• 15 Kids Explain How They Identify With Books

    15 Kids Explain How They Identify With Books1

    Editor’s Note: Diana Tarant Schmidt’s novel Remember For Me is available to order here. As a writer and teacher, I have often wondered if my middle school students feel connected to characters in books because of gender, race, or cultural background. Here is what I found out: 1. “I am strong-willed, so I loved Drums,

  • 10 Novels About Motherless Children

    10 Novels About Motherless Children0

    Growing up without parents isn’t easy. These fictional motherless children show the perils of being an orphan. 1. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens “The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who starts his life in a workhouse and is then sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker. He escapes from there and travels to London,

  • The Day Books Saved My Family

    The Day Books Saved My Family0

    Camping and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains with our young children was absolutely amazing. Until it wasn’t. After what turned out to be an eleven hour drive, we settled into Gatlinburg, Tennessee for our first real adventure as a foursome. Contrasting all information from just days before, we faced the challenge of heading east