My fiancé, Peter Harren, and I went to what might possibly be the coolest children's book store in all the land. Here are a couple images from Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis. It is truly a wonderland.
There is a chicken roaming around with a cat. Also a chinchilla, a ferret, a lizard, a tarantula, mourning doves and cockatiels are hanging out in their cages. A super cool nook area with a glass floorboard reveals rats in a cubby beneath your feet. A fish tank takes the place of a mirror in the bathroom. The ceiling is an upside down lake with a canoe slicing through the sheetrock/water. Employees walk around barefoot, the walls are decorated with kids' artwork, and the front door has a small child-sized door hidden in the regular sized door.
And most importantly the book selection is wonderful. There are comic books, a plethora of picture books for all tastes, and a huge young reader novel section where I spent most of my time. I highly recommend Wild Rumpus. I am feeling very happy about our decision to move to Minnesota!
Looking at my Dakota County Library catalogue, I discovered this heartwarming article about dogs and reading. My two favorite things! It makes sense they go so well together.
"During the 10-week program the kids sat with dogs for a few minutes and then read aloud to them for about 15 minutes... the students who read to dogs improved their reading fluency by 12 percent while the students in the rest of the control group did not increase their fluency at all" "Dogs make the perfect audience for kids as they develop their reading skills. They don't judge. They don't criticize or correct. They don't laugh at mistakes or stumbles. They just hang out and listen."
Dogs are awesome. Get your kids to read with the help of a dog.
My latest story is published!
I illustrated this story of a young Isaac Newton. The story is cute and fun and makes children want to be curious about the world.
Check it out by downloading the picture book app FarFaria. Follow this link for the story: Isaac Newton Boy Genius