Is there an overall toddler handbook?

I, surprisingly, am a little late to the game on books about toddlers (12m-4yrs). Everything I am Googling is either about toddler discipline, toddler brain development, etc. All of which I am very interested in, but isn't there just an overall toddler handbook?


Seeking gender-neutral kids books

Despite knowing the importance of diversity in our kids' lives, we live in a mostly white, hetero-normative neighbourhood. So we have to use books to introduce them to a wide variety of people of all shapes, sizes, colours, and lifestyles. Are there any kids' books with a diverse set of characters that do fun things while just happening to be gender-neutral or gender-bending?


What were/are your favorite GOOD books for middle schoolers?

I have a brilliant child who enjoys reading, and I love finding her books that are rich and wonderful. My problem is when she goes to school she brings home these terrible junky books with terrible junky writing. If I give my child a reading list she can usually find the book in the schools library, but I am running out of ideas for her age group. Does any one have a favorite book from middle school that I can recommend for her literary treasure hunt?


How a deceased fantasy writer helped me explain death to my 4-year-old

Death is a scary question. It is the scary question. It's your first real encounter of the inevitable as a child; the day you realise, because you live, you are going to have to die. Petrifying! I didn't want to dismiss it with the old Catholic one-liners that I was fed as a child, but I didn't want to traumatise my child any further with whatever half-baked, uncharted belly flop into the pool of hippy parenting my brain was feverishly trying to piece together.