Category: children

  • Two gay penguins

    In the award-winning documentary “The ABCs of Book Banning,” Ridley, who’s nine years old, discusses the children’s book And Tango Makes Three. It’s a book about two male penguins who adopt a baby penguin. Ridley says: “It’s about two penguins that are gay with each other and, even though they have their differences from the…

  • Rosa Parks was tired

    A children’s book called Rosa by Nikki Giovanni is one of the banned books named in an award-winning documentary “The ABC of Book Banning.” These are words from the book: She sighed as she realized she was tired. Not tired from work, but tired of putting white people first. Tired of stepping off sidewalks to…

  • Ambitious girls

    Aren’t girls supposed to be ambitious? Persistent? Assertive? And, confident? I watched an award-winning documentary—”The ABCs of Book Banning”—and I discovered that a children’s book by Meena Harris titled Ambitious Girls is one of the books that has been banned. Here are some words from the book: Persistent means I won’t give up. Assertive means…

  • Starving in Gaza

    Nearly two thirds of families in Gaza eat only one meal a day, and, in 95 percent of households, adults restrict their intake to make sure small children can eat. These very disturbing statistics come from a February 19, 2024, report from the Global Nutrition Group, an aid partnership led by UNICEF. I found the…

  • Banning books

    Why are books banned? “To foment anxiety and anger with the goal of suppressing free expression in public education,” concludes PEN America, a nonprofit that works to defend and celebrate free expression. “The freedom to read, learn and think continues to be undermined for students.” I read about “restricted reading” in the fall 2023 issue…

  • Be prepared

    Before she was the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi was the mother of five. She had five children in the span of six years and one week. In her book Madam Speaker—Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, Susan Page reports that Pelosi drilled into her children an unofficial family motto—“Proper preparation prevents poor…

  • A flood of kisses

    Rebekah Taussig, writing in the May 24/May 31 issue of Time magazine, says that she has a tradition of giving her partner Micah and her son Otto a flood of kisses every morning when they leave the house. “I hope we are teaching Otto to be brave and also kind,” she writes, “to take good…

  • Be brave

    Rebekah Taussig wonders how to teach her son to be true to himself. In the May 24/May 31 issue of Time magazine, she writes, “How do I teach him to be brave? To hold on to himself when the opinions of others are loud and everywhere.”

  • Children in-person

    Letters and cards are great. Phone calls are better. FaceTime and Zoom visits are wonderful. However, on Mother’s Day last year, I was miles from both of my children. This year, I spent Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day, with Jay and Rachel in Tulsa. Then, I got up early on Mother’s Day and drove…

  • A book for Mother’s Day

    I just remembered a delightful children’s book called The Mother’s Day Mice. It’s a story by Eve Bunting about three mice children who decide to look for a present for their mother. One suggests a rock. Another suggests a daisy. “They’re nice, but not special enough for this special day,” says Little Mouse. Finally, Biggest…