Gender Equality in Fiction: Dear Author, Does Your Character ‘Need’ A Penis?

Gender Equality in Fiction: Dear Author, Does Your Character ‘Need’ A Penis?

Gender equality in fiction is sorely lacking in all medium and for no good reason. Let’s notice and change it. With the creators! Read More

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Dear Hugh Jackman: A Birthday to Remember

Dear Hugh Jackman: A Birthday to Remember

The week before my niece’s twelfth birthday party, I got a call from my sister asking if we (my son, husband, and I) would dress up as Ayla’s favorite stars for the event. I knew there must be a story behind this. There was. My sister wrote it in her own words, and I felt the message of dreams and family was meant to be shared with a wider audience. Enjoy. Read More

Stack Overflow: Stacking Cats and Nighting Knights

Stack Overflow: Stacking Cats and Nighting Knights

Here’s a great round-up of some board books and picture books you’ll want for your own shelf. You’ll notice I’ve added two extra notes at the end of each review beyond age recommendation: female character ratio and diversity. For the female ratio, I actually counted every character and did the math. Sometimes this was iffy… Read More

Stack Overflow: 12 Graphic Novels for Young Readers

Stack Overflow: 12 Graphic Novels for Young Readers

Reading Time: 12 minutes Ghosts! Robots! Sharks! Wizards! Monsters Beware! (That’s actually one of the titles.) Yup, lots of excitement out there for the elementary age set. Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol; Monsters Beware!; and Amulet are fiction, while Sharks, and Robots and Drones are nonfiction. With strong literary and visual storytelling, these are all winners.… Read More

Teen Parenting Olympics

Teen Parenting Olympics

The Teen Parenting Olympics would be a series of questions with several factors to influence your decision with no right answer and whatever choice you make will result in a follow up challenge that you will ultimately fail because you didn’t see it coming. Ready to compete? Challenge accepted! Read More

Stack Overflow: 4 Paranormal Romance Stories

Stack Overflow: 4 Paranormal Romance Stories

Reading Time: 9 minutes There is romance in almost every story, and if werewolves, time travel, or genetically enhanced soldiers are involved, it may or may not be classified as paranormal romance. The key is how much romance. My personal definition is the number of pages the characters are actively romancing someone (or themselves), talking about,… Read More