Reading to Your Kids About Emotions

It’s been a rough weekend for everyone, hasn’t it? My advice? Read to your kids. Read all that you can for as long as you can—but read with and to your kids. I’ve got a new post up at ChicagoNow with a few suggestions. Check ’em out: http://www.chicagonow.com/litzyditz/2012/12/read-to-your-kids-dammit/

Gillian Flynn and Christmas Stories …

Hey all! It’s been a busy week so far—finished the fab fab fab “Dark Places” over the weekend and am also making a couple of holiday recommendations if you need a read with a seasonal theme. Check out my last two posts: Read That? Now Read This: Gilllian Flynn Gifts and Gore: Two Alternative ChristmasContinue reading “Gillian Flynn and Christmas Stories …”

Litzy’s on the move!

I’m excited to announce that LitzyDitz is joining my blogging buddies at ChicagoNow! Same concept—just taking the blog over to a new WordPress platform so that hopefully, I can share a little book love with a lot more people. I really, really hope all my WordPress friends follow me over and “like” my new homeContinue reading “Litzy’s on the move!”

No Pulitzer for Fiction in 2012? Boo!

The Pulitzer Awards are the book industry’s Oscars—and it was with great anticipation that I waited for the release of the list of winners. Only to be followed with an audible “WTF?” when it became clear there was no winner in the fiction category for the first time since the late 70s. Book geek messageContinue reading “No Pulitzer for Fiction in 2012? Boo!”

Really? Hating on Children’s Books?

Someone needs a hug. A post on HuffPo late last night caught my attention, as does anything book-related. It’s title? “Children’s Books Parents Either Love or Hate.” Intrigued, I clicked on the article and slideshow of a handful of classics, and was immediately struck dumb at the notion anyone thinks “The Giving Tree” is controversial.Continue reading “Really? Hating on Children’s Books?”

With Kids’ Books, Paper is Winning the War

I’m so glad I’m not alone. I may be one of the few book junkies who has yet to move a Nook, Kindle or iPad. I love the look, feel and heft of a book too much to give it up. I know the day is coming. I’ve been coveting my almost-16-year-old’s ability to annotateContinue reading “With Kids’ Books, Paper is Winning the War”

Another Dragon Tale Comes to an End

Because I was so addicted to the Harry Potter series, I promised myself that I was going to avoid any and all teen/YA series for a while. Because standing in line with your 4-year-old at 11:30 p.m. in a packed bookstore holding costume contests just isn’t healthy. (It’s OK—I came to my senses around BookContinue reading “Another Dragon Tale Comes to an End”

Big Love for Big Kitties

If you have any animal lovers in the home, then the past couple days have been rough. Images of the stacks of big cats coming from the animal preserve in Ohio are tough to see as an adult, let alone a child. (And yes, I am that bad parent who let her 10-year-old daughter watchContinue reading “Big Love for Big Kitties”