Alasdair Halleron

We have been lucky - neither of our daughters ever experienced separation anxiety; in fact both looked forward to going to daycare and school. (Hm, perhaps that's not a good sign? Let’s not ove... more

Mar 7, 2013 4:23 PM Features

Now that Memphis has had a day or two of warm weather (just enough to confuse the poor daffodils), our thoughts turn to the coming of spring. I'll be the first to admit, I know absolutely nothi... more

Feb 5, 2013 6:00 AM Features

Most young children love the thought of one good blanket of snow each winter. Many adults feel the same way too, provided it doesn’t fall on a work day. Of course, here in Memphis, there can be lon... more

Jan 23, 2013 6:00 AM Features

I will start out straight away by telling you that I am NOT inferring that dinosaurs are just for boys, but try as I might I can’t get either of my girls to get into dinosaurs! Though they love... more

Dec 27, 2012 10:34 AM Features

It’s the most wonderful time of the year down at the library. We enjoy the Benjamin Hooks children's section, but all branches have recommended holiday books on display. We also browsed the sh... more

Dec 11, 2012 10:27 AM Features

A new children’s book came out in October that I have been recommending to anyone who will listen to give as a holiday gift. It could almost be a coffee-table book. more

Dec 5, 2012 7:42 AM Features

Growing up in England during the 1960s, much of my TV viewing was black and white series from America, like Zorro, Lassie, and a show about the American folk hero, Casey Jones. Every schoolboy knew... more

Oct 31, 2012 6:00 AM Features

O.K. let’s get one thing understood right away: Dads love hot dogs. That’s all there is to it. So it stands to reason that a Halloween book involving wiener dogs, bun costumes, and atrocious puns w... more

Oct 26, 2012 9:36 AM Features

There seem to be plenty of “Mommy and me” board books out there for young readers, but relatively fewer “Daddy and me” books. So as a father, I was pleased to find Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug by J. D.... more

Oct 9, 2012 7:00 AM Features

Whether it’s fairy tales, or “Mother Goose” nursery rhymes, preschool is a great time to read the classics with your children. Some of the darker tales can be a bit Grimm (yes, I had to go ther... more

Oct 2, 2012 7:00 AM Features

My daughters and I discovered some great books during the library's summer reading program. Here is another of our recommendations. I grew up listening to Winnie-the-Pooh stories, about the bea... more

Aug 20, 2012 8:51 AM Features

The great thing about the Memphis Public Library's Summer Reading Club was that it got both of my daughters into the routine of visiting the library each weekend to pick out books to read. Since my... more

Aug 10, 2012 9:28 AM Features

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