About Me


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I’m Jamie, mother to Budlong and Ashman.  In 2013, I traded YA novels for picture books, Socratic circles for snuggles, and five-paragraph essays for “Do Not Come In” signs on bedroom doors, but I still consider myself a teacher.

Turns out mothering two boys ages 8 and 5 requires many of the same skills I needed to teach English and French to high schoolers.   And while the future of reading as I know it seemed pretty bleak in my ten years in three different high schools, it seems full of hope and wonder through the eyes of my two children.  Observing and participating in their language and literacy development has brought me enormous satisfaction.  But it’s also caused me to wonder, how do I raise boys who will be lifelong readers?  Will it be because of or despite their reading experiences in school?  How can I work with their teachers?  When the series they’re currently crazy about comes to an end, what do they read next??

I do not have all the answers.  But this blog is for sharing my tiny victories and monstrous mistakes, and I invite you to laugh and learn with me every step of the way.  If like me, you value reading for pleasure, want to know how parents and teachers are getting kids to do it more often in this age of distractions, or wonder what your child’s next (or first) book should be, then you’ve come to the right place.  Happy reading!

Oh, and if you’re wondering who Budlong is and what he’s reading, click here!