A few weeks ago I went on a road trip and attended a wedding. When I came home I was under the weather for a few days, and so was my baby. I fell out of my reading routine. This week I’m feeling happy because I got back to reading.  I know that building and […]


July 4, 2023

Getting Back to Reading After a Break

I started reading a lot more when I dropped the guilt attached to returning, donating or gifting books that I just bought or borrowed yesterday, last week a month ago or a few years ago. The cost of keeping that book is SO much higher than letting it go. If it stays on the bookshelf it […]


June 28, 2023

This Helped Me Read A Lot More

When baby Anand turned three months old, he was learning to laugh and touch his toes. One Wednesday, Anand I were doing a group stroller workout on Los Gatos Creek Trail. As I struggled to attempt a pull up a three year old cheered me on, “Go momma, go!” I realized, he KNOWS what it feels […]

Intentional Parenting

June 21, 2023

Toddlers CAN learn to read, but should they?

It started with looking for picture books to read to my preschool students in Taipei in 2016. As I spent my days with four year olds, my dreams and imagination became more vivid. In turn, I wanted to facilitate curriculum and share books that nurtured children’s imaginations. One of my favorite books to read aloud to […]

Art Education

June 19, 2023

What I’ve Learned From a Decade of Curating Books

Last August, when I was 35 weeks pregnant, my family and I threw a baby shower fiesta! It was amazing watching family and friends from different cultural backgrounds and experiences speak common languages like love, celebration and dance.  My mom and aunts blessed me one by one by putting a marigold in my lap and […]


June 14, 2023

Use Culture as a Tool to Motivate Kids

This is how to make the kids love reading with culture

Administrators, teachers and parents can’t agree when it comes to data. How much should we focus on data, testing and measured achievement? I understand that data is useful when it holds teachers and schools accountable. It can also help us understand trends in teaching and learning. However, I wonder how much you can really quantify learning. I’ve experienced that […]


June 12, 2023

Should I Follow the Data or My Instincts? 

This is a solution to make children love reading

At the start of the pandemic, I taught third grade at a public charter school in San Jose. I met with thirty parents three times a year for conferences. One round of conferences consumed fifteen hours! Many happened back to back. I developed a formula. First, share what we’ve been working on as a class, then […]


June 8, 2023

Why My Parent-Teacher Conferences Weren’t Useful 

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