Welcome to Happily Ever Elephants, where reading gets two "trunks" up! I'm Lauren, the mom behind the site, and my boys and I are so happy you stopped in for a visit.
As you have already gathered, I adore children's literature - both reading it and writing it. I’ve always had a passion for story, and when my boys were born, I felt a compelling desire to share the world with them through books. I hope my children are smart and successful, of course. But more importantly, I want my boys to be kind, respectful, empathetic and compassionate. I felt, and I still feel, that there is no better way to do this than by reading with intention. By selecting stories that were both magical and meaningful, enchanting and enlightening, I was confident I could make this happen. And as I watch them grow, I am confident that it is happening. I would love to guide you, too, and thus, I began Happily Ever Elephants. We are now on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, and we are thrilled to share our most beloved stories with all of you. Soon enough, your kids and students will also give reading two “trunks” up!
My kids and I live in Miami, where I am an attorney turned library media specialist by day and an avid reader, blogger and aspiring author by night. For the full story of how I totally changed careers, check out this blog post. I have been honored to contribute to Mommy Shorts, Hello, Wonderful, Brightly, Kidbox and All the Wonders, and I have also been a judge for the prominent CYBILS awards in both the picture book and emerging reader categories. On the home front, it is no secret that my favorite part of the day is bedtime - I love nothing more than snuggling up with my boys and reading wondrous stories together. Watching their eyes light up as they fall in love with new books is priceless -- and, you should probably know that most picture books do not get reviewed on our site unless they get through these munchkins first.
So who are Happily Ever Elephants' toughest critics?
Favorite stories, in his own words: "I like sports books, silly books and Lebron James."
Loves: Basketball (and basketball and basketball), Lebron James, Dory Fantasmagory, fried calamari, the Hurricanes, the Buckeyes, the Heat, the Cavs, books, math, chocolate milk, and asking questions (lots and lots and lots of questions).
What Mom says: Pickle is sunshine and fire, sweetness and sass, all rolled into one adorable package. He stops at nothing to make everyone laugh, and his curiosity is infectious. He loves books almost as much as I do.
Why he gets "two trunks up": Pickle gave our blog its name! When he was 3, Pickle confused "happily ever after" with "happily ever elephants" during story time. It stuck! We now use this phrase when we end every book we read. It makes us giggle, and it also perfectly captures Pickle's personality.
Favorite stories, in his own words: “I like Moana and Llama Llama its Time to Swim.”
Loves: Puppy (his lovey), rocking his glasses, story time, Moana, Coco, his guitar, the pool, giving kisses and "kuhgling" (a/k/a snuggling)
What Mom says: Bo is our resident warrior baby and smarty-pants. He is the bravest boy I know, and his smile lights up a room. He picks up new skills faster than he can say "read to me," and he absolutely loves showing them off to anyone who will give him an audience!
Why he gets two trunks up: Bo's first word (other than Mama and Dada, of course!) - "BOOK"!
So there you have it. We'd love to meet you, too, and hear your thoughts and feedback on our site! Feel free to leave us comments whenever you want to join in the conversation, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by!