both True and Kind

1 June 2019

Rachel read The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack with illustrations from Giselle Potter and appreciated that the struggle to be thoughtfully candid isn't confined to the workplace.



A Lesson in Grit

1 July 2019

Rachel read Flying High by Julian Edelman with Assaf Swissa and illustrated by David Leonard. Wrapped in this fictionalized tale of a favorite wide receiver is a powerful message about practice and perseverance.



Appreciating Differences

1 August 2019

Rachel read Mister Horizontal & Miss Vertical by Noémie Révah with illustrations by Olimpia Zagnoli and appreciated the magic of differences colliding to create something new. (She also imagined reading this lovely lesson in its original French, and was grateful for the English translation.)



Life Lessons from a Badger

1 September 2019

Rachel read Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban with pictures by Lillian Hoban and remembered bedtime stories, back-to-school traditions, and the life lessons of a favorite badger.



Shortcuts Encouraged

1 October 2019

Rachel recalled childhood retellings of The Three Little Pigs and was glad to remember that shortcuts sometimes lead to delightful memories of their own.



Silent Words

1 November 2019

Rachel returned to The Story of Bip, written and illustrated by Marcel Marceau, and found herself as delighted by the words of the famous mime as she was when she first read them as a girl. It's truly a wonder how much we can say, even when there are no words.



Read. Please.

1 December 2019

Rachel savored A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader, edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick, and considered what she might write in her own love letter to books.



Enjoy Little Leaders with Your Little People at #VABOOK2020

3 March 2020

Allison read Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison and got excited for one of her favorite annual events plus the chance to learn with some of her favorite little people.



We’re Going to Be O.K.

7 July 2020

Allison read We’re Going to Be O.K. by Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton and Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb with illustrations by Ashleigh Corrin Webb. It sure was comforting to be reminded there are practical things we can do to stay safe, healthy, and optimistic during the COVID-19 pandemic.



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