A Bit About Beverly: Life Before the Famous Books

A Bit About Beverly: Life Before the Famous Books

Beverly Cleary is a well-known, prolific author of books for children. Her career spanned more than 50 years and her books have been loved by generations upon generations of kids. But have you ever wondered what Beverly Cleary’s own childhood was like? Thankfully Beverly penned two memoirs about her life prior to her publishing success…

Dear (Data) Diary

Dear (Data) Diary

See the world as a data collector Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi are visual designers who both loved drawing, specifically drawing with data. In the introduction, they say that Dear Data was concieved as a “personal documentary” and that data can be used to become more humane and to connect with ourselves and others on…

The Library Book: A True Story About the Largest Library Fire in America

The Library Book: A True Story About the Largest Library Fire in America

Did you know that the Los Angeles Central Library suffered a devastating fire in 1986?  Me neither! I learned all about the largest library fire in the United States and so much more about the history and workings of a large city library from Susan Orlean’s book, The Library Book. (You may remember when I…

Squirrel!

Squirrel!

I don’t know about you but I definitely have a love-hate relationship with squirrels.  On one hand, totally cute and entertaining to watch.  On the other hand, prone to stealing tomatoes from my garden and causing power outages by chewing wires. There are two sides to every story though so let’s hear from the squirrel……