Weekend Reads: 2017’s Best Books, Help Your Kids Build a Positive Online Profile and An Exercise in Cruelty

Happy Weekend Readers! I hope have survived the first week of our long national nightmare. I suggest taking your whiskey neat and keeping your dander up for the next four to eight years. I’m exhausted and hung over thinking about it.

The American Library Association has revealed the winners  of the best books for children and young adults. The John Newberry medal  goes to  The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children goes to  Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michael Basquiat. Written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. These and many other works were recognized for excellence in children’s literature. Check them out!

Your kids are going to have an online identity, it is an inevitability in this digital age. Devishobha Ramanan at  has an excellent guide to help them to create a positive online experience.

Speaking of online experiences, in the age of #alternativefacts and clickbait sites, here are the best tips for avoiding fake news in the age of Trump.

For instance, this isn’t fake news… Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s nominee for director of Office of Management and Budget didn’t pay taxes to the tune of $15,000 for the nanny he hired to help his wife with their triplets… for three years. His excuse? He didn’t consider what she was doing real work.

Most marches on Washington are about politics, the Women’s March was also about parenting.

We’ve come a long way in helping kids with autism and their parents in the last decade. 

By the way, the Washington Post’s On Parenting  newsletter has been invaluable lately. And they are also doing awesome coverage of the Trump administration. Quality journalism  is more important than ever . If you can afford it I recommend a digital subscription. It is well worth it.

Donald Trump’s refugee ban is an exercise in government cruelty.   But it can be resisted… we have done it before, we can do it again.

On a lighter note… this is a thing… that you could do… should do…

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Louis Doench

Lou Doench is a 52 year old father of three. Twelve years ago he married the coolest woman in the world and gave up the lucrative career of being a photography student to become a stay at home husband and Dad, or SAHD. An atheist geek, or a geeky atheist if you prefer, Lou likes reading, photography, video gaming, disc golf, baseball and Dr. Who. He has been playing Dungeons and Dragons since 1976. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also an excellent home cook, not that his children would know because they only eat Mac & Cheese. Follow Lou on Twitter @blotzphoto or check out his photography at

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