Between the Bookends at GeekMom

Bookends © Sophie Brown

Once again, the GeekMoms have been reading an incredible variety of books this month. Hear about a drug-filled near-future dystopia, a mouse detective, the “lost journal” of Assassin’s Creed’s Blackbeard, and an academic introduction to the work of Joss Whedon.

Between the Bookends at GeekMom

Bookends © Sophie Brown

This month’s Between the Bookends covers comical cats, Lemony Snicket causing despondency yet again, and a story of ordinary hardship in World War I.

A Moomin Celebration

Tove simmar på Klovharun

Tove Jansson’s The Moomins have a been a book translated into 44 languages, a comic strip, a cartoon, a stop action animation, a 3D film, an opera, and a theme park. This year Jansson’s beloved Finland will commemorate her birth with a variety of events and releases.

Seven Books American Kids Love (That This Brit Never Knew Existed)

Where the Wild Things Are © Harper Collins

A recent behind the scenes discussion at GeekMom about Childrens literature prompted fellow GeekMom Sophie to introduce many of our writers, and readers, to the children’s books that are invariably read by British children, and that British parents have memorized! On the flip side of this, having grown up in England only to be the mother of American children, GeekMom Sarah has been introduced to a whole host of adventures that she had never been exposed to before.

Review: The Woolyhoodwinks vs. the Dark Patch

children's books, children's poetry, stuffed animals

Take a trip into The Great North Woods with The Woolyhoodwinks, a group of hand crafted friends who would be just as much home in the fictional worlds of Silverstein or Lear, as they are in their own story.

Dr. Seuss at Pottery Barn Kids


I grew up in a French-speaking town so Dr. Seuss was just not part of my childhood like it is for many kids in the US. When I moved to California, I took a job as a mother’s helper while I attended college. One evening, their 5-year-old son asked if I could read to him a Dr. Seuss book. It was my first ever exposure

How Childhood Books Make Us Who We Are

Children’s inner lives may not seem all that complicated. But they are, even if kids may not fully be fully aware of the complexities they’re dealing with until they’re much older. That’s one reason it’s hard for them to talk with their parents about ways they are gaining strength, inspiration, and a strong sense of self. Their favorite books offer a clue. Kids are drawn

The Reason We Should Read Picture Books to Older Kids


I was quickly cruising through my email inbox on Friday morning, making sure there wasn’t something urgent needing my attention, when I came across a link to a New York Times article about how picture books are losing popularity. The subject matter stopped me in my tracks. I skimmed through the article, tagging it for a more in-depth read once I got my nine-year-old on