As 2018 draws to a close, with the potential of extra reading time during the winter holidays, I want to share with you some of the Middle Grade novels I’ve read in the last few years that have some connection to the arts (although the arts might not be the major theme). Instead of doing a full review of each book, which would make a post longer than anyone would…

At this time of year, there is so much to choose from if you’re looking for a theatre performance that a) involves kids and/or b) kids will love. I’ve selected just three to showcase the sorts of things that are happening this year. Check out what’s happening in YOUR area — and enjoy! (I’ve listed the holidays in calendar order as they are celebrated this year.) Chanukah: The Minnesota Jewish…

Last month, at the end of the chapter, Sir had dragged a bedraggled shirt onstage causing Starr, Starla, and Ms. Starborn to wonder if the culprit might still be in the Wardrobe Room. … The three of them raced to the room where all the costumes were kept.  Ms. Starborn’s hands flew to her mouth. “The costumes are GONE!” …   CHAPTER THREE — STEALING THE SHOW? Usually the room…

Last month, we left Starr, Starla, Ms. Starborn, and the two cats in the dark. Literally. … From behind them, the wobbling beam of a flashlight panned over the scene. Ms. Starborn cried, “What on earth is going on in here?” … CHAPTER TWO — WAS IT THE CAT? In response, Lady yowled again, and Sir raced off, stage right, in pursuit of … someone? Something? What? Ms. Starborn repeated…

Music can truly be like a candle lighting the darkness, whatever darkness might surround a person. This post will show how music created light in one young person’s life. Back in February of 2017, I posted about the NPR program, From the Top, which celebrates “the power of music in the hands of America’s kids.” Kids from all over the United States — as young as 8, all the way…