the lightning thief

Well, pictures are worth a lot of words with this kind of thing. Suffice it to say I didn’t know there WAS a Percy Jackson musical, or that it was ending its run in Philly soon, and well, thank you Tucker, because his birthday is tomorrow and this was more or less his birthday gift…

internship

We’ve been working for months now to find out ways that the kids can help out — during school hours — at various Mighty Writers locations in Philly, whether in reading to toddler-aged children, helping to design, print and distribute flyers, or — as they did today — transcribe workshop writing assignments to computer from…

reviving the art of the christmas eve ghost story

This was the second year that Claudia participated in “The Dark is Rising” readalong beginning on Midwinter’s Eve. Both kids also caught (out of the corner of one eye) a few episodes from my BBC “Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve” DVD box set. A lot of steps to string together, but each of the kids…

our library has an automatic short story dispenser

It also has a HUGE Wharton Esherick carving, which I have always loved — and it’s a really good library. But today, we noticed the short story dispenser. I was excited enough to post before I got the full story on what’s actually IN there — somebody came home with “Jabberwocky”, and each of them…

enjoying the blue yeti microphone

Why even bother with my commentary? And my apologies for the repeated photo — it’s all I could really think of to give Soundcloud when I uploaded those files. Here are B. and C., making an “audiobook”:   And then, the beginning of “podcasting”:   The VERY sudden appearance of Mrs. Motherpuffs is one of…

#TheDarkIsReading

Claudia read “The Dark is Rising” sequence earlier this year — sometime since the Summer — and loved it. I had not realized the second book, The Dark Is Rising, takes place at Christmastime (starting on December 20th). Twitter took a hold of it, and a worldwide readalong was planned. It’s a much-loved book. One…

treasure island

When my dad died we inherited a large collection of classic children’s literature illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, and planned to use much of it for out-loud reading — taking turns within a book. The first book chosen by the kids was Treasure Island and Tucker read the first installment — and every installment after. I…