“It’s The Equinoctial Storm,” said Ma.

Mamacita says: When the rains began today, the words “equinoctial storm” crossed my mind, and I thought about Caroline Ingalls – she was Laura’s Ma, you know – because the rains came down hard and steady.  Torrential rain.  No thunder or lightning, just rain, … Continue reading


Forbidden Fruit

Mamacita says:  There are all kinds of forbidden fruit, you know.  When I was in high school, our public library had a waiting list for The Canterbury Tales. Can you imagine? The Canterbury Tales!   Do you know why? Because … Continue reading

12 Strong Female Children’s & YA Literary Characters

Mamacita says:  There are a lot more strong female characters in children’s and YA literature than some people might think.  I’m of the opinion that those who don’t know who they are, just aren’t looking in the right places. Here … Continue reading

Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, and the Cocky Asses

Mamacita says:  When I was in the third grade, I read “Peter Pan.” It’s not all the sugar-coated cuteness Disney would have you believe, my friends. It’s a wonderful and fascinating and intimate look into the brain and psyche of … Continue reading

Literature Quiz: Children & YA

Mamacita says: How well do you know children’s and young adult literature?  Can you give me the author and title from whence the following quotations are taken?  Some of them are quite obvious if you’re any kind of reader, while … Continue reading

Censorship is for Chumps

Mamacita says:  If I owned the biggest and best thesaurus in the universe, I still would not be able to find a word accurate enough to fully express my disgust and loathing of book banning and censorship, nor of the … Continue reading